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Sunday, 4 April 2010

 .Newsletter 0282



High-flying Antoni gets a new set of wheels

By Janeth Deen


(left to right) Yusuf Khatree, Yousuf Meer, Osman Rane, Effendi Tsaputra, Mufti Zeeyad Ravat, Yusuf Cajee and Janeth Deen with Antoni Tsaptura who can hardly disguise his pleasure and gratitude.

Photo: Widiya Yutanti

The committee of the Muslim Charitable Foundation has been actively working to ease the burden of those in unfortunate circumstances.


Most of the cases they have had to attend to have been to ease economic pressure for families in distress.


In those cases it was to help fund housing, clothing, food or furniture for people who have settled in Brisbane.

The most recent case to be completed by MCF involved an outstanding overseas student from earthquake ravaged Padang, Indonesia who came to study for a Masters Degree in journalism on a scholarship from Ausaid.


Antoni Tsaputra had to be accompanied by his father, Effendi as he suffers from muscular dystrophy and came in an ordinary wheelchair that he has occupied since he was six years of age.


His father had modified it a few times and Effendi has had to lift Antoni in and out of the wheelchair and adjust him when he is uncomfortable.

One of his fellow students referred Antoni to the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc who then referred the case to MCF.


The committee set about assessing Antoni's needs and ordered an electric wheelchair especially modified to cater for all Antoni's daily needs as a student and for his daily requirements. This has enabled him to have more independence and ease the pressure on his father who has had to be constantly by his side.

What follows is the heart-warming story of Antoni Tsaptura as expressed in his own words:


Nobody wants to be born with disability, no parents in this world want to have a kid with physical impairment. Yet, when it comes to you there is nothing you can do but to take it for granted. This happens to me. I was born with disability. I never know what it feels to walk, to stride, to stroll, to run or to step my feet on the ground but I NEVER REGRET IT. Thank Allah The Almighty, I manage to be a pride of my parents and to do good things for people around me.

My mother gave me a birth in Bukittinggi, a city about 90 kilometers away from Padang the Capital of West Sumatra Province Indonesia. My father was so excited to know that his first child was a son. A son that someday he expected to guard the family when he is away.

Initially, my parents never suspected any physical disorder with their baby. The baby looked just healthy and fine. They started feeling worried when I was two years of age. I never showed physical progress just like any other babies. I was already two years old but all thing I could do was sitting. They tried to walk me but my legs were so weak to support my body. Having consulted a doctor, they found out that I suffered from a congenital defect which hampered muscular development. They were shocked and sad to imagine my future life. They have a disabled son. A child who will always depend on them physically. Soon they realized that there was nothing they could do but accepting this destiny. “This could just be a blessing in disguise,” said my father to my mother.


Antoni's story on why "disability did not make me disabled"


Cigs contain pig's blood, academic says

Cigarettes may contain traces of pig's blood, an Australian academic says with a warning that religious groups could find its undisclosed presence "very offensive".

University of Sydney Professor Simon Chapman points to recent Dutch research which identified 185 different industrial uses of a pig - including the use of its haemoglobin in cigarette filters.

Prof Chapman said the research offered an insight into the otherwise secretive world of cigarette manufacture, and it was likely to raise concerns for devout Muslims and Jews.

Religious texts at the core of both of these faiths specifically ban the consumption of pork.

"I think that there would be some particularly devout groups who would find the idea that there were pig products in cigarettes to be very offensive," Prof Chapman told AAP on Tuesday.

"The Jewish community certainly takes these matters extremely seriously and the Islamic community certainly do as well, as would many vegetarians.


I think that there would be some particularly devout groups who would find the idea that there were pig products in cigarettes to be very offensive.



"It just puts into hard relief the problem that the tobacco industry is not required to declare the ingredients of cigarettes ... they say `that's our business` and a trade secret."

The Dutch research found pig haemoglobin - a blood protein - was being used to make cigarette filters more effective at trapping harmful chemicals before they could enter a smoker's lungs.

Prof Chapman said while tobacco companies had moved voluntarily list the contents of their products on their websites, they also noted undisclosed "processing aids ... that are not significantly present in, and do not functionally affect, the finished product".

This catch-all term hid from public view an array of chemicals and other substances used in the making of tobacco products, he said.

At least one cigarette brand sold in Greece was confirmed as using pig haemoglobin in its processes, Prof Chapman said, and the status of smokes sold was unknown.

"If you're a smoker and you're of Islamic or Jewish faith then you'd probably would want to know and there is no way of finding out," Prof Chapman said.

The Sydney office of British American Tobacco Australia was contacted by AAP.

A spokeswoman said a comment would be provided although it was not immediately available.


Yahoo! 7 News


Family-owned and operated fast food outlet firmly on its feet



Pizza Lane, a recently opened take away store at Underwood, is a family owned and run business. Its owners Shabir Elias and his wife, Laila, together with her brother Talha Abdul Latif and his wife, Nazira and, not forgetting their mother the matriarch of the business, have crossed many hurdles to get it up and running.


The family take pride in offering its customers the best, tastiest Halaal pizzas and their promise of using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Every pizza is prepared on site and that includes the base which is prepared daily.


Apart from the freshly baked pizzas you can also try their tantalising shawarmas, scrumptious sub-rolls and until recently, fresh creamy pastas.


Tea, coffees, cake slices are also on their menu but wait, try Pizza Lane’s freshly prepared waffles and sundaes which come with soft serve ice cream and a choice of various toppings.

Pizza Lane prides itself in customer service and offer both take away and dine in. Pizza Lane will soon begin home delivery service to the Underwood and surrounding areas.  Pizza Lane can, upon request cater for groups, meetings and parties. And for those customers who have wifi, free internet access is available (with conditions).


The Elias and Abdul Latif families wish to assure all its Muslim customers that they have made every effort to ensure that all products sold and used on their premises are genuinely Halaal to the extent that they only use hand-cut chickens. And as part of their refurbishment plans, they will also be providing a curtained partition in their store for ladies in Niqaab, or for those customers who prefer a little privacy.

To obtain updates and special offers, check out the Pizza Lane website www.pizzalane.com.au, and/or send a blank email with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line to info@pizzalane.com.au.


As a special introductory offer to CCN readers, Pizza Lane is offering a free can of Coke, Pepsi or bottled water to 250 customers who mention that they saw the Pizza Lane advert on CCN.

Newsletter for Muslim Teachers

Sound Vision is launching a new newsletter designed specially for Muslim Teachers.


So if you are a teacher or aspire to be one, you can subscribe to it today.


Leading educators like Dr. Abdalla Idris Ali, Audery Shabbas and Yahiya Emerick are on the editorial board along with famous comedian Preacher Moss who actually is also a teacher.


Thirteen teachers constitute the editorial team.


Subscribe today or forward this to a friend who is a teacher.

Moselman first Muslim Member






The Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane, the first Australian of Arabic-Lebanese-Muslim heritage to enter Australia's oldest Parliament, delivered his inaugural speech on 9 March to the members of the NSW upper house to which he was appointed in December 2009.








Extracts from his speech full speech:


It is a great honour and a privilege to stand here in this historic place representing the Australian Labor Party—a Labor Party that represents a history of commitment to giving all Australians a fair go regardless of race, colour or religion. I am deeply conscious of this responsibility, and I am aware of the community and media interest that I have attained as the first Australian of Arabic-Lebanese-Muslim heritage to enter Australia's oldest Parliament. My entry into this House is proof to the world that we are an inclusive society, a democratic, pluralistic, secular society, open to all, irrespective of creed, race, or colour. I am proud of my heritage, proud of my family and proud of who I am. I am first and foremost an Australian, and like all members here, I will always put Australia first.




It was inevitable that at the age of 17 I would join the Australian Labor Party. It was inevitable because it was a party that I believed in because it was about justice and humanity. I was proud when the Premier of New South Wales the Hon. Barrie Unsworth after his 1986 narrow by-election win in Rockdale praised the Mouslimani family for his victory. He won the seat by 56 votes. While my father and older brothers worked I was given the opportunity to seek an education.




My childhood memories, however, were of conflict and hardship. Peace in Lebanon was a rarity. I do not as a child recall experiencing extended periods of peace and security. Successive Israeli Arab wars, combined with the Lebanese civil war, continued for many years. A tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye will see no end to the continuing death and destruction. One of our greatest twentieth-century icons was a man who espoused the wisdom of peace, Mahatma Gandhi. He rightly said:

An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.


Never a truer word spoken, and world leaders are blinded by this continuing cycle of vengeance. There has been over 60 years of Israeli Arab conflict with no end in sight. They must now open their eyes to see peace as the only way forward and a solution to a Palestinian statehood must be found.




Madam President, like you and like honourable members, I will not shy away from stating my hopes and beliefs. I hope for and believe in peace, and I believe that the people of Palestine have a right to a State of their own.

United Nations resolutions on Palestine must be adhered to and implemented, an independent State of Palestine created and the Palestinian diaspora be given the right of return. I believe that the two-state solution can be the basis of a durable and just peace and peaceful co-existence between the two peoples. As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we must practise what we preach. In 2008, Australia and the rest of the world celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the campaign slogan, "Dignity and justice for all".




I would like to touch on a very topical issue in our society today; that is, the issue of race and racism. We live in a pluralistic and democratic society in which the rights of all are enshrined in our laws, our customs and our Constitution. However, on occasion racism continues to rear its ugly head. Some of our past immigrants have borne the brunt of it. Unfortunately, our Australian Indian community is bearing the brunt of it today. We have a duty to condemn racism and we can fight it through education and the rule of law. Through our education system we can drive the message home that racism is ignorance and a crime.




I acknowledge and thank my own family—my beautiful loving wife, Mika Fukuta Moselmane — and my father-in-law, Mr Iichi Fukuta, for his support and for his kindness to us but, in particular, for his love and affection to my son Joseph, who is now 5½ years old. Joseph is over there in the gallery. Joseph has become my Japanese interpreter. He jumps in and translates for me when my father-in-law is trying to tell me something I do not understand. I love him dearly. He is highly intelligent and inquisitive, and he usually gets his way.

Source: The Middle East Times


Parramatta Mosque - Newly built















Parramatta is the second largest city in the state of New South Wales after Sydeny city centre.



Until now there has been no Mosque in and around Parramatta to cater for the 20 000 Muslims living there.



Worshippers have been gathering at the Parramatta Council Town Hall for Dhur and Jum'a prayers for the past twenty years.



The Parramatta Islamic and Cultural Association was formed to establish a Mosque and Islamic Centre and as a result premises in the name of the Parramatta House of Peace was purchased at 150 Marsden Street on 4th March.



The newly established Mosque centre occupies the first floor of a new multi-stories twin building in the heart of the Parramatta CBD.



Since the handover, five times prayers and Friday Jum'a prayers have commenced and Eid prayers, Taraweeh prayers, Qu'ran teaching and all other Islamic activities will continue to take place here.



The cost of the project is estimated at $2.64 million. With donations from the Muslim developer of the twin buildings and  other individuals, together with loans from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) ($200 000) and other interest-free sources, the Association is in debt to the amount of $725 000.



Contact Mr. Neil Kadomi OAM JP MC, the President of the Parramatta Islamic and Cultural Association, at nkadomi@hotmail.com for details on how to donate towards this cause.





Source: The Parramatta Islamic and Cultural Association and Muslims Australia


Photos: Muslims Australia Issue 10






Your fellow Mussallee.... The Scratcher

By Hamzah Moin


Sometimes I unfortunately get paired with extremely annoying people beside me in prayer.


Sometimes they slyly check their wristwatch and start winding it.


Other people breathe so loud that it’s difficult to hear the Imam’s recitation.


But the worst person to have beside you is The Scratcher.


From the moment the prayer starts with the Takbir to the second it ends, this dude will scratch every single part of his body.


He will even scratch parts that I didn’t even know existed on human bodies.


Once I think he got to the point where he was scratching the itches on MY body. 


Things got really makrooh, really fast.

If you got a huge itching problem then you might have fleas and in which case, you should go to the veterinarian right away.


Next week: The Unnecessary Repeater



Muslim leaders invited to Guide Dogs Queensland





In an Australian first, Guide Dogs Queensland recently hosted a seminar for the Imaam's Council of Queensland (ICQ), with the aim of growing awareness of the services available to Muslims with low or no vision.


About 12 Muslim spiritual leaders (seen, left, participating in a role playing exercise) attended Guide Dogs Queensland's (GDQ's) Breeding and Training Centre in Bald Hills, Brisbane, to learn more about the services on offer from White Cane training to Guide Dog mobility as well as undertaking a tour of the Breeding and Training Centre.





The Brisbane seminar was so well-received that organizer, GDQ's Rehabilitation Services Manager Bashi Ebrahim OAM, has been invited to host similar days at Guide Dogs schools around Australia.


" I hope to build greater awareness within the Muslim community about our association, and then expand workshops to include the State's many other ethnic and indigenous communities," Mr Ebrahim said.


"There is a need to promote a better understanding of cultural and differences and address misconceptions."


Source: Adapted from: Muslims Australia Issue 10

At the Movies with CCN


One of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful French films of the past year, WELCOME is the outstanding new drama from writer/director Philippe Lioret about two men wrestling with issues of lost love and dislocation.

17-year-old Bilal has spent the last three months travelling across Europe in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend in England. The difficult journey is almost over when he finally reaches the far northern coast of France, and can literally see his destination from across the Channel. But it's here that his journey comes to an abrupt halt.

Spurred by his dream, with all legal options exhausted, Bilal decides he'll swim across. Here he meets Simon who impulsively risks everything by taking Bilal under his wing...

Driven by powerful performances, this absorbing and emotional masterwork speaks not only of one of the most important modern social issues, but also of the indomitable nature of the human spirit.








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Brave Saudi housewife set to win Arabic X Factor after blistering attack on hardline Muslim clerics on live TV

Manchester Hissa Hilal delivers her blistering attack against Muslim extremists live on television on TV show 'The Million's Poet'

A brave Saudi housewife has reached the final of the Arabic version of the X Factor after lashing out at hardline Muslim clerics on live TV.

Wearing a black burkha, mother-of-four Hissa Hilal delivered a blistering poem against Muslim preachers 'who sit in the position of power' but are 'frightening' people with their fatwas, or religious edicts, and 'preying like a wolf' on those seeking peace.

Her poem got loud cheers from the audience last week and won her a place in the competition's final on April 7.

It also brought her death threats, posted on several Islamic militant websites.

The programme, 'The Million's Poet', is a chance for poets to show off their original work and is broadcast live every week on satellite television across the Arab world from Abu Dhabi.

Contestants are graded on voice and style of recitation, but also on their subject matter, said Sultan al-Amimi, one of the three judges on the show and a manager of Abu Dhabi's Poetry Academy.

Over the past episodes, poets sitting on an elaborate stage before a live audience have recited odes to the beauty of Bedouin life and the glories of their rulers or mourning the gap between rich and poor.

Hilal is the first to launch a political attack - a brave move by a Saudi woman.

'My poetry has always been provocative,' she said. 'It's a way to express myself and give voice to Arab women, silenced by those who have hijacked our culture and our religion.'

Her poem was seen as a response to Sheik Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak, a prominent cleric in Saudi Arabia who recently issued a fatwa saying those who call for the mingling of men and women should be considered infidels, punishable by death.


My poetry has always been provocative ..... it's a way to express myself and give voice to Arab women, silenced by those who have hijacked our culture and our religion.  


But, more broadly, it was seen as addressing any of many hard-line clerics in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the region who hold a wide influence through TV programmes, university positions or websites.

'Killing a human being is so easy for them, it is always an option,' she told AP.

Poetry holds a prominent place in Arab culture, and some poets in the Middle East have a fan base akin to those of rock stars.

Hilal's 15-verse poem was in a form known as Nabati, native to nomadic tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. She criticised extremism that she told AP is 'creeping into our society' through fatwas.

'I have seen evil in the eyes of fatwas, at a time when the permitted is being twisted into the forbidden,' she said in the poem.

She called such edicts 'a monster that emerged from its hiding place' whenever 'the veil is lifted from the face of truth'.

She described hard-line clerics as 'vicious in voice, barbaric, angry and blind, wearing death as a robe cinched with a belt,' in an apparent reference to suicide bombers' explosives belts.

The three judges gave her the highest marks for her performance, praising her for addressing a controversial topic. That, plus voting from the 2,000 people in the audience and text messages from viewers, put her through to the final round.

'Hissa Hilal is a courageous poet,' said al-Amimi. 'She expressed her opinion against the kind of fatwas that affect people's lives and raised an alarm against these ad hoc fatwas coming from certain scholars who are inciting extremism.'

Fatwas are not legally binding - it is up to individual Muslims to follow them.


I worry the lights of fame will affect my simple and quiet existence.


Clerics of all ideological stripes pronounced fatwas on nearly every aspect of people's lives, from how they should deal with members of other religions to what they can watch on television.

Hilal said she had heard about the death threats posted on Islamic extremist websites and was concerned, but 'not enough to send me into hiding'.

What's more on her mind is how sudden fame will change her quiet family life at home in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

'I worry how I will be perceived after the show is over, when judgment is passed and people begin to talk about my performance and ideas,' said Hilal, a mother of four who has published poetry and previously was a poetry editor at the Arab daily Al-Hayat.

'I worry the lights of fame will affect my simple and quiet existence.'

The Million's Poet was launched in 2006 by the government's Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage to encourage poetry.

In this, the fourth season, 48 contestants from 12 Arab countries competed, including several women along with Hilal.

On Wednesday, Hilal will be joined by five other poets in the final round. The winner of the $1.3million grand prize will be declared a week later on March 31.

Their topics are already known. One of Hilal's rivals will address terrorism. Another woman in the finals, Jaza al-Baqmi, will reflect on the role of women.

Hilal says her poem will tackle the media, but wouldn't elaborate so as not to spoil the surprise.

'My message to those who hear me is love, compassion and peace,' Hilal said. 'We all have to share a small planet and we need to learn how to live together.'

Mail Online



 Belgium moves to ban the burqa


If the ban is passed Belgium will become the first country in Europe to make the wearing of Muslim clothing illegal

The face-covering veil is set to be banned within weeks in Belgium, making it the first country in Europe to make the wearing of Muslim clothing illegal.

Women who flout the ban will face from one to seven days in jail or a fine of 15 to 25 euros.

While President Sarkozy is encountering obstacles to his plans to outlaw the face-covering niqab in France, Belgium's main parties are united behind the move and the influential home affairs committee voted for it unanimously today.

A vote in the full Belgian parliament is expected on April 22 and a "yes" vote seems assured given the political consensus.

Times Online



 Online Muslim sex shop conforms to Sharia law


CANDID but demure, an online sex shop for Muslims has been launched in the Netherlands to tap into a demand for erotica that does not offend Sharia law.

"We had about 70,000 hits in the first four days," founder Abdelaziz Aouragh said of his site that went online last week and claims to be the world's first erotic webshop for Muslims.

The 29-year-old Dutch national said it targeted married Muslim couples as an alternative to sites "that focus on pornography and the extravagant side of erotica" -- things forbidden in Islam.



Related Article: The Australian



 Muslim scholars recast jihadists' favorite fatwa

PARIS (Reuters) - Prominent Muslim scholars have recast a famous medieval fatwa on jihad, arguing the religious edict radical Islamists often cite to justify killing cannot be used in a globalized world that respects faith and civil rights.

A conference in Mardin in southeastern Turkey declared the fatwa by 14th century scholar Ibn Taymiyya rules out militant violence and the medieval Muslim division of the world into a "house of Islam" and "house of unbelief" no longer applies.

Osama bin Laden has quoted Ibn Taymiyya's "Mardin fatwa" repeatedly in his calls for Muslims to overthrow the Saudi monarchy and wage jihad against the United States.

Referring to that historic document, the weekend conference said: "Anyone who seeks support from this fatwa for killing Muslims or non-Muslims has erred in his interpretation.

"It is not for a Muslim individual or a Muslim group to announce and declare war or engage in combative jihad ... on their own," said the declaration issued Sunday in Arabic and later provided to Reuters in English.

The declaration is the latest bid by mainstream scholars to use age-old Muslim texts to refute current-day religious arguments by Islamist groups.


A leading Pakistani scholar issued a 600-page fatwa against terrorism in London early this month.

The West Australian


Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, a PhD candidate in Economics at an Australian University, gives his five reasons, in an opinion piece, as to why he considers the fatwa against terrorism significant.






 The Journey


Abdullah Rolle is a British artist with over 20 year experience in the music industry.


Abdullah was born Kirwin Steven Rolle in Clapton, East London.


His interest in music started at an early age.


At university he studied Music Production and completed specialist music courses.

Abdullah spent most of the 1980's and 1990's travelling between London, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto working for major record labels and world famous artist.


"I came to Islam in 2004 after travelling the world doing my work in the music industry. I saw the best of this world and the worst of this world, never content I kept on searching for the truth. By the grace of God I found the religion of Islam where I have found tranquillity."


He has since used his music skills to produce high quality audio lectures for Al-Quran Society and worked in the community including the Islamic Sharia Council.

Visit http://www.abdullahrolle.com/ for music samples.


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


This week






 A Journey Interrupted: Being Indian in Pakistan 


 Farzana Versey




Being a Muslim in India is a tough job. Threatened and terrorised by a growing number of Hindu militant extremists, and constantly looked at with suspicion and treated with a certain degree of caution, the Muslims are believed to harbour a certain desire to separate from the union and create a country of their own a la Pakistan, which a modernist Jinnah created but has since been usurped by the dubious Islamist agenda. The suspicion is so institutionalised that the Muslims are hardly represented in the country's million-plus armed forces.

This suspicion turns into contempt when an Indian Muslim travels to Pakistan. In the popular Pakistani imagination, India is a country of Hindus and if at all there are any Muslims, they are seen as infidels. Farzana Versey's encounters in Pakistan are replete with her confrontations with such stereotypes. However, as her expedition of exploration furthers, she finds fascinating contours of a human society with diametric contradictions where 'personal becomes political'. Reading her account in the book under review it seems that the Indian Muslims face more suspicion in Pakistan, because they are not treated on par with the Indian Hindus in the country that is supposedly Muslim.


In A Journey Interrupted: Being Indian in Pakistan, Farzana Versey (pictured below) weaves a collage of her experiences that she acquired during her four visits to Pakistan in six years -- a journey of exploration with continuous negotiations and constant reconciliation with her own identity of an Indian Muslim woman. "When I was on the soil of the land of the pure, my impurity struck me. I was the emotional mulatto," she writes. She travels through the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar and meets a vast array of people -- common tea-sellers, prostitutes, actors, poets and retired army men -- to find out strange and contrasting factors of the Pakistani identity, if at all there is one.

Despite dancing to the tunes of Bollywood films and replacing the peeling posters of bin Laden with the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, being anti-Indian is an important part of the Pakistani identity. Kashmir fits perfectly in that quest for a national narrative that has been interrupted by army dictatorships, political mismanagement and Islamist Jihadism. In order to sustain the rationale of a struggling identity, Farzana Versey writes, "every few years Pakistan writes a new fiction". The book is "about Pakistan, but it is also about India. It is about Them and Us, Her/Him and Me," she contends.

Though not a 'conventional' travelogue, A Journey Interrupted: Being Indian in Pakistan could not escape the trap of Kashmir -- the place that defines the 'convention' between India and Pakistan. "Kashmir was like a shadow tailing me," the author told this scribe. The reason is simple, she adds, "the Pakistani interest in India is centred on Kashmir. Not the Kashmiri people, mind you, but Kashmir as real estate, as a brownie point. And this will continue to be a hotbed, because the most important thing is that this one state keeps the armies of both countries occupied."

Farzana Versey terms the ongoing peace process "designer process", observing that "political peace is impossible and will never happen." She describes her observation as "freedom from delusion", but adds, "it would suffice if the ordinary people kept up a semblance of civility and left politicians out of the peace process. When you want to sup with your neighbour you do not seek the permission of the landlord, do you?" The book under review is written primarily from an Indian Muslim perspective, which subtly tries to debunk a few stereotypes that exist about both Pakistanis and the Indian Muslim 'affiliation', a cause to which both the Hindu militants in India and the Islamist extremists in Pakistan are wedded.

As India and Pakistan are trying to overcome the legacy of Partition and build new bridges, Farzana Versey -- while watching from the Pakistani side of border at Wagah -- feels unsettled by the "unsheathed anger and the charade of candle-lit peace", and finds proximity and not the distance "disturbing". A wonderfully written account, the author uses terse language in effective idiom, imagery and poetic observation. In these times of political and social unrest in Pakistan, this is a timely book -- one that delves into the Pakistani mind and traces the chasms in its recent history.

-- Murtaza Shibli


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KB's Culinary Corner


Chicken Satay Sticks


500g Chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chilies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander

1. Cut chicken into 6cm x11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces,
lemon juice and tamarind juice.
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and cumin
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and marinate for 2-3 hours.
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and grill for 5minutes on the either side.
6. Serve with Satay Sauce.

Satay Sauce
½ x100g bottle of Peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies

Mix the above ingredients and cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to taste, cool and serve.

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Kareema's Keep Fit Column




WEEK 1 of our 6 week training program:

Please note that the following program is suitable for entrants of all fitness levels. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased! The more you vary your workout, the quicker you will see results.


DAY 1:
Walk for a minimum of 30 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 15 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace).

Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Similar to day 1. Increase your walking time by 5 mins. or more if you feel comfortable and include some hills as part of your course.

DAY 3:
Opt for some strength and resistance training (try a pump class if possible). If you are not able to get to a gym, use some weights at home. Ensure good posture and technique.

Tip: Exercises using your own body-weight (push-ups, tricep-dips, etc.) is great to challenge and strengthen your muscles!

DAY 4:
Get walking...the aim is to increase your time and distance! Take note of your time every time you walk and try to beat it the next time you're out walking / running.

DAY 5:
Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 6:
Take on a more challenging walking course (steeper hills, etc.). Always challenge yourself, but do not overdo it. Listen to your body - QUALITY rather than QUANTITY!

Tip: Find a walking / running buddy so you can motivate and challenge each other!

DAY 7:
Have a rest, recover and get ready for week 2!



PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or who are not already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.







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This officer has got it in for me, the next thing is he will be saying that I was speeding.


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