Sunday, 13 October 2013

 Newsletter 0466




On Tuesday, October 15, Muslims in Saudi Arabia will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and celebrations.

The day of celebration and prayer is called Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or "festival of the sacrifice."


Eid ul-Adha also commemorates the Prophet Abraham's (pbuh) willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command.


The day is celebrated with the prayers, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings.


During this day, Muslims exchange the greeting "Eid Mubarak" or "blessed Eid."


Each year, some two million Muslims, including hundreds of Australian Muslims, go on Hajj.


CCN wishes all our Muslim readers and their Families and Friends


Eid Mubarak


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A sister who went from Australia for Haj sent in the following photos and brief notes from Makkah:

Medina was amazing. Arrived in Makkah late afternoon. Started Umrah (Tawaaf) at 11 p.m. Finished Umrah at 3.30 a.m. Pray Allah accepts our efforts. Big part of Haram affected by construction. Tawaaf only possible on ground floor and new bridge. Crowds are big and will keep growing now each day.

Yesterday they opened the first floor for Tawaaf. Alhumdulillah much better as no pushing and shoving. The rooftop at Maghrib is my favourite.

Settled in Aziziyah. We went on a trial walk to Mina and Jamaraats yesterday. Alhumdulillah we are so blessed to be in tents right next to the Jamaraats and about 2-3km from the hotel. Due to big crowds now all Salaah in hotel room only.


Madinah Madinah Madinah Madinah


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 Workshop conducted at the Cairns Funeral Directors' premises


The Muslim Funeral Services (MFS) was invited by the Islamic Society of Cairns yesterday (Saturday) to conduct an information session and ghusl demonstration for the local Cairns community as well updating the Cairns' Funeral Directors on ways of improving their services.


There were some 80, mostly women, who took part in the programme, and the female ghusl session conducted by Ummi Yousef and her team from Kuraby was very well received.


r to l: Dr Iqbal Sultan, Mr AK Surtie, Cairns Funeral Directors and (left) Ms Alma Mohammed  

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SURFERS Paradise and Broadbeach will convert to Islam (sic) and feature more prayer rooms, halal restaurants and extended trading hours, says Mayor Tom Tate (pictured below).

On his return from the Middle East, Cr Tate will meet with traders, restaurant owners, hotels and marketing bodies to look at how both tourism areas can better cater for high-yield Middle Eastern tourists.

He also wants to extend trading hours during Ramadan to cater for the later rising and dining tourists as one of the major criticisms was the early closing hours of many Gold Coast restaurants.

About 20,000 Gulf tourists visit the region each year, staying on average for about a month with combined spending of between $53 million and $75 million.

Numbers have been down in recent years with the Islamic festival Ramadan falling in the middle of school holiday period.

Holidaymakers travel either side of Ramadan.

"I want to double the number of students and double tourism and I think in order to do that, we bring the traders and retailers together to talk about their culture and what we can be doing to grow tourism,'' Cr Tate said from Abu Dhabi.

"If we are going to be a truly global destination, then we need to think about these things.''

Surfers Paradise Alliance chairwoman Laura Younger said she would welcome discussions if it meant adding value for businesses in the precinct.

"If the traders see there is an opportunity, there is no doubt they would adapt to that opportunity,' she said.

"Surfers is a very diverse multicultural precinct and traders are always looking for new opportunities.''

Islamic Society of Gold Coast secretary Hussain Baba urged the Gold Coast to be better equipped.

"The Muslim tourist loves to shop and it would be great to have places to pray in the shopping areas. That way they don't have to go to the Mosque or go back to the hotel they can continue shopping.

"They also like to shop until late, so extended trading hours would be good.


This is not just for the middle eastern tourists, but the Chinese Muslim groups and the Indonesians and Malaysians,'' he said.

The owner of the Tandoori Place at Surfers Paradise, Surjit Singh Dhillon, said he would welcome discussions about extended trading.

"Already we have big groups from the Middle East which come in at 10pm and we open to 11pm,'' he said.

"We would be more than happy to talk about further extending these hours. People now realise the market is there and we stock halal meat to (cater for) any Muslim.''

Cr Tate this week visited the Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing, Helal Al Marri, as part of his 10-day trade mission in the UAE.

Cr Tate said about 500 students from the Middle East visited the Gold Coast each year.

He said as part of ongoing relationships with the Middle East, he would bring a delegation to include the vice-chancellors from both Bond and Griffith universities to the region next year to form "working groups'' to build on the double figure target.

Source: Goldcoast.com.au

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FASTIDIOUS, meticulous, some would even go as far as stark raving mad, what makes Sonny Bill Williams the best footballer of his generation is a one word mantra used by elite athletes all over the world: sacrifice.

Think green tea, sashimi, brown rice, Bikram yoga, daily prayers, visualisation, a home gym and a strict no-alcohol policy - small samples of why SBW ranks alongside Brad Fittler as the Roosters most astute piece of recruitment in the club’s history.

Forget the rock star exterior of the flat caps and designer shades. When Williams arrived at the tri-colours' Moore Park headquarters last January armed with an A4 notebook and a pen, the entire organisation was taken aback by his level of professionalism.

Sacrifice can come in many forms. NRL footballers like to break it down in to what they call "one percenters", which essentially means a resolute focus on doing all the little things right, with no room for short cuts or distractions.

Take this example: not one member of the Sydney Roosters roster has touched a drop of alcohol for over a month. Call it a coincidence, but the Roosters are on an eight-match winning roll.

"We didn’t want to make a fuss of it, we actually just wanted to keep it in-house. It was something we decided on as a group about a month ago,’’ Roosters coach Trent Robinson said.


"Alcohol has long been a part of sporting clubs and at the Roosters there’s times when it’s been good and times when it’s been not so good.

"It was Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who came up with the idea of everybody just making a small sacrifice in that area. It certainly wasn’t Sonny’s idea or something he was pushing but at the same time the lifestyle choices he makes are clearly having a positive effect in that regard.’’



The Daily Telegraph

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Mustafa Barghouti is a Palestinian physician, activist, and politician who serves as General Secretary of the Palestine National Initiative.

Barghouti is the President of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, an NGO that provides health and community services to people in the Occupied Territories.


He is also Director of the Health Development Information and Policy Institute, an independent Ramallah-based think-tank that engages in policy research and planning for the Palestinian health-care system in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

6PM for a 6:30PM start at Level 2, Queensland Council of Unions Building, 16 Peel St,South Brisbane.


Entry by gold coin donation at venue.


Have questions about Public Forum with Dr Mustafa Barghouti? Contact Just Peace Queensland.


Dr Barghouti's visit to Brisbane is sponsored by: Australia Palestine Advocacy Network; Just Peace Qld, Inc; and Queensland Council of Unions.

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He is the Queensland man accused of fighting alongside rebels with links to Al Qaida – he says we was there on a humanitarian mission and 4BC Radio announcer, Gary Hardgrave comes to his defence.



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The finalists for the annual Australian Muslim Achievement Award (AMAA) were announced this week.


The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 1 December at the Onyx Room, The Renaissance, 3 New Street East, Lidcombe, NSW.


To attend, book here.



Man of the Year
Belal Taha (NSW)
Nazeem Hussain (VIC)
Oguz Hakan Taskun (NSW)
Professional of the Year
Ali Sowaid (NSW)
Ashraf Naim (VIC)
Karim Ibrahim (NSW)
Best New Community Initiative of the Year
Activ8 Youth Mentoring Program (NSW)
Bankstown Poetry Slam (NSW)
The Dury's Out (VIC)
Woman of the Year
Abir Chahal (NSW)
Susan Carland (VIC)
Tasneem Chopra (VIC)
Creative Artist of the Year
Abid (Abdel-Aziz) Abouloukme (NSW)
Ahmad Al Rady (NSW)
Reuben Street (VIC)
Business of the Year
Flames Steakhouse (NSW)
Hijab House (NSW)
Ooh Aah Invitations (NSW)
Youth of the Year
Ahmad Al-Rady (NSW)
Akram Azimi (WA)
Widyan Al-Ubudy (NSW)
Volunteer of the Year
Hend Zaid (NSW)
Janeth Deen (QLD)
Event of the Year
IMA EId Dinner (VIC)
Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair (NSW)
Sportsperson of the Year
Bachar Houli (VIC)
Fawad Ahmed (NSW)
Sonny Bill Williams (NSW)
Media of the Year
Rehana Bibi (QLD)
Tahmina Ansari (NSW)
The Y Factor (NSW)
Role Model of the Year
Bachar Houli (VIC)
Mustafa Ally (QLD)
Saara Sabbagh (VIC)
Community Organisation of the Year
Crescent Institute (NSW)
Hills District Muslim Society (NSW)
Islamic Relief Australia (NSW)
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If you’re dealing with an ongoing health condition (e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol, hay fever, ongoing back pain) or providing support (caring) for someone who does, we’d like to hear from you.

Dr Adem Sav and members of the Griffith Health Institute are researching the support given by local community pharmacies for people with ongoing health conditions. This is part of a nationwide project designed to assist in the planning of future pharmacy services.

Participants must be at least 16 years old and be:
  • Living with an ongoing health condition, or
  • Caring for a person with an ongoing health condition.
  • Living in one of the following areas
           o Mt Isa /the North West area, Queensland
           o Perth and the surrounding area, Western Australia
           o Mt Isa /the North West area, Queensland
           o Logan Beaudesert area, Queensland

The study involves completing a 30 minute phone survey with participants being reimbursed with a $50 supermarket voucher for their time.

To register visit chronicillnessproject.com.au or call 1800 600 687 (free of charge).

The Chronic Illness Project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the Fifth Pharmacy Agreement Research and Development Program managed by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

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GOLD Coast bikie gangs are actively targeting hot-blooded young Muslim and Eastern European men as they seek to beef up their ranks with aggressive ethnic recruits.

Sources say gangs such as the Bandidos are embracing multiculturalism, signing up Lebanese, Turkish and Balkan members, many from Sydney and Melbourne.

The trend mirrors the early stages of the rise of crime gangs in southern states who recruited from ethnic groups, sources say.

Pacific Islanders such as violent Bandido and Muslim convert Leonard Toalei are also being targeted.

Toalei - who is behind bars on remand over a wild rampage on the Gold Coast two months ago in which police claim a taxi was shot up, a milk truck hijacked and a cabbie and bus driver assaulted - has been embraced by a new Logan-based Muslim 'brotherhood' called Ummah United.

Ummah, whose members wear black hoodies and t-shirts with a crossed dagger logo, describes itself as a community group set up to help keep Muslim youth on the straight and narrow.

Ummah United logo


Toalei is pictured on the Ummah United Facebook site being welcomed back into the fold after being released from jail over a violent siege in Surfers Paradise in which he shot up a woman's unit, bashed her and bit her on the face.

Within weeks of being released from jail, Toalei allegedly went on another rampage through Southport.

Toalei was arrested during what police claim was a violent struggle in the Southport CBD in which he was bitten by a police dog and tasered. He is back behind bars awaiting his next court appearance on multiple serious charges including serious assault, robbery and weapons offences.

Several photos of Toalei posing with fellow Ummah United members in the group's black hoodie appear on Ummah United's Facebook page. A caption on one photo reads 'Brothers forever'.

The group describes itself as a non-profit organisation founded last year to 'help the Muslim youth fight against the temptations (of) harmful society'.

From its Mansfield base, Ummah runs activities from feeding the homeless to lessons in martial arts, and the Koran.

"Our intention is to help them respect the law of this land as well as the law of Islam inshallah (if Allah wills it) they will become positive members of the society and be proud to be practicing Muslims,'' the group's Facebook page says.

"Help Ummah United so we can help (keep) the ummah (brothers) from drugs, from jails.''

But a Muslim community spokesman emphatically denied any bikie associations and said Ummah encouraged youth to 'stay away from drugs and violence'.


Our intention is to help them respect the law of this land as well as the law of Islam inshallah (if Allah wills it) they will become positive members of the society and be proud to be practicing Muslims 


UU Facebook

He said Toalei had joined Ummah United because he 'wanted to change his life around'.

"We try to help all our Muslim brothers but you can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped,'' the spokesman said of Toalei's latest run-in with the law.

He said some Ummah members had been in strife 'but the majority of youth have changed a lot and aren't who they used to be'.

The number of Middle Eastern bikies in Queensland 'you can count on one hand', the spokesman added.

The president of the Brisbane Centro chapter of the Bandidos - the gang police claim was responsible for last weekend's bikie rampage on the Gold Coast - is George Bejat.

Bejat, who was jailed for trafficking cocaine as a teenager, is said to be the son of a psychiatrist from Sarajevo who later lived in public housing at Morningside after moving to Australia.

Bejat fills his Facebook site with posts about holidays in Spain and Thailand.
Bejat and clubmate Zivko Stojakovic, another ex-Yugoslavian migrant, have already set up two tattoo parlours in Milton.

Source: Courier Mail


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He shot to prominence defending controversial former mufti Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali, took on broadcast giant Alan Jones and penned spirited newspaper op-eds in defence of polygamy.

Now Keysar Trad is trying out a new gig as an agony uncle.

The outspoken Islamic Friendship Association founder launched his first book of love poetry on Sunday, with the help of chief government whip Philip Ruddock.

Publisher John Stapleton described Mr Trad's Forays of the Heart as 'paeans of unrequited love directed at women other than his wife'.

He told the launch event in inner Sydney that Mr Trad's wife was 'bemused' - and his nine children were a bit embarrassed.

Mr Trad said he saw the kids' point, but he hoped his writing would offer some comfort to lovelorn readers.

'When I wrote these poems I felt, yes, they are embarrassing,' he said.

'But I wrote them and I felt that this was something that would help other people if I shared them ... I felt this was something I could offer to people who might have a heartache.'

Mr Ruddock said he'd had a good read through the book before agreeing to launch it, after media reports described it as an endorsement of polygamy.

But he'd come to a different conclusion.

'People have lots of loves in their life,' he said.

'I love all my constituents, it may surprise you - even those who don't vote for me.'

It could be just the sort of unrequited love Mr Trad is hoping his poems will help soothe.

Source: Sky News

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For centuries, the Ottoman Empire peaceably ruled much of the civilised world. Now, its former lands are up in flames. As the BBC launches a major new documentary series, Peter Popham asks: where did it all go wrong?

There are few things more profoundly dead than an ex-empire, but around the time that the Soviet empire came apart at the seams, I became aware that the ghosts of a much older one – that of the Turkish Ottomans – were still haunting its former domains.

It was in the spring of 1990. All Europe's communist dominoes had already fallen over, the most recent being Romania, whose dictator Ceausescu had just been executed. The only one left standing was tiny, reclusive Albania. Every half-serious newspaper in Fleet Street wanted a bite of it, but foreigners were barred from entering – not only journalists, but even ordinary tourists. The only outsiders admitted were archaeology enthusiasts who were occasionally permitted to undertake study tours.

Suleiman the Magnificent was a warrior, artist and a poet (Alamy)


And so it came to pass that the next scheduled archaeological study tour was strangely over-subscribed. Of the 20 or so who signed up for it – claiming a range of occupations from farmer to advertising copywriter to ballet dancer – almost all were journalists, as our unlucky tour guide soon discovered. The exceptions were a clean-cut couple who turned out to be professional Christians, and four Pakistanis from Dewsbury. All six shared a common mission: to restore the faith – variously Christian and Muslim – to atheist Albania.

I had no idea that Islam had got as far into Europe as Tirana, let alone that its embers had survived being stamped on for many years by Enver Hoxha, Albania's communist dictator. But it was in Albania's grim and impoverished streets that I got my first whiff of the Ottomans: the beguiling reek of Turkish tobacco and coffee, the pungent kick of slivovitz. What we wrote about were the country's modern hallmarks, the horrible housing estates and ubiquitous concrete bunkers. But what took one by surprise and lingered in the memory were the intricate old lanes of a town such as Gjirokaster, the compact but handsome old stone mosques built, one learnt, by colonisers from Istanbul for whom Albania was just as dismal a backwater as it was for us.

Albania was on the frontier, as much for the Ottomans as for the Russians and later for the EU. And as Eastern Europe slowly emerged during the 1990s from its communist purdah, one discovered that the unique fragrance of Ottoman civilisation lingered much closer to home. Greece, every corner of disintegrating Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, even Ukraine – all had been under Turkish control for centuries. They had been conquered and colonised by the Ottomans – by Suleiman the Magnificent (born, 1492; died, 1566) to be precise – before the English had gone anywhere.

The final days of the Ottoman Empire


And what makes us scratch our heads in puzzlement about that vanished empire is that, although the Ottomans were Muslims, and the figure we think of as the Muslim pope, the caliph, was identified with Istanbul, large populations of Christians and Jews continued to live and prosper right across the Ottoman Empire.

After 150,000 Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, they were formally invited to make new homes inside the Ottoman Empire. True, the infidels faced higher taxation than the faithful, but for centuries, the Ottoman version of Islamic rule was distinguished by pluralism and peaceful coexistence. The now sadly beleaguered and diminished Christian communities of Syria and Egypt and Iraq bear witness to that.


The Independent

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Muslim Aid Australia along with partners, Muslim Charitable Foundation, World Orphan Fund and the Al-Imdaad Foundation are working together to ensure your Qurban reaches the most needy this Eid.

Due to the increase in global food prices, families cannot afford to purchase nutritional meat, making your Qurban share possibly the only meat they’ll eat this year.

We urge you to please share the happiness this Eid al-Adha and donate your Local (fresh meat delivered in 18 countries) and Canned Qurban (sacrificed in Australia, then canned and shipped to Syria) with Muslim Aid Australia.

Why choose Muslim Aid Australia as your essential partner to deliver your Qurban? Because of our:

• strict Halal process
• strict selection process of healthy and quality animals
• commitment to monitor the delivery by our staff and/or representatives
• commitment to the welfare of animals
• cost and operational effectiveness in delivery
• unique Tax Deductibility -
please never think it diminishes your rewards from ALLAH (swt), in fact it is the opposite. It can increase your rewards by having the right intention to claim these donations from your Tax to donate more in the future, or even to re-donate the claimed amount, hence more and more hasanat and thawab from ALLAH (swt).

Please visit http://9nl.me/LocalQurban to donate your Local Qurban ($95) to Bangladesh, Nigeria, Cambodia, Pakistan, Ghana, Palestine, India, Somalia, South Africa, Indonesia, Uganda, Kenya, Vietnam, Liberia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Myanmar Refugees, or visit http://9nl.me/CannedQurban to donate your Canned Qurban ($135) to Syria.

or to donate directly into our account:

Muslim Aid Australia
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
BSB: 062-191
Account no: 10 448 216

Please email: mail@muslimaid.org.au with your details and where you would like the funds to go, so a receipt can be provided to you accordingly. 'All donations are tax deductible.'

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Tutor in maths and science for primary and high school students available in Kuraby/Eight Mile Plains area. Contact Raihaan 0405174430

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The Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ) is  once again this year co-ordinating Qurbani in Cambodia, in association with the Islamic Medical Association of Cambodia (IMAC).

Feedback from last year's initiative was that the meat distributed to the Muslim community in the remote villages in Cambodia was very much appreciated.

"Unlike countries with large expatriate communities, poor Muslims from Cambodia are often forgotten at times of qurbani," Dr Iqbal Sultan, president of IMAQ, told CCN..

Cows will be slaughtered and a share is $85 per person, or $595 dollars for a whole cow (7 shares).


Click here for more information.

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Got any news/events from your State?


Email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org

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Dear CCN Readers


I'd like to invite you all to a fundraising dinner that I have organised in order to raise funds towards implementing an educational programme for AIDS orphans in South Africa through an organisation partnership with Youth Without Borders - a youth organisation I am involved in here in Brisbane and Cotland's - an organisation in South Africa for AIDS orphans.


The night will consist of an awards ceremony acknowledging members of the community in various categories; a variety of youth performances showcasing Brisbane's talent as well as a 3 course dinner and dance to end the night!

The event is to be held on 30 Nov 2013 at Michaels Oriental Restaurant, Brisbane, Australia

Tickets sales:
$500 for a table of ten
or $60 for individuals

Before moving to Australia, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a creche started up at McCord's hospital, in Durban South Africa, which took care of AIDS child patients on the days they travel to the hospital, from all over KwaZulu Natal. This service not only entertained and took care of the kids instead of them waiting in long queues waiting for their treatment (this could last from 6am to 6pm), it also monitored personal growth and monitored any other speciality, medical treatment they required. This experience allowed me to get to know each child on a personal level and also opened my eyes to the great potential they have as individuals regardless of their illness rather than merely the statistics they often represent. Unfortunately, since the privatization of McCords hospital-this creche has been forced to shut down.

I would really appreciate your support by attending as well as promoting the event to family, friends and colleagues. I understand that some of you may not be able to attend the event for various reasons but please feel free to make a donation by following prompts on the ticketing link below.

My recommendations would be to secure a group of ten and then book a table as this is a cheaper option and ensures you are sitting with people you know.

For ticket purchasing and/or donations, please follow

For more info on Youth Without Borders or to nominate an award, please follow:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youth.without.borders.aus
Website: www.youthwithoutborders.com.au  (Go to 'Get Involved' tab to follow event more closely)

For more info on Cotlands organization:

I would love to see you all there! Thank you in advance for your support in helping me make this a reality!

Avrithi Misthry


Has Madonna ditched Kabbalah for Islam? Singer reveals she is studying the Koran


US: It is almost a quarter of a century since she first sang Like A Prayer.

But it seems the intervening years have done little to help Madonna decide exactly who she’s praying to.

For it appears the queen of re-invention may be on the verge of one of her most startling changes yet, after she revealed she was studying the Koran.

The 55-year-old was raised a Roman Catholic, but for the past 17 years she has been a devout follower of Kabbalah, a mystical offshoot of Judaism.

Now the singer, whose current partner is a Muslim, has begun investigating Islam.

She said: ‘I am building schools for girls in Islamic countries and studying the Koran.

‘I think it is important to study all the holy books.

‘As my friend Yaman always tells me, a good Muslim is a good Jew, and a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth. I couldn’t agree more.

‘To some people this is a very daring thought.’

Madonna has followed Kabbalah since 1996. She famously persuaded her former husband, British director Guy Ritchie, to attend Kabbalah services before they split in 2008.


But she and her current partner Brahim Zaibat (pictured above with the singer), 25, have reportedly argued about religion because of his Muslim faith.

Source: Mail Online

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 Muslim pupils, 14, banned from the classroom at Catholic school for refusing to shave off their beards after claiming their religion forbids it


UK: Two teenage Muslim pupils have been put into 'isolation' and banned from lessons after refusing to shave off their beards for religious reasons.

Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School, in Accrington, Lancashire, has said the two 14-year-olds are in breach of the dress code, which bans beards as well as false nails, fake tan, make-up, dyed hair and inappropriate jewellery.

But the boys' families have said they are suffering discrimination because beards are a symbol of faith and their religion forbids them to shave.

The school has said after conducting its own research it has concluded they are not required by the Koran to wear beards, and are making a choice to do so. The school remains adamant they will not be allowed to go back until the matter is resolved.

Around a third of the 750 pupils at Mount Carmel are from ethnic minorities, mostly Pakistani, according to the 2012 Ofsted report.

Xavier Bowers, head teacher at the school, said governors had decided no exceptions could be made to the uniform policy.

But a relative of one of the boys said: 'Because these boys cannot shave their beards for religious reasons, they are being put in isolation for six-and-a-half hours every day.


Mail Online

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Scotland halts flu jabs for thousands of schoolchildren over concerns that nasal spray vaccine contains PORK gelatine


UK: Scotland's largest immunisation programme has been delayed after Muslim parents raised concerns that the vaccination contained pork gelatine.

The roll-out of the flu vaccine nasal spray pilot programme was due to begin at 54 schools in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Around 100,000 children from primary schools across Scotland are being offered the nasal spray Fluenz.

But NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the roll-out had been postponed until Monday after parents at Glendale Primary in Pollokshields on the south side of Glasgow became aware of the issue.

Now, parents will be able to request that their child receives the vaccination by injection rather than through the nasal spray.

A spokesman for the health board said: ‘These concerns relate to the nasal spray vaccine which contains a tiny amount of gelatine of pork origin used during the manufacturing process.’

Dr Syed Ahmed, consultant in public medicine with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said the health board had written to parents to reassure them.

He said: ‘We have highlighted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) offered guidance in 2001 following a meeting of more than 100 Muslim scholars in Kuwait.

'The scholars agreed to issue advice to Muslims that gelatine of pork origin used in vaccines and other medicines is judicially permissible as the gelatine in the final product is a completely changed substance.


Mail Online

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Muslim woman says TGI Friday's workers put bacon in her straw


US: Nicole Queen said she got a rather icy reception from a server at TGI Fridays in Garland, Texas, when she asked him to hold the bacon off her Cobb salad.


When a second server came by to offer her an iced tea refill, she took it as an apology of sorts — until she took her first sip and wound up with a mouthful of bacon bits. "I knew right away that it was bacon," said Queen, a convert to Islam who adheres to the religion's restriction on pork consumption.

"And I knew right away that it had been placed in my straw because that was the first thing that went into my mouth." Queen said the manager denied the charge, but now the chain's management is investigating the incident and asking for patience. "We want everyone to have a great time at Fridays," it posted on its Facebook page. "We don't tolerate discrimination in any form."



Source: MSN

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A Bin Laden-themed Halloween costume is 'insulting', says Sikh community and forces Walmart to remove it from website


US: The Sikh community has pressured Walmart into pulling a turban-themed costume from its website calling it ‘insulting’ and tells the retailer to use more 'common sense' in future.

The Sikh Coalition said in a letter on Friday that the costume is offensive to 9/11 victims and will cause ‘negative stereotypes about turbans and beards that have led to violence and discrimination against Sikhs and other minorities’.

The Sikh Coalition offered an image of the original costume and the al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, as part of their letter.


Similarity: The Sikh community says the Halloween costume, left, bears too much resemblance to the al Qaeda terrorist Osama Bin Laden, right




Mail Online

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The collapse of the sexual jihad lie   

Opinion piece by Dianna Moukalled


SYRIA: The “sexual jihad” lie is falling apart. Some celebrated this story when it went viral a few months ago and resorted to a cheap imagination to market tales in which sex mingles with fighting in the name of religion.


They also depicted the Syrian regime as a “secular” fortress standing against this harm.


All those who were involved in this cheap marketing are now silent towards this issue. An issue which all media outlets were attracted to an issue that later out turned out to be baseless.


Media outlets, rights organizations and activists did not find a single girl who could attest that she had granted her body as a gift to fighters in the name of religion.



Al Arabiya

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Turkish TV host Gozde Kansu fired from Valiaht show over low-cut top


ISTANBUL: A TURKISH TV presenter has been fired from her job after the government criticised her for wearing a revealing top on television.

Gozde Kansu's outfit was called "unacceptable" by Huseyin Celik from the ruling Justice and Development Party. He also said her outfit on the Veliaht show was "extreme".

"A presenter at a TV channel wore such a dress during a show that it cannot be accepted," Mr Celik said in a televised interview on Sunday. "We don't interfere with anybody but it's very extreme."


Courier Mail

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EDL Leader Tommy Robinson Quits Group, Saying He Can No Longer Control Extremist Elements  


UK: Tommy Robinson has sensationally quit the ultra right-wing English Defence League, saying he can no longer control the extremist elements within the organisation.

"I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive," Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, said in a short statement to the Quilliam Foundation.

"I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”


The Huffington Post

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I was told I'd have to wear a hijab, I said 'I don't think so': Today programme's first Muslim presenter on why she won't wear the veil  


UK: The first Muslim journalist to present Radio 4’s flagship current affairs programme has vowed never to wear a veil.

Mishal Husain - who joined the Today programme this morning - recalled the moment she was accosted by a fellow Muslim while boarding a train who told her she will soon have to adopt the face covering hijab.

She said: ‘He complimented me on my work and then said, “But you’ll have to wear a hijab one day.” “I don’t think so,” I replied.’

The Cambridge-educated journalist, 40, is the latest high-profile public figure to intervene in the debate about whether the veil is an acceptable item of clothing in Britain.


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Mother withdraws her son, 14, from Muslim school after he was 'banned from looking at female students' as Government threatens closure over how it is run  


Jacqueline Crossley has pulled her son out of Al-Madinah free school
She says the 14-year-old was only non-religious pupil at the school
Mother says she was not allowed to sit next to her son at awards night
School was temporarily closed last week following Ofsted inspection
The DfE has said the school must take 'swift action' to address concerns


UK: A mother has said she is pulling her teenage son out of the Al-Madinah Muslim free school on the day the Government said it must take 'swift action' to address concerns over the way it is run or face the prospect of closure.

Jacqueline Crossley, 53, has said her son, who she does not want to be identified, was forced to cover his head and banned from looking at female students and is the only non-religious pupil at the school in Derby.

She has now decided to withdraw the 14-year-old from the school after claiming he was forced to join lessons with five-year-olds when he opted out of lessons studying the Qu'ran.


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During the Middle Ages, when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Arab scholars and historians translated most of the works of the Greek scholars, thereby preserving some of the greatest intellectual achievements that are the cornerstone of Western civilization.


For the next few weeks CCN will offer an English word that has, as its origin, the Arabic language:


English Arabic Origin Arabic Meaning
arsenal   daar As-Sinnah house of manufacture
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week CCN recommends




Goolam Vahed


Ahmed Deedat: The Man and His Mission, a biography by university professor and author Goolam Vahed was launched in Johannesburg earlier this month. The book detailing Deedat’s life is meant to inspire people and “show some of [his] vision, self-sacrifice, and resolve so that we can begin to reverse the sad state of Muslim societies in many parts of the world and improve ourselves individually and collectively”.

Black cricket in Natal, Ghandi, Zuleikha Mayet are just some of the subjects of Vahed’s literary works. Although he grew up in Durban he did not meet Deedat and found his appreciation for the Sheikh grew during his studies overseas. The book took almost 10 years to write with Vahed reading countless speeches and interviews but watching Deedat debate struck a greater chord with the author.

“Having studied his life carefully I would describe him as a remarkably intelligent individual who showed great determination and resilience to overcome the many challenges in his path. He had a clear vision and was very focused about what he wanted to achieve, and let no obstacle get in his way,” says Vahed.

Baboo Jadwat, one of the trustees of the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI), an organisation founded by Deedat in 1957, approached Vahed to chronicle the life and times of the global icon. Deedat gained a huge following during his life but given his profession of propagating Islam and challenging many Christians about their faith, opinions about him were divided. This made writing a “balanced narrative” challenging.

Contemporary Islamic scholars and speakers such as Doctors Zakir Naik and Shabir Ally are among some of the people inspired by the encyclopaedia of experience Deedat has left behind. Ally who is currently visiting South Africa says he was affected by Deedat as he believes many Muslims were. Especially in a time when Muslims “looked up to the colonial powers and respected everything” about them.

To Ally Deedat “did a great service to the Muslim world” by showing young Muslim men and women across the world that Islam “makes sense and … in comparison with other religions shines like a bright star and other people can learn from … Islam”.

Ally was driven to engage in the study of contemporary religion and embark on a life of speaking of Islam in a similar manner that Deedat was.

“When I was in my teenage years non Muslim missionaries used to come knocking on my door trying to convince me to believe in their religion and they would engage me in discussion about my own religion asking me questions for which I did not have the answers.”

It was then that he wrote to the IPCI for Deedat’s complimentary booklets and prepared himself for other visits.

“… After a while they wouldn’t want to come back anymore because I would have the answers ready for them and I would have new questions for them for which they did not have the answers. That gave me great strength and conviction regarding my own religion and my faith,” says Ally.

The book has however also garnered negative press with Deedat’s son Yusuf Deedat claiming the book discredits his father.

“I have the greatest respect for Ahmed Deedat and believe that the book pays tribute to his massive contribution to the Muslim world in the late twentieth century when many Muslims were suffering from an inferiority complex about Westerners and Western civilization. At the same time, I understand that all history is subjective and fully respect the right of anyone to disagree with my conclusions,” says Vahed.

The book chronicles Deedat’s life from the time he arrived in South Africa at the age of nine years, his young life working in underpaid jobs and how he became involved in studying comparative religion and propagating Islam.

The Qur’anic injunction “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord” was close to Deedat’s heart. He had a grudging admiration for the dedication of Christian missionaries. That admiration fueled his acts of da’wah. Perhaps his biography might light the spark in many more Muslims to do the same.

Ahmed Deedat: The Man and His Mission is available from the IPCI.


Source: Sakeena Suliman – Cii News


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KB says: With summer approaching this is an easy and very refreshing drink to serve with starters or canapes.

Pomegranate Cocktails



325ml raspberry cordial
325 pomegranate 100% juice
2 litres Sprite
Sliced raspberries
Ice cubes



Mix the Raspberry Cordial and Pomegranate Juice.
Just before serving add the chilled Sprite, sliced raspberries and ice.


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.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’d like to tone up fast for summer as I’ll be doing some travelling. Any tips?

A: In order to tone up quickly you need to eat healthily as well as burn kilojoules by doing exercises that raise your heart rate on a regular basis (at least 3 to 4 times a week). Sticking to an exercise routine and combining it with a healthy diet is a great place to start.

Even if you can only fit in 10 – 20mins, it will all add up to hours of physique enhancing workouts that will surely make you look and feel great, just in time for your summer getaway!

So be sure not to brush off a short workout session - with just a little bit of effort on a regular basis, you’ll definitely build strength and tone your way to a better you.








My Health and Fitness

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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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Three couples were at an International hotel at the breakfast table.


The American said to his wife: Be a honey dear and pass me the honey please.


The Englishman said to his wife: Be a sugar dear and pass me the sugar please


Not to be outdone, Jallaludin said to his wife: Be a cow habibti, and pass me the milk please.

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That which you lay out for increase through the property of (other) people, will have no increase with Allah: but that which you lay out for charity, seeking the Countenance of Allah, (will increase): it is these who will get a recompense multiplied.    

Surah Ar-Rum 30:39


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26 January 2014


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Hosted by SeekersPoint Brisbane
Topic: SeekersCircle - Etiquettes of the Seeker
Commences: 7:30pm Friday 18 October. Every Friday for 10 weeks
Venue: Multi Faith Centre (N35), Griffith University, Nathan Campus


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer
The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day. All brothers and sisters are welcome.


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Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 6.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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

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VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
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All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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