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Sunday, 3 June 2012

 Newsletter 0395




The Queensland Forum for Christians, Jews and Muslims held an interfaith forum at the Griffith University Multifaith Centre during the week as part of the Centre's 10 year anniversary celebrations.

Members from the community and 30 students of the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC, Durack) attended the event.

Amongst the panellists were Mr David Paratz, past and vice president, Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies; The Revd Canon Richard Tutin, General Secretary Queensland Churches Together and Mr. Keysar Trad CEO of the AIIC


Addressing the theme of the forum, namely "Is Religion to Blame", some of the questions and discussion centred around the conflict in Israel and Palestine and politics and religion


The forum concluded with curry and rice lunch provided by Mr. Sultan Deen.


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Father and son grace the cover of local runners' magazine

Toowoomba dentist, Dr Anver Omar (54), plans to support his journalist son and first-timer, Yusuf (23) along the 90km Comrades Marathon run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban today (Sunday 6am South African time and 2pm Brisbane time).


Omar Snr's training runs, three times a week, around the suburbs of Kuraby should hold him in good stead on his 7th consecutive ultra-marathon run. Throw in a few solo marathons from Kuraby to Queen Street in Brisbane and he will have covered over 1000km since January.


On the last “down” run, Omar Snr finished in 8 hours 50 minutes. "This year I’ll be just concentrating on getting Yusuf through before the 12 hour cut off," Omar Snr told CCN.


"This will be good preparation for me for CresWalk in September," Omar said as he lodged his tongue firmly into his cheek and dentures.


NOTE: You can follow your friends and family amongst the 20000 entrants live via http://www.comrades.com/comrades/trackyourunner/trackyourunner.html

from 1.30pm Brisbane (5.30am S.Africa) time. You can just enter a name and track several runners simultaneously.


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A German computer scientist, Habiburrahman Dastageeri (pictured left), has come up with a smartphone app to help Muslims navigate in Mecca.

Every able Muslim is required to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia — known as the hajj — at least once in their life.

But the journey to Mecca can be an overwhelming experience. Over a million people from around the world descend on the Islamic holy sites during the hajj period, and they have to both perform complicated rituals and find their way around heaving crowds in often stifling heat.

Now a young German computer scientist has developed a smartphone app to help the pilgrims find their way and offer a guide to performing the rituals that are an essential part of the hajj.

Habiburrahman Dastageeri first had the idea when he went to Mecca with his family in 2006 to perform the Umrah, another, less complicated pilgrimage that can be done at any time of year.


“I realized that it was not as easy as I had imagined,” he said. “Of course my family and I had prepared, but when I was there, I saw that there was a lot that we just couldn’t have known.”

The 32-year-old, who was born in Mainz after his parents immigrated to Germany from Afghanistan, was studying computer science at the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart at the time. “I thought it would be interesting if I could have had a navigation device that could also be a religious guide.”

He soon embarked on a Masters program. For his project, he decided to develop a prototype GPS system for the hajj.

It took over two years to develop the “Amir” app, named for the Arabic word for guide.

The hajj rituals vary according to gender, so there is one app for men and one for women. The user can then choose exactly which of the different variations of the hajj he or she is doing.

“The first big challenge for a pilgrim is to know what, when and where the rituals have to be performed” Dastageeri told GlobalPost. “These are not part of everyday life for most people. They would not have practiced them before at home.”

The step-by-step guide helps them prepare, with a check list and interactive tutorials on how to perform the rituals.

The project took longer than Dastageeri expected because he had not only had to develop the technology, but also make sure that the app complied with Islamic thought. To do so, he consulted with Australia-based scholar Abu Muneer Ismail Davids, who has written numerous books on the hajj. “It was really important that there would be neither religious nor technological mistakes,” Dastageeri said.

For Dastageeri, the chance to combine his tech skills and his religious beliefs was the main attraction in developing the app.

“As a computer scientist, you learn to find solutions to known problems, and the hajj has existed for 1,400 years. With these new possibilities we can now significantly simplify the hajj, and also help many people. That was my motivation from the start.”

Source: GlobalPost


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Although it’s outlawed, polygamy is still practiced informally in Australia. Having more than one spouse is a long-standing and legitimate cultural norm in some Indigenous Australian, African and religious communities.

This week Insight spoke to people from diverse backgrounds about life in a polygamous relationship and the benefits and challenges of sharing a spouse. What it’s like for children growing up in those households? How do spouses negotiate jealousy? And why is polygamy against the law?

Amongst the representatives in the audience were Ms Fathima Youssef (pictured right) who said that polygamy was common in her local Lebanese Muslim community in Sydney. She wasn't in a polygamous relationship herself but said she saw other women enjoying the benefits of polygamy, such as housework help, financial support and companionship. She said God allows polygamy because God “knew that man was weak” in terms of fidelity.


Also in the audience was the Imam of the Gold Coast Mosque, Imam Imran Husain and Ms Eman Sharobeem, a psychologist and community worker who believed religion can subjugate women into accepting polygamous relationships. She has talked to hundreds of immigrant women and says jealousy of “co-wives” in polygamous relationships was a common complaint. She said some women are often driven to the point of mental health breakdowns because of it.

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As the killing goes on in Syria, people are risking their lives again to escape the country, many of them with horrible injuries.

In this week's Dateline program on SBS reporter Yaara Bou Melhem met some of the desperate refugees and the doctors working in Turkey and Lebanon to help them.

One of the doctors Yaara met was Syrian-born Australian Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Tamer Kahil, who said he just couldn’t sit back and do nothing.


Dr Kahil, the cofounder of the Australian Muslim Doctors Association, flew over to Turkey with medical supplies to render his expert services.


He took along with him much-needed antibiotics. These were for a rehabilitation centre he is helping set up for people hurt in the conflict.


"What is happening in there is really horrible and beyond belief, a Government kills its own people. I don't feel comfortable just sitting doing nothing, just watching the news and counting the number of civilians killed. That's horrible, " he told the SBS reporter.

"The function there is we have rehabilitation for those patients, postoperatively, long-term treatment, for instance, no matter how good the operation is, if you don't follow it up with effective physiotherapy and other modalities of treatment, then the operation will fail."


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Salman Khan is the teacher and founder of Khan Academy which is transforming the way we learn.


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The University of Southern Queensland Islamic Centre in Toowoomba was established in the year 2000 as a separate demountable building with prayer facilities for men and women, an office room, kitchen and toilets with ablution area. In the early days only a third of the main prayer hall with an estimated capacity of about 180 worshippers would be in use.

Due to rapid growth of the number of users, especially the international students, the space in the Centre was unable to accommodate all the worshippers for Jumma prayers. It became usual to see some 100 worshippers spill over onto the lawns under the open sky on Fridays.

The extension proposal for the Centre took some time to get approved by the University.


The expansion work is now under progress and this will allow an extra 100 worshippers.

Early in the year the Centre was renovated to create rear entrance for the women which allows the women to enter the facilities from a separate entry than the entrance for the men.


The USQ Islamic Centre is open to all Muslims in Toowoomba and surrounding areas including Gatton, Warwick, Dalby and Oakey.

"The community is grateful to the University of Southern Queensland for its on going support to the growing number of Muslim students and staff, " Professor Shahjahan Khan, the coordinator of the USQ Islamic Centre told CCN.

"But it is time for the local community of Muslims to start working for a Masjid with their own resources," Professor Khan added.


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The countdown has begun for the Ladies’ Spa Day 10am-5pm next Sunday 10th June at the AMYN Centre 16/157 North Rd, Woodridge.

The event is being organised and presented by the Sisters’ House, with proceeds benefitting this non-profit volunteer community organisation. Entry is by a gold coin ($1 or $2) donation.

Local Muslim businesses Rejuven8 Body & Beauty, Le Reve, Ritz Hair, Henna by Meli & Donna’s Massage are offering the following therapies and services on the day:

Facials - Revitalising, Anti -Ageing, Aromatherapy, Nourishing
Massage - Accupressure or Relaxing
Hair - Cut & blow dry, Foils
Manicures & Pedicures, Paraffin Wax Hand Treatments, Waxing, Ear piercing, Henna

Online bookings are available until 5pm Friday 8th June by clicking this link http://bit.ly/JqdefJ

There will also be stalls by local Muslim businesses including Jewellry by Rishka, Bessemer Cookware, Herbalife, Muslimah Chic Clothing, Durra’s Baby Clothes, Wasimah Clothing & Jessica’s Wheat Packs.

Also available on the day will be a delicious range of Hot Food, cakes, sweets and drinks.

For more information about the Sisters’ House please visit www.sistershouse.org


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We would like to express our gratitude to all the applicants for the Sister Haifaa's Ladies Retreat at the Gold Coast in July 2012.


Alhamdulillah, we have had an excellent response and have now officially closed registration for this year.

Jazakallah for your interest and enthusiasm.


We look forward to seeing those that have registered, at the retreat Insha-Allah.

Retreat Team

Salam CCN Editor

Our organisation is a not-for-profit non-political community group that aims to promote Palestine and Palestinian culture in Australia in a variety of accessible and enjoyable ways, including film and art.

We attach our flyer for our next film evening which being held on Saturday 7 July at 6:30pm at the Tribal Theatre situated at 346 George Street in the city. The tickets include the film and delicious Middle Eastern food as well as a cultural display and some Arab musical entertainment.

We would appreciate you advertising our event and insha'ALLAH you will be able to attend yourself!

Kind regards
Kathryn Zahran (Director of the PACSI Management Committee)

Palestinian Arts Culture & Sports Inc (PACSI)
A.B.N 69 579 234 537

P.O Box 615
Toowong QLD 4066

Khalil Hamdan (President) 0438 194 342
Kathryn Zahran (Director of PACSI Management Committee) 0423 123 164
Rebecca Edmund (Secretary) 0401 755 580

Dear Editor

I am working with a family recently relocated from Tunisia. They are in Brisbane for a minimum of 2 years working for an international company.

We are hoping to find an Arabic language tutor for their 5 year old son - to ensure that he will keep his skills current so when he returns in 2/4 years his language has not suffered.

In addition we are looking for a French and/or Arabic speaker to tutor the wife in English.

Hoping someone within your community may be ale to offer assistance/ advice.

They would also like an opportunity to meet with other Muslim's in Brisbane. If there are suggestions as to how they may be able to achieve this I would welcome this.

Looking forward to your response .


Erin McMahon

Relocation Consultant
Crown Worldwide (Aust) Pty Ltd
Mobile Phone +61 (0408) 080 191



[Editor] If any CCN readers can help here please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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. 23

Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah
Secretary General of Hezbollah


Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah is serving his sixth term as the current and third Secretary General of Hezbollah (the Party of God). Hezbollah is a Twelver Shi‘a Islamic political party and paramilitary organization based in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s ideology is based on seeking social justice through Islamic ideals. Political and military successes have made Nasrallah a vastly influential figure in Lebanon, and in the Middle East more broadly. Nasrallah and Hezbollah are also controversial; the US and Canada list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.


Military Power
Nasrallah has immense importance in Lebanon as a figure of military power. He gained this influence by leading Hezbollah during the time that Israeli forces withdrew from southern Lebanon. The withdrawal resulted in huge popularity for Nasrallah, giving him increased recognition at home and abroad as a powerful figure in the Middle East. Hezbollah remains a de facto security force in southern Lebanon, and its military presence is felt throughout the country, with a force of around 300,000 fighters.


Lebanon’s Leading Twelver Shi‘a

Under Nasrallah, Hezbollah has gained in popularity and in political stature. As Syria and Israel have withdrawn from Lebanon, Hezbollah has begun to position itself as a Lebanese nationalist organization, with revolutionary Shi’ism as the guiding line. Nasrallah was educated at the Hawza Shi‘a seminary in Najaf in Iraq where he met Abbas Musawi, his predecessor as leader of Hezbollah. Nasrallah took over leadership in 1992 and has popularized the party among the Muslim population, and also among non-Muslims. Hezbollah has gained wide popular appeal by providing social services, health care and also running Al Manar— an influential television station.  


Social Services
Hezbollah has also won significant grassroots support by cultivating a social welfare system that provides schools, clinics, and housing in the predominantly Shi‘a parts of Lebanon, but also in others. These welfare activities are run with efficiency and rival those carried out by the state, giving the organization even broader appeal.

International Symbol of Resistance Against Israel
Nasrallah has broader influence in the Muslim World as a figure of defiance against Israel. Israel remains a key issue for the Muslim World and Hezbollah’s aim to achieve social justice in Palestine is central to its activities. The military successes Nasrallah had in the late nineties are seen as the main factor for Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. Moreover, the staunch defense put up by Hezbollah forces against Israel in July 2006 earned Nasrallah many more supporters. In February 2010 he openly criticized Arab states’ lack of involvement with opposing Israel, while at the same time praising Syria and Iran.


The Arab Spring
•• Nasrallah has expressed support for the Arab uprisings, particularly in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, and Yemen; yet he supported the Syrian regime; betraying a sectarian bias.



I tell you that the strength of the resistance in Lebanon today is at its paramount of morality, cohesion, and courage. Its adherents and resources are all better than ever.   


Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah


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The 'Anatolian Tigers' and the rise of the Turkish economy  

ISTANBUL, Turkey — When illiterate carpenter Mustafa Boydak Sr., from a village outside of the central Anatolian city of Kayseri, opened his first carpentry workshop in 1957, it was just a way to make a living.

Over the years, the small workshop developed into a furniture company, and from there into an industrial conglomerate operating in eight sectors with 35 companies, among them the most important furniture brands in Turkey.

Today, Boydak Holding exports to 110 countries, and its companies have about 2,000 branches in Turkey and 260 branches worldwide. These days, Mustafa Boydak Sr. has put his sons in charge. He has also learned to read and write.

The success story of the Boydak family highlights the industrial boom in several cities in Turkey’s provincial, conservative regions that have started to compete with the country’s economic powerhouse, Istanbul.

The growth, which began in the 1980s, has been spurred by a new class of entrepreneurs known as “Anatolian Tigers.” Devout Muslims with a pragmatic, global approach to business, these entrepreneurs have begun to change the traditional balance of power in this developing economy.

For many decades Turkey’s economy had been dominated by a handful of huge, industrial conglomerates run by some of the world’s richest families — all of them secular. The rise of the Anatolian Tigers coincided with the arrival in power of the Islamic-oriented Justice and Development Party (AKP) and was strongly supported by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. That has led observers to view it as a power struggle between secular and conservative elites.

But that hasn’t happened.

"Turkish capital has simply grown more diverse in the course of the years," said Sumru Altug, professor of economics at Koç University in Istanbul. "But it’s wrong to draw connections between economic developments and the political or religious attitudes of new regional players."



But going out and drinking simply has no tradition here. People don’t like wasting their time doing such things, they would rather spend it at home with their families.

Mustafa Boydak Jr

Like their secular counterparts, the old business elites of Istanbul, the Muslim Calvinists of Kayseri seek to improve their quality of life through material means. They spend their new wealth on big new cars, shopping malls and modern architecture throughout the city. But as opposed to the modern metropolis Istanbul, there is little means for distraction in Kayseri — there are no bars or fancy restaurants, much less clubs or art galleries.

The conservative elites of his city consider hard work a type of worship, just like the Calvinists of yore, said Mustafa Boydak Jr., Mustafa Boydak Sr.’s second eldest son, referring to a report by the European Stability Initiative published in 2005, which called the Anatolian Tigers "Islamic Calvinists" for their combining of religious devotion with a hard work ethic.

"Pious people are usually very diligent," he added.

"We don’t reject modern comforts," he said. "But going out and drinking simply has no tradition here. People don’t like wasting their time doing such things, they would rather spend it at home with their families."

The new conservative elites are also some of the fiercest advocates for Turkey’s bid to join the European Union. Their openness to Western-style progress was in fact one of the keys to their success, they say.


Full article at The Suite Spot


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Faith-based free schools face local opposition





UK: The Yorkshire Post today reports that bids to form faith schools within the government’s free school initiative has led to local opposition with some humanist campaigners arguing that the establishment of such schools “could add to religious and racial segregation in the region’s cities”.


From the Yorkshire Post:

“Campaigners have warned the Government’s free school programme could add to religious and racial segregation in the region’s cities after plans to create Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish schools, and a failed bid by a Christian group to teach creationism to pupils were put forward.

“Concerns have also been raised that another planned free school in Yorkshire is part of an education movement which is based on “pseudoscience” teachings – a claim strongly rejected by those involved.

“The Yorkshire Post can reveal that there have been at least eight faith groups or religious private schools in the region interested in joining the free school movement since the flagship policy was launched by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

“Among the latest proposals to emerge is a co-educational Islamic primary in west Halifax.

“The Department for Education (DfE) is holding interviews this week with groups planning to open free schools in 2013, with decisions expected later this summer.

“A plan to create a new state-funded Christian School which would have taught creationism to 1,000 pupils in ten small “family school” bases dotted around Sheffield has been rejected.

“However the rejection letter to the proposed Sheffield Christian School does not cite its creationist curriculum as one of the reasons.

“The British Humanist Association (BHA) has welcomed the decision not to approve the Sheffield Christian School plan but warned that as least 15 other faith-based proposals had made it to the DfE’s interview stage nationally.

“The organisation claims that if these are successful it could add to segregation or lead to pupils being taught a “skewed” curriculum.

“Other proposals in Leeds include a Sikh free school and a Jewish free school which has been put forward by the Jewish Brodetsky Primary in the city. The school’s head, Jeremy Dunford, said it would not add to segregation in the city as pupils currently go to a Jewish high school in Manchester.

“There are also plans for a Sikh ethos school in Leeds. Calderdale Council said a group is planning an Islamic primary school in Halifax. Gugsy Ahmed, head of Parkinson Lane primary in Halifax, said he had heard the proposed school was to be known as the Sunni Centre.

“The private Barnsley and Bradford Christian Schools, the muslim New Horizon School in Leeds and the SDA Church in Leeds have all expressed interest in opening free schools.”

Proposals for faith-based free schools have been the target of recent opposition with Muslim schools facing their fair share of negative reaction.

The first Muslim school to be given free school status, Tauheedul Islam Boys’ School in Blackburn, encountered opposition last year as plans went through, with the local National Union of Teachers representative reportedly arguing that "It is going to develop potential social problems in the future.”

More recently, under the same legislative changes which are bringing in free schools, plans to give the Bolton Muslim Girls School academy status faced opposition protests.

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Sentenced to death for singing and dancing at wedding

PAKISTAN: Four women and two men have been sentenced to death in northern Pakistan for singing and dancing at a wedding, police say.

Clerics issued a decree after a mobile phone video emerged of the six enjoying themselves in a remote village in the mountainous district of Kohistan, 176km north of the capital Islamabad.

Pakistani authorities in the area said local clerics had ordered the punishment over allegations that the men and women danced and sang together in Gada village, in defiance of strict tribal customs that separate men and women at weddings.

"The local clerics issued a decree to kill all four women and two men shown in the video," district police officer Abdul Majeed Afridi said.

"It was decided that the men will be killed first, but they ran away so the women are safe for the moment. I have sent a team to capture them and am waiting to hear some news," he said, adding that the women had been confined to their homes.

Afridi said the events stemmed from a dispute between two tribes and that there was no evidence the men and women had been mingling.

"All of them were shown separately in the video. I've seen the video taken on a cell phone myself. It shows four women singing and a man dancing in separate scenes and then another man sitting in a separate shot," he said.

"This is tribal enmity. The video has been engineered to defame the tribe," he added.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said at least 943 women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family's honour.

Source: Brisbanetimes


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R1.3bn ($160M) Mosque and university complex

SOUTH AFRICA: The largest mosque in the southern hemisphere has risen in Midrand at the will of 75-year-old Turkish construction tycoon Ali Katircioglu.

Hoping to leave a legacy in South Africa, "Uncle Ali", as he is popularly known, has already spent more than R210-million ($2.5M) on the new Nizamiye mosque and community complex, and has no plans for slowing down.

"Everyone wants to leave something greater before dying. If you look at the richest men in history, they're often forgotten. But if you're rich and you leave something that helps people, you will feel their prayers long after you are dead," the Turkish-speaking Katircioglu said yesterday.

The estimated cost of the entire project, including a Muslim university, is R1.3-billion ($160M). But Katircioglu could not give an exact figure because he had "stopped counting a long time ago".

During the planning stages, Katircioglu travelled back and forth between Turkey and South Africa. When construction started in October 2009, he moved to South Africa with his wife to oversee the project in person.

Katircioglu had planned to build the mosque in the US. But after failing to find a suitable site and being obstructed by the bureaucracy he brought the project to South Africa.

The mosque, which is at the centre of a 52ha complex, is a scaled-down replica of the Ottoman Selimiye mosque in Edirne, Turkey. The massive dome atop the building has the same pale-blue hue and is adorned with four identical minarets on each corner.


At the centre of the outdoor plaza lies a whudu, a small bathing area where devotees can wash before namaaz or ritual prayers.

The interior is where the real treat lies. Painted in gold, Arabic prayer calligraphy and ornate flowers completely cover the ceiling of the 31m-high dome.

The design is reflected on the carpet directly beneath it, creating a central symmetry throughout the building.

Tiles hand-painted with colourful flowers line the walls.

The building has two storeys to enable men and women to pray separately - women on the balcony and men on the carpeted floor.

The mosque can accommodate 6000 worshippers . Though it has yet to have an official opening, prayers are held there five times a day. On Fridays, it is filled to the brim, requiring extra carpeting to be laid down outside.

But one need not follow Islam to visit the mosque.

"We want everyone to feel welcome and visit. You can wear what you want, look how you want but we all have the same heart," Katircioglu said.

The mosque is surrounded by a community complex, which is still under construction. Originally, Katircioglu had planned only to build a shopping centre and a primary school at which children could live and study, but those ambitions have since been greatly expanded.

After meeting former president Nelson Mandela, who suggested that he add a clinic, Katircioglu worked on creating a low-cost clinic. He also decided to extend the plot to build a Muslim university.

The shopping centre, clinic and primary school are scheduled to be completed and officially opened by mid-September at a ceremony expected to be attended by President Jacob Zuma.

The university will take a bit longer to complete.

Source: Times Live


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Hijab to Make History in London Olympics .


CAIRO – Becoming the first team to compete in an international competition in hijab, female Muslim weightlifters from the United Arab Emirates will be making history in the London Olympics.

"We were the first country for our athletes to be covered, wearing Islamic dress," Jassim Abdulrahman Al-Awazi, a board member for the Emirates Weightlifting Federation and the GCC Weightlifting Organization, told the Emirati daily The National on Monday, May 21.

UAE weightlifters have earned a place in the London Olympics, to start in the British capital from July 27 to August 12.

This time, the weightlifters will be able to don hijab while participating in the competition after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) changed rules to allow the Muslim headscarf.

It followed the case of veiled US Muslim athlete who challenged IWF rules that banned the outfit in competition.


Under previous IWF rules, weightlifters wore outfits, officially called “costumes”, which had to be collarless and not cover the elbows or knees.

But in July, the governing body modified the rules to accommodate Muslim beliefs and accordingly allowed hijab.

"It is very good for Muslim countries that this issue has been raised,” said Al-Awazi.

“It is not forced, it is a choice for the athletes if they want to wear it.”

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

UAE officials believe that amended rules to allow hijab will open the sport to a whole new audience.

“Now it has been opened to everyone,” Al-Awazi, the board member for the Emirates Weightlifting Federation, told The National.

“If you want to join, why not? Now there are no excuses, no reasons to say no.”

Sheikh Sultan bin Mejren, the president of the Emirates Weightlifting Federation, shares a similar view.

"It was a decision which will help the whole Islamic world," Mejren said.

"Now there is no difference between Muslims and non-Muslims in events like the Olympics. There is no border to accept them or not.

"Everybody can participate without breaking rules."

Physical Olympic sports such as rugby and taekwondo allow Muslim women to wear the headscarf in competition.

Hijab shined during Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 when many Muslim women athletes broke Western stereotypes, proving that donning hijab is not an obstacle to excelling in life and sports.

During the games, half a dozen veiled Egyptians, three Iranians, an Afghan and a Yemeni competed in sprinting, rowing, taekwondo and archery.

Source: Islam Online


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Camden Council won't deduct pay from Muslims for prayer breaks .

UK: The Camden New Journal reported that the Camden Council has backed-down on plans to deduct five minutes pay from Muslim employees every time they take a break for prayer, after Camden Unison took on the case.


From the Camden New Journal:

“The Town Hall last night (Wednesday) backed down on plans to deduct five minutes worth of pay every time one of its Muslim employees takes a quick break to pray.

“Children’s department chief Councillor Nash Ali said yesterday that he has asked for the deductions to be stopped after the council’s biggest union cried foul.

“The move followed a dispute brought by Camden Unison, which claimed the worker concerned – in the play service – was effectively being penalised for his religious beliefs.

“Camden is adamant that the case was not rooted in any religious prejudice and that the tone of the union’s claims, published on its website, had been “inflammatory”.

“The member of staff, who has not been identified by Unison, has worked for the council for 10 years. His breaks to pray were likened to the way smokers are permitted time for cigarettes without their salary being docked.

“John Shepherd, a union co-convenor in the children, schools and families department, said the man involved had “prayed at work once a day for around five years”.

“He added: “Prayers take around five minutes. A few weeks ago, he was told he would now have five minutes of his salary deducted each day he prays. Unison immediately took up the case, pointing out the obvious discrepancy between this treatment and the treatment of other members of staff who smoke, for example, or maybe go to the toilet more often than other workers.

““In these instances managers do not monitor where staff are every second of the day and make minuscule pay deductions. So why should a Muslim worker be treated any differently? We argued that doing so is likely to be an unlawful deduction of wages and a potential breach of the Equality Act on the basis of the protected characteristic of religious belief.”

“The union said it had not heard any movement on its complaint for several weeks before going public with its online article, which prompted New Journal queries to the council.

“Cllr Ali said: “I have asked for the deductions to be stopped. We do not wish to see small deductions from salaries for small periods of time to pray and I have sought confirmation that arrangements are in place for any employee who wishes to pray during the working day to do so, while making up any missed time at a later date.””

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KB says: This week's recipe is inspired by an article I read on the dessert by Aminah Patel on the Sisters website where she researched the historical ‘dis-connection’ with Malva and South African's Muslims.


After a little research, she found that Malva Pudding gets its name from a type of wine called Malvacea from Madiera. "This wine traditionally always accompanied the pudding, although absolutely no alcohol is used in the actual dish itself. Since this dessert is of Cape Dutch origin, it was a pudding intrinsically linked to wine, as the Cape Dutch, or Afrikaners are well associated with winemaking and wine estates. Today, however, the Malva Pudding can be happily divorced from its traditional associations and simply be enjoyed for what it is – a rich, spongy absolutely delectable pudding served with custard or ice cream."


Malva Pudding  


Step 1
Sift the following:
1 cup flour
¼ cup self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

Step 2
Mix together:
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1 cup milk
1 tsp vinegar
1 tab melted butter

Step 3
Beat well:
1 egg
1 cup sugar
Then add 1 tab apricot jam

Step 4
Bring together all the above mixtures, mixing it alternatively.
Bake in muffin pans or in one large casserole at 180degrees.
When the pudding is baked (light brown) pour the sauce over and serve warm with ice cream

Bring to the boil:
1 cup fresh cream
4 tab butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup hot water
1 tsp vanilla essence


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Q: Dear Kareema, I find it hard enough doing my exercises on a daily basis now, how do I keep it up during the colder months?

A: Don’t let the weather determine your exercise regime or routine. It WILL get colder, so be sure not to let your motivation levels drop. Set yourself some goals so you can stay on track. Remember that you want to

come out of winter a fitter person so you can enjoy the warmer months and set yourself more challenges.

Try to stay positive and know that there will be days when you just don’t feel like working out, and that’s ok, as long as you get back on track the next day…

My secret: embrace the weather and I always reward myself when I reach my goals!







My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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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.


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Fifty years to the day Jallalludin got himself drafted into the Turkish Army.

On his first day in basic training, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon the Army barber sheared off all his hair.

On his second day, the Army issued Jallalludin a toothbrush. That afternoon the Army dentist pulled out seven of his teeth.

On the third day, the Army issued him a jock strap.


The Army has since been looking for Jallalludin for the past 50 years.


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...If a husband divorces his wife (irrevocably), he cannot, after that, re-marry her until after she has married another husband and he has divorced her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite, provided they feel that they can keep the limits ordained by Allah, which He makes plain to those who understand. 

Surah Al-Baqarah 2:230


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"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."  
                                                                                                                      Khalil Gibran


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Islamic Council of Qld.

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786

9.00am to 1.30pm

10 June


Spa Day

Sister's House

AMYN Centre

0449 268 375


12 June


Year End Tax Minimization Seminar

Muslim Business Network

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 191 675


16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

16 & 17 June

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Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

1. Kuraby Mosque

2. Algester Mosque

0401 972 865

1. After Isha

2. After Maghrib

16 & 17 June

Sat & Sun

Moonsighting Workshop

Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

IWAQ Offices, 11 Watland St, Springwood

0403 295 127

10am to 2pm

17 June


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Moorookah Mussalah

Moolabin Park, Vendale Ave, Moorooka

0435 993 405


24 June


I Came So far: Comedy Tour 2012

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Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

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5 July



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6-8 July


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0426 821 411

All day

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Worst of the Worst: Lecture by Sheikh Jabbar

Alkauthar Institute Brisbane


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21 July



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15 August



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19 August



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20 August




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All day

9 September



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0402 026 786


26 October




6 October


Kuraby Madrassah Fundraiser

Kuraby Mosque & Al-Nisa

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

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The Heart of the Ihya: Prophetic Character

The Salaam Institute presents an inspiring weekly course.

A 10-session weekly Seekers Circle Globally Accessible Program with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Imam Afroz Ali.

This SeekersCircle will cover the Book 20 of Imam al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum ud-Deen, known as the Heart of the Ihya.

WHEN: Every Friday beginning on 18 May 2012 for 10 weeks.
TIME: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
VENUE: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Males and Females welcome. Refreshments provided.


More information


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012, then every second Saturday of each month
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about the course click here


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Tafseer lessons (half an hour)
Mondays and Wednesdays every week after Isha salah at Bald Hills Masjid,


All are welcome


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tafseer and Taalim for Ladies only - Every Tuesday @ Kuraby Mosque  11am to 12.30pm – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

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


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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

Wednesday 24 May 2012 (cancelled)
Wednesday 17 October 2012


Commencing at 5.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au


Tafseer Workshops
with Mufti Ravat


Thursday nights from 7.30 to 8.15pm and than after Esha



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Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

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

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

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

United Muslims of Brisbane

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Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

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Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

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Muslim Aid Australia

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Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

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Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

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Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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