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Muslim Navy officer silenced after controversial tweets

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MCF Press Release

Another year has passed through so quickly and as usual, it is time to reflect, review and plan ahead.


MCF has now been in existence for 6 years and has been growing from strength to strength, indicating the confidence that our donors, supporters and well-wishers have in the organisation.


Since the granting of DGR (tax-deductibility) status in Sept 2014, MCF has seen more donors take advantage of claiming their donations off their tax returns.


This year saw a gentle increase in the number of individuals and families seeking assistance for various areas of need – ranging from medical expenses, rental and electricity arrear bills, transport assistance or just simply to put food on to the table.


MCF has once again worked very closely with other aid organisations, Muslim and Non-Muslim. Our partner for all overseas aid is Muslim Aid Australia, with whom we have a Memorandum of Association. Locally, we work with Islamic Relief Australia, National Zakat Foundation, Ayia Foundation and Human Appeal, as well as many of the Masaajids. We have regular referrals from Access, MDA, Red Cross and work closely with Kuraby Lions.


Seekers Brisbane provides MCF with packed hampers every month made up of essential non-perishable items. No client of MCF is left without food. For Eid, needy families were given cash donations as well as toys for children. During Eid-ul-Adha, parcels of meat were received for onward donation.


This year also saw MCF partner with Slacks Creek musjid in a joint venture to fund the Homeless Feeding scheme held twice a week in Woodridge. This is proving to be a very successful venture and pleasing to provide basic food items to the needy. We must also acknowledge the many Muslim Food business outlets who so generously donate cooked food for distribution.


With Kuraby Lions, MCF provided funding to purchase hampers for clients of Kyabra Centre. In addition 120 toiletry packs were packed and delivered for intellectually challenged individuals. Once again, this was very well received and appreciated.


In the coming year Insha Allah, MCF will continue with its aims and objectives in seeing to the needs of the most vulnerable and those in need. MCF has an open-door policy and no person in need is turned away. We welcome joint initiatives with other organisations with similar aims and objectives. MCF is also seeking to commit to more projects to assist Australians in need.


An urgent need that exists in our community is to have a data base of businesses that are able to provide employment to the many that have difficulty in finding employment. Some of the clients that come to MCF for assistance come out of desperation, but would prefer to find employment. Due to many reasons, including language difficulties, employment is difficult to find.


MCF is a volunteer-based organisation, with no full-time employees. All members are voluntary workers who sacrifice their time for the betterment of members of society. MCF also has a 100% donation policy. All admin costs are borne by members of MCF and some donors who contributed specifically towards Administration costs.
MCF welcomes any input, ideas or assistance which will help us grow and assist where assistance is most needed.


Our sincere appreciation to our donors, well-wishers and sponsors for their on-going support. May Allah bless and reward you. Aameen.

 

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The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed (right), and Sheikh Yahya Safi (left), of the Lakemba mosque, have backed a fatwa against Islamic

Australia's leading imams have backed a fatwa against the Islamic State terrorist group, warning that any support for the group contradicts Islamic teachings.

In a New Year message to the nation's Muslim community, the Grand Mufti of Australia together with prominent imams from NSW and Victoria have given their religious opinions and urged congregations, particularly the youth, to listen to their religious leaders.

The Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, who is the leading representative of Australia's Sunni Islamic scholars, said "most Islamic Legal Circles and Fatwa Boards have condemned ISIS, declaring that Islam is innocent of all these barbaric actions despite ISIS using the term Islamic in its name. The term 'Islamic State' has been usurped by ISIS," he said, using one of several acronyms for IS.

"We stand with all organisations that have condemned ISIS and declared innocence from its inhumane actions.

"Locally we would like to bring to the attention of our youth, and those who lead them, that ISIS is a trick designed to prey on youth, either by their being killed or locked up in prison. We doubt the origins of ISIS because since it was established it has not done one thing for the benefit of Islam and Muslims. Rather its actions and barbaric acts have been against the way of God," he said.

"Therefore we warn our youth regarding the deceitful propaganda that ISIS uses through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. We remind our youth in Australia that social media and the medium of the internet cannot be a trusted means regarding religious knowledge."


Dr Mohamed's comments come as Muslim leaders around the world, including 70,000 clerics in India, have issued a fatwa against terrorist groups including ISIS and after the Australian National Imams Consultative Forum released a document, Australian Muslim perspective on some key contemporary concerns, addressing religious issues raised by IS's activities and recruitment.

The document examines dozens of issues from citizenship in Australia and Islam, to jihad, and makes statements backed by more than 20 Australian imams against slavery, suicide, and foreign fighting. It bluntly states that the so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq, as proclaimed by IS is not legitimate and therefore Australian Muslims have no ­obligation to follow its dictates.

Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem, of the Board of Imams in Victoria, also had a New Year message for the community, saying that violent extremism is neither religious nor Islamic.

"We condemn and deplore ISIS's violent propaganda that is perpetrated against innocent civilians in the name of Islam as the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: 'Harm is neither inflicted nor tolerated in Islam.'"

He said that "ISIS is trying to justify 'violence against innocent civilians' by interpreting texts of the Koran and hadiths, statements of Muhammad 'cherry-picked and out of context' to suit their violent actions. Majority of the leading scholars and Islamic organisations have vehemently denounced ISIS for its illegitimate and misleading propaganda."

Sheikh Yahya Safi, the imam at Australia's biggest mosque in Lakemba, said: "I stand with the Islamic scholars from around the world who have condemned the actions of ISIS that contradict the teachings of Islam and I have stressed this on many occasions, especially in my Friday sermons."

Sheik Taj el-Din al-Hilali, the former grand mufti of Australia, has also warned that IS is like a trap that had tricked people and countries.

"Joining them is a type of madness that does not concord with the teachings of any religion. I warn the Muslim youths from all over the world against joining ISIS or supporting them in any way," Sheikh Hilali said.

"Joining such a group or supporting it contradicts the Islamic teachings 100 per cent, because this group is clear in breach of the Islamic teachings."
 

Source: The Age

 

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Navy Captain Mona Shindy made comments via the Twitter account @navyislamic that were at odds with government policy.

A senior Muslim navy officer has been counselled and her Twitter account shut down after she tweeted controversial views concerning Islamic extremism and then prime minister Tony Abbott.

Captain Mona Shindy used the Twitter account @navyislamic as part of her outreach work to encourage Muslims to join the Defence Force, but ran into trouble after tweeting comments at odds with government policy.

Defence personnel are banned from expressing political views in an official capacity.

But the Twitter account, described as the "Official Royal Australian Navy Islamic Advisor Twitter account", published tweets critical of Mr Abbott during and after his prime ministership.

"#QANDA @TurbullMalcolm talking #islam looking forward to a PM that unites #auspol & #OZ," @navyislamic tweeted in the lead-up to the coup that ousted Mr Abbott as prime minister.

The Twitter account - which disappeared sometime before Christmas - also retweeted a comment by counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly that read: "Wait. Did our new PM just give a speech and not mention boats, death cult, security, death cult, terrorism, national security and death cult?"

Captain Shindy - a mentor for the Lebanese Muslim Association, and former Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year - used the account to back Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed's response to the Paris attacks.

Dr Mohamed was criticised after a statement issued on behalf of the Australian National Imams Council and himself that suggested racism and Islamophobia were partly to blame for the massacre.

The Grand Mufti later said he had "consistently and unequivocally condemned all forms of terrorist violence".

"There is no justification for the taking of innocent lives," he said in a statement.

 

Captain Shindy is a 26-year navy veteran, a Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year winner and a mentor for the Lebanese Muslim Association.


"#IstandWIthTheMufti Righteous & courageous man who categorically denounces #ISIS #terrorism #ListenRespectInclude," @navyislamic tweeted in response to the statement.

Captain Shindy - a 26-year navy veteran - also used the social media account to criticise the anti-Islam political party the Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA).

"Real shame to see these extreme ill informed fringe groups threatening #community #cohesion #auspol #teamhumanrace," @navyislamic tweeted in October.

Senate candidate for the ALA Bernard Gaynor told Channel Seven: "It is clearly unacceptable for defence resources to be used to engage with domestic politics."

Mr Gaynor, a former army officer, was discharged after he made disparaging comments about homosexuals.

"If I was Islamic then I would probably has [sic] been promoted," he said on Tuesday.

The Chief of Navy counselled Captain Shindy and decided to shut down the account after a review into the Navy's social media policies that began in December, a Defence spokesperson said.

The Twitter account, set up in 2013, had attracted a growing number of contentious comments in recent months, in line with increased public debate over Islam, according to the Defence spokesperson.

"[Captain] Shindy was inundated with these comments and endeavoured to ensure a balance between policy and other comment," the spokesperson said.

In a statement to other media outlets, Defence said the @navyislamic account was shut down in an attempt to "consolidate" the navy's social media platforms.

However, a list of social media accounts published by Defence shows multiple official navy accounts still in operation, including that of Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger.

In a later statement to Fairfax Media, a spokesman for Defence said the use of social media by the navy was "continuing to develop".

"Some individual accounts will remain active due to the site not being solely managed by navy or branding arrangements such as with some sporting bodies such as the Australian Surf Rowers League, Team Navy as well as Navy Rugby Union," the spokesman said.

He added that other accounts would be reviewed shortly, and that a review of all navy branded sites was due early 2016, with recommendations on developing a "synchronised social media communications strategy".

Captain Shindy was awarded the Telstra NSW businesswoman of the year award for her work overseeing a $130 million budget for the maintenance of frontline warships.

She also won a government and academia award for her dedication pushing diversity and cultural change in Defence.

Captain Shindy has publicly weighed in on politically-charged issues, accusing the "fear mongering" media of "overplaying" the links between Muslim communities and terrorism.

"If you allow hate to be perpetuated through further anger all you do is spiral down into badness," she told Fairfax Media in November.

She said her recent decision to wear the hijab with her uniform has made her a target for vilification on a range of social media platforms.

"Maybe when I was younger those things might bite a little bit and hurt," Captain Shindy told Fairfax Media.

"As I've become more philosophical about the issues in the world today I find myself reflecting on why it is people are making those comments," she said.
 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

 

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In the face of unrelenting racist evil on social media, Dan from Optus is a shining beacon of hope.

In response to a barrage of complaints on Facebook about Optus using multilingual signage in multicultural regions, Dan’s responses are nothing short of legendary.

Cheers to Age of Aquarium for collating the best of the bunch.

 

 

Source: Australasian Muslim Times

 

 

 

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A Muslim woman was kicked out of a Donald Trump rally on Friday night for no apparent reason. The woman, Rose Hamid, told CNN that she “came to the rally to let Trump supporters see what a Muslim looks like.” She stood silently with a t-shirt that read “I Come In Peace.”


About halfway through the rally, held in Rock Hill, South Carolina, some people in the crowd “turned pretty ugly” toward the woman, shouting “epithets.” She was then escorted out by security.Trump commented on Hamid as she was being ejected. “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred,” Trump said.


Trump has stoked antipathy against Muslims by calling for a total ban on Muslim immigration into the U.S. Since making the announcement Trump’s standing in the polls has only improved.

 

 

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A small but growing number of young Muslims are heading overseas and gaining combat experience that some fear may be used against Australia. Meanwhile, a navy cadet program in Western Sydney is training young Muslims who may one day fight for Australia.

 

At Provisional Training Ship Australia in Sydney's west, teenage girls wear black headscarves under their camouflage caps, and boys have full, dark beards.

Until their cadet unit was established in March, neither of those things would have been allowed under Navy cadet rules.

The organisation’s openness to catering for young Muslims is one of the keys to the program's success, cadets say.

"To have the same opportunities without shaving my beard, keeping my religion, it's a big relief,” one teenage cadet said.

Another highlighted the importance of accommodating cadets during Ramadan.

“I knew that they would take care of needs like halaal food and prayers, and during the month of Ramadan, fasting," he said. 

Training Ship Australia was set up in Lidcombe in March as a way to reach out to the area’s multicultural - particularly, Muslim - youth.

The entire Australian Defence Force has just 98 people who identify as being of Islamic faith.

Already Training Ship Australia has nearly half that amount.

Cadets don't always go on to serve in defence, but some are considering it.

One 18-year-old girl said she felt the unit was paving the way for other young Muslims.

"I think we've all proven to a lot of people that young Australian Muslims can be part of the Australian force,” she said.

Most of the cadets at the Training Ship attend Islamic schools and go home to Islamic communities.

Navy Islamic Affairs Advisor Captain Mona Shindy said a recent weekend away with Training Ship Hawkesbury was an eye-opener for all involved.

"They got to experience first-hand a whole bunch of people fasting and they were so wonderful and so flexible in terms of trying to understand and cater for that," Captain Shindy said.

"They got up early with us when we were eating before sunrise. Having dinner at exactly sunset so everyone could eat together."

“I had one girl I sat down with and she said 'I thought it would be different from this.' And I said, 'what do you mean?' and she said, 'they're just like us'."

Professor Greg Barton from Monash University's Global Terrorism Research Centre said programs like this could also help combat isolation and extremism among young Muslims.

“Anything we can do to offer structure, discipline, and purpose and belonging, and affirm people in a positive way will yield benefits,” he said.

Professor Barton said there should be more investment in medium- to long-term outreach programs like this.

"There's no silver bullet here but this is one of the essential elements of what we have to do,” he said.
 

Source: SBS

 

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If you ask someone to name an inspirational person, dead or alive; they will probably name someone like Martin Luther King, Tariq Ramadan, or Neil Armstrong depending on their preference. There is no denying the fact that these men have indeed done amazing things; they are powerful people. But many people are not aware of the fact that, women are doing and have done amazing things too.


It’s not our fault, we live in a patriarchal society. I just want to remind you of these names, and I want you to consider them in your list. Marie Curie, she was the first woman who was awarded the first noble prize in chemistry and physics. Maria Michell, an American was the first professional astronomer.

If we talk about contribution of great Muslim women the name of Fatima Al Fihri.

The daughter of a Merchant, was known as “The mother of boys” and “The Lady of Fez”. I am talking about Fatima Al Fihri. Who is the founder of the first university (academic university). Okay, lets take a step back.

Around 1215 years ago, a girl named Fatima was born in 800 CE in Tunisia. After a few years her family moved to Fez, which was an influential Muslim city back in the days. It was a city for people with ambition, and it was the perfect city or the Al Fihri family.

They were struggling with money, but the merchants hard work paid off; and he turned out to be a successful business man. Soon after Fatima’s brother and father passed away, she was left alone with her sister Mariam.

 

Mosque Al Andalus


As they had a generous sum of money, they decided to invest in something that would be beneficial for the community. Her sister decided to build a mosque, which is known as the Al Andalus Mosque. And Fatima wanted to benefit the community on an educational level, so she founded the Al Qarrawiyyin University in 859.


This university was a huge achievement, and a great way to link the Muslim culture’s alliances with European culture. Muslims and non-Muslims both studied at the Al Qarawiyyin University.

It was a university built in the 9th century, and most of you would think it only tough Quran and Fiqah; but in reality it taught astrology, geology, chemistry, grammar, music, medicine, and mathematics.


The most inspirational and admirable things about Fatima is undoubtedly her vision. She decided to use her wealth in a way that would benefit the society in the long run. She passes away in 880 CE, but the Al Qarrawiyyin University is still existent; and is one of Morocco’s highly appreciated university.

Guinness book of world record recorded the Qarrawiyyan university as the most oldest in the world, which is still providing education to students. To honour Fatima’s great contribution, a program was developed with 20 universities of North Africa and Europe, to promote higher education. Woman like Fatima Al Fihri have inspired millions of people.
 

Source: World Story Today

 

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Eminent Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana are apparently making a reach for the Middle East market with their new line of haute-couture hijabs, which they premiered yesterday on Style.com Arabia.


Providing veils and abaya cloaks in neutral colors à la beige and "luxe black," as well as subtle details in the form of minimal prints, lace and embroidery, the collection indicates a change toward more inclusive Western fashion designs -- which we all know is never a bad thing, especially when the result are garments this gorgeous. Check out a few of the pieces below.
 

Source: PaperMag

 

 

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In Southside Academy of Combat (Brisbane) Taufan Mawardi and his team teach Silat Perisai Diri, an Indonesian self defence art form of Silat.

 

Although silat allows a practitioner to disable an aggressor when necessary, its primary purpose is protection. "Perisai diri" means "to shield oneself": a practitioner of Silat PD is capable of developing personal security through building a total "shield" of his or her PD skills. These skills are a combination of accuracy, speed and power.

 

Light, fast, elusive movements are complemented by protective blocks and devastating attacks. It is a style of self-defence which suites anyone: an emphasis on speed and agility in evasion for a lightly built person can more than compensate for the strength of a powerful aggressor.

The classes are international and have schools in countries like Holland, U.S., U.K., Japan, Brunei and the list goes on. The academy is fully accredited by the Australian Sporting Association and fully insured.

 

Silat PD was also used to train the Indonesian elite forces the "Kopassus" who were ranked in the top 10 deadliest special forces of the world. Now you have the opportunity to train in the art of self preservation. This is not a martial art for those with egos, thug mentality or arrogance if you display these characteristics then you are not welcome. For everyone else it is the martial art for you.

 

Click here for contact and registration details.

 

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Do you have a passion to help those in need around the world? Have you always wanted to volunteer and get involved in the community?

Well now you can, become a part of the Islamic Relief Australia family in Brisbane and volunteer with us!

Come along to our volunteer information session to find out more.

WHEN: Saturday 23rd January
TIME: 10am – 12pm
VENUE: 9/3374 Pacific Highway, Springwood, QLD 4127

Reserve your seat by texting 0468 363 786 with your full name. All ages welcome!

 

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MVSLIM's list of Muslims who achieved great things in 2015.

1. Akon

 

 

2015 is the year that the singer and producer brought electricity to 600 million people in Africa.

He created the Akon Lighting Africa (ALA) initiative in 2014 after finding out that 85% of the continent had no electricity generating plants and no energy grid. That is 1.3 billion Africans in numbers. Akon made up a plan to cut that in half. In 2014 his goal was to bring electric power to 600 million of Africans who live without power, which he achieved in 2015.

 

NEXT WEEK: 2. Ahmed Mohammed

 

 

Source: MVSLIM

 

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Nouman Ali Khan, well known Islamic scholar and teacher was in Kuwait for the first time to present a lecture at the Masjid Al Kabir organized by the Indian Muslim Association. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan as he is referred to is renowned for his strong command of Arabic, deep understanding of the Holy Quran and engaging lectures. He is also the CEO and founder of Bayyinah Institute in the US.

Nita Bhatkar Chogle caught up with Ustadh Noman during his whirlwind visit to the Middle East, especially for The Times Kuwait, to find out more about the man, his mission and his unique method of outreach through modern media.

 

The Man

Ustadh Nouman was born in Germany and spent the formative part of his childhood in former East Berlin. Belonging to a middle class Pakistani family, he did not know what it was to be Muslim till he was almost six. While in Germany, he went to a Catholic kindergarten, spoke only German and celebrated Easter and Christmas.

At the age of six he went to Pakistan for half a year where he was often made fun of since he couldn’t speak Urdu. However, once in school there he was introduced to Islam and to praying. He also learnt Urdu.

After this short stint in Pakistan, his father was transferred to Saudi Arabia where Ustadh Nouman went to the Pakistan Embassy School in Riyadh. This is where he started learning about the religion and praying regularly because it was enforced there.

At 13 years old, he experienced the Persian Gulf War and went back to Pakistan before his father got transferred again to the US. He went to a public high school in New York and was the subject of ridicule due to his lack of English speaking skills. “I was almost mute for the first six months till I learnt English.” said Ustadh Nouman.

Ustadh Nouman loved the back and forth travelling and owes his flair for languages to it. A little know fact that we learnt was that he even spoke fluent Spanish at one point, when he worked in a Spanish neighborhood and learnt the language in high school as well. By the time he graduated high school he was fluent in both English and Spanish.

He was in his second year of college when his father was transferred back to Pakistan again but this time Ustadh Nouman decided to stay on and finish his education. And this was the turning point in his life. He happened to meet a fascinating Arabic teacher who was willing to teach him the language and that is where his religious journey actually started.

“And it was a crazy journey with full time college and working 40 hours a week. My day would start at 5 am. I would take a subway and bus to work where I spent the full day, go to college and finish by 6 or 7 pm and then take the train to the masjid (mosque). After studying for 3 - 4 hours, I would take the train and bus back home at 11 pm,” he says.

Schedules that would make anyone give up the additional optional Arabic studies, I think aloud. And Ustadh Nouman patiently responds, “I knew myself. I was in New York City and there are plenty of bad and stupid things to do there. Especially if you are not living with your parents. And I knew that I am not an angel so the only way to save myself was to keep myself busy. I kept myself insanely busy. I had 18 hour days between work, school, studying Arabic and barely eating.”

He narrates a funny anecdote about his first teaching experience. His Arabic teacher made him teach a class of four students a few basics of the language. What he realized during the class was that all four students were Arabic experts who had been studying Arabic for over ten years. His teacher, seeing his potential as an Arabic teacher had asked them to test his skills in action! Of course, he came through with flying colors.

On the personal front, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan is a father of six children with the eldest aged 15 and has an interesting story to share about his marriage. He knew his now wife as a colleague at an Islamic Sunday school where they both taught. A well-meaning mutual friend told his now mother-in-law about him being a prospective groom for her daughter. They spoke on the phone and he and his mother-in-law became good friends he says. Following a six month exchange of emails (his wife was very strict about purdah), they both agreed to get married. A long engagement period ensued where they communicated only through emails with his father-in-law being blind copied on the insistence of his wife! Strangely enough they got married at a time when he was jobless – not at all an ideal scenario on the marriage scene.

When it comes to his children and future plans, he insists he wants them to do whatever they want. Each of his children is different from the other and each has their only skill set. Emad, his son is a Math whiz who can do complex problems in his head, while his eldest Husna an artist with a good knack of Arabic, and is also learning photography. His other daughter is into athletics and is a part of the soccer club. She also had great memory and can memorize a full page from the Quran in just 15 minutes.

Ustad Nouman adds, “I don’t believe in over formal education. I believe the world and the economy is shifting and the way we think of education also needs to shift. What are you good at and what do you want to do. You have to combine those two things. If you can do that you can have a happy meaningful and successful life. If you make a lot of money but are miserable it doesn’t work. Of course religious education is something else, but it’s not a career. It’s something that empowers what you are going to do. They are the essential nutrients; you need them no matter what you do in life.”

 

NEXT WEEK: The Mission

 

 

Source: THE TIMES Kuwait

 

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The world's most beautiful mosques (CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK)

 

 

 

Nasir al Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
Lesser known still is the Nasir al Molk mosque in the university city of Shiraz in southern Iran. Adorned with stained glass windows – unusual in Islamic architecture – it makes for a spectacular sight in the early morning and late afternoon, when the sun’s rays cause twirling light patterns across the embellished murquanas, a form of architectural ornamented vaulting.
 

 

 

Source: Telegraph UK

 

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Opinion by Haroon Moghul, Senior Correspondent, Religion Dispatches

 

No turning back now

We have failed you.

While jihadist movements continue to expand their reach, anti-Muslim bigotry is becoming more and more mainstream. Both narratives mean to deny the possibility of meaningful coexistence. Which is the identity and the reality of thirty million of us.
 

Thirty million Western Muslims, spread out across Europe (excluding Russia), the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. But though we had every reason to speak out, we have barely begun to come together.
 

When we are talked about, it’s either as a problem (terrorism) to be solved, or as the solution (counter-terrorism) to the problem we’re held responsible for. We have little to no relevance outside national security.

And because we do not seem to matter, we might begin to feel as if we do not exist.

I will not excuse myself by saying that we could not have known how bad it would have gotten, or that the forces arrayed against our narratives were too entrenched. I will not soften the blow, either, by hoping it is always darkest before dawn. Because it may get darker.

God does not change the condition of a people until they change themselves. I ask myself how we have gotten to this juncture. I reflect on what I could have done differently. If my life’s experiences can be of any benefit, even as a cautionary tale, then I offer them.
 

What follows is neither exhaustive nor conclusive, but an outline for what you can do, and what I think you must do, to reverse this state of affairs, to help build the kinds of communities our history and heritage promises we can.

Part I covers our relations to the wider world; Part II concerns our own communities and identities.

Part I: All allies, foreign and domestic (continued from CCN582)

2. Hope and range

You might feel, from time to time, that you are caught in an existential battle, and that you and your community will be the first to be sacrificed. You will remember that the most recent European genocide was against Muslims. White European Muslims, in fact, whose Islam predates the establishment of Protestantism in many European countries.

No one asks them, “Are you Protestant or are you European?” I do not tell you this to dishearten you, but to embolden you. You must make asking these questions unacceptable and eventually unthinkable. Because the Islamophobic rhetoric in circulation in many parts of the West today is the same that preceded the Bosnian genocide.

Because you are bold enough to do what needs to be done.

To build the alliances necessary, and work with the partners required, to not just defeat far-right extremism whenever it rears its head, but head it off before it takes root. Alliances demand cooperation with those you may find disagreeable, or who find you disagreeable. If any one political party takes our communities for granted, the others will write us off. And you will do what it takes to make writing your community off that much harder.


European Union membership for Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia must be supported. Not only are these countries part of Islam’s long history in the West, but their admission will help you and your country. The West is more secure when it’s more integrated, and you are more secure inside larger, more internally diverse political units.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN:  Eurabia’s outermost boundary
 

Source: QUARTZ

 

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3. "I Wanna Go," Yuna (2013)

 

I discovered Yuna doing research for this piece, but she's an absolute piece of sunshine and everyone should listen to her.

She's a pretty huge Muslim feminist fashion icon back in Malaysia, where she's from. Her music is a little of everything — pop, acoustic folk and R&B. Her style has been compared to Feist and Norah Jones, among others. Plus, she's collaborating with Usher on an upcoming song to be released in February.
 

NEXT WEEK: 4. "Can I Kick It?" A Tribe Called Quest (1999)
 

Source: PRI

 

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Donald Trump wants Muslims banned from entering the US – but without them the country would be a much poorer place
 

Donald Trump with legendary boxer and Muslim, Muhammad Ali.

What have Muslims ever done for America? If your sole source of information were Donald Trump, you’d think that the answer was not much – apart from murdering its citizens and trying to destroy its values. The Republican presidential hopeful has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US until American authorities “can figure out” Muslim attitudes to the US in the wake of last week’s killings in San Bernardino. If only, you might well think, Scotland had had the same thought about Trump before he was allowed in to blight Aberdeenshire with another of his golf resorts.

What Trump doesn’t seem to grasp is his own country’s history, and how many American achievements worth celebrating are the work of the kind of people – Muslims – he wants to keep out.

Here, then, is a guide to some of the things Muslims have done for the US. It’s not an exhaustive list – but it’s still more impressive than what Trump has done for his homeland.

Treating the sick
 

Dr Ayub Ommaya … responsible for many medical innovations.

Without Ayub Ommaya lots of people, some of them American, would be dead or suffering appalling pain. In 1963, the Pakistani-born Muslim neurosurgeon invented an intraventricular catheter system that can be used for the aspiration of cerebrospinal fluid or the delivery of drugs.

 

What that means is that a soft, plastic, dome-shaped device is placed under the scalp. This so-called Ommaya Reservoir is then connected to a catheter that is placed into your brain. The reservoir is used to provide chemotherapy directly to the site for brain tumours.

 

He also developed the first coma score for classification of traumatic brain injury and developed, too, the US’s National Centre for Injury Prevention and Control, which, as part of its mission, focuses on traumatic brain injury.
 

NEXT WEEK: Giving hip-hop its greatest MC

Source: The Guardian

 

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MASJID TAQWA/BALD HILLS MOSQUE

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 8 January 2016

TOPIC: “The Obedience of Abdullah Ibn Masood to the Prophet"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar

 

AUDIO (MP3) LINK: http://www.masjidtaqwa.org.au/index.php/downloads/kuthba

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

 DATE:  8 January 2016

TOPIC: "Make everything deen"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 8 January 2016

TOPIC"Obtaining the Love of Allah SWT"

IMAM: Akram Buksh 

 

 

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 8 January 2016

TOPIC"Conducting Halaal Transactions"

IMAM: Maulana Riyaaz Seedat

 

 

 

 

 

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Assalamalaykum,


Like many people I was very disappointed when McDonalds Underwood opened and it was not halal as I thought it was our best chance in Brisbane because of the large Muslim community in the surrounding areas.

 

After posting a comment on my Facebook page to encourage people to tell McDonalds Underwood that they would come to their store if they were halal I was encouraged to start a petition.

 

So I decided to start one to show McDonalds the demand for a halal McDonalds in Brisbane in the hope it would influence them to get the store halal certified because they could see the enormous profit they would make.

 

I have spoken to the store manager and he said McDonalds head office is watching the petition so I want to get as many people as possible to sign the petition to impress and influence them.

 

So could you please share the link to my petition in your next newsletter.


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/781/570/092/make-mc-donalds-underwood-halal-/

 

Thank you very much for your assistance.

 

Regards

Jenny Lesha

Matric high flyers pursue Hifdh dream

 

 

SOUTH AFRICA: Two high flying Muslim matriculants of the class of 2015 have resolved upon using their ‘gap years’ to solidify their relationship with the Qur’aan Kareem.

In separate interviews with Cii Radio, Raeesa Bhagalia of Ermelo and Naseehah Kaka of Bethal communicated their intentions to complete their memorisation of the Qur’aan in the academic year that follows their successful crowning as matriculants.

Bhagalia, who also has a yearning for a vocation in either pharmacy or occupational therapy, said she would be commencing her Hifdh journey in a few weeks time, whilst Kaka indicated that she has already gotten the ball rolling, having memorised 7 Ajzaa in years gone by.

“(Previously) it was a bit tough trying to balance between school work and Hifdh,” Kaka said, “so I think I just want to dedicate this year to the Qur’aan and hopefully complete my Hifdh Insha Allah”.

“I request the Duas of the listeners for my Hifdh this year that Insha Allah I complete my Hifdh,” she added.

Though she bagged 7 distinction, Bhagalia, a learner at Ligbron Academy of Technology, was still awestruck when she spoke to Cii Radio this morning.
 

 

CII Broadcasting

 


Facebook page “Hijabis of New York” breaks stereotypes about Muslim women

 

Hijabis of New York

USA: One day, the 22-year-old Rana Abdelhamid was told by a friend that she “looked fairly normal for a woman with a headscarf”. She realized how deeply rooted the prejudice and stereotypes of women wearing headscarves actually are, so she decided to create a new Facebook page called Hijabis of New York. Using the immensely popular Humans of New York page as an example, she shares photographs of young women that wear headscarves in New York along with their stories. Now, one year later, her page has reached over ten thousand likes.

“My goal was to use photography and social media to show the rest of the world the vibrancy and diversity of Hijabi women,” she told the lifestyle magazine Elle. “There are so many stereotypes around the hijab, both from within the Muslim community and the non-Muslim community. People will assume that veiled women are really conservative, soft spoken, docile and not career-oriented,” Abdelhamid added.

The Facebook page shares stories of ambitious students, political activists, and entrepreneurs. Stories ranging from plain everyday situations to strong and diverse opinions. Regardless of the fact that the page is in fact about headscarf-wearing women, Abdelhamid isn’t quite fond of it being the main topic of conversation about Muslim women. “There are so many other real challenges–domestic violence, assault, harrassment–facing Muslim women that I hope this page will be able to shed a light on.”

 

Abdelhamid stresses the importance of headscarves as a part of her identity, just as much as it is her own choice to wear one. And most importantly that it is now the time to really get to know the hijabis.
 

 

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Organic Halal Meats Get Muslims Thinking About What It Really Means To Eat Religiously

 

Imam Khalid Latif (left) is co-founder of Manhattan's Honest Chops halal butcher shop

US: The Prophet Muhammad advised his followers to treat animals with kindness and, if needed, kill them mercifully for food. And he didn’t mince words.

“Whoever kills a sparrow or anything bigger than that without a just cause, Allah will hold him accountable on the Day of Judgment,” the Prophet reportedly said.

Remembering these instructions, New York farmer Zaid Kurdieh says much of the meat that brands itself as halal, or religiously permissible, is nothing but a sham.

For Kurdieh, if it’s not organic, it’s not halal.

“Most people associate halal with slaughter. But that’s just the end of the process,“ the 50-year-old Norwich farmer told the Huffington Post. “All animals have a right to live to a certain age, to eat good food, get good treatment. All of those things constitute halal.”

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, a halal certification organization, estimates that the U.S. halal market is worth at least $20 billion. And the industry is expected to grow, the AP reports.

Muslims like Kurdieh are now thinking deeply about how the recommendations the Prophet gave his followers centuries ago fit in with today’s fast-paced, global food markets.



 

For meat to be halal, animals are required to be killed by hand using a sharp knife, with a single slash to the throat. The person doing the killing should ideally be a Muslim who utters God’s name as the animal exhales its last breath. The practice is intended to make sure the creatures die swiftly and without much pain.

Death matters, of course. But quality of life matters, too.

“I don’t want to eat animals that were systematically abused their whole lives," Nuri Friedlander, a Muslim chaplain at Harvard University, told the Daily Beast. "From a spiritual practice, I didn’t want to get that into my body."

That's why some Muslims are beginning to look past the halal label and examine where exactly their meat is coming from.

Kurdieh is the managing owner of Norwich Meadows Farm, a small, certified organic company that raises chicken and turkey, while sourcing their lamb and beef from trusted local family farms. None of their animals are given growth hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified foods crammed with animal byproducts. The creatures are raised outdoors and grass-fed, given the space to roam and grow at their own pace.
 

 

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Europe’s first ‘eco-mosque’ planned for Cambridge

 

Cambridge eco Mosque prayer hall

UK: The historic city of Cambridge, England will soon include a mosque amidst its stunning skyline of spires. The mosque itself will be the first-purpose built mosque in the city which also happens to be environmentally-friendly.

After years of dealing with overcrowding at various small sites across the city, the growing Muslim community decided that it was time to take action. By the summer of 2008, a strip of land and an old warehouse has been purchased and plans for the new mosque were underway. Rather than build a mosque, it was decided from the very start that the mosque would follow environmental sustainability principles.

“Islamic civilization has been based on the rejection of waste as an under-estimation of God’s blessing and so in the construction of the new mosque here in Cambridge, we were very much in the forefront of the local environmental movement in that we are using the latest heat pumps, conservation technology and green roofs so that we’ll have an almost zero carbon footprint,” commented Chairman of the Trust, Tim Winter who is also known as Abdul Hakim Murad.


Winters also added that they intended to build Europe’s first truly ecologically-responsible mosque and encourage Muslims world-wide to fulfill their environmental responsibilities.

Designed by the award-winning architect Marks Barfield who was also behind stunning projects such as the London Eye and Kew Treetop Walkway, the mosque underlying idea is based on the premise of creating an oasis of calm and sustainability in an urban jungle. Winter adds, “This building will be truly inclusive, sustainable, safe, secure and respectful of the neighbourhood.”

The design will enlarge the existing community garden and will also create a new permeable green edge around the structure with trees as well as providing bicycle racks at street level and car parking in the basement. The £13 million project building, which can accomodate up to 1,000 men and women, will also include a cafe, a teaching area and meeting rooms for use by the local Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

“The new mosque will be a real neighbourhood as well as a spiritual centre, easily accessible by public transport and on foot, with facilities for formal and informal community group meetings as well as a leisure destination,” said Winters.
 

 

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Company fires nearly 200 Muslims allegedly over Salaah request

 

USA: The legal representative for around 200 Muslim workers who were fired from a meat packing facility was adamant Monday that the group simply wants to return to work.

The workers, the majority of whom are Somali, were dismissed from a facility in Fort Morgan, Colorado, after more than 200 participated in a walkout to protest what they say is a change to the company’s workplace prayer policy.

“They’re requesting to get their jobs back and to go back to what they understood to be the policy,” Jaylani Hussein, the Minnesota executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is representing the workers.

The exact circumstances surrounding the initial dispute remain murky. Cargill Meat Solutions says the employees had requested group prayers that would have hindered workflow while Hussein says no such appeal was made.

“They’re just trying to spin the story so they seem more favorable,” Hussein told Anadolu Agency.

Cargill maintains that there has been no change to company policy regarding prayer, and said in a statement that the row stems from a “misunderstanding” that took root in the Somali community “indicating Cargill was ending prayer entirely due to a policy change”.


“Cargill takes our commitment to employees seriously and this has been an unfortunate situation,” Michael Martin, a Cargill spokesman, said in a statement to AA. “At no time did Cargill prevent employees from prayer at Fort Morgan, nor have we changed policies related to religious accommodation and attendance.”

Praying five times a day is obligatory for observant Muslims.

The company has provided its employees with a “reflection area” since 2009, and the room is “is available during work shifts based on our ability to adequately staff a given work area”, according to Martin.

The employees were fired after they failed to call in or show up for work for three consecutive days during their protest.

That policy is mere window-dressing, Hussein said.

“The no call, no show policy is just a blatant way of getting rid of all these employees,” he said.

Teamster union local 455 that represents the workers has not assisted in the ongoing dispute, which compounds the issue, according to Hussein.

“We’ve got a union that doesn’t want to talk to us, and we’ve got Cargill that seems to not know how its policy is being implemented at its plant,” he said.


CAIR plans to continue meetings with Cargill throughout the week to find a solution to the dispute
   

Source: CII Broadcasting

 

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Tell Mama is nearing its sell-by date

 

The founder of Tell Mama, Fiyaz Mughal, presenting the group's annual report at an event hosted by the Quilliam Foundation in 2014.

UK: In light of the new recording of Islamophobia law coming into effect in April, controversial anti-Muslim hate monitoring organisation Tell Mama will inevitably be made redundant, writes Dilly Hussain.

Muslims across the UK are eagerly awaiting the publication of the much-anticipated Counter Extremism Bill.

Prolific Government statements throughout 2015 set out its intent to tackle the “extremist ideology” that apparently lurks behind “Islamist extremism”, and the justifiable counter-concerns about yet further encroachments on Muslim civil liberties, makes this as significant a political struggle as the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill at the start of 2015.

But there is a development on the horizon which promises to be every bit as significant to British Muslims, namely the rolling out of the policy mandating all police forces to record Islamophobia as a category of crime from April 2016.

 

Recording Islamophobia

It was the social policy think-tank MEND which began the campaign of getting local communities to push for the recording of Islamophobia as a separate category of crime in their 2012 manifesto for the first ever PCC elections.

Since then, MEND secured commitments from 10 police forces in England and Wales (almost a quarter of all forces) before the Prime Minister’s announcement last year building on MEND’s work to require all forces to record.

The Government’s announcement and the impending roll-out of new, improved recording mechanisms will put Islamophobia on par with anti-Semitism, in terms of better quantification of hate crime and analysis of criminal statistics relating to racist and religious hate crime affecting Muslims.
 

 

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Spreading a bit of Christmas cheer (Canada)

 

 

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Action due to pilgrims offering salaams to Prophet

 

Mumbai police commissioner and Ambassador-designate to Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Javed 

MUMBAI, INDIA: Ambassador-designate to Saudi Arabia, Mumbai police commissioner Ahmad Javed, has his first task cut out even before he takes charge in Riyadh this February.

On December 24, Saudi Arabia deported about 2000 pilgrims from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and has also threatened to ban their entry into the country for life. Ostensibly this is because of a religious practice that goes against the Kingdom's own norm.

Reports from Saudi suggest that these pilgrims had converged in the holy city of Medina for Umrah, along with thousands others from all over the world during Milad un-Nabi which commemorates Prophet Muhammad's birthday. The Umrah, unlike the Haj, is a non-mandatory pilgrimage prescribed in Islam.

One of the practices among the Sunni sect of Islam is to say salaam and sing naats (poetry in praise of Prophet Muhammad) by his grave. Certain sects within the Sunni belief in Islam, believe in the holy power of the Prophet which goes beyond mortality. "The belief is that the Prophet may have died but has never perished and that he remains among his follower in spirit to guide us," said Mufti Manzoor Ziyaee of the Raza Academy in Mumbai which is now petitioning on behalf of the deported pilgrims. "Some of these pilgrims from the sub-continent who went there observed this tradition and offered salaams dedicated to the Prophet," he added. But the Saudis who practice a more severe form of Wahabi Islam and do not believe the Prophet should be thus invoked, found this offensive. The pilgrims, many of whom are from Mumbai, were at first verbally warned against this and when they persisted they were removed from the holy site and later deported.

 
Advocate Rizwan Merchant, who represents the Barelvi sect and is a trustee of various Dargah committees in the city said, "Every person has the right to follow Islam the way they want to. Deportation from a country is in instances of having committed an offence. A differing ritual cannot be reason to prevent a Muslim from visiting the holy pilgrimage which happens to be in Saudi Arabia."
 

 

Mumbai Mirror

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Moroccan Cleric Calls on Parents to Divide Inheritance Equally Among Children

 

Controversial Moroccan Islamist preacher Abdel Bari Zamzami has reportedly came up with a ‘religious’ solution to the current debate over inheritance in Morocco. 

Taroudante – Following the controversy caused by Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH), which has urged the government to reform the family code in a way that guarantees equality between men and women concerning inheritance, Abdel Bari Zamzami recently called on parents to divide their wealth equally amongst their children before they die.

According to Hespress, citing the Moroccan weekly Al Ayam, the preacher said “the only religiously-permissible way out of this problem is that parents give equal shares to their sons and daughters without leaving behind any property that will take the path of inheritance.”

The same source added that the Moroccan preacher said that Islam is calling for “equality between sons and daughters in terms of giving,” unlike the case of inheritance, which states that the male should get a portion equal to that of two females.

Morocco’s National Human Rights Council recently said that equality is still a long way off in Morocco, and much of the old order remains untouched, including the inheritance law section of the family code.

In its report released last month under the title “Preserve the Constitutional Aims and Objectives and Make them Effective,” the Council stressed that women should receive the same inheritance as men, in accordance with the 2011 Constitution, whose Article 19 clearly calls for the implementation of gender equality.
 

Source: Morocco World News  

 

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To end terrorism, we should follow the path of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH): Dalai Lama

 

MYSORE: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama who is also a Nobel Laureate termed the Holy Quran as a Sacred Book which is a priceless Gift of God given to mankind for guidance and welfare of the entire humanity.

According to Karnataka Muslim, the leader express his views at the grand global meet of Buddhists in Mysore. The spiritual leader also lauded the great services of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the mankind. He said that “The Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) life is the best example for the entire humanity.”

“We should follow the path shown by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in order to establish global peace and to end terrorism and tyranny from the world. The Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) message of Peace, love, justice and religious tolerance will always be a leading light for the whole humanity”, he added.

“Thousands of the followers of Buddhism from around the world thronged the venue for their world congregation at Buddhist Monastery in Bylakuppa”, reports Karnataka Muslim.

The spiritual leader receives a copy of the English translated Quran from CMA District President Mushtaq Ahmad. Dalai Lama received it with reverence.
 
Source: The Siasat Daily  

 

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Nourish your body from the inside out

 

We are what we eat, and having a great breakfast is very important but too often
overlooked. Not only does it feed into your mood for the day, it will fuel your body
for a good day ahead.


While we are sleeping, our bodies are fasting. It is very important to break that
‘fast’ so you can function throughout the day and kick-start your metabolism.
A healthy and nourishing breakfast will keep you fuller for longer, stabilise blood
sugar levels, and give you sustained energy.

All meals should include healthy, low-GI carbs, a good source of protein and fibre.
If you’re strapped for time, plan your meals earlier and have some on-the-go options
available. Always hydrate with water for a glowing skin and to stop the body from
confusing thirst with hunger.

REMEMBER TO NOURISH YOURSELF THROUGH MOVEMENT AS WELL.

 

N-JOY!
 

 

TOGETHER, LET’S FIGHT GLOBESITY

Kareema

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.

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How to achieve your 2016 health goals: Part 1

 

It's good to set a health goal so that it is clear what you want to work towards. If you don't have a goal to start with, you might lose sense of what you want to achieve which can lead to a loss of motivation. In order to achieve your main goal, it is very important to set smaller goals which will become the stepping stones to help reach your main goal.

For example, your aim may be to lose 20 kgs this year. Of course, this is not something achievable in one day. It may seem too difficult at first, but it is possible by setting small goals which are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely).

Stay tuned for my next article where I will go into further detail about writing up a SMART goal and I will also give an example to help you create SMART goals for yourself.

 

Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at fitria.s@hotmail.com.

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The best self defence is awareness. Look where you're going. Check out the gas station, ATM, 7-Eleven etc. before you pull up/go check the environment. This is not paranoia but prevention. If the people or the area seem dangerous leave to another place. Do not become another statistic as a victim of violence.

 

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The CCN Book-of-the-Week

 

Pomegranate Soup

by

Marsha Mehran

 

 

Description

Beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, in damp and lovely County Mayo, sits the small, sheltered village of Ballinacroagh. To the exotic Aminpour sisters, Ireland looks like a much-needed safe haven. It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla, and she hopes that in Ballinacroagh, a land of “crazed sheep and dizzying roads,” they might finally find a home.

 

From the kitchen of an old pastry shop on Main Mall, the sisters set about creating a Persian oasis. Soon sensuous wafts of cardamom, cinnamon, and saffron float through the streets–an exotic aroma that announces the opening of the Babylon Café, and a shock to a town that generally subsists on boiled cabbage and Guinness served at the local tavern. And it is an affront to the senses of Ballinacroagh’s uncrowned king, Thomas McGuire. After trying to buy the old pastry shop for years and failing, Thomas is enraged to find it occupied–and by foreigners, no less. But the mysterious, spicy fragrances work their magic on the townsfolk, and soon, business is booming. Marjan is thrilled with the demand for her red lentil soup, abgusht stew, and rosewater baklava–and with the transformation in her sisters.

 

Young Layla finds first love, and even tense, haunted Bahar seems to be less nervous. And in the stand-up-comedian-turned-priest Father Fergal Mahoney, the gentle, lonely widow Estelle Delmonico, and the headstrong hairdresser Fiona Athey, the sisters find a merry band of supporters against the close-minded opposition of less welcoming villagers stuck in their ways.

 

But the idyll is soon broken when the past rushes back to threaten the Amnipours once more, and the lives they left behind in revolution-era Iran bleed into the present. Infused with the textures and scents, trials and triumph's of two distinct cultures, Pomegranate Soup is an infectious novel of magical realism. This richly detailed story, highlighted with delicious recipes, is a delectable journey into the heart of Persian cooking and Irish living.

 

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KB says: As an innovation from an old family recipe, I sometimes cut up fruit into the cooled dessert.

Vermicelli Dessert

 

Ingredients

 

1 litre milk
¾ cup vermicelli which has been made crisp in the oven
1 tin condensed milk
½ cup coconut cream or a cream of your choice
1 tab. coconut
Pinch of elachi powder
2 tab. custard powder
2 tab. corn flour/maziena

Method

  1. Mix custard powder and corn flour with a little cold milk to form a paste.

  2. Bring the remaining milk to a gentle boil, then add in the cream, condensed milk, elachi and custard powder mix and allow the contents to simmer for a few minutes and then add the vermicelli and coconut and allow it to simmer for a few minutes.

  3. The mixture will thicken, remove from the heat and allow it to cool.

  4. Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with slivered almonds and refrigerate, best served chilled. I normally make it a day before.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

 

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.

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Mula Nasruddin: Brother Jallaludin, why did you run away from operating table?

Jallaludin: The nurse was repeatedly saying - "Don't get nervous" ,"Don't be afraid. "Be strong" "This is a small operation only.."

Mula Nasruddin: So what was wrong in that? Why are you so afraid?

Jallaludin: My dear brother, she was talking to the surgeon!
 

 

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An Ayaat-a-Week

 

  

 

 

 

Allah created the heavens and the earth for just ends, and in order that each soul may find the recompense of what it has earned, and none of them be wronged.
 
  ~ Surah Al-Jathiya 45:22

 

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and expecting something in return,

you're doing business not kindness. 

~ Unknown

 

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Contact

Time

9 January

Saturday

Eid-E-Milaadun Nabi (SAW) Night

Islamic Society of QLD

Rochedale Mosque, 2674 Logan Rd

0403 541 012

5pm until 8.30pm

16 January

Saturday

Milad-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

HILLCREST

2 Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest

3809 4600

3pm until Maghrib

16 January

Saturday

Family Fun Day

Liyana Joosab

Inflatable World, 27 Bellwood St, Darra

0414 488 894

4.30pm to 7.30pm

30 January

Saturday

Islamic Trivia Night

Islamic Society of Algester

Springwood Community Centre (53-57 Cinderella Drive, Springwood)

0421 593 785

7.30pm

7 February

Sunday

TCC Competition

The Continental Club

Gainsborough Greens Golf Club

0404 280 582

7.30am

19 & 20 March

Sat & Sun

The Spiritual Zone
Sh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

3 May

Tuesday

Lailatul Mehraj (27th Rajab 1437)

15 May

Sunday

CRESWALK2016

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

9am

14 & 15 May

Sat & Sun

The Forgotten Jewels
Sh Daood Butt

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

27 May

Friday

Nisf Sha'ban 1437 / Laylat al-Bara'at (15th Sha'ban 1437)

6 June

Monday

1st Ramadan 1437

1 July

Friday

Laylat al-Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadan 1437)

6 July

Wednesday

Eid al-Fitr 1437 (1st Shawwal 1437)

9 July

Saturday

ICQ Eid Festival

Islamic Council of QLD (ICQ)

TBA

TBA

TBA

20 & 21 August

Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

12 September

Monday

Eid al-Adha 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)

3 October

Monday

Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

(1st Muharram 1438)

 

PLEASE NOTE

1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.

 

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RECURRING EVENTS

 

 

 


 

 Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118
 

Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
Hifz & Quran Reading Classes (for brothers and sisters) - Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00pm & Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm
Madressa (for children) - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm
Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month.  Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
Islamic Studies (for sisters) - one year course.  Saturday 10:30 - 2:30pm. Enrolments for 2016 now available
Ilm-e-Deen Degree Courses (for brothers) - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses.  Enrolments now available for 2016.
 
For further information please phone 07) 3809 4600 or email info@almustaphainstitute.org 

 

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Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)
 

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher

 

Algester Mosque

 

Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha

 

For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084

 

 

On Going Activities

 

1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.

 

For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987

 


 

IPDC

 

 

Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya

 

Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class

 

For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque

 

All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar

DAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

PROGRAM

Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program

AUDIENCE

Men

Ladies

TIME

after Maghrib Salat

 

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group

 

Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

 

Light refreshments will be available.

 

ALL WELCOME

 

For more information and RSVP:

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

 

 

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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque

Al-Nisa

Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)

      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)

      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)

      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)

      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

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)

MCCA

Islamic Finance  & Investments

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

Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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

 

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