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Sunday, 12 February 2012

 Newsletter 0379



Pigs battered with metal pole at abattoir


Video footage from a western Sydney abattoir under investigation for animal cruelty shows pigs being battered over the head with a metal pole.

The NSW Food Authority on Thursday halted slaughtering at Hawkesbury Valley Meat Processors at Wilberforce after it received video footage showing "acts of gross animal mistreatment".


It is absolutely hideous. Last year we saw footage from cattle live exports in Indonesia and some of the most horrific scenes in that footage was of cattle being slaughtered while fully conscious. Here in Australia, at this abattoir, we are seeing the same thing happen


Emma Hurst

The footage, shown on ABC's Lateline program on Thursday night, depicted images of a slaughterman at the abattoir bashing one pig seven times over the head with what appeared to be a metal bar.


Another pig was hit 13 times, apparently because it had not been stunned properly and remained conscious ahead of slaughter.

Other images showed sheep still apparently conscious after having their throats cut.

Cattle were shown repeatedly being shocked with electric prods at a rate believed to be far in excess of accepted standards.

At one stage, what appeared to be a rat ran across the blood on the slaughter room floor.

Veterinarian Mark Simpson, who compiled a report based on the footage, said there appeared to be more than 100 acts of cruelty.

"The footage I viewed and my understanding of the law led me to believe there were more than 100 breaches of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act," Mr Simpson said.

The closure of the Sydney abattoir comes after videos showing the mistreatment of cattle in Indonesia halted live animal sales last year.

The company employs about 20 people and carried out halal and non-halal slaughter.

Animal Liberation campaign manager Emma Hurst said the footage showed "grotesque cruelty".

"It is absolutely hideous. Last year we saw footage from cattle live exports in Indonesia and some of the most horrific scenes in that footage was of cattle being slaughtered while fully conscious," she told Lateline.

"Here in Australia, at this abattoir, we are seeing the same thing happen."

The NSW Food Authority said the video footage, which was supplied by the ABC, showed the slaughter of sheep, cattle, goats and pigs that breached the Food Regulation 2010 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.

An investigation involving the RSPCA was under way, it said.

The company employs about 20 people and carried out halal and non-halal slaughter.

A spokeswoman for the abattoir confirmed it was under investigation but declined to comment further.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Zuha Ali makes the Southern Star



Presentation in the new school library

Standing (l to r): Dr Mubarak Noor (Principal, Islamic College of Brisbane (ICoB)) and Mr Mohammed Yusuf (Chairman of the Board, ICoB)

Sitting (l to r): Dr Mustafa Ally (Editor-in-Chief, CCN), Ms Zuha Ali and Ms Diane Ross (English teacher, ICoB)

Khan Do Campaign Gets Underway


l to r: Campaign supporter Mr Faisal Hatia of Hatia Property Corporation, Candidate for Moorooka Ms Yasmin Khan and Brisbane Lord Mayor, Cr Graham Quirk 





Lord Mayor’s Representative for Moorooka, Yasmin Khan, kicked off her campaign fundraising with an intimate dinner with the Lord Mayor and some donors and backers.


Mr. Ray Deen hosted the evening at Gambaro’s Restaurant with a selection of business people from across Brisbane.

This event will be one of many that Ms Khan will be holding to raise funds for her election campaign.


"Anyone wishing to donate to my fundraising efforts or help with campaigning, please contact me on 0419 025 510, " Ms Khan told CCN.

Sisters' House Fund Raiser

By Bayaan Weise

Last Saturday night Brisbane Muslimahs came to enjoy the Sisters’ House Multicultural Fundraising Dinner; with tickets sold out before the event. Those who attended were greeted with a smile at the door and walked through to experience Arabian themed decor, complete with inside and outside billowing tents decorated with sumptuous material, twinkling lights and floors lined with comfortable mattresses with ornate cushions.

The evening was highlighted with delicious international food, an Islamic quiz with prizes, an auction and a talk about the history and achievements of the Sisters’ House. Those present that night were informed about how the support services at the House have helped Muslim women in crisis or high need life situations from diverse backgrounds, and enabled them to transition back into the community with dignity and confidence, as well as the many courses that have been held at the house.

Many lovely moments were shared between the Muslim sisterhood that evening, with all those present encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and introduce themselves to someone new.


May Allah reward all those sisters who attended the dinner and donated generously, including many Muslim businesses, as well as those in the community who could not attend but still contributed to the event in their own way.


In sha Allah the funds raised will enable the Sisters’ House to continue and grow in it’s capacity to support the needs of Muslim women in Brisbane.

Support Mustafaa Olomi in his quest for the world title


Mustafaa Olomi is the first Muslim from Queensland to be to be selected for the Australian National team to compete at the Junior Taekwondo World Championships, being held in Egypt this April.

Mustafaa is a third Dan Black belt from Rawlins Taekwondo in Underwood and he made the Australian National team at the championships n Perth held on the 5th February.


He is the current Australian National Champion in his weight group for Juniors and Seniors.




Mustafaa needs financial support to send him to Egypt for the World Championship in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt between 4th and 8th April.

His bank details are

BSB; 633 108
ACC: 141473538


Call 0402 716 707 for more information.

Have your say on services


Have you used the Government’s health, employment and welfare (Centrelink, Housing, Child Support and other such) services? Do you think these services are easily accessible? Are you happy with the quality and standard of service that is provided to you? Do you think that language barriers can be a problem in you getting the services to suit your needs?  Do you have suggestions that could make Governmental Services more accessible to people from non-English speaking backgrounds?


Well here is your chance to have your say.


The Islamic Council of Queensland and the Griffith Islamic Research Unit are working together to get your feedback to prepare a submission to the Government to ensure the community has a say in the services that are provided to it.


Your participation is very important as an Australian Muslim. A set of questions need to be answered. You can easily answer few simple questions by going to the following website:




Deadline for participation in the survey is 26 February 2012

Volunteers required urgently assisting Muslim refugees


The Rohingya Muslim community are originally from Burma and lived in Bangladesh for 18-20 years in refugee camps prior to coming to Australia.

There are two categories of clients who need urgent assistance:

Priority - Young women and men who are recently married and wanting to bring their husbands and wives over to Australia, and families who would like to apply for their extended family members to move to Australia.

You will have access to interpreters, translators and other community members who have a good command of English.

You are not required to have any previous training or experience. Instructions will be given.

Assistance is to be delivered at Multicultural Development Association (MDA) in Wooloongabba.

These are the days and times required. You are not required to stay the entire duration of time. Even an hour would be greatly appreciated.

- Monday from 10am to 2pm
- Wednesday from 10am to 2pm

SMS Naseema Mustapha of Multicultural Development Association (MDA) Refugee Support or email her at mnaseema@hotmail.com if you would like to register to assist.

The aim is to have a group of 8 to 10 male and female volunteers.

Identification Bill up for discussion


A Queensland private members bill giving police powers to order the removal of face coverings for identity checks has been put on hold, ahead of the state election campaign.

Independent MP Peter Wellington introduced the bill late last year after a Sydney Muslim woman's jail sentence was overturned because her identity could not be verified.


The bill applies in 3 main situations. One is whenever a police officer’s power to demand to see photo identification or a person’s name or address is triggered. In those cases the officer can also demand to see the person’s face. Another is when a person makes a declaration or affidavit—then the person taking the declaration or affidavit will be obliged to see the first person’s face. The third situation is when a person is entering a secure building—a court complex, a corrective services facility or a youth detention centre.

The bill was referred to a committee for community consultation.

The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) convened a forum last Sunday to discuss the implications of the bill and is in the process of issuing a draft submission.


If you would like more information on this contact the president of ICQ, Mr Mohammed Yusuf on 0450 908 786.

Mr Wellington is a five-term independent and held the Sunshine Coast seat of Nicklin by a 16 per cent margin at the last election.

He told Queensland correspondent Stefan Armbruster he plans to reintroduce the Bill if re-elected next month.


You can listen to the 3-minute SBS interview between Stefan Armbruster and Peter Wellington here.

Muslim Aid Australia Welcomes Diaa Mohamed


Pictured left with MAA chairperson Ms Madenia Abdurahman, Mr Diaa Mohamed  – famous for his role in starting up MyPeace.com.au which is best known for an innovative Islamic PR campaign in Sydney – is now bringing his vision to Muslim Aid Australia as the newly appointed General Manager.


MAA's marketing and fundraising manager, Mr Riyaad Ally, told CCN: "Diaa’s start earlier this week has seen an improved focus on MAA’s strategic development, incorporating a fresh vision that will lead MAA onwards to greater services for both donors and aid recipients."

"His addition to Muslim Aid Australia is a strong step forward in the future growth of the organization. Combining Diaa’s visionary leadership with the passionate and dedicated team at Muslim Aid Australia, you’ll be sure to see us at the forefront of progress in the field of international development," Mr Riyaad Ally added.

Women's Day for a good cause


Banners have been placed in Sunnybank, MacGregor, Kuraby and Rochedale to remind everyone of the International Women's Day Multicultural Afternoon which is to be held on Sunday, 4th March from 2 - 5pm at MacGregor Primary School, McCullough St, MacGregor.

This function has been planned specifically to showcase cultural events from the different continents, in order to appreciate the makeup of our multicultural society. There will be very few, very brief speeches, no raffles and no auctions. The emphasis is on culture and enjoyment. It will be open to a mixed audience, not just women.

A high tea, which will include sweets from different countries, will be included in the $20 price of the tickets. All funds from the event will go to the Dzenan Nuhovic Trust Fund.

Tickets can be purchased from Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796.

Mark this date in your diary, and please make an attempt to support this important cause to ease the burden of our quadriplegic brother, whilst having an entertaining afternoon mingling with a multicultural community.


See the CCN Date Claimer below for more details.

The CCN Classifieds


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In pictures: The History of the Hajj


Over the next few weeks, CCN will post images from a new exhibition at the British Museum in London that traces the history of the Hajj:


This curtain for the door of the Ka'ba in the name of the Sultan Abd al Majid Khan was made in Cairo in 1846-47.

The Koran states that the Ka'ba was constructed by Abraham and his son Ishmael.  

The World's Most Influential Muslims in 2011


There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 Muslim500 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 7

H.E. Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al Tayyeb
Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University, Grand Imam of the Al Azhar


Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al Tayyeb was appointed as Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar in March 2010, after the passing of his predecessor, Dr Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi.


Al Tayyeb was formerly the president of the Al Azhar for seven years and prior to that, served for two years as the most powerful cleric in Egypt as its Grand Mufti.


His scholarly influence as a leading intellectual of Sunni Islam spans the globe. He has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Aswan, and the theology faculty of the International Islamic University in Pakistan. He has also taught at universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.


Advocate of Traditional Islam
Al Tayyeb has emphasised his mission to promote traditional Islam since becoming Grand Sheikh. He has stressed the importance of teaching students about Islamic heritage – considering Al Azhar graduates as ambassadors of Islam to the world.

Spiritual Leader of the Al Azhar University
Sheikh Al Tayyeb leads the second-oldest university in the world, where teaching has continued without interruption since 975 CE. Al Azhar represents the centre of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence. It is a key institution that issues authoritative religious rulings and has provided extensive Islamic education to Egyptian and international students since its inception over a millennium ago. This history makes it a bastion of Sunni traditionalism. The university is considered one of the most prominent Islamic educational institutions, and the foremost centre of Sunni Muslim scholarship


Administers the Al Azhar Education Network
Al Azhar is the second oldest, and currently the largest university in the world, having risen from a group of three schools in the 1950s to its current state of over 500,000 students studying there at any one time with an additional 1.8 million students in its feeder schools. It also has over 100 university affiliates and 45,000 of the 110,000 mosques in Egypt are Azhar Waqfs.
This immense size and grounded respect make the head of Al Azhar an extraordinarily powerful and academically influential person. In spite of his huge workload as president and now as Grand Sheikh, Al Tayyeb publishes regularly in numerous academic journals, dealing particularly with the reception of Islamic culture and philosophy in the Western World. Al Tayeb is also a member of the Egyptian Society of Philosophy, the Supreme Court of Islamic Affairs and is the head of the Religious Committee at the Egyptian Radio and Television Union.


The Arab Spring
Has Al Tayyeb issued an 11-point document in August which spoke about a modern and democratic nation-state based on a constitution ensuring full separation of the different branches of government and guaranteeing equality for all citizens.
He said, ‘We live at a time when hopes are high in guaranteeing freedom, democracy and the freedom of opinion. We reject any plots against the stance of Al-Azhar which supports freedom movements inside or outside Egypt. The religion of Islam acknowledges and defends the rights of people and supports nations in their legitimate right of justice, freedom and honourable living’.



The unity between Muslims and Coptic Christians of
Egypt is something of absolute importance


Sheikh Al Tayyeb

The Inbox


Dear CCN Editor


I’m writing from a London based newspaper called The Muslim News regarding a twitter row that happened recently.

The ex-Australian cricket player Rodney Hogg tweeted some Islamophobic remarks on Australia Day.

“Just put out my Aussie flag for Australia Day but I wasn’t sure if it would offend Muslims… So I wrote ‘Allah is a s**t’ . he then later apologised saying it was a 'bad attempt of Australian humour'.


I just wanted to ask you a few questions regarding the reaction of the Muslim community in Australia

1. What do you think about Rodney Hogg's comment?
2. Why do you think he has such feelings towards Muslims after working with them for so many years (when he was playing cricket)?

3. Do you accept his apology or do you think he was only apologising because he received a negative response?
4. What would you like to say to Rodney Hogg about his actions?

Please add anything else you may feel is relevant.

Thank you

Fatima Sheekhuna, Correspondent
The Muslim News Est 1989
PO BOX 380
United Kingdom

T:+ 44[0]20 8863 8586
F: +44[0]208 863 9370
M: +44 [0]77 6824 1325



While we consider Mr Hogg’s tirade unworthy of an intellectual or intelligent response we offer the following comments below in lieu.


1. We think that it was irresponsible and insulting and hopefully nothing more sinister than the ramblings of a drunken dotard.

2. Perhaps Muslims did not take to his surname too readily. Or he took Australia Day as an opportunity to vent some very deep seated prejudice and xenophobia.

3. Mr Hogg should be invited to deliver the keynote address at the next Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Congress.

4.  We now know why you titled your autobiography The Whole Hogg - Inside the mind of a lunatic fast bowler.

Assalamu Alaikum,

This is Ameera here; I had sent in a letter asking for sponsorships for the leadership conference. If anyone would like to directly donate, you can send cheques (made out to Ameera Mahomed-Ismail) to:

Ameera Mahomed-Ismail
9 Camphorlaurel Ct, Stretton
QLD 4116

Alternatively, you can directly transfer money into an account:

BSB: 064203
Account Number: 10028034

If you choose to directly transfer funds, if you could please add something like 'leadership' or 'conference' into the description, it would be most helpful so that I can keep track.

Thank you so much,

Ameera Mahomed-Ismail

Dear KBCooks


My family had a hearty dinner on 6th February.


I served them the most delicious Mutton Khorma.


I can now understand why Nazima decided to invade the kitchen in Kerala for the recipe.


Thank you kbcooks.


My family are definitely going to make this their Favourite Friday Family Get-together meal.


The recipe was perfect, but no curry tastes good without chillies, so I added 1 teaspoon to the recipe.


I think it was an oversight on the mood of my friends on holiday.


Ja’zakallah once again for the recipe, as the family are going to eat something different from now on, thanks to kbcooks.


MM of Sydney

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Malaysians Discouraged From Valentine's day celebration

Malaysia’s main Islamic opposition party has called on Malaysians not to celebrate the Valentine's Day, warning that the event leads to immoral activities, the Malaysia Star reported on Tuesday, February 7.

“Every year we join forces with various Muslim non-governmental organizations to create awareness that celebrating Valentine's Day is against the Islamic Shari`ah,” Nik Abduh Nik Aziz, deputy of the Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS), said.

“We do not want the celebration to become a trend among Muslims,” he said, adding that scholars worldwide forbid Muslims from celebrating the day.

Aziz called on the government to place anti-Valentine Day's advertisements on television to discourage Muslims from celebrating the event.

“The best way to disseminate the message is through television,” he said.

“And the Government can easily do that as it controls the mainstream media."

Along with the television campaign, the party was due to meet to discuss its anti-Valentine's Day campaign this year, Nik Abduh, a son of PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, said.


We do not want the celebration to become a trend among Muslims 


Nik Abduh Nik Aziz

Islamic officials in Malaysia issued a fatwa in 2005 that the day is associated with “elements of Christianity”.

Last year, religious authorities arrested more than 100 Muslim couples over the Valentine's Day celebrations.

Islam does recognize happy occasions that bring people closer to one another, and add spice to their lives.

However, Islam goes against blindly imitating the West regarding a special occasion such as Valentine’s Day.

Hence, commemorating the Valentine’s Day is an innovation or bid`ah (innovation) that has no religious backing.

But the PAS's call drew flaks from Malaysian political parties.

“This is a democratic multi-racial country. We can't stop people from celebrating whatever event they wish to celebrate,” Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Youth chief Dr Wee Ka Siong told the Malaysia Star.

“Commercially driven events depend on supply and demand, PAS Youth should not interfere,” Wee said, adding that Chap Goh Mei was the Chinese version of Valentine's Day.


It is not an issue with Muslims, but PAS Youth never fails to make an issue out of it.


Kedah Gerakan

Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang challenged opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to oppose PAS's view on the Valentine's.

“Anwar should take action if he wants to show Pakatan Rakyat embraces moderation,” he said, adding that the coalition should take action against PAS Youth.

“It is not an issue with Muslims, but PAS Youth never fails to make an issue out of it,” he said.

However, PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan at-Tantawi reiterated thta the party would never interfere or punish those celebrating the occasion.

“We are also not trying to assume the role of moral police. We are not enforcers,” Nasrudin said.

“But, we want to help save the youngsters from falling into the Valentine's Day trap that promotes immoral activities,” he said.

With about a million members, PAS is the largest opposition party in Malaysia.

The party enjoys strong support from the northern rural and conservative states such as Kelantan and Terengganu.



Home Affairs Committee warns of far-right terror threat


UK: MPs have warned the government not to neglect the threat from extreme far-right terrorism.

In a report on radicalisation, the Home Affairs Committee said it had heard "persuasive evidence" about the potential danger.

The MPs also say internet service providers should make greater efforts to remove violent extremist material.

The committee interviewed jailed radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza as part of its research.

Its report examines the roots of radicalisation and the government's Prevent strategy designed to counter it.

The MPs said violent Islamist radicalisation appeared to be declining but there may be increasing support for non-violent extremist views fuelled by "feelings of alienation".

"A view was expressed by some of those giving evidence to us… that the revised Prevent strategy only pays lip service to the threat from extreme far-right terrorism," the report added.

"We accept that Prevent resources should be allocated proportionately to the terrorist threat. However, we received persuasive evidence about the potential threat from extreme far-right terrorism."


We received persuasive evidence about the potential threat from extreme far-right terrorism 


The committee cited the growth of far-right groups with links to similar organisations in Europe.

"The ease of travel and communications between countries in Europe and the growth of far-right organisations… suggest that the current lack of firm evidence should not be a reason for neglecting this area of risk," the MPs say.





Sophy Ridge, political correspondent at Sky News reflects on the media coverage of the report published yesterday by the Home Affairs select committee on the ‘Roots of Violent Radicalisation’

“Reading the newspaper headlines, you would be forgiven for thinking the latest report into extremism by the Home Affairs Select Committee of MPs was yet another stark warning of the growing threat of radical Islam.


“"Al-Qaeda bid for Brit girl bombers" (The Sun), "Internet fuels radical Islam" (The Independent), "MPs visit Abu Hamza at Belmarsh" (the Daily Mail), "Radical Muslims target young inmates in prison" (The Daily Telegraph), "Hamza in Terror War Rap" (the Daily Star).

“But just look at the conclusion of the report, entitled the Roots of Violent Radicalisation - "We suspect that violent radicalisation is declining within the Muslim community."


“The MPs conclude: "There also appears to be a growth in more extreme and violent forms of far-right ideology. Indeed it is clear that individuals from many different backgrounds are vulnerable, with no typical profile or pathway to radicalisation."

“The case that immediately springs to mind is that of Anders Breivik, who committed the appalling shootings in Norway last year.

“He arguably seems to fit exactly the profile of the "lone wolf" using the internet to get "far-right ideas" that the committee specifically warns about.

“At the time David Cameron ordered a review into far-right groups, acknowledging that insufficient attention had been paid to them in the past.

“This is not to say, of course, that violent Islamist extremism is no longer a concern and should be forgotten about.

“But perhaps the report should act as a warning against lazy assumptions about terrorism and extremism."


Islamophobia is America's real enemy


The hysterical campaign to stigmatise US Muslims poses a far greater threat than radicalisation to America's civic union


US: A report released this week has at last confirmed what Muslim Americans have long known to be true: the threat posed to US national security by the radicalisation of its Muslim community is minuscule.


The study, by the Triangle Centre on Terrorism and Homeland Security, found that only 20 Muslim Americans were charged with violent crimes related to terrorism in 2011, and of the 14,000 homicides recorded in the United States in that year, not one was committed by a Muslim extremist.


We are thrilled that an objective, comprehensive investigation has revealed that only a tiny percentage of American Muslims support violent acts. However, we remain concerned that the greater danger to America's civic union comes from an increasingly organised campaign that portrays all Muslims as potential terrorists and traitors.


Yes, there may be some Muslims who resort to violence; but it's clear that these individuals signify nothing more than a statistical aberration, and are no more representative of the Muslim community as a whole than Timothy McVeigh, Jared Lee Loughner, or Anders Behring Breivik represent Christianity.



The Guardian



Good wishes to the Muslim Community from President Zuma on the birthday of the Great Prophet

Presidential Press Release

5 February 2012


SOUTH AFRICA: The Prophet of Islam (Peace be upon him) was born on the Islamic date of the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal which in the Islamic calendar is today.

Within a period of twenty three years he changed the Arabian society and brought about reforms that have had a profound impact on humanity as a whole. His traditions have a universal value and if correctly implemented can greatly reduce the suffering of many people around the world.

One such example is a narration in which he says: "None of you is a genuine believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself." If, within the context of our society, this narration can be implemented and acted upon, we can undoubtedly establish a more caring society.

Today, the almost two billion followers of this great Prophet (Peace be upon him), including those who live in South Africa will be commemorating this day, and I take this opportunity to wish them all well and may the day be a blessed one.

Like the followers of all other religions in this country, Muslims too have made a positive contribution, and there is space for that to continue.



Saudis fear there will be ‘no more virgins’ and people will turn gay if female drive ban is lifted

Repealing a ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia would result in ‘no more virgins’, the country’s religious council has warned.

A ‘scientific’ report claims relaxing the ban would also see more Saudis - both men and women - turn to homosexuality and pornography.

The startling conclusions were drawn by Muslim scholars at the Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, working in conjunction with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at the King Fahd University.


Their report assessed the possible impact of repealing the ban in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed behind the wheel.

It was delivered to all 150 members of the Shura Council, the country’s legislative body.

The report warns that allowing women to drive would ‘provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce’.

Within ten years of the ban being lifted, the report’s authors claim, there would be ‘no more virgins’ in the Islamic kingdom.

And it pointed out ‘moral decline’ could already be seen in other Muslim countries where women are allowed to drive.

In the report Professor Subhi described sitting in a coffee shop in an unnamed Arab state.

‘All the women were looking at me,’ he wrote. ‘One made a gesture that made it clear she was available... this is what happens when women are allowed to drive.’

The astonishing report comes after Shaima Jastaniya, a 34-year-old Saudi woman, was sentenced to 10 lashes with a whip after being caught driving in Jeddah.

There has been strong protest in the country about the sentence - and about the law generally.
But resistance to reform and change remains strong among conservative royals and clerics.

Source: Mail Online

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

This week a CCN reader recommends


A World Without Islam


Graham E. Fuller




What if Islam never existed?


To some, it's a comforting thought: no clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists.


But what if that weren't the case at all?


In A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller guides us along an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether or not Islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most emotional and important international crises.


Fuller takes us from the birth of Islam to the fall of Rome to the rise and collapse of the Ottoman Empire.


He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the conflict in Israel, and the role of Islam in supporting and energizing the anti-imperial struggle.


Provocatively, he finds that contrary to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and soldiers, a world without Islam might not look vastly different from what we know today.


Filled with fascinating details and counterintuitive conclusions, A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM is certain to inspire debate and reshape the way we think about Islam's relationship with the West.



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

The CCN Bookshelf

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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

KB's Culinary Corner



KB says:  In keeping with its name, this torte recipe has no flour but salt crackers and nuts instead. I garnished it with whipped cream and fresh strawberries making each mouthful a unique experience. You can also use this recipe to create mini tortes for individual servings which I did using a miniature square cake pan.


Pecan Nut Torte




1. Whisk 3 egg whites until stiff
2. Add 1 cup of castor sugar, a little at a time whilst continuing to whisk
3. The mixture must be glossy
4. Add ½ tsp vanilla essence
5. Fold in the following ingredients:
                       a. 1 tsp baking powder
                       b. 1 ½ cups chopped peanuts
                       c. 12 salty cracker biscuits which have been crushed
6. Give it a good mix with a wooden spoon and then pour mixture into a greased 23cm loose – based cake tin.
7. Bake at 170degrees until mixture turns light brown
8. When cool, turn out and decorate with whipped cream, chopped pecans and strawberries


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I’m an office worker who loves to work out and tend to wear high heels most days. My lower back gets a bit sore especially after a long day. Any tips?

A: Try not to jar your body by running or doing high-impact classes when you get to the gym. Instead, opt for yoga or take a brisk power walk.


Also book yourself in for a massage towards the end of every week if possible.


This may ease the pain and also relax the muscles preparing them for your next week’s workout sessions.


Be sure to take your time stretching after every workout as well.







My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Flightstar Fozi's Travel Tips



Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, we are travelling to Borneo in a few months and will be spending a few weeks in the jungle. We know we will need to get immunisations but I understand that even taking those horrible Malaria tablets you can still get malaria, what else can we do? 




A: I have taken those horrible Malaria tablets so I really feel for you.


However, it is best to speak to your GP or the travel doctor specialist to get all relevant medical advice.


Travelling to Borneo will be such a wonderful experience, but you really need to be up to date on what medications and immunisations you will need to get before you travel.


Make sure you have a good medical kit with you which should include a very strong insect repellent.


It is better to be overprotective in the jungle because even though it will be an amazing place there are many things that can make your trip uncomfortable.


Safe travels.


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The CCN Chuckle


CCN's Man-on-the Mussallah has had a long and abiding interest in gender roles amongst Sunni Muslims particularly in Afghanistan.


Back in the 1990s long before the current Afghan hostility he spotted that women walked about four paces behind their husbands.

When our Man-on-the Mussallah returned to Kabul a couple of weeks ago he noted with regret that women still walked behind their husbands.


He pondered why, despite the establishment of women's rights, wives still paced behind their husbands.

Later our intrepid reporter fell into conversation with one of the Afghani women and asked, 'Why are you so happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?'

The woman looked at our Man-on-the Mussallah straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, "Land mines."

He filed his report back to CCN with the leader:

Behind every Afghan man, there's a smart woman!


The prison of life and the bondage of grief are one and the same
Before the onset of death, how can man expect to be free of grief?

قید حیات و بند غم ، اصل میں دونوں ایک ہیں

موت سے پہلے آدمی غم سے نجات پائے کیوں؟

                                                                   Mirza Ghalib


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Eid-E- Milaadun Nabi (S.A.W) Night and Dinner

Islamic Society of Queensland (ISQ)

Rochedale (Bosnian) Mosque, 2674 Logan Road

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5.30pm to 8.30pm

12 February


Laelat ul Meelad program

Islamic Society of Algester

Beenleigh Community Center (cnr Crete & Kent St)

0419 786 092

from 2.30pm

13 & 14 February

Mon & Tues

Dr Uthman Lateef Lecture Tour


AMYN Islamic Centre, 16/157 North Rd, WOODRIDGE

0406 740 790

7pm to 8.45pm

17 February


An Evening of Qir'aat: Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Gold Coast Mosque, Cnr Allied Cr and Olsen Ave, ARUNDEL


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18 February


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16 June



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21 July



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20 August




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Classes for teenage girls - 7pm to 8:30pm – Every Thursday evening – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

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Wednesday 29 February 2012
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Wednesday 17 October 2012

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Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

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Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

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Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

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Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

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Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

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