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Sunday, 29 November 2009

 .Newsletter 0264


News you won't find on CNN!



Two Eids in Brisbane


This year some Queenslanders celebrated Eid on Friday and others on Saturday.


Around 1500 gathered under the banner of BrisbaneEid.com to celebrate Eid on Friday at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds as did the Rochedale, West End, Lutwyche and Logan Mosques at their respective venues.


Over 2500 joined the the Saturday Eidgah prayers and celebrations at the Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha. As with the previous Eid, this was a joint effort between the Holland Park and Kuraby Mosques and the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ). Other venues that hosted Eid morning prayers included the Gold Coast, Algester and Darra Mosques and the Australian International College of Brisbane, Durack.



Eid at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds on Friday 27 November



Eid at the Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha on Saturday 28 November

The Scars of Apartheid


After an incident that involved her 10-year old son, Ms. Aamena Cajee, was inspired to express her thoughts on the role of Muslims in her adopted country of Australia - in particular, those who migrated from South Africa:


Apartheid. A word which when said out loud can send people of my parents’ generation into unpleasant memories of inferiority to another race. My parents have spoken of commuting with non-whites and even shopping in non-white shopping centres. For an Australian this is difficult to imagine even though there always has been an element of racism in Australia’s past, present and probable future.

It makes me think how South African migrants have assimilated into the Australian landscape. The word assimilate has never sat comfortably with me. Through my schooling years I and many other Australian children were taught about the white Australia policy and how it impacted on peoples of other ethnicities. Assimilation was a very nasty concept back then and not something I would ever champion for this vast brown land of ours.

But, we have grown up Australian, our identity, a juxtaposed mish-mash of religion and culture which influences our every day lives in big and small ways. How do Australian Muslims feel about each other? Is there an element of “racism”. Does one nationality see another as inferior to itself?




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Professor Jim Al-Khalili presents Science and Islam 


A BBC documentary examining the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries is being shown on SBS TV.


Part 1



Part 2




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Part 4




Part 5




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Commentary on the series


Mark Jones searches for the proper and true Arab world and questions whether the West has re-written its history as well as distort its image.



SBS Website


Meeting with the Minister

Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs, Annastacia Palaszczuk, hosted community leaders at the Queensland Parliament House during the week.

(standing, left to right) Faisal Hatia, Julie Hatia, Muna Ibrahim, Sultan Deen, Sadeq Mustapha, Mustafa Ally

(seated, left to right) Rehana Bibi, Fatima Abdel-karim, Nora Amath

Mr Saaid Salie (pictured standing centre) and the Tongan troupe and students from his Brisbane State High school, who performed on the Parliament grounds

Annastacia Palaszczuk (left)  with her guests



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The Muslim Hajj: a pilgrimage worth risking life for

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It may be a gruelling and at-times dangerous journey for Muslim pilgrims, but Brisbane man Omar Saghir says the Hajj last year was the most amazing experience of his life.


Millions of Muslim pilgrims have already risked floods and swine flu this year on the annual journey to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.


But the 28-year-old wants to make the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia again as soon as he can save up the money.


"The experience for me, because I'm Australian-born and I've never really been outside of Australia, it was a very, very, very intriguing experience," Mr Saghir said.


"It was very diverse and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience because I haven't seen anything like it."


The Hajj in pictures - listen to Omar Saghir's experiences.



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Taking Umbrage


A reader took umbrage to an editorial in the Fassifern Guardian and wrote the following letter to the editor:


AS A committed Christian, an Australian descended from members of the Second Fleet whose family has fought for this country in two World Wars and Vietnam, I was saddened at the sentiments expressed in your November 11 editorial.


Of course there are Muslim fanatics who must be weeded out of our community, but the editorial writer seemed determined to perpetuate the `we' and `them' mentality that resulted in the Kosovo civil war, the Klu Klux Klan in America, apartheid and the propaganda against, and persecution of, the Jews in Hitler's Germany.


If the writer's aim is to foster such a divisive situation here, he or she is sadly in error of judgement.


It is easy to single out a few devastating acts to make a point, but even more salutary to consider that only a few decades ago, Catholics and Protestants were at each other's throats in the guise of each claiming the true faith.


Thankfully, those days are gone, but the memory serves to illustrate the results of ignorant prejudice.


In my capacity as a journalist I have interviewed many of the Muslim faith - all unfailingly good people - and I have seen multi-culture in action through a number of Gold Coast organisations.


I would advise the writer to read "The Quiet Revolution" by Peter Kirkwood. Following on from the ABC's Compass series, for which Peter was a producer, the book charts the progress of the World Peace Congress and the movement throughout the world to bring adherents of all major religions to understand their commonality, rather than divisions.


It is especially pertinent that one of the largest expressions of multi-cultural faith is in New York, where the horror of 9/11 made residents aware the only way forward was to reach out to try to understand each other. Major Christian, Islamic and Buddhist churches are among the many organisations which made a conscious effort to offer friendship and respect to those of other faith persuasions.


Surely this is a better way than denigrating and injecting bitterness and divisions within our society.


I wonder just how many Muslims the editorial writer has actually met? Violence of any sort is to be deplored - by drunken louts at the football or by extremists. Let us arm ourselves with knowledge and provide informed debate rather than misconceptions.


Meet the new Al-Nisa Committee members


(left to right)
Zuleiga Goder, Salam El-Merbi, Emane Adel, Suzanna Palmer, Shabnaaz Ahmed, Alia Rane,

Fathima Khatree, Azima Omar and Mariam Issadeen


President: Salam El-Merebi
Treasurer: Shabnaaz Ahmed
Secretary: Alia Rane (with assistance from Zuleiga Goder)

The Group will operate through four subcommittees:

Activism and Advocacy: Salam El-Merebi and Emane Adel

Events: Suzanna Palmer and Maryam Issadeen

Media: (Promotion and Marketing): Azima Omar and Shabnaaz Ahmed

Sponsorship and Fundraising: Emane Adel

The MBN Business Roundup

Iqbal Lambat (Muslim Business Network MBN)


The recovery appears to be gaining momentum despite rising interest rates and warnings that the Australian currency could reach parity with the US dollar early next year. Treasury and the Reserve Bank are predicting that GDP will grow by 2.7% next year and that unemployment will peak at 6.5%. Private economists are predicting that GDP will grow by at least 3.4% next year and by 2.4% this year (compared to official predictions of 1.5% for this year). Westpac are predicting a 4% growth in the economy next year. And despite a surprise decrease in investments, the future investment outlook is very positive.

Underpinning the brighter outlook is strong Asian demand for commodities. The Reserve Bank is also sending positive signals into the market by predicting that the economy has entered a “new upswing”, driven by commodities, which would underpin growth for years to come.

These positive recovery signposts have encouraged market speculation that the Reserve Bank will tighten monetary policy by increasing interest rates for an unprecedented third time by 0.25% on December 1. Businessmen are encouraging the RBA to exercise caution and defer any increase to January to avoid tanking Christmas sales.

Interest rate hikes are expected to accelerate next year and settle at 4.25 – 4.5% by mid 2010. These are fairly high increases within a short period of time and could have a major impact on affordability of mortgages by those who have bought homes in the last 5 years.

The RBA is actually in a quandary – if it does not increase interest rates, the low rates will fuel a property bubble and create major housing affordability issues. Mortgage lending continues to grow and improving house prices are creating wealth for many. First-home owner activity is expected to decline significantly when the grant is withdrawn in December.

Premium retailers are predicting a bumper Christmas, although it is worth observing that a number have commenced discounting significantly and it’s not yet December.

One major dark cloud that has emerged is the Dubai debt crisis. This has impacted equity markets across the globe and seriously impacted on global confidence. It has also significantly dented confidence in Islamic finance and specifically the sukuk instrument which certain Muslim economists have previously questioned its validity in Islamic law (as reported by MBN Business News earlier this year).



The latest Muslim Business Network (MBN) Business News


The QMWA Update

Janeth Deen (Queensland Muslim Welfare Association)


We have taken delivery of the station wagon donated to us by the YMCA Logan Youth Centre. It took time to have it approved for concessional registration for use as a charity. It will help us in our work in collecting goods.

We are still urgently needing storage facilities. We do not mind paying a reasonable rental, especially if it can be used as a warehouse.

We are in urgent need of toys to enable us to have a free toy give-a-way for children in the Logan area. We hope to hold the give-a-way in the car park at the back of our shop in the Parkland Shopping Centre, 91 - 101 Ewing Road Woodridge on Sunday 19th December from 1 - 4 pm, InshaAllah. There are many single mothers struggling with large families and it will be a great help to them at this time of year.

Please contact Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796 if you cannot drop the toys off at the shop.

Eid Mubarak to everyone!


The Australian Journey: Muslim Communities - DIAC publication

Adapted from Australian Journey - Muslim communities


The Australian Journey – Muslim communities, a new DIAC publication, is characterised by contributions of Muslims from all over the world who have made Australia home.


In this and following issues of CCN we highlight one of the successful Muslims in Australia from the report and their thoughts about what it means to be both a Muslim and an Australian.


Dr Jamal Rifi Medicine


Doctors by nature are dedicated, caring professionals.

Muslim doctors are helping to keep our country healthy and happy.

NSW’s Local Hero for 2009, Lakemba GP Dr Jamal Rifi is an active community volunteer.


As president of the Lakemba Sports and Recreation Club he brought cricket back to Lakemba and recruited the first group of Muslim surf life savers. He recently led a group of young Australians from his local community together with youth from Cronulla on a Kokoda Trail Expedition and sponsored the first Aboriginal dance group to perform in Lebanon.

"Look within this nation’s institutions. Look within government, the public service, our schools, corporations, sport, hospitals and any profession or trade. In all these places you will find Australia’s Muslims playing a role".

Dr Jamal Rifi on the Kokoda Trail

The Inbox


Assalamu Alaikum W. W.

The ICQ Youth Camp, scheduled for 4, 5, 6th December 2009 has been, regretfully, cancelled.

This decision was not taken lightly, but the confirmed numbers, failed to reach the minimum target required.

Those who have paid their fees will be fully reimbursed, or alternatively , if they wish, they may remain in contention for the rescheduled event, early next year.


Hj. Sultan M. Deen
Vice President
Islamic Council of Qld.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Heavy rains soak hajj pilgrims

Jiddah, Saudi Arabia - Rare rainstorms soaked pilgrims as millions of Muslims from around the world gathered for Islam's annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi authorities warned pilgrims to move carefully amid Wednesday's storms, the first in years to occur during the hajj.


The rains added an extra hazard to the pilgrimage, which has been plagued in the past by deadly stampedes, caused by congestion as up to 3 million people perform the rites in the holy city of Mecca and at sacred sites in the nearby deserts.


Streets were flooded in this coastal city, the entry port for many pilgrims. Amid the downpour, pilgrims circled the sacred Kaaba in Mecca.


Water seeped into tents in the sprawling tent city where crowds of pilgrims were staying in nearby Mina.


Pilgrims in white robes porting umbrellas, some wearing facemasks for fear of the flu, circled the black cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, the opening rite for the hajj.


But the shrine — Islam's holiest site — and the nearby, rain-soaked streets did not see the usual massive crowds, because many tried to stay inside nearby hotels or were caught up in the traffic jams heading into the city.


This year has brought the added worry that the massing of more than three million people from around the world could bring a swine flu outbreak. In the past months, the Saudi government has been working with the United States' Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to set up clinics and precautionary measures to stem any outbreak.

Shahul Ebrahim, a consultant from the Atlanta, Georgia-based CDC at the hajj, said it was too early to tell if the rains could exacerbate the spread of H1N1, which is transmitted in the air, not by water.

"Rain can lead to other waterborne diseases... But we still don't know how it will affect H1N1. We can't predict," he told The Associated Press.

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Sadiq Khan named as one of top influential politicians

UK: Sadiq Khan, MP, was named as one of the most influential politicians in London in a series of lists compiled by the Evening Standard. The description in the paper reads, “The first Muslim privy counsellor attends Cabinet regularly and is increasingly making an impact.”

Responding to his nomination, Khan told The Muslim News, that it was “an honour to be on this list. British Muslims are part and parcel of British life. The fact that we now rank as some of the most influential Londoners is a testament to the progress that has been made.”

Khan is the son of bus driver grew up in a council flat and went on to studying Law at the University of North London. He trained as a Human rights solicitor and went on to set up the Christian Khan Law firm. His accomplishments as a lawyer include chairing Liberty and Vice Chair of Legal Action Group.

In 2005 he was voted in as an MP of Tooting. He was further promoted in 2009 becoming the first Muslim minister and to attend the cabinet. He was also the first MP in history to announce his selection as Minister of Transport on Twitter.

Khan said, “If any doubt remained as to whether Islam and Britishness are compatible, this recognition of the integral role we play in shaping our country’s future should banish it for good.”

Sadiq Khan is not the only Muslim listed on the influential politicians list. Further down the list Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, is listed as the 29th most influential politician.





Young Muslim women mobilise Islington to ‘Kick Islamophobia’ out

Islington’s Market Road Pitches became the venue for Europe’s largest anti-racism football festival on October 28, titled ‘Kick Islamophobia’. Now in its second year the festival brought together communities from a broad spectrum of ethnicities and faiths to stand united against and raise awareness of the continued prejudice that still affects Muslims today.

Organised by ten local young Muslim women from ‘Listen Ups’, part of the Young Muslim Voices (YMV) project, Kick Islamophobia 2009 built upon the success of last year’s award-winning pilot event almost doubling turnout, garnering close to a thousand attendees from both the local community and neighbouring boroughs.

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This week



   The Quiet Revolution 

Peter Kirkwood



The rapid transition to a religiously pluralistic world is exciting, inspiring, perplexing, troubling and threatening all at once. So, more than at any time in our planet's history there is a need for mutual understanding among the world's major faiths. While fundamentalist terror grabs the headlines, there is another side to the story. From Asia to the Americas, the Middle East to the Pacific, the interfaith movement is the driving force behind a surging revolution in belief.

In 'The Quiet Revolution', Peter Kirkwood investigates the growth of interfaith communication in a time of deep transformation- a movement begun over one hundred years ago but propelled to necessity by the tragic events of September 11. 'The Quiet Revolution' introduces some of the key thinkers and activists spearheading interfaith dialogue - The Jewish rabbi from Jerusalem, the Roman Catholic priest in Spain, the Muslim imam and his wife in New York, the Korean Christian theologian who has been called a postmodern urban feminist shaman. These 'quiet revolutionaries', the organisations around the world, and the ideas of accepting differences and variety that Kirkwood investigates, are part of broader and increasingly essential interfaith networks.




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KB's Culinary Corner


Heavenly Pomegranate Summer Salad with Haloumi


by this week's Guest Chef


Zubeida Abrahams






1 packet of butter lettuce

1 packet of restaurant blend lettuce

2 packets of Lemos Haloumi cheese

3 pomegranates

1 red onion finely sliced

Pomegranate Sauce


1. Slice haloumi cheese and pan fry in butter until golden brown.
2. Arrange lettuce on a platter.
3. Place cooled haloumi slices onto the lettuce
4. Then spread the sliced onions
5. Lastly, spread the fresh pomegranate seeds
6. Pour over the pomegranate sauce for the dressing.

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Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, I haven't been feeling the best lately and am not sure whether to stop exercising completely or do I just cut back until I feel better? I know that even if I stop for a few days, I'm going to struggle to get back into routine. Any suggestions?



A: It depends entirely on your symptoms. If it's a head cold you have, I suggest you continue with light exercises as it could help fight off the cold.

If you have a fever / high temperature however, you need to cut back completely until you've recovered from it and then get back into your routine slowly.

Remember to listen to your body. If you're not feeling a 100%, don't overdo it, otherwise it will take you even longer to get better. Make sure you stay hydrated at all times too, especially now that we headed into the warmer months.

But remember, you should consult your physician at all times before undertaking ANY physical activity.




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The CCN Chuckle


At the conclusion of his kuthbah, the mussallees filed out of the Mosque and on their way out greeted the Imam, Mula Nasruddin.


As one of them left, he shook Mula Nasruddin's hand, thanked him for the fine khutbah and said,


"Thanks for the message, Imam. You know, you must be smarter than Einstein."


Beaming with pride, Mula Nasruddin said, "Why, thank you, brother!"

As the week went by, Mula Nasruddin began to think about the man's compliment.


The more he thought, the more he became baffled as to why anyone would deem him smarter than Einstein. So he decided to ask the man the following Friday.

The next Friday he asked the mussallee if he remembered the previous Friday's comment about the khutbah. The mussallee replied that he did.


Mula Nasruddin asked: "Exactly what did you mean that I must be smarter than Einstein?"

The man replied, "Well, Imam, they say that Einstein was so smart that only ten people in the entire world could understand him. But Imam, no one can understand you."


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