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Sunday, 6 December 2009

 .Newsletter 0265


News you won't find on CNN!



Goss the Boss

The Labor Party celebrated the 20th anniversary of a landmark Queensland election win on December 2, 1989, when Wayne Goss ended 32 years of National Party domination in the state.

Over 900 party faithful and invited guests attended the Brisbane Convention Centre function last week at which the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, was scheduled to attend but could not in the end because of a delay in his return from the US.

Kevin Rudd, together with Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, played a significant part in that famous victory in their roles as chief-of-staff and campaign manager respectively.

Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh and others heaped copious praise on the guest of honour and his part in laying the foundation for successive Labor governments.

Wayne Goss addresses the dinner guests

(left to right)

Farouk Adam, Janeth Deen, Yousuf Meer, David Forde,

Stephen Robertson MP, Mustafa Ally and Faisal Hatia

(foreground left to right)

Yousuf Meer, Farouk Adam, Janeth Deen and Wayne Goss


Australian Government Assistance to Refugees: Fact vs Fiction


In recent years, a series of emails have been widely circulated throughout Australia claiming to describe the social security entitlements of refugees, compared with those of other Australian residents.


A common claim in these emails is that refugees in Australia receive higher social security benefits than age pensioners.


Some also suggest that refugees receive free gifts such as houses.


Claims of this kind are erroneous and appear to have caused some confusion in the community.


They are often brought to the attention of senators and members by their constituents.

This Background Note describes the current situation with regard to refugee entitlements to social security and other assistance in order to clarify this issue for senators and members.


More than the minarets at stake


The following statement was issued by the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA):


Fifty-seven percent of the 2.67 million Swiss who participated in a referendum voted against the right of Muslims to construct minarets with their mosques.


The move was spearheaded by the racist Swiss People’s Party (SVP) whose slogan read: “minarets are symbols of rising Muslim political power that could one day transform Switzerland into an Islamic nation.”


The SVP campaign posters showed minarets rising like missiles from the Swiss flag next to a fully veiled woman.


The minaret unlike the Cross has no ‘divine value.’ People are certainly not attracted to Islam because of tall minarets.

The Swiss government to its credit was against the proposal but could not prevail against the provocative and intolerant rhetoric of the extremist Swiss People's Party (SVP).


The vote revealed the extent to which far-right racist groups were winning the battle of ideas on the future of Europe.


The results of this referendum have been welcomed by leaders of other radical right-wing groups in Europe, such as Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the radical-right Austrian Freedom Party, and Marine Le Pen, vice-president of France's National Front, which points to the possibility of religious and political extremism spreading further in Europe Muslims comprise 6 percent of Switzerland’s 7.5 million population.

Many of them are the refugees of the 1990s Serb-Croat ethnic-cleansing of Muslims in Bosnia and former Yugoslavia. There are about 150 mosques in Switzerland, only four have minarets which won't be affected by the ban. Unlike mosques in Muslim countries, these minarets are not used to call Muslims to prayer.


The idea of putting issues related to religious freedom and human rights to vote is quite unacceptable and unjustifiable.

Compare this action of the so-called ‘civilized and democratic world’ with the religious tolerance which exists in most parts of the Muslim world.


There is no restriction on building new churches in the Muslim world with Christian or Jewish minorities – Indonesia, the most populated Muslim country (13 million Christians out total population of 212 million), Pakistan, Egypt, Islamic Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sudan, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, UAE, Kuwait, etc.


The church bells ring every Sunday and Christmas is an official holiday. Most Muslim countries have Sunday as weekly holiday. Christians have held several top positions in both military and government in Indonesia, Pakistan, Iraq (Saddam Hussein had six Christian cabinet ministers including Vice President Tariq Aziz), Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

The minaret unlike the Cross has no ‘divine value.’ People are certainly not attracted to Islam because of tall minarets. They reverted to Islam for its simple teachings and human-brotherhood. Minarets are architectural structures associated with mosques which do not have any political significance.

Farhad Afshar, leader of the Swiss Coordination of Islamic Organisations said: "The most painful thing for us is not the ban on minarets, but the symbol sent by this vote. The idea of putting issues related to religious freedom and human rights to vote is quite unacceptable and unjustifiable. Furthermore, the situation where the majority votes on issues related to the rights of the minority is fundamentally at odds with the spirit of democracy, which cannot be allowed to be used as an open door to incitement, and an excuse to pit citizens against their fellow partners in society.”

Mosques and minarets in European cities are manifestations of the proudly indigenous nature of Islam in Europe.


It is tragic that the far right is stripping away at the illustrious heritage of coexistence between different faiths and cultures in Europe and replacing it with their warped and xenophobic political agendas.


Related Articles

Tariq Ramadan: My compatriots' vote to ban minarets is fuelled by fear

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC): Deplorable Swiss Minaret Ban


Qu'ran Competition at Kuraby

Zainab Ali (Kuraby Madrassah Staff)

On the 14 November the Kuraby Madarassah held a Qur’an Competition for the first time in its history,


The Qur’an Competition attracted 70 participants and 3 judges.


The students were very nervous and at the same time excited as well, but in the end all performed exceptionally well.


The judges were extremely impressed with the students’ performances.


Imam Imraan Husain (the Imam of the Gold Coast Musjid), who is a specialist in the field of Qur’an, commented that, “The level of recitation displayed by the students was of a high standard.”

Imam Ikraam Buksh (the Imam of the Darra Mosque) added, “Kuraby Madrassah has always been a role model for other Madarassahs and this statement has been proven in the witnessing of the standards of Maulana Akram’s students.”


Imam Basheer Khan (the Imam of Australian International Islamic College) was also equally impressed and said,” Of all the Qur’an competitions that he had judged this was by far his best experience.”

Due to the high quality of standards produced by the reciters, it was a very hard decision for the judges to make.


They also commented on the which was very well organised programme and format of the competition.

This event highlighted some of the objectives of the Kuraby Madrassah which are to produce quality reciters of the Qur’an, to inculcate the message of the Qur’an in their lives and also help them develop a passion for the Qur’an in their hearts.

Summer classes






Imam Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh will be conducting Islamic classes over the December holidays.


Little Mosque on the Prairie: Season 3 Episode 16


Recipe For Disaster   


Part 1




Part 2




Part 3



Australian Muslim Newsletters


The Al-Ghazalli Newsletter of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• The Importance of Madhab

• Understanding Crescent Sighting
• Parliament of World Religions
• Arabic Language Program 2010
• Foundations Diploma in Islamic Sciences 2010
• Intermediate Tajweed Program
• Letter to a Disciple
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project
• The 2nd Crescent Project
• Mizaan Ecology - Kooragang Island Rehabilitation Project (Newcastle)
• The Crescent Project

The Affinity Intercultural Foundation Newsletter can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Travel to Timeless Cities 2009 Tour of Turkey
- Fifth Regional Interfaith Dialogue
- Muslim-Buddhist Dialogue
- Talking Dialogue at St Mark?s National Theological Centre
- Laos and Myanmar Educators visit Affinity Centre
- Muslim-Christian dialogue in Wagga Wagga
- Conference: Living Islam in the Contemporary Global Society
- International Scholars visit Affinity
- Bookchat at Kogarah Library
- Staff Development Day at Affinity Centre
- Talking Women at Wenona Girls
- MEFF Festival Reception

A Ball of a Time

Fa'izah Batchelor


The Eid Ul-Adha Ball for ladies was held on Saturday 28th of November at the Runaway Bay Community Centre.

The evening was a roaring success. Upon entering the venue, guests were treated to room filled with stalls and Marquees giving the venue a Middle Eastern Bazaar feel.
The meal was superb. The buffet dinner include beef, lamb and chicken, roast veggies, salads, mousaka, and chicken curry, catering for all tastebuds. The desert was a selection of pavlova, chocolate mud cake and fruit salad.
Organiser Juanita Taylor said "The response from the women was excellent, it really was a great chance for everyone to let their hair down and have a great night".
The evening was accentuated by Duff playing in the background. The real entertainment began with basic dancing lessons from professional dancers and a duff workshop where participants sat on Arabic lounges in a marquee and learnt to play the duff. Aisha Stacy, a participant, commented, "I can't wait till next year! Everyone had an awesome time."
The Eid Ul-Adha ball also had a larger purpose, to encourage different community groups to attend and share the services available for women.


Juanita said "This is the inaugural Eid Ul-Adha event. It catered to Muslims of all levels and backgrounds, bringing together everyone in a spirit of unity. Next year we hope to be bigger and better involving more sections of the community to come together and share their activities for women."


Peer Performs Prayers for Parliament


Religious leaders from different faith groups were invited to Parliament House a fortnight ago to offer prayers for the last sitting of the Queensland Parliament this year. Imam Yusuf Peer represented the Islamic faith.

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.


Asim Gorashi Music, Art and the Written Word


Asim Gorashi is an accomplished oud and violin player who performs around the country. His combination of Sudanese traditional music with contemporary jazz and Middle Eastern influences has garnered a strong following.


All religions are meant to be pathways towards wellbeing and proper

humanity. I believe that Islam is the religion of peace, love and forgiveness, however like any other religious communities we have radical and tolerant members. Australian Muslims specifically have been participating everywhere - reflecting the multicultural face of Australia and providing role models for other young Australians.


Asim Gorashi


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Teaching positions

The Islamic College of Brisbane is a P-12 Co-educational College. As a result of ongoing expansion and increase in its student roll for 2010, the College invites applications for the following vacancies commencing 2010.

ARABIC (LOTE) TEACHER (B.A in Arabic, B. Ed. preferable or permission to teach)

ISLAMIC STUDIES TEACHER (Applicants should have an Aalim degree from a recognized institution and also have effective communication skills in English)


More details



Around the Muslim World with CCN


Abu Dhabi named in top 10 cities of the world list

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has been ranked among the top ten best cities to visit by Lonely Planet.

The report titled ‘The Best Ten Cities to Visit in 2010' was based on scientific and field studies that took into consideration a range of factors. The achievement is especially noteworthy given that Istanbul (Turkey) Kyoto (Japan) Lecce (Italy) Vancouver (Canada) and Singapore were among the others that made it to the list.

Although the report attributes the selection of some cities to the global financial crisis, the fact is that this does not apply to Abu Dhabi, which was not as badly impacted as other well-known urban centres the world over.





Playboys of Dubai fall from grace
Robert Fisk 


.......Dubai may soon find itself a satellite not of its Abu Dhabi capital, but of India. The biggest merchants in Dubai are Indian - they run the gold market, even the bookshops in Sheikh Mohamed's playpen - and west India is only two hours' flying time away. In fact, until 1962 - and you have to be an oldie to understand the emirates' economic world - the Indian rupee was the currency for most of the Gulf, including even Kuwait.

Allah was kind to Dubai yesterday. Just when the emirate's unspeakable wealth appeared on the point of collapse - stock markets, naturally, "trembled" - along came the feast of Eid al-Adha and sent all the kings and emirs and sheikhs off to their diwans to celebrate the decision by the father of monotheism - the Prophet Ibrahim himself - not to kill his son Ismail.

But then again, Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Makhtoum knew that the week-long holiday in Dubai would close down the local markets even if it couldn't stifle the rumours.

Among the latter came the old canard that Sheikh Mohamed will have to hand over his immensely profitable Emirates Airlines to his Abu Dhabi cousin, the ever-beneficent Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, who seems to spend much of his time bailing out Dubai's outrageous tourist and oligarchical ambitions.


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This week



    A Black Englishman 

Carolyn Slaughter



India, 1920: exotic, glamorous, and violent, as the country begins to resist England's colonial grip. In the midst of this turmoil, Isabel, a young British military wife, begins a passionate liaison with Sam, an Indian doctor and Oxford graduate who insists, against all odds, on the right to be both black and British. Their secret devotion to each other takes them across India in a terrifying, deadly race against time and tradition. This powerful love story combines the themes of colonial exploitation, political and ethnic tensions and race, and the many forms of partition, both secular and religious, that endanger our world.



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KB's Culinary Corner


Hawa Masi's Syrup Mangoes


by this week's Guest Chef


Hawa Masi Abdulla





25 green mangoes (choose mangoes that have a hard seed/core)

1 cup white vinegar
3tbl rough salt
2 tbl chilli powder

500g golden syrup
4 tbl brown sugar

2 tbl crushed red chillis (adjust depending on strength of chillis)

1. Peel and chop the mangoes in 4 pieces and then soak them in the mixture of vinegar, salt and chillie powder overnight
2. The next day, arrange all the mangoes in a tray and leave out in the sun to dry for 2 days covered with a net so insects don't get in (you can bring it inside at night)
3. When mangoes are dry, cook in a pot the syrup, sugar and red chillies and then add the mangoes to the mixture
5. Allow to cook on low heat stirring now and then until the mangoes are well coated in the syrup mixture
6. Once again, place the mango pieces on a tray with cut side facing up and allow to dry in the sun for 2 days (in the same manner as done earlier)

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Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column





R A N D O M     F A C T S     O F     F I T N E S S




Add some of these acts of fitness into your daily routine for faster results:

• Arm tighteners / toners - Stand with your arms extended to your side and rotate in small, rapid circles. Continue for about a minute and rotate in the other direction.

• Walking lunges - Take a big step forward with one foot and sink into a lunge (keep your tummy in tight). Alternate your legs as you make your way from one end of the room to the other.

• Wall squats - Place your back flat against the wall with your feet out wide (knees are bent and facing the same direction as your toes).
Hold the squat for as long as you can and repeat a few times.

• Step-ups - Step up and down on a step for about a minute, then alternate your leading leg.

• Calf raises - Stand on a step with your heels hanging off. Raise up on your toes and then lower your heels.

• Crab crawls - Begin in a seated position (hips off the floor). Try and walk forward and backward on your palms and feet.

Add a few more of your favourite exercises in between for more of a challenge.


Remember, you don't have to do it all in one go...

Break your workout up into a few minute mini-workouts and reap the rewards!




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Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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


The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin lived on a quiet, rural highway.


But, as time went by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate.


It became so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day.


So he called the local police's office and said, "You've got to do something about all of these tourists driving so fast and killing all of my chickens."

"What do you want me to do?" asked the policeman.

"I don't care, just do something about these drivers."

So the next day the policeman put up a sign that said: SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING.


Three days later, Mula Nasruddin again called the policeman and said, "That sign didn't help a bit. They are still hitting my chickens."

So the next day, the policeman put up a sign that said: SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY.

Again, no change. So Mula Nasruddin called and called, every day for three weeks. Finally, he told the policeman, "Look, your signs are just not working. Mind if I put up one of my own?"

The policeman told him, "Sure thing, let's see if yours works better."

He was willing to agree to anything to get him to stop those daily calls. Well, the policeman got no more calls from Mula Nasruddin.


After three weeks, he decided to call Mula Nasruddin and see how things were going.

"Did you put up your sign?"

"Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since. I've got to go. I'm very busy." And he hung up the phone.

The policeman thought to himself, "I'd better go have a look at that sign. There might be something there that WE could use to slow down drivers..."

So the policeman drove out to Mula Nasruddin's house, and he saw the sign.


It was on a whole sheet of plywood. Written in large, yellow letters were the words: SLOW: NUDIST COLONY.


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