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AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 organisers have praised fans for embracing Asia’s biggest football tournament after attendances passed the 250,000 mark just eight days into the group stage.

Last night more than 33,000 fans turned out for games in Brisbane and Melbourne, bringing the total crowd for the first 16 games to 259,070.

According to AFC General Secretary, Dato’ Alex Soosay, the number of spectators is a cause for excitement for Asian football, and he believes that the numbers will only grow as the tournament progresses.


“We truly have a great tournament on our hands. The passion and enthusiasm in each of the matches played so far both on and off the pitch has been remarkable.

“Great credit must be given to the Australian Local Organising Committee who has promoted the event wonderfully with activities and initiatives aimed at raising the interest of fans – like the AFC Asian Cup Adopt a Team programme which encourages Aussies to support a second team.

“It is amazing that a match between Qatar and Iran in Australia could amass more than 22,000 supporters, while the match between Japan and Iraq had 22,941 people in the stadium.

"The travelling fans have been a joy to watch, as they not only support their team, but they also bring a touch of culture and uniqueness to the game,” he added.

“I take my hat off to the fans. They are helping us achieve our dream of staging a tournament that will never be forgotten,” said Michael Brown, CEO of the Local Organising Committee.

“We have spent years preparing what we hoped would be a huge, multicultural celebration of football, and the fans are making that a reality.

“It’s not just the numbers – though they are impressive. It’s the passion and colour fans from all competing nations are bringing.

“The first Asian Cup on Australian soil is enjoying tremendous support at all five venues – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.



 

“We are half-way through the tournament – 16 matches out of 32. But the big ones are still to come – the knockout matches of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final itself – so we feel we are well on track to crack our target of half a million spectators.

“There are some games coming up where we expect very big crowds and people who want to attend quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final should buy their tickets now to avoid disappointment.”


The biggest crowd so far has been 50,276 at Sydney’s Stadium Australia for the host nation’s match against Oman.

Australia’s opening match against Kuwait at the smaller Melbourne Rectangular Stadium was a sell-out with an attendance of 25,231.

Another Socceroos sell-out is expected tonight in Brisbane with only a few seats left for the game against Korea Republic.

Asia’s top-ranked team Iran have enjoyed superb support, drawing 17,712 against Bahrain in Melbourne and 22,672 against Qatar in Sydney.

Defending champions Japan attracted over 17,000 against Palestine in Newcastle and another bumper gate of almost 23,000 against 2007 champions Iraq in Brisbane last night.

The average crowd for the group stage matches to date is 16,192.

 

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The Islamic Society of Algester in conjunction with Seekers Point will be hosting the Annual Meelad un Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) at  The Islamic College of Brisbane today (Sunday 18th January 2015) at 2.00 pm

 

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Bushra Faisal (right) fitting Barbara Poley (left) with a Hijab

 

HERVEY BAY: WOMEN in the Hervey Bay Muslim community are encouraging others to look at life through their eyes, by trying on the hijab headcovering.
 

The women are participating in World Hijab Day for the first time to shed some light into Islam and to dispel any negative connotations attached to it in light of the recent anti-Muslim sentiments.
 

World Hijab Day was founded by a New Yorker as a way of increasing understanding and tolerance between Muslims and non-Muslims by inviting all women to try a Hijab and understanding the meaning behind it.
 

A former atheist turned Muslim, Barbara Poley said the recent terrorist attack in France that killed 12 people by "so-called Muslims" has once again put Muslims in a bad light.
 

"Islam is a beautiful, peaceful religion and no way in the Quran it says people should commit acts of terrorism," the Hervey Bay woman said.
 

Maryam Saeed, an IT specialist who has been in the Bay for three years said the hijab to the Muslims was a way to be modest.
 

"We don't want people to be scared of us just because we look different," she said.
 

"Our beliefs are to do with ourselves. We don't impose the hijab on anyone but we'd like to invite all to the event to try and understand us and our religion.
 

"We too hate crime and violence as anyone else and when people do crazy things we do feel the backlash and that's the reason why we want to hold this event - to spread awareness."
 

Mrs Saeed said in Islam there was a balance between two things - worship and serving humanity - and that's exactly what they are doing.
 

"The majority of the Muslims here are doctors. Why would we hurt anyone when we are trying to save lives," she said.
 

There are 20 families in the Hervey Bay Muslim Society including Aussie converts.
 

The group will hold the World Hijab Day gathering at Mary Ryan Bookstore, 15 Central Avenue, Urraween from 9am to 3pm, January 31. Everyone is welcome to attend.
 

Source: Dominah Devadas | 10th Jan 2015 5:00 AM Fraser Coast Chronicle

 

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HORRIFIED: Gympie Muslim community leader Shifa Mustapha hopes the world’s support for free speech will show terrorists they have achieved nothing. Patrick Woods 

 

TERRORISTS defame the religion they claim to support and are enemies of real Islam, Gympie Muslim community leader Shifa Mustapha said this week.
 

"When robbers wear a George Bush mask to commit an offence, no-one blames George Bush.
 

"These people are wearing a mask of Islam," Mrs Mustapha said yesterday.
 

Mrs Mustapha took a courageous stand for peace and international tolerance when she spoke to The Gympie Times, pointing out that the victims and heroes of the Paris shootings and siege included Muslims.
 

"Muslims," she says, "are not responsible for what crazed killers do.
 

"I don't think anyone holds Christians responsible for the Holocaust.
 

"And you can't blame the excesses of Josef Stalin on atheism."
 

Muslims, like anyone else, viewed the events in Paris, and many terrorist acts before that, with horror.
 

The Gympie based religious teacher has represented the Queensland Muslim community extensively in multicultural forums, ethnic meetings and multi-religious gatherings.
 

"We have seen our religion hijacked by thugs and murderers," she said.
 

"It may help to tell you that the majority of people they have killed were Muslims and so was the first person killed in Paris."
 

Mrs Mustapha says the atrocities committed by Muslims in Paris, in the name of Islam, were part of "a long line of atrocities we have all viewed with horror."
 

But she says the horror is even greater for Muslims who stand up against terror and risk retribution.
 

"As a Muslim I can tell you that the horror you experience is magnified many times over for we who know that Islam has no dealing with these evil, insane actions of those claiming to be its followers.
 

"I speak for the majority of Muslims, and for those you probably know already within the region.
 

"We have seen our religion hijacked by thugs and murderers; criminals who have dragged it in the blood and dust of their heinous actions - and we weep.
 

"We weep for the victims and their relatives and friends.
 

"We weep also for the destruction of friendships and ideals; for the loss of innocence and peace, as surely as heaven weeps with us all."
 

She asked Australians and particularly Gympie people to understand that the first death in Paris was that of a policeman, a Muslim named Ahmad.
 

She expressed the hope that the wounds of terrorism would not be too deep for the rest of us to understand.
 

But if we are at risk, she says, Gympie's small Muslim community (about 30 people, including children) stands with us and faces the same risk, "an even greater risk for those of us who stand openly against them."
 

"Overnight huge demonstrations of sympathy were held for the victims, as well as to uphold freedom of speech and the right to draw cartoons."
 

Reflecting the view of The Gympie Times cartoonist Jeff Douwes, she said those offended by cartoons have a right to retaliate with pens and words and drawings, but not with bullets and bombs.
 

She says she hopes the world's support for free speech, including that of the Islamic world, will show terrorists they have achieved nothing.
 

"For the better part of the night, a good few of us have been sending out messages of peace and support for the protests worldwide, but it amazes me there are still Muslims who uphold the violence.
 

"They set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner and they place themselves above Allah. A life is a life and each life belongs to Allah."
 

From the Gympie Times, Queensland published 14 January 2015

 

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A YEAR ago, Rockhampton's Dr Gul-E-Rana didn't wear a hijab.

But when people started to commit violent crimes in the name of Islam, Dr Gul felt she had to stop her religion from being hijacked.

Hearing another Muslim woman speak about the hijab and identity further cemented Dr Gul's decision to start wearing the traditional headscarf.

"I wanted to identify with Muslims," she said.
"I always wanted to do it, but you need that conviction to do something."

Dr Gul moved to Australia from Pakistan five years ago and has worked at the Rockhampton Hospital since then.

Although she felt wearing the hijab was the right decision, Dr Gul felt anxious about the ripples it might cause in her workplace.

She said the biggest worry was whether patients would still trust and respect her.
But all those anxieties disappeared the first day Dr Gul walked into work wearing the hijab.

"It was just very natural," she said.

"I think when you make the decisions that are right for you, you just have that positive thing about you and everything just works.

"You cannot get rid of your identity anyway, so you should own it.

"I never faced any of the hatred."

Dr Gul said she was "very passionate" about Islam and believed it to be "100% peaceful", but understood people feared the religion after reading about crimes.

"When this is splattered across the media ... naturally you're going to be afraid of us," she said.

"For us it's frustrating because we are Muslims.

"No religion tells you to do bad stuff.

"What are these people reading, what are these people doing?

"To us it is completely untrue."

Although Dr Gul was disappointed those involved in terrorist group ISIS could affect how peaceful people live in Australia, she said for every darkness in the conflict there was light.

She said more people were taking the time to learn about Islam and understand most Muslims did not agree with extremist behaviour.

"We want to explain to people," Dr Gul said.

"It's not something which is exclusive to us.

"We're all just people and we need to understand each other."

The Rockhampton Mosque will hold an open day on Saturday, December 6, from 9am to 1pm.

What is the hijab?

The hijab is a scarf covering a woman's head and neck, leaving her face uncovered.

Hijab also means to dress decently or modestly and applies to men and women.
 

Source: The Morning Bulletin

 

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Comedian Dieudonne, whose trademark gesture, the quenelle, has drawn severe criticism for being anti-Jewish, will pay fines incurred for defamation and hate speech, the French interior minister, Manuel Valls, has vowed.

Valls, speaking on a radio show on Friday, said he would ensure that Dieudonne, 47, would have to pay the $88,500 he had run up in fines, and would try to legally block performances by a man he branded a "little trader of hate".

Since 2000, Dieudonne has been fined seven times for defamation, using insulting language, hate speech and racial discrimination.

Dieudonne's inverted down-arm salute made headlines again this week after his friend, French football striker Nicolas Anelka, used it to celebrate a goal in England. The on-field sign sparked a media storm and Anelka agreed not to repeat it.

I think 2014 will be the year of the quenelle

Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala

The comic insists the gesture is not anti-Jewish and merely reflects his anti-establishment views.

"I think 2014 will be the year of the quenelle,'' Dieudonne said in a video posted this week on YouTube. In that video, Dieudonne also denied he is anti-Jewish.

"There's a misunderstanding. I don't say I won't be one day. I leave that possibility open.'

Valls said Dieudonne would be "forced to pay" and that "nobody is above the law".

Veteran Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld have called on people to protest against Dieudonne.

"It is legitimate and normal when someone makes anti-Semitic speeches and says that not enough Jews were gassed in the gas chambers, that people rise up to protest," Klarsfeld told AFP news agency.

"People who go to see Dieudonne go there to hear Jew-bashing," said Klarsfeld.

The controversy his tour is provoking is a far cry from the comedian's early career when he teamed up with Jewish comic Elie Semoun in sketches that tackled racism and slavery.

 

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Rebecca Kay: "A lot of people in the Muslim community were devastated."

 

Sydney Muslims attempted to help police find an Islamic State flag so the Lindt cafe gunman might free hostages, but now they feel they were "set up".
About 2pm on Monday, December 15, Rebecca Kay took a phone call from NSW Police Counter-Terrorism.

The officer wondered if she could help police find an Islamic State flag. This was one of the demands of Man Haron Monis, the gunman holding 18 hostages at the Lindt cafe in Martin Place.
"And if they give him a flag he was going to exchange it for a hostage," says Ms Kay, a convert to Islam who has become a prominent community member in western Sydney.

Ms Kay was one of several people contacted that afternoon, and she was only too willing to help.

"A lot of people in the Muslim community were devastated," she says. "We were ready to jump – 'just say how high' – to help police prevent a tragedy."

Ms Kay believes she called as many as 50 people, but finding an IS flag – or anyone willing to admit they had one – proved no easy task.

And soon her contacts started asking: "Are we being set up?"

"They were very suspicious," she says. "Some accused me of being an informant."

But she counselled that they should try to help.

And the officer kept calling back, "three or four times over the next hour to see if I had got an Islamic State flag or not. There was a sense of urgency that I get it and that I take it down to Bankstown police station, and they were going to put it in a patrol car, with the lights [flashing], and bring it to the city."

Monis's hostages recited his demands on Facebook and YouTube, as police worked to have them taken down. Hostage Julie Taylor, a barrister, said he would free five hostages if Prime Minister Tony Abbott called him to record a short conversation to be played on air. He would release two if the politicians told "the truth, which is that this is an attack by Islamic State against Australia". And he would allow one to go if the flag were delivered.

In the end, Ms Kay says, police sourced their own flag. But then they told her it had been decided there would be no trade with Monis in any case.

By now she had burnt many bridges in her own community.

It got worse. About 2am the next morning – about the time of the deadly final shootout inside the Lindt cafe – NSW Police searched the western Sydney home of one of the young men she had contacted. He had considered handing over his flag to Ms Kay but then thought, no, it was a trap.

"And so he then believed I did try to set him up," she says.

The next morning, she was told, the Australian Federal Police raided the homes of another two men who had been contacted during the community's urgent attempt to help save hostages.

"Obviously, they were listening to all our phone calls," Ms Kay says.

"I want to be able to have dealings with police … but when it gets thrown back in your face, it sets us back two steps."

Lawyer Zali Burrows, who represents some of the people who tried to help police, wonders: "Why didn't they just print one out?"

A laser printer could have produced the flag on cloth and they could have delivered it in half an hour, she says.

Lydia Shelly, a solicitor from the Muslim Legal Network, says: "Our overriding concern was with the safety of those innocent Australians being held against their will."

Police would not respond to questions about the flag or whether they intended to allow Monis to display it to the world's televisions and risk him winning the support of other extremists.

Ms Kay says there is nothing sinister about the flag that Islamic State has misappropriated. It depicts the prophet's seal and "it's a flag that Muslims should have. It's not our fault that these barbarians have taken it as their flag."

She says she would want to help police in another such crisis, but: "They're not building trust. With this incident they have not built trust at all.

"You don't understand the pressure cooker we're in and the interference that the AFP and ASIO have, and the fear that they create, and how they stalk – and I can say stalk with confidence – members of our community and instil fear in their families and ostracise them from their workplace and the people they know, so they become paranoid and they don't interact with anyone.

"This is the kind of norm they've created here, where no one trusts anyone any more."
 

 

Source: The Age

 

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“So when Charlie Hebdo will be published insha ' Allah (God willing), do not pay attention. Do not respond to the provocation," Matic wrote. 

CAIRO – French director Isabelle Matic has announced her decision to revert to Islam on her FaceBook account, making the unexpected announcement only a few days after Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks.

“Today, I passed through the first pillar of Islam. There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet,” Matic said in a message posted on her Facebook page on January 11.

She followed her announcement with a series of posts in which she thanked Moroccan actor Hicham Bahloul for announcing her decision on Moroccan papers.
In another message, she described how she took the decision and its effect on her beliefs in freedom of expression.

“Between the massacre at the premises of Charlie Hebdo and other event that have followed: I became a Muslim,” Matic wrote.

“Am I still for freedom of expression for all and Charlie Hebdo in particular?! Yes,” Matic wrote yesterday.

“With regard to my position towards the caricatures of the Prophet, I will write you the text of the SMS that I received this morning from a mosque which agreed quite well with my thoughts since the beginning of the cartoons, well before I became a Muslim,” she added

“They are making fun of Muhammad and do not harm Muhammad. They are making fun of a character that they have imagined and to whom they have given a name. This man is not our Prophet,” she wrote.

The new Muslim referred to the early life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) when non-believers rejected his calls to Islam.
 

“The Makkans laughed at Muhammad (worthy of praise) in the appellant Modamam (worthy of name calling). The prophet peace be upon him was smiling. Yes, he was smiling! And he said: They are making fun of Modamam and not me,” Matic wrote.
 

“The wisdom is the answer to provocations. And this is what our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) has taught us.
 

“So when Charlie Hebdo will be published insha ' Allah (God willing), do not pay attention. Do not respond to the provocation. And do not give them of importance,” she added.

In its Wednesday’s edition, Charlie Hebdo magazine features a cartoon of a man they claim to be the prophet of Islam on the cover.

The cover depicts Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) with a tear falling from his cheek, holding a sign that says, "Je suis Charlie” under the headline "All Is Forgiven."

The edition is the first after two gunmen attacked the magazine’s headquarters in Paris, killing 10 journalists and two policemen. Two of the dead were Muslims, an editor and a police cop.

It culminates the magazine’s long history of offending millions of Muslims worldwide.
 

Source: OnIslam

 

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What percentage of terror attacks in the United States and Europe are committed by Muslims? Guess. Nope. Guess again. And again...

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” How many times have you heard that one? Sure, we heard Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade say it, but to me, that was simply part of the Fox News plan to make their viewers dumber, as we saw again this past weekend when its terrorism “expert” Steve Emerson was caught fabricating the story that Birmingham, England, is closed to non-Muslims. But more alarmingly, even some reasonable people have uttered this statement.

And that comment is often followed up by the question: Why don’t we see Christian, Buddhist, or Jewish terrorists?

Obviously, there are people who sincerely view themselves as Muslims who have committed horrible acts in the name of Islam. We Muslims can make the case that their actions are not based on any part of the faith but on their own political agenda. But they are Muslims, no denying that.
 

 

The Daily Beast

 

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On the Sunday 1 February at Sabvoda Park Kuraby, from 11am to 5pm, Slackscreek Mosque will be holding a Family BBQ to raise funds for the new Musjid project in Slackscreek.

 

"Alhumdullilah, so far we have collected $1M to date and require $1.1M by end of June 2015," Imam Akram told CCN..

"The day will be full of fun activities like soccer, cricket, volley ball, tug of war and much more."

"A $20 adult ticket and a $10 child's ticket gets you a full plate of BBQ meat, 2x BBQ lamb chops, 2x sausages, 1x chicken fillet, salad, sauce, bread and a can of drink. NOW THAT'S VALUE and the best part of it is that you will be supporting the house of Allah swt," said Imam Akram.

To reserve tickets contact Imam Akram on 0431201164, Dr Mohammed Akram Hoosain on 038 271 939  or Ustaad Abdul Samim Khan on 0413 669 987

 

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After a Fox News host used the France terror attacks to call for the murder of radical Islamists, Russell Brand has taken on what he calls the channel’s “hateful” rhetoric.

Referencing Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday segment which urged: “We need to kill them. We need to kill them,” Brand described the former prosecutor’s language as having “the same energy as the murderers - judgement, hate, certainty in your own position, condemnation, the language of war.”

In a production of The Trews entitled: "Charlie Hebdo: Does Fox News Terrorise Us?", Brand also noted Pirro’s repeated use of the word “them” when talking about Muslims, accusing her of “fortifying boundaries and borders between us.”
 

He added: “Now this is obviously hilariously funny but in another way there’s a toxicity to it, because Fox News, as we know, is owned by Rupert Murdoch and it’s not like he’s just a daft lovely old man, you know, sort of like a racist granddad… oh don’t worry he’s a granddad, he’s from a different time.

“Different if your granddad owns a multi-trillion dollar media organisation and has investments in energy companies that will benefit from further military activity abroad that requires the malignment and hatred of Muslims and Muslim nations and the dehumanisation of Muslims to continue.”

Brand, who has repeatedly locked horns with Murdoch and Fox News, pointed out the media mogul’s share of ownership in the Israeli-American company Genie, which has been granted rights to explore for oil in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
 

'We need to kill them': Jeanine Pirro

 

“There’s always an economic angle, there’s always an idealogical angle,” he said, before highlighting the fact former American Vice President Dick Cheney is on the advisory board of the same company.

He said: “Look at the people behind these ideas. Again, remember, terrorism is wrong, killing people is bad, but that has to mean all types of terrorism.

“Who gets to define what terrorism means? Who gets to decide what violence is necessary?

 

Source: Huffington Post

 

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Opinion piece by Ali Kadri

Early findings from the recent nation-wide study of 800 Australian Muslims funded by the government and conducted by Dr. Adrian Cherney & Associate Professor Kristina Murphy found that 79 per cent Muslims disagree or strongly disagree with a suggestion that terrorists have “legitimate grievances” among other finding such as 74 per cent Muslims supported anti-terror laws and same number feel that these law target Muslims.

 

The full results of the survey will be release to public by the end of this month. However, the headlines in the major newspapers focused on one finding of 21 per cent who either agreed or strongly agree with the same statement.

 

“Terrorists have valid grievances, say some Muslims” read the headline of the article about the survey result written by Rachel Olding in Sydney Morning Herald.

 

The leader of self-proclaimed Anti-Islam hate group Q Society, Ms. Debbie Robinson used this to justify her theory that “21% of Muslims in Australia sympathize with Islamic terrorists and agree that terrorists have valid grievances”

 

 

Ali Kadri is the president of Holland Park Mosque in Brisbane and is also one of the spokespersons of the Muslim community in Queensland. Ali is also a small business owner and a graduate of International Relations from Griffith University.

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 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC COLLEGE

 

We are seeking a qualified and experienced Business Administrator/Bursar for our Durack Campus with:

·         Experience in Accounts and MYOB

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Applications close by 31st January 2015

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As Salaamu Alaikum,

Recently Woolies have been giving out Animal Cards with your purchases. If you have collected them and do not need them we would appreciate if you could pass them on to us. If you do not collect them, please do so and pass them onto us. Cards must be in good condition (unused if possible). We are also collecting Loom Bands. So, if you wish to keep your children occupied over the school holidays, get them to make up Loom Bands.

We are collecting these items on behalf of Mission Possible who make up packs for children with cancer who will be going on Camp with Camp Quality. There are approximately 12 camps in the year of all age groups.

It would be appreciated if you could drop off these cards and loom bands at the following addresses:-

12 Langford Street
Eight Mile Plains

4 Fairmont Crescent
Underwood

69 Allbutt Street
Kuraby

40 Young Place
Runcorn

101 Franquin Crescent
Eight Mile Plains

You may drop off in the letter box or leave at the front door.

Jazaak Allah. May Allah reward you all abundantly for your efforts.

For more information you may contact me on 0402 575 410

Ws Salaam

Faisel Essof

 

In this episode of '100 Muslims, 1 Question' American Muslims from all walks of life were asked: "What is your favourite surah?"

 

These are their responses

 

 

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Murdoch says Muslims must be held responsible for France terror attacks

 

 

News Corp boss tweets to say even peaceful Muslims must bear burden of deadly Charlie Hebdo death toll ‘until they destroy growing jihadist cancer’
 

Rupert Murdoch has been strongly criticised after tweeting that “most Moslems” – even if peaceful – must be held responsible for the religion’s “growing jihadist cancer” in the wake of the terror attacks in France.



 

But the tweet angered many who criticised Murdoch for holding a religion of billions of peaceful people responsible for the actions of a minority of extremists.

One Twitter user referenced Murdoch’s own responsibility in the case of the News Corp phone-hacking scandal, while the Australian comedian Adam Hills was sceptical about the media mogul’s contribution to the debate.

Source: The Guardian

 

J.K. Rowling Responds to Rupert Murdoch's Muslim Tweet
 

J.K. Rowling is not a big Rupert Murdoch fan.

After Paris was hit by a recent terror attack at satire magazine Charlie Hebdo's offices that left 12 dead, Murdoch tweeted Friday: "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."
The media mogul also added that the world was being threatened by "big jihadist danger" and blamed "political correctness" for people turning a blind eye to it.

Now, the Harry Potter author has fired back at Murdoch on Twitter. "I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate," Rowling tweeted Jan. 11.

She also pointed out that issues have been caused by people practicing Christianity and Catholicism, citing the Spanish Inquisition and televangelist Jim Bakker. "Eight times more Muslims have been killed by so-called Islamic terrorists than non-Muslims," she added.

Her tweets can be seen below.

 


 

Source: Hollywood Reporter

 

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Hasan on Charlie   

Mehdi Hasan: A polemical take on politics, economics and foreign affairs

 

As a Muslim, I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists
The response to the inexcusable murder of Charlie Hebdo’s staff has proved that many liberals are guilty of double standards when it comes to giving offence.

 

Dear liberal pundit,

You and I didn’t like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubbya’s slogan: either you are with free speech . . . or you are against it. Either vous êtes Charlie Hebdo . . . or you’re a freedom-hating fanatic.

I’m writing to you to make a simple request: please stop. You think you’re defying the terrorists when, in reality, you’re playing into their bloodstained hands by dividing and demonising. Us and them. The enlightened and liberal west v the backward, barbaric Muslims. The massacre in Paris on 7 January was, you keep telling us, an attack on free speech. The conservative former French president Nicolas Sarkozy agrees, calling it “a war declared on civilisation”. So, too, does the liberal-left pin-up Jon Snow, who crassly tweeted about a “clash of civilisations” and referred to “Europe’s belief in freedom of expression”.

In the midst of all the post-Paris grief, hypocrisy and hyperbole abounds. Yes, the attack was an act of unquantifiable evil; an inexcusable and merciless murder of innocents. But was it really a “bid to assassinate” free speech (ITV’s Mark Austin), to “desecrate” our ideas of “free thought” (Stephen Fry)? It was a crime – not an act of war – perpetrated by disaffected young men; radicalised not by drawings of the Prophet in Europe in 2006 or 2011, as it turns out, but by images of US torture in Iraq in 2004.

Please get a grip. None of us believes in an untrammelled right to free speech.
 

 

New Statesman

 

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A look at the writings of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi – sentenced to 1,000 lashes 

 

  
Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting up a website that championed free speech in the autocratic kingdom. His blog, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum, was shut down after his arrest in 2012. .

Ian Black analyses extracts from his key published Arabic writings that show a man who risked his freedom to question some of the basic tenets of life in Saudi Arabia - especially the central role of religion.
 

Reflecting on the role of the Muslim religious establishment on 12 August 2010, Badawi warned about the stifling of creativity:

As soon as a thinker starts to reveal his ideas, you will find hundreds of fatwas that accused him of being an infidel just because he had the courage to discuss some sacred topics. I’m really worried that Arab thinkers will migrate in search of fresh air and to escape the sword of the religious authorities.

Badawi argued on 28 September 2010 in favour of “secularism [as] the most important refuge for citizens of a country.” Urged by clerics not to attend “heretical” celebrations marking Saudi national day, he underlined the importance of separating religion from the state. Strikingly he does not attack the Saudi monarchy and even praises the liberal governor of Mecca, the intellectual and poet Khaled al-Faisal Al Saud.
 

 

The Guardian

 

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Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression  

 

Pope Francis waves to thousands of Filipinos waiting alongside his motorcade route after arriving in Manila 

  

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis said on Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.
 

Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of the common good.
 

But he said there were limits. By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

 

There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others
 

Pope Francis


“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way.
"It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."


Many people around the world have defended the right of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) in the wake of the massacre by Islamic extremists at its Paris offices and subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket in which three gunmen killed 17 people.
 

But recently the Vatican and four prominent French imams issued a joint declaration that denounced the attacks but also urged the media to treat religions with respect.
 

Francis, who has urged Muslim leaders in particular to speak out against Islamic extremism, went a step further when asked by a French journalist about whether there were limits when freedom of expression meets freedom of religion.
 

Francis insisted that it was an “aberration” to kill in the name of God and said religion can never be used to justify violence. But he said there was a limit to free speech when it concerned offending someone's religious beliefs.
 

“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said.
 

 

If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.
 

Pope Francis

"They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit."
 

In the wake of the Paris attacks, the Vatican has sought to downplay reports that it is a potential target for Islamic extremists, saying it is being vigilant but has received no specific threat.
 

Francis said he was concerned primarily for the faithful, and said he had spoken to Vatican security officials who are taking “prudent and secure measures."
 

“I am worried, but you know I have a defect: a good dose of carelessness. I'm careless about these things,” he said.
 

But he admitted that in his prayers, he had asked that if something were to happen to him that "it doesn't hurt, because I'm not very courageous when it comes to pain. I'm very timid." He added, “I'm in God's hands. "

Source: Dawn

 

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Steven Emerson On Fox News - Birmingham is all Muslim 

 

 

  
Fox News - the bastion of freedom, facts, accuracy and... only joking!

Even by the American news channel's standards they surpassed themselves on Sunday by allowing an 'expert' to claim Birmingham is a Muslim-only city.

Steven Emerson said: "And in Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in.

Even by the American news channel's standards they surpassed themselves on Sunday by allowing an 'expert' to claim Birmingham is a Muslim-only city.

Steven Emerson said: "And in Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in.

"And parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire.

"So there's a situation that Western Europe is not dealing with."

Probably because it's completely imaginary Steve as just 21.8% of the city’s population are Muslim in reality.
 

Emerson, who is the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, subsequently issued an apology, telling the Huffington Post:

 

"I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error. And I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham. I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful. There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham. I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake. " Steve

"PS. I intend to make a donation to Birmingham Children's Hospital"
 

 

Despite the apology, Emerson still insisted London was patrolled by "Muslim vigilantes".

Source: Huffington Post

 

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron told ITV News that Steven Emerson is "clearly an idiot".

 

 

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If you're a smoker, make a serious commitment to quit.

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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!

 

This week's CCN pick of the week is

 

Story Of The Tatars From The Beginning To 'Ain Jalut

by

Dr. Raghib Al-Sirjani


Review from Publisher:

This book is a translation of the Arabic book “Qissat Al Tataar” which was written by the well-known Egyptian writer and historian: Dr Ragheb Al Sirjany.

The ‘Story of the Tatars’ is presented in a story-like fashion that makes it incredibly captivating. The book will educate you about the history of these events. The book, extremely successfully, parallels the Tatar’s events with modern day scenarios in the Muslim world which highlights how history can repeat itself over and over again.

The ‘Story of the Tatars’ is an amazing narrative in many ways and in many aspects. It has striking resemblances to many events occurring in the Muslim world in our times and many lessons can be drawn from this amazing story.

The story of the Tatars and their interaction with the Abassy Khilafa is an almost unbelievable story. If it was not for the almost identical transcription from many sources, it would have been difficult to believe.

Mybookstore Retail Services and Federation of Australian Muslims Students and Youth (FAMSY) are proud to be able to make this book available to the English Islamic literature.


The book was translated by a professional translation firm (Qalam) through a large team of professional translators, reviewers and editors.

 

Purchase a copy here.


 

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KB says:  This is a Pakistani dish with depth of flavour and with an international appeal. Serve it hot with rice or naan bread. My preference is the naan bread or roti which allows you to wipe up all the gravy and leave your plate clean.

Chicken Jalfrezi

 

  Ingredients

• 700g chicken breast meat cut into cubes, skin off
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil or vegetable oil
• 1 onion thinly sliced
• 1 tablespoon garlic and ginger paste
• 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
• 1 green peppers - thinly cliced
• 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
• 5 tablespoons tomato puree
• 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
• 1 teaspoon cumin powder
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• 1 teaspoon coriander powder
• Juice of a lemon
• 1 small bunch chopped coriander leaves
 

Method

  1. In a small pan over medium heat braise the ginger and garlic, chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder for a minute and then add your cubes of chicken and salt and cook until the chicken is almost done and then add the tomato puree and lemon juice and simmer for a few minutes.

  2. In a wok, stir fry the onions, the chopped garlic, the red and green peppers with a pinch of salt and cook until just tender.

  3. Add the mixture in the wok to the chicken and allow to simmer for approx. 3 mins and then sprinkle with the coriander and adjust your seasoning for salt or chillies or add a little water to thin the sauce.

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One day, Jallaludin rides into an Arabian town.

 

The people in the town love to play jokes on visitors.

 

After tying his camel to the pole outside a take-away shack, the Jallaludin goes in.

 

"A cup of milk please." he said to the man behind the counter.

 

After drinking, he went out, only to find his camel missing.

 

Knowing that the villagers did it, he went back into the shack and said to everybody,"

 

I am going to have another drink and when I finish it, I want to see my camel outside! Or else, I will have to do what I did in Jeddah - HERE!"


The people were very frightened.

 

When he finished his drink, he went outside and saw his camel.

 

The villagers had put it back.

 

Curious, the man behind the counter asked Jallaludin: "What did you do in Jeddah?"


Jallaludin replied,"Well, I had to walk home."
 

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And you do not dispute with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say, "We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; our God (Allah) and your God (Allah) is One; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam)."

Surah Al-'Ankabut 29:46

 

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2pm Sunday 18 January
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Topic for January : Riba: what is it, what is the punishment, how to avoid it in a western society
Please contact Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or ayesha_lea@yahoo.com.au
 

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Date: Tuesday 2 December 2014
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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

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

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

Serving Humanity

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

Qld Muslims Volunteers

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) : Masjid Taqwa

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

Eidfest

Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation

Charity

If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

 

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