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Sunday, 20 May 2007

Newsletter 0132

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لسلام عليكم

CresWalk2007: All the highlights


A brilliant crescent shone over South East Brisbane skies last night heralding the eve of CresWalk2007


A complete roundup of the day.


Muslim Unemployment Study


Researchers at Queensland University of Technology invite your participation in a consultation process to discuss how the employment of Muslims in Queensland can be improved.


Contact them if you can:
   Spare the time to fill out a survey questionnaire
   Offer advice or suggestions on the difficulties experienced by Muslim job-seekers
   Provide details of your own experience in seeking employment
   Attend a focus group discussion

Phone or email Dave on (07) 3138 8436 or mobile: 0438 860717 de.lawson@qut.edu.au




We offer our condolences to Dr. Nazir Mahomed and his Family on the passing away of his mother, Mrs. Sarah Aboobaker Mahomed, in Zimbabwe during the week.

Foster family Wanted


A recent convert to Islam in Toowoomba with several children of ages 4-12 is desperately looking for a Muslim foster family to help with two of her boys.


If you are willing to be foster family or if you know someone who may be willing, please contact Tarek Omar on omart@usq.edu.au


A View from the USA






New Citizenship Test Sparks Debate


Dr Ameer Ali / Warren Clarke

Dr Ameer Ali with PM

MUSLIMS are outraged that prospective citizens will have to acknowledge the Judeo-Christian tradition as the basis of Australia's values system.

Australia's peak Muslim body said the proposed citizenship question - revealed in the Herald Sun - was disturbing and potentially divisive.

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Dr Ameer Ali said the "Abrahamic tradition" or "universal values" would be less divisive ways of describing the nation's moral base.

Dr Ali said use of the term Judeo-Christian was the result of "WWII guilt", and before 1945 Australia would have been called only Christian.

"That question must be rephrased," he said.

Dr Ali was backed by Democrats senator Lyn Allison, who said the answer to the question was highly debatable.

But Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews stood firm on the merit of the question.

Mr Andrews said Australia's Judeo-Christian heritage was indisputable historical fact.

"We are not asking people to subscribe to the Judeo-Christian ethic," he said.

"We are simply stating a fact that this is part of the heritage of Australia in terms of its foundation.

"This is not an exercise in political correctness. It is trying to state what has been the case and still is the case."

But Health Minister Tony Abbott confused the issue, saying the modern Australian values system was secular, or of no particular religion.

The Herald Sun yesterday revealed 20 key questions, developed in consultation with Mr Andrews, that are likely to be asked of would-be citizens.

Mr Andrews said the test, to begin by September, would help immigrants integrate into society better.

"We celebrate diversity and people are free to continue their own traditions, but we are also very insistent that we have to build and maintain social cohesion," he said.

Dr Ali said he would request a meeting with Mr Andrews to discuss the question.

"It is the wrong message we are sending," he said.

Senator Allison said the test was pointless.

"I don't see what it's going to achieve," she said.

"It doesn't say anything about people's character, whether they are going to be good citizens."

Opposition immigration spokesman Tony Burke said Labor agreed in principle with the test, but wanted details


Source: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21756770-2,00.html


Britain's Richest Asians


No 9: hotels and leisure magnate Firoz Kassam

The Asian influence on British business is staggering. From the entrepreneurial types such as the Jatania brothers, to Vodafone chief executive Arun Sarin at the helm of a FTSE 100 company, and now Asian companies stalking their European rivals, this vast continent is making its presence felt at every level of UK plc.


The UK's Daily Telegraph published details of Britain's richest Asians (see below).

The list includes people with companies based in the UK who do all, or a significant amount, of their business there.

The list appeared at the glittering Eastern Eye Asian business awards, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Spinder Dhaliwal, of the University of Surrey, who complied the list, says: "What I find exciting is the bravery of it all. You see these entrepreneurial heroes. They never stand still, they are all going forward. It's that pace, that inner confidence. We've been here three decades. There is no inherited wealth on the list. They have really used their business acumen and broken through a lot of barriers and prejudices."

Britain's Richest Indians


01 Mike Jatania and family
Worth £850m

Uganda-born Jatania and his three brothers, George, Vin and Danny, run the cosmetics giant Lornamead. The Lornamead Group is a privately owned international manufacturer and marketer of cosmetics brands.

It specialises in purchasing under-used brands and companies, re-energising management and reinvigorating the organisations.

Its portfolio includes big names such as Yardley, Lipsil, Body Mist, Sara Lee, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Henkel Schwarzkopf.

The company has its international headquarters in the UK but maintains offices in the Middle East, America and Germany, and distributes brands in more than 50 countries.

In February 2007, Lornamead established new offices in India, as it starts significantly to increase its business in this market, with a particular focus on Yardley and Finesse.

02 Lord Swraj Paul and family
Worth £750m
India-born Lord Paul, chairman of the Caparo Group, is a leading businessman and an active member of the House of Lords. He came to the UK in 1966 and founded Caparo, a private diversified, UK-based group specialising principally in the manufacture and supply of steel and engineering products for industry.

03 Vijay and Bhikhu Patel
Worth £500m
The Patel brothers arrived in the UK from Kenya when Vijay was just 16. They now head up Waymade Healthcare, a wholesale pharmaceuticals business. In an attempt to build the Asian Glaxo, the brothers have created a subsidiary, Amdipharm, which aims to develop and launch new drugs.

04 Gulu Lalvani and family
Worth £450m
Karachi-born Lalvani is the founder and chairman of Binatone, one of the world's largest manufacturers of digital cordless phones. Lalvani founded Binatone in Britain in 1958 with his brother Partap, naming it after their sister, Bina.

05 Jasminder Singh and family
Worth £360m
Tanzania-born luxury hotel boss Singh is chairman and chief executive of one of the most successful hotel chains in Britain, the Edwardian Radisson Group.

06 Tom Singh
Worth £350m
Singh founded New Look in 1969. It is now the third-largest womenswear retailer in Britain behind Marks & Spencer and Next, and the second-biggest women's footwear retailer.

07 Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev
Worth £350m
Sachdev formed Life Style Care with his wife Pratibha in 1987. He sold it 11 years later, making £25m from the family's 85pc stake. Having recently sold his second company, in nursing homes, he is now planning a third.

08 Sir Anwar Pervez and family
Worth £250m
Sir Anwar began his career in the food business in 1963, when he opened a mini supermarket in Earls Court. He has since built an empire to become the "Cash and Carry" king with Bestway, a 50-warehouse operation in Britain, which employs around 4,500 people.

09 Firoz Kassam
Worth £240m
A hotels and leisure magnate, and the former owner of Oxford United FC, Kassam is famous for his eponymous stadium, a 12,500-seater on the edge of Oxford, which includes a hotel, cinema, bowling alley, gym, and restaurants.

10 Navin and Varsha Engineer
Worth £220m
Engineer and his wife Varsha already have succession planning in place for the family's pharmaceuticals business Chemidex, with both children studying medicine.

11 Bharat and Ketan Mehta
Worth £200m
The Kenya-born Mehta brothers are proof that a low profile is not the same as low achievement. Their fortune is built on their business, Necessity Supplies, which specialises in parallel importing.

12 Abdul Alimahomed and family
Worth £150m
Birmingham-based Alimahomed recently sold his packaging company Europackaging to MidOcean Partners in a deal thought to be worth £170m-£190m, netting the family a tidy £100m windfall.

13 Nat Puri and family
Worth £130m
Said to be Nottingham's richest man, Nathu Puri has built Melton Medes Group into a business empire in packaging, paper, engineering, textiles and plastics, in Germany, China, Poland and Hungary.

14 Dinesh Dhamija
Worth £120m
After a spell at IBM, Dhamija started in business with a small stall in west London selling cheap flights to budget travellers. He founded Dabin Travel in 1980 and Flightbookers in 1983. He has headed ebookers.com since June 1999.

15 Shami Ahmed and family
Worth £115m

Ahmed started out as a market trader in Burnley and went on to found the Joe Bloggs brand, which employs more than 2,000 people. Outside fashion he invests in properties across London and companies such as Austin Reed.

16 Rajan and Sanjay Kumar
Worth £100m

The Kumars' Manchester-based business has grown from an initial investment of just £33 to an international multi-million-pound fashion distribution empire, Rajan Fashions. The company supplies chains from Zara to JC Penney.

17 Harpal Matharu and family
Worth £100m

Harpal remains one of the top 20 hoteliers in the country with his Global Grange business. He incorporated the company in 1980 and it has been resilient despite fluctuating conditions over the years. Its latest London project is a 200-bed hotel converted from a Ministry of Defence building.

18 Surinder Arora and family
Worth £95m
One of the top hoteliers in the country, Surinder opened the Arora International at Heathrow in 1999, the first hotel in Britain purpose-built for airline crew. He and his family own hotels near Heathrow and Gatwick airports and their businesses have survived well despite difficult times in the travel and property industries.

19 Rita and Rahul Sharma
Worth £95m
Rita Sharma started her own business to escape a job that bored her. She built Worldwide Journeys from a tiny Oxford Street office and is now one of the richest women in London. Her accountant husband, Rahul, quit his job to join her and the business now employs more than 100 staff.

20 Iqbal Ahmed and family
Worth £90m
After arriving in Manchester with his family in the early 1970s, Iqbal and his brothers, Kamal and Bilal, set up Iqbal Brothers to sell tropical fruit to wholesale caterers. They diversified into frozen fish and now run Seamark, best known for the Mr Prawn brand.


In the next few issues of CCN we will highlight the most powerful British Asian Women and British Asians in politics.


Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/05/08/cnasia08.xml&page=1


Feminist, socialist, devout Muslim: woman who has thrown Denmark into turmoil


Parliamentary candidate, 25, finds herself at centre of Europe-wide controversy

Danish parliamentary candidate Asmaa Abdol-Hamid.

In the land that launched the cartoons war between Islam and the west, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid finds herself on the frontline, gearing up for a new battle.

The 25-year-old social worker, student and town councillor describes herself as a feminist, a democrat, and a socialist. She has gay friends, opposes the death penalty, supports abortion rights, and could not care less what goes on in other people's bedrooms. In short, a tolerant Scandinavian and European.

She is also a Palestinian and a devout Muslim who insists on wearing a headscarf, who refuses, on religious grounds, to shake hands with males, and who is bidding fair to be the first Muslim woman ever to enter the Folketing, the Danish parliament in Copenhagen.


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The CCN Culinary Corner

1 cup chicken breast – cubed - 1 tsp ginger/ garlic - 1 Tbsp ghee - 1 tsp pepper - 1 tsp ground green chillies - 1 tsp salt - 2 tsp mustard powder - 1 cinamon stick - 1 tin cream style corn - 1 liter milk - 2 Tbsp flour - 60g Butter - 1 small tin cream.

In a pot place the chicken and the ingredients marked with an asterisk Braise and simmer until the spices are well integrated with the meat. Add a little more water and allow all to boil together. Add in the corn and milk. Make a white sauce with flour and butter and add it into the pot and simmer. Just before serving add in cream and a grinding of black pepper, this will really pep up the soup.

Roast saffron very slightly before crushing into milk or water, for better absorption and colour

Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Thursday, 17 May 2007


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of CCN.



The CCN Chuckle


A junior manager, a senior manager and their boss are on their way to a meeting. On their way through a park, they come across a wonder lamp. They rub the lamp and a ghost appears. The ghost says, "Normally, one is granted three wishes but as you are three, I will allow one wish each."

So the eager senior manager shouted, I want the first wish. I want to be in the Bahamas, on a fast boat and have no worries." Pfufffff, and he was gone.

Now the junior manager could not keep quiet and shouted, "I want to be in Florida with plenty of food and drinks."

Pfufffff, and he was also gone.

The boss calmly said, "I want those two idiots back in the office after lunch!"

Lesson: "Always allow the bosses to speak first"


The CCN Date Claimer


Date Day Event (Click on link) Organizer Venue Contact Time

22 May


Dinner with Noel Whittaker

Muslim Business Network

Abruzzo Brisbane Club
150 Fursden Rd, Carina



27 May



Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

0402 826 598 /  3372 1400


2 June


QLD Police Rugby League vs. Islamic Rugby League


Sunnybank Rugby Union Ground, Padstow Rd

38490324 / 0438 114 619


8 June


The Life of Hazem El Masri: Book Launch:

Islamic Rugby League (IRL)

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains



10 June


The Deen Machine Lovo Night

The Deen Machine

Delivered to your door! Any place!


Any time!

20-24 June

Wed to Sunday

World Refugee Day





1 July


Queensland Roar vs. Supersport United

Football Australia

Suncorp Stadium



20 July

Friday to Sunday

Girls Camp Outing


Kindilan, Redland Bay

3272 6355 / 3272 6422

Friday night to Sunday

22 July


AIIC School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400

All day

26 July


Islamic Legal Perspectives Conference

School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University

Lord Byron Resort, Byron Bay

02 6620 3375


1 September


Islamic College of Brisbane Annual Spring Fete




All day

9 September



Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400


13/14 September



Start of Ramadaan

11/12 October



End of Ramadaan

12/13 October




14 October


Queensland Multicultural Festival

Multicultural Affairs Queensland

Roma Street Parkland

3872 0756(ext:21756)

All day

27 October


Qld Eidfest 2007

Qld Eidfest

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds


10am to 10pm

19/20 November

Monday & Tuesday

Queensland Multicultural Summit ‘07



State Library of Queensland

3844 9166

All day

20/21 December





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