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Sunday, 9 May 2010

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Senator calls for burqa ban after robbery


A Liberal senator has sparked outrage and debate after he called for a ban on wearing the burqa in public, saying it is "un-Australian".

South Australian senator Cory Bernardi (pictured left) yesterday (6 May) wrote a post on his personal blog saying the veil was "emerging as the preferred disguise of bandits and n'er do wells".

It followed reports that a gunman wearing a full black burqa and sunglasses had robbed a Sydney store yesterday (6 May).

Senator Bernardi also said he believed the burqa stopped women from integrating into Australian society "The burqa isolates some Australians from others," he wrote.

"It is un-Australian — and its symbolic barrier is far greater than the measure of cloth it is created from.

"For safety and for society, the burqa needs to be banned."

In reaction to the comments, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said the ban was not Coalition policy despite there being "understandable concern in the community" about the burqa.

The burqa was recently outlawed in public in Belgium, amid similar movements in France — where President Nicolas Sarkozy wants it banned.

Islamic Friendship Association's Keysar Trad told the Daily Telegraph he believed Senator Bernardi's call was a political stunt.

"It's tantamount to denying them the right to drive, the right to enjoy all the services of society as well as equal opportunity," Mr Trad said.

But counter-terrorism and aviation security consultant Roger Henning said anything which prevented identification posed "a massive risk" to public safety.

"People have used burqas to escape prison, for bank robberies and terrorists carrying explosive devices are sometimes disguised as women," Mr Henning said.



Nine News is conducting a poll at www.ninemsn.com.au on whether the burqa should be banned in public.




AFIC Response


The President of Muslims Australia – AFIC commenting on the statement issue by Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi calling for a ban on burqa - the Muslim head covering as irrational and un- Australian. Mr Patel stated, for over 200 years this wonderful country was and is being built on its diversity of nationalities, races and religions.

Mr Patel, welcomed comments by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Prime Minister Hon Julia Gillard, that the burqu should not be seen as posing a threat and that people are free to choose how they dress.

Mr Patel, questioned whether calls by Senator Bernadi and the like to ban the burqa on grounds of identity



It will be a sad day when citizens are subject to a mono culture, mono religion, mono lifestyle, MONOTONOUS!



are also calling for bans on balaclavas, bike helmets, ladies stockings/tights and face masks, all of which can disguise or hide one’s identity.

He further stated, some Muslim women, and feminists, object to the ban on the burqa on the grounds that the State has no right to tell women what they should wear.

Mr Patel, concluded, “Australian values include fair-go, dignity and freedom. As long as anyone, regardless of gender or dress is not posing a threat to themselves or society and lives by the law of the land, should be free to choose their lifestyle, without fear or harm”.

It will be a sad day when citizens are subject to a mono culture, mono religion, mono lifestyle, MONOTONOUS!


May Lecture Series Proves Popular



The Saturday lectures planned for the Kuraby Mosque for the month of May got off to a start last week with Dr Mohamad Abdalla (pictured left) delivering the first in the series on the topic "Looking inwards: Individual responsibility in an Australian context".


You can watch the video of the lecture in full at www.islamtv.com.au.as well as download an audio in mp3 format.


Yesterday Imam Imraan Husain spoke on how it was not possible to have faith without love, and next Saturday Imam Akram Buksh's topic of discussion is entitled: The highest of moral character: In the footsteps of the Prophet.

All the sessions have been well-supported by the community.

At the Cinemas with CCN



NEW YORK - A would-be provocative satire that too often settles for sitcom-grade silliness, "The Infidel" represents an opportunity wasted.

Written by comedian David Baddiel, this effort about a British-Pakistani Muslim who discovers that he actually is Jewish certainly boasts timeliness in its subject matter. But despite some funny gags, the film never manages to hit its comic targets. It was showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival and is receiving a limited theatrical release from Tribeca Films.

Stand-up comic Omid Djalili plays the central role of Mahmud Nasir, a family man who's proud of his Muslim heritage but far more secular than observant. His world gets shaken to the core after his mother dies and he finds out not only that was he adopted, but that his birth parents were Jewish and his real name is -- wait for it, wait for it -- Solly Shimshilewitz!



Desperate to make contact with his seriously ill birth father, he approaches his curmudgeonly Jewish neighbor, Lennie (Richard Schiff), for some quick lessons in how to be a member of the tribe. The resulting farcical scenes in which Mahmud learns the correct inflection of "oy" and the way to shrug one's shoulders with the proper degree of Semitic resignation are the funniest in the film.

Complicating matters even further is that Mahmud has been importuned by his son to pretend to be a strictly observant Muslim for the sake of his fiancee's father, a fundamentalist Muslim cleric. (This plot element, along with the scenes in which Mahmud learns how to act Jewish, makes the film seem like a religious-themed variant of "La Cage aux Folles.")

Clearly, there's plenty of fodder for sharp and timely satire, but "Infidel" largely restricts itself to safer ground, its predictable gags revolving around such things as matzoh ball soup and the difficulties of keeping one's yarmulke on straight.

Still, it earns points for at least trying. The two leads make a terrific comic team, with Djalili'a deadpan style of physical humour perfectly complementing Schiff's hilarious, fast-paced wisecracking.


7 News

SBS wins 4 logies as wog TV beats Channel 9 and ABC: Hany, Kavan and Radomsky



SBS has won 4 coveted Logies, including for best drama series and best actor. Don Hany with an Iraqi father and Hungarian mother, joins Lebanese Australian actor Firass Dirani (star of Channel 9's Underbelly 3: the Golden Mile and Cleo Bachelor of the Year) in providing a new positive powerful and attractive spin to the old idea "of Middle Eastern appearance".

The wins by Hany and Dirani (and the Most Outstanding Actress winner Claudia Kavan for her performance in the Tony Ayers SBS movie Saved ) indicate that the generally white-bread casting by all the other channels and their use of bland story lines, does not fit with the desires of the Australian public nor the values of the industry practitioners. Hopefully we'll see something more interesting on the other channels in the future.

Marc Radomsky won the Most Outstanding Factual program for his Law and Disorder, an independent doco on whistle blowers and the hell their lives become when governments decide to mess with them.




From the Desk of the Gold Coast Imam.....

Imam Imraan Husain 

Join me in CresWalk 2010 Fun Walk/Run on Sunday 16 May, then Sunday 30 May "15 km The Athlete's Foot Progressive Series Fun Run", then the "10 km Run Gold Coast Marathon" on Sunday 4 July. Strive for an active and healthy life insha Allah.


14th May 2010 - Dr Nihal Kucuk (Psychologist) will be presenting an information session on the topic of anxiety and depression; what the signs are and the things that people can do to help themselves. This will be for ladies only. The session will be in the Madrasah Hall from 6 pm to 6.30 pm insha Allah. All ladies are welcome.

Yesterday (8 May) I gave a lecture on "No Faith without Love" at the Kuraby Mosque.
On Tuesday 11 May  I will be attending the Multi Faith Academy in West End, Brisbane

On Wednesday 12 May  the Year 11 students from St Hilda School will be visiting our Masjid

On Friday 21 May the Gold Coast Nursing students visit our Masjid.


On Monday 7th June students from Trinity Lutheran College visit our Masjid.


Our Revert Classes are being every Saturday between 11 am to 12.30 pm. Please encourage reverts to join our class. Classes only continue for the next 6 weeks.


Tafseerul Qur'an lessons Friday nights after 'Isha Salat. 'Isha Salat is at 6.45 pm.


Imam Akram has arranged a (7 a side) outdoor football tournament for all Madrasah going children between the ages 6 to 15 on the 30 May.  alongDon’t worry, our Gold Coast Stars will be going. Please come and see our young talent play. I will furnish you with the details as we approach the date insha Allah.


21st International conference on Islamic Unity



Visiting Scholar & Speaker to Tour Australian Cities


For the first time in Australia world renowned student of Ahmed Deedat and Dr Zakir Naik, Imran Siddiqi, will be touring Australia for talks and a unique day-long Dawah training course.


The theme of his tour is Mission: Global Peace.


About Imran Siddiqi

Br. Imran (Mujtaba Hussain Siddiqui)  is the Founder President of IREF - Islamic Research & Educational Foundation, Hyderabad , India. www.irefworld.org

He is a recognized world renowned orator and one of the leading speaker of our time on Islam and comparative religion, appreciated for his convincing answers, even to the most disturbing questions posed to him by non-Muslims as allegations or as misconceptions against / about Islam. Br. Imran is also appreciated for his talks on current issues, mainly related to the Muslim condition globally. His style is similar style in many respects to Dr Zakir Naik. 

All those who attended his talks are amazed by the amazing memory that Allah has blessed him with, as he quotes hundreds of aayaat and ahadith verbatim along with there references (Chapter and Verse number). He also has a firm grasp on scriptures of other religions such as the Bible, Vedas, etc. In most of his major talks and debates there have been non-Muslims who accepted Islam either during the talk itself or just after the completion of the talks right there in the lecture halls and theatres.


(Ismail Mohamed)



The South African Soccer World Cup Corner




With the World Cup a few weeks away and many Australians making their way to South Africa, CCN will, over the next few weeks, bring readers, heading out to the Rainbow Nation, up to speed with world cup news, and the local politics, idiosyncrasies, personalities and culture of the country.




FIFA and Sony have chosen Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa. The song was written by Shakira, the world-famous singer from Latin America, who will perform with South African band Freshlyground.

Once again, the announcement of the official FIFA World Cup™ song was keenly awaited. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) is the name of the new football anthem, and with its rhythmical African sounds, the song represents the vitality and energy of the host continent. South African guitars back up the Afro-Colombian rhythm and Soca beat. The chorus is similar to that of a popular Cameroon song made famous by Golden Voices in particular.



FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter is delighted with the new FIFA World Cup Song: “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) represents what we football fans can expect in South Africa: liveliness, power and dynamism. It represents the four-week festival of football we are about to witness in South Africa. Nothing represents the joy of football better than music, especially when it is a song so full of energy and dynamism like Waka Waka.”

Shakira will perform the song with the famous South African band Freshlyground. “I am honoured that Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) has been chosen to be part of the excitement and the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said Shakira. “The FIFA World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion. It represents an event that has the power to unite and integrate, and that’s what this song is about.”

“We are thrilled to have collaborated with Shakira on Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), especially as we feel that the song captures the spirit and energy of the African FIFA World Cup,” said Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground. “We are certain that the song will inspire people around the world to celebrate the gathering of nations at the place where it all started. Here in Africa!”

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Dear Editor of CCN Newsletter

Assalamu Alaikum

I would greatly appreciate if you could publish my following appeal in your newsletter for the benefit of our greater Muslim community in Australia for which you have been working.

Thank you in anticipation for your sincere cooperation


Abu Umar Faruq Ahmad, PhD
President, Australian Muslim Welfare Centre
Sydney, Australia






Dear brothers and sisters in the community

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

You are well aware as a vibrant member of Muslim community in Sydney that the Australian Muslim Welfare Centre (AMWC), a largest registered Islamic organisation located in Campbelltown area in terms of its active general and life members has been looking for a property suitable for its proposed Centre Complex consists of a House of Allah (Masjid) and other amenities for the use our children, youths, elders and future generations.

You will be extremely happy to know that it is ONLY the Omnipotent Allah's Great Mercy that an industrial property has recently emerged in the market for an open auction to be made for sale on Thursday, the 6th May 2010. The property on the list is located in Macquarie Fields (76 Atchison Rd) and close to Glenfield Railway station (please refer to the attached file for more information). Our brothers in AMWC has visited the property and found it ready to use for AMWC Centre Complex, mainly for conducting daily congregational prayers including Jum`ah prayer.

A community consultation meeting has been called by the AMWC on Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 3.30pm in Minto Community Hall (at Surry St, corner of Redfern Rd), Minto in order to seek valuable advices and commitment of Qard Hasan (short/long term benevolent loans) & donations from our brothers and sisters.

I urge and appeal to all concerned in our very active and vibrant community to come forward to help us secure this property for the noblest project. Please attend this consultation meeting and advice us as to how we could well plan and precede accordingly in order to secure this ready and most sought after property for the use of AMWC Centre Complex, especially to use as a Masjid. In case you cannot attend the meeting please invite your friends as well as the potential people in the community to attend it and support the cause, and of course your own contributions be in the form of donations or beautiful loans, will be a great asset for us and you will be rewarded manifold by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala.

There is every reason to believe that this is the right time to take the right decision to secure this property for the noble cause of using it as a Masjid, and as such I think that WE MUST NOT MISS THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR OWN BENEFITS.

Please keep this very truth in your mind that we might not be able to avail such a unique and great opportunity in future in the event we miss this chance for our own negligence.

I wholeheartedly supplicate to Allah, our Lord, The Creator, The Sustainer, The All-Powerful to shower us with His enormous blessings and guide us to purchase this targeted property to establish His HOUSE on His earth to worship Him alone.

Brotherly yours,

Abu Umar Faruq Ahmad, PhD
on behalf of
Australian Muslim Welfare Centre

Assistant Professor of Islamic Finance
e-School of Business and Quality Management
Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University
PO Box: 71400, Dubai, UAE
Email: aufahmad@gmail.com

Dear Editor, assalamualikum,

I have a very special request, and would be very grateful to anyone that is able to help.

My dear friend and sister in Islam is getting married, alhumdulillah, and I asked her what her wish was for her wedding.

She told me that she loves the dua made by the Prophet (saws) for the married couple, both the one in the khutbah at the time or the ‘aqd/nikah, and the one he wished the newlyweds after they were married – and that she thought rather than the fanfare and entertainment for guests that is not Islamic.


If there was a qari who could read this dua in a beautiful voice and mention the names of her and her husband, that it would not only be personal and strong, but it would remind people to make dua, and that this is the best gift that you can give to newlyweds.

I would have happily done it myself except that it would not be appropriate for a woman’s voice to be heard loudly by both men and women – so my request is if there are any brothers, or anyone knows a sheikh, who would be willing and able to save a high quality recording of their recitation of this dua with the names of the bride and groom, I would be extremely grateful.


It is not a quranic ayat so obviously the term ‘recitation’ is used a little loosely, I am sure you all know what I mean.


The recordings could be emailed to me, saved onto a memory stick or burnt onto a cd and dhl’d over to me if that is easier.


Once she has heard the sound bite and is happy, I will gladly pay for any costs incurred in recording and sending the dua, as well as for your time.

If you are unable to help but think you know someone who may be amenable to the idea please do let me know, any information or direction at all would be helpful. The contact email is duaformarriage@gmail.com.



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Muslim MPs double 


UK: The number of Muslim MPs has doubled to eight in the closest elections in decades and saw the first three Muslim women – all Labour - elected to the 650-member House of Commons.

In addition, the first Conservatives have gained their first two Muslim MPs but the possibility of adding a third were dashed after Zahid Iqbal failed in overturning Labour’s 3,000 majority in Bradford West, northern England.

Thursday’s elections were marked by a swing from Labour to the Conservatives and resulted in one of two Muslim ministers, Shahid Malik losing his parliamentary seat for Dewsbury in northern England by just over 1,500 votes.

But Transport Minister Sadiq Khan defied the swing to retain his seat for Tooting in south London with a reduced majority of 2,500 votes.

Khalid Mahmood also successfully defended his parliamentary seat for Labour in Birmingham Perry Bar for the second time, increasing his majority to more than 11,000.

In Glasgow Central, Anas Sarwar also increased Labour’s majority to almost 16,000 in replacing his father Mohammed Sarwar, who stepped down at the election after becoming Britain’s first Muslim MP back in 1979.

Over 90 Muslim candidates of various political persuasions stood in the general election, including 22 women.

Three Muslim women, all Labour, became the first to enter parliament.

The first Muslim woman to win was Yasmin Qureshi winning in the Bolton South East constituency in north-west England, but by a reduced majority of more than 8,600.

Shabana Mahmood increased the majority of outgoing former International Development Secretary Clare Short from under 7,000 votes to more than 10,000 in Birmingham Ladywood in central England.

Rushnara Ali won with a huge majority of 11,000 defeating Abjol Miah of Respect Party to third place in Bethnal Green and Bow. Lib Dems Ajmal Masroor came second.

The first Muslim Conservatives to be elected were Sajid Javid, who retained Bromsgrove with an increased majority of more than 11,000 in Bromsgrove, central England and Rehman Chisti, who won by more than 8,500 votes in newly-created Gillingham and Rainham in south-east England.

Nadhim Zahawi, the chief executive of online market research agency YouGov, also became the first Iraqi Kurd to become a UK MP by successfully defending the Conservatives’ 10,000-plus majority in Strafford, central England.

Muslim News


Global halal cosmetics market booms 


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Entrepreneurs producing "halal" cosmetics say the global market is booming as more Muslims opt for beauty products that conform to Islamic rules.

Famiza Zulkifli made her first halal soap four years ago, after searching in vain for the right products to bathe her baby. Now her business has an annual turnover of 1.6 million dollars.

"Halal is an issue for Muslims. At the end of the day, everyone will die and God will ask you what have you done," said the Malaysian singer-turned-entrepreneur.

Famiza, who unusually for a Malaysian woman wears the black niqab that only reveals her eyes, now exports dozens of top-to-toe beauty products to Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Brunei.

The concept of halal, which means "permissible" in Arabic, is mainly applied to food. Pork and its by-products, animals not slaughtered according to Koranic procedures and alcohol are all "haram" or forbidden.

But manufacturers are cashing in on the concept that virtually all goods and services can be certified halal, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, clothing, financial services and even tour packages.

Like their conventional counterparts, halal cosmetics -- including lipstick, deodorant and alcohol-free perfume -- can contain animal ingredients but they must be prepared according to Islamic codes on slaughter and preparation.


Halal is an issue for Muslims. At the end of the day, everyone will die and God will ask you what have you done



"Even the small amount of collagen in our night cream is derived from halal sheep raised at a Muslim-run farm in Australia," said Famiza, adding that she plans to expand her business from Southeast Asia to Europe next year.

Nearly a quarter of the world's population are Muslims and the global halal business, estimated by a Malaysian research company to be worth 635 billion dollars a year, has expanded from Islamic countries to Western nations with growing Muslim populations.

In France, which is home to about five million Muslims, sales of halal food are forecast to hit 5.5 billion euros (7.2 billion dollars) in 2010 according to an industry spokesman.

The halal cosmetics business -- estimated to be worth 560 million dollars globally -- is seen by analysts as next in line for growth after the lucrative halal food and Islamic finance sectors.

Mah Hussain-Gambles, founder of the first halal cosmetics company in Europe, Saaf Pure Skincare, said the industry has also benefitted from a "green wave" and that 75 percent of her customers are non-Muslims.

"The principles are the same -- they want something that doesn't harm the body, the purity and that is exactly the same as the halal movement," she said.

"I create an eco-ethical brand which is organic, vegetarian and halal -- they are all important elements to me," she said, adding that demand "is getting out of control".


The principles are the same -- they want something that doesn't harm the body, the purity and that is exactly the same as the halal movement



"The enquiries are from everywhere. Last week there were enquiries from Bangladesh, Canada, Australia, Belgium and Malaysia -- it's just too much work."

Abdalhamid David Evans, a British expert on the halal business, said more manufacturers will jump on the bandwagon as Muslims choose halal products to reinforce their identity while others become more eco-conscious.

"People are becoming increasingly concerned about those things and they become a marketing issue," said Evans, of Imarat Consultants.

"Without a doubt, (the halal cosmetics industry) is going to be big," he told AFP on the sidelines of the first international halal cosmetics and toiletries conference, which was held in Malaysia last month.


7 News


Muslim Woman Fined For Wearing Face-Covering Veil In Italy 


(RTTNews) - A Tunisian-born Muslim woman was stopped and fined by police in an Italian city for wearing the traditional face-covering Islamic veil in public, said officials and local reports on Tuesday.

The incident took place outside a post office in the northwestern city of Novara, a strong-hold of Northern League (NL)-- an Italian anti-immigration party in the ruling coalition led by conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The party has been pushing for a ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic veil in public.

The woman was stopped by police when she was walking down a road with her husband, wearing an Islamic face-covering veil. She was later identified by a female officer after her husband refused to let male officers identify her by lifting the garment covering her face. The police then handed down a 500 euro fine to her, payable within 90 days.

The fine was imposed under a bylaw introduced in January by the mayor of Novara that bans people from wearing clothes which obscure their identity. The bylaw is based on a 1975 Italian law that bans people from covering their face in public.

Italian state news agency Ansa quoted Novara Mayor Massimo Giordano as saying later that the the by-law was "the only tool at our disposal to stop behavior that makes the already difficult process of integration even harder".

"But unfortunately it is apparently not yet clear to everyone that clothes preventing the wearer's identification can be tolerated at home but not in public places, in schools, on buses or in post offices," he said. "There are still some people that refuse to understand that our community in Novara does not accept and does not want people going around wearing the burqa."





Can parent convert kids without consent? Malaysian court to decide 


Does a parent have the right to convert children without the consent of the spouse? That's the question posed by a woman, whose husband converted to Islam, before Malaysia's Federal Court.

The lawyer of the woman, whose husband was a Hindu before his conversion, argued before the court Monday that 'it is about family life'.

'She wants the Federal Court to decide whether it is constitutional for one parent to unilaterally convert the religion of the children in a marriage. That is a very fundamental question and it is an opportunity for the apex court to make a conclusive finding on this.'

The case pertains to the conversion of Hindu doctor, M. Jeyaganesh Mogarajah, to Islam in 2002 after which he had the sons converted. This is contested by his wife, S. Shamala, who is in Australia with the sons.


Knoxville Times


Classic Indian films on Muslim themes coming to New York  


The prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Centre in New York is presenting a new film series focusing on Indian cinema May 19-27 highlighting classic films showcasing Muslim themes, performance idioms and lyric traditions.

Called 'Social Dramas and Shimmering Spectacles: Muslim Cultures of Bombay Cinema', the first film series of its kind in New York will feature 'Jodhaa Akbar' on the opening night along with more than a dozen other films like 'Mughal-e-Azam', 'Pakeezah', and 'Umrao Jaan'.

Presented in collaboration with Indo-American Arts Council and the Indian consulate, the series curated by Richard Allen and Ira Bhaskar, displays the extraordinary richness of Bombay cinema.

Spanning films from the 1930s to the present, the series features historical spectacles that celebrate the justice and tolerance of the Mughal imperium as an antidote to colonial rule. The new series follows one on Satyajit Ray last spring.

Presented are films of aching beauty that focus upon the figure of the courtesan, at once alluring, romantic and tragic and stories of Muslim social life that dramatise the changing social roles of a society in transition.


Australian Herald


Hindu vice-president of Muslim Students Association resigns 

SOUTH AFRICA: Avish Maharaj, a Hindu who was elected vice-president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) on August 8, resigned from the position a week later.

MSA president Aslam Seedat said that Maharaj expressed his admiration for the hospitality and values of Muslim students and wanted to be a part of it.

Muslim students said the news was well received among the student population but raised a few eyebrows in the broader Muslim community.

"I know that Hinduism and Islam, as religions, are worlds apart. But I believe that there is much similarity between the morals and values of the two religions," said Maharaj in his speech at the MSA AGM.

"As a Hindu, I believe that I am capable of promoting Islamic projects and values," he said.

"Muslims are moving away from the mindset that everything not coming from us is wrong or not allowed," said Seedat.

Zubair Adam, a senior Muslim student and ex-MSA executive, said that this was a great opportunity to show how diverse Islam is.

"The stereotype that Muslims are very close-minded and dogmatic is wrong and the fact that a Hindu could be voted in as vice-president shows that we are open to everyone, regardless of faith," Adam said.

Electoral officer for the AGM and MSA member, Ismail Bahadur said, “The MSA had poor support from general members and struggled to reach a quorum. Many members are more interested in a braai than anything serious."

A week into the Maharaj’s term, Seedat informed the MSA "with great regret" that Maharaj had resigned from his position as vice-president.

Seedat said that Maharaj had cited "personal reasons" for the resignation.

Maharaj was contacted for comment, but no comment was obtained in time for publication.


Grocott's Mail


Belgium's Muslims lash out at ban on Islamic veil


Muslims in Belgium hit out at a looming public ban on the full-face Islamic veil, saying claims it was being introduced for security reasons were simply an excuse to crack down.


"I'm afraid that soon they're going to want to start putting crescents on the backs of Muslims



"I think they're trying to wind us up," Souad Barlabi, a young woman wearing a simple veil, said outside the Grand Mosque in Brussels around the time of Friday prayers.

"We feel under attack," she said, a day after Belgian lawmakers had voted for a nationwide ban on clothes or veils that do not allow the wearer to be fully identified, including the full-face niqab and burqa.

There were two abstentions, but significantly, no one voted against it in the house -- a rare sign of unity amid a power-sharing dispute between Belgium's linguistic communities which seems certain to lead to early elections.


The Age


Are women on their way at last? With the king’s permission, the debate is hotting up 


LIKE all police forces, Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, better known as the Mutaween, performs a range of tasks.


Armed with long beards and short sticks, its agents are most notorious for two particular jobs: enforcing the separation of sexes in public places and herding people into mosques at prayer times.


How shocking, then, that one of its most senior officers is challenging both missions.


Ahmed al-Ghamdi, who is the head of the vice squad in the holy city of Mecca, argues that there is no Muslim prohibition against innocently mixing the sexes and that, since the five daily prayers can be performed anywhere, by individuals as well as in groups, there is no need to force shops to close at prayer times.



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KB's Culinary Corner




Ingredients for the dough
3 cups flour
2 Tab sugar
1 tsp salt
2tsp yeast (10g)
¼ cup oil
1 egg
½ cup milk and ½ cup water

1. Sift the flour and the salt, then add all other dry ingredients.
2. Beat the egg and oil and very gently rub into the dry ingredients.
3. Mix the milk and water and add to the flour mixture and knead to form a soft dough.
4. Cover the dough and leave to rise until almost double in size.

Ingredients for Filling
3 cups of chicken fillet cubed
1 tsp ground cumin (jeeru)
1 tsp salt
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp garlic
2 tab olive oil

Heat the olive oil and add all the above and cook the chicken until tender and then make a mixture of 1 ¼ cup cold milk and 2 tab corn flour and add to the chicken and let it simmer for a few minutes and then allow it to cool.

To make the calzone:
Punch the dough down and then using half the dough at a time, roll it out, using an 8cm cutter, cut out circles, brush with beaten egg, place the filling in the one half and then fold over, Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with cheese and cubed tomatoes and green peppers and bake at 180 degrees until light brown.


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Kareema's Keep Fit Column




WEEK 6 of our 6-week training program:

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!



DAY 1:
This week, make sure you wear the shoes that you'll be wearing for the race while training. Try to run/walk the actual course if possible today, taking note of your time.
If you can't get to the venue, walk the same distance locally, or at least about 80-90% of the distance.

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

DAY 2:
Combine strength and cardio training - Try boxing for some upper-body work, and skipping for even more cardio.
Do weights for the rest of your workout, targeting both upper and lower body.

DAY 3:
Head to the beach if you're lucky enough to get there and get one last session of soft-sand-running under your belt! If not, try and do the actual course one last time and see
if you can improve your time.

DAY 4:
On your bike! Head out for a 45min. cardio session on your bike. A spin bike (stationary) is just as good. Turn up your resistance from time to time for a more challenging
workout. If you do not have a bike, use your stairs for some step-ups and running drills.

DAY 5:
Spend some time in the pool for some toning and soothing of the muscles. Otherwise, try a gentle exercise or yoga class (remember you can always borrow a DVD from the library to follow).

DAY 6:
Have a rest if you feel that you need one, otherwise enjoy a short walk and make sure you stretch. Make sure you have at least 8 hours sleep.

Have a good, healthy breakfast and give yourself enough time to get to the venue before start time.... NJOY and make yourself proud!!
Make sure you stretch after the race, and challenge your muscles one last time with the tug-o-war & rock-climbing!!!


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.







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.

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


The CCN Chuckle



A local non-Muslim butcher put up a sign saying: "All our chickens are halal."


Mula Nasruddin thought this was great news and enquired within.


The butcher said all their chickens came from ABD and indeed the whole chickens were clearly in ABD packaging.

Mula Nasruddin asked "what about your beef and lamb?".


The polite butcher said they purchase them from a halal abattoir in Melbourne but haven't got the official halal certificate yet.


This sounded even better to Mula Nasrudin.

But then out of fear of contamination with pork that is outright not halal, Mula Nasruddin asked: "do you sell pork?".


The butcher said "yes, we're still working on getting halal certification for that".



(This story was submitted by a CCN Reader and based on a real personal experience in Brisbane)

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Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 13 May from 11am-12pm at the residence of


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13 Stiller Drive


All ladies welcome


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