Sunday, 15 December 2013

 Newsletter 0475




Senator Sam Dastyari delivers his maiden speech to the Senate in Canberra.



Australia’s debate about asylum seekers lacks a real sense of compassion, the new Labor senator Sam Dastyari has declared in a speech condemning politicians for exploiting the public’s “natural fear of difference”.

In his first speech to the Senate, the former NSW Labor state secretary told of his own childhood journey from his birth country of Iran to Australia in 1988. Dastyari said his parents, Naser and Ella, were student activists expelled from university for joining the Iranian revolution and they had friends who were imprisoned, tortured or even killed. He said the Shah fell in 1979 but Ayatollah Khomeini’s return from exile saw a secular political tyranny replaced by an oppressive religious one.

“Fighting erupted along the border with Iraq in 1980 and three years later I was born in a country at war. I was born in Sari, a town in northern Iran, near the Caspian Sea, and on the edge of what was then the Soviet Union. Funnily enough, my only memories of Iran are of a peaceful childhood, playing football in the streets with neighbourhood children, in the same way as I would have played cricket if I had been in Australia,” he told the Senate on Wednesday.

“But what I didn’t know as a child was that my parents were consumed by fear of what the future would hold. I can only imagine their relief when, after years of anxiety, they learned that they had been granted visas to migrate to Australia.”

Dastyari said the family, including his nine-year-old sister Azadeh, boarded a train to Tehran in January 1988 and embarked on two days of continuous travel to reach Sydney. The plane brought them to “a place of genuine hope and tremendous opportunities” – a far cry from the war-torn homeland. Dastyari recalled starting his schooling in Blacktown in western Sydney without knowing a word of English. His parents worked hard – his dad drove a taxi and the entire family worked in its small cake shop. His older sister went on to become a Fulbright scholar, an accomplished lawyer and a respected academic.

Dastyari highlighted his experience as he argued thousands of Australians had taken a similar journey and no one should forget how lucky they were to live here. He offered a broader critique of both major parties’ handling of refugee policy since John Howard turned away the Tampa in 2001 – an action he said “appealed to the worst in all of us”.


The fact is, this incredible country is a beacon to people everywhere, and surely we can not only understand that, but in fact feel a sense of pride that people see us as a place of hope 


Sam Dasyari

“It may have helped him win the 2001 election, but it hardened my resolve, as a then 18-year-old living the Australian dream in Sydney’s north-west. Twelve years on and we have not made nearly enough progress. The rhetoric of our national discussion about the so-called ‘boat people’ still lacks a real sense of compassion,” he said.

“That is why I believe it is time for us to have a real conversation in this country about asylum seekers – a conversation that isn’t about the number of boats but about the names, faces and stories of the people they bring; a conversation that isn’t about how we stop the boats, but about what we can do to improve the situation of those so desperate that they consider getting on boats in the first place. It is far too easy for us as politicians to exploit our communities’ natural fear of difference and of change. I honestly believe we can do better.”

Dastyari – a NSW Labor Right powerbroker who was part of the push to reinstall Kevin Rudd as leader earlier this year – said politicians should be the voice of those who could not always speak for themselves and had a “duty to do not just what is easy or popular but what is right”.

The Tony Abbott-led Coalition made its “stop the boats” pledge a central part of its election pitch, and has since implemented a military commander-led operation to intercept and deter asylum seeker vessels. The Coalition has repeatedly attacked the first Rudd government for unwinding the Howard-era asylum policies. Rudd followed up his return to the prime ministership in June with a tough new position, announced in July, to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea or elsewhere for processing with no prospect of settlement in Australia even if their refugee claims are found to be genuine. Both parties have argued they are motivated by the legitimate desire to prevent drownings at sea.

Dastyari did not comment in detail on these policies but said Labor was not the reason people risked their lives to come to Australia and the Coalition was not the reason people waited for 20 years in refugee camps. “The reason is the hope of a better future that this country has to offer for a persecuted people and their children. The fact is, this incredible country is a beacon to people everywhere, and surely we can not only understand that, but in fact feel a sense of pride that people see us as a place of hope,” he said.


He said his own party’s history of support for the White Australia policy right up to the 1960s was “part of that story”


Calling for a “big Australia” and a recognition of the nation-building role of immigration, Dastyari said politicians had grandstanded and attempted to divide the population for more than 100 years. He said his own party’s history of support for the White Australia policy right up to the 1960s was “part of that story”.

In August, in the lead-up to the election, Dastyari told Guardian Australia he thought the party had “got it right” on the Papua New Guinea deal “but you've got to be careful that you're not playing politics in the lowest common denominator”. In October, the former foreign minister and fellow NSW Labor Right figure Bob Carr warned the party not to allow itself to be “wrong-footed” on asylum policy. Resigning from the Senate, Carr urged his colleagues to stick with the PNG deal because the Australian people would “never accept a situation where 20% of the total migrant intake [was] brought to Australia by people smugglers”.

Dastyari was appointed to the Senate to fill the casual vacancy left by another former NSW general secretary, Matt Thistlethwaite, who moved to the lower house seat of Kingsford-Smith. Abbott has previously described Dastyari as “the ultimate faceless man”.

The Guardian


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(l to r) Haji Hussain Baba (ISGC- Secretary), Mayor Tom Tate and Haji Hussin Goss (ISGC- President)

Speeches and lunch


The Islamic Society of Gold Coast held its 3rd Annual Community Leaders and Representatives Luncheon on 30th November.


Over 100 specially invited guests attended this annual event including the State Ministers, Gold Coast Mayor, Councillor, heads of Government departments, leaders from various ethnic and cultural organisation.


A sumptuous lunch was provided to the delight of the guests who enjoyed it very much.

Haji Hussain Baba (ISGC- Secretary) told CCN: "Inshaállah, next year we hope to double the capacity by holding this annual event in the new Youth Centre complex."

This year the "Islamic Community Award" was awarded to the Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate for his contribution to the the Islamic Community in the Gold Coast.

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THE settlement date for the Toowoomba Masjid is set on Friday, 17 January 2014.

The fund raising effort over the past eight months has ensured that there are sufficient funds to pay for the purchase ($820,000 PLUS expenses). The Islamic Society of Toowoomba has been able to get the GST waived and exemption from stamp duty as a registered charity organisation which has saved at least $110,000.

"Many people have said that this was a very successful fundraising to have raised such a large sum of donation in a short period of time. This has been possible only due to the favours of Allah (SWT) and generous support and hard work of many of the community. I don’t have enough words to say thank you to Allah and everyone who came to our assistance. Jazak Allah Khair," Prof Shahjahan Khan, on behalf of the Society, told CCN 

"The next plan is to set up toilets and ablution facilities, on settlement, separately for men and women by the end of January 2014 so that the Masjid is ready for prayers without much delay."

Funds are still needed for renovation (eg removal and replacement of asbestos) and paving of 800sqm of parking area. For these tasks our estimated shortfall is around $130,000.

Any contributions can be sent via: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Toowoomba Plaza Branch, A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation, BSB No 064459, A/C No 1034 1586
Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX.

The Islamic Society of Toowoomba has hired its first Imam (with a 4 year bachelor degree from Al-Azhar University, Egypt and a masters degree from the UK) who is fluent in Arabic and English. He is running Madrasa for the children on Saturdays, Tafseer of the Holy Qur’an on Fridays, and Qur’anic Arabic Class on Mondays. Any sponsors to partially support the salary of the Imam will be appreciated.

A formal opening ceremony is planned in the second half of March depending on the availability of the main guest, either the local federal MP, Mr Ian Macfarlane, Minister of Industries or the Premier of Queensland, Mr Campbell Newman MP. The Mayor, VC of USQ, church leaders and community leaders in Toowoomba and Brisbane will also be invited.

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Fatuma Elmi Hussein was elected at the AGM of the Queensland African Communities Council as its new Vice President.


Read Ms Hussein's profile here.

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A spokesperson for Muslims Australia (AFIC) announced this week that the registration and accreditation of Malek Fahd Islamic School had been approved by the Minister for Education.

"The NSW funding for 2014 is under consideration and will be approved within 2 to 3 weeks," he added.

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Hosna Bunyadi - YR 1 - For being a top student whole year round and receiving the most ‘Student of the Month’ awards for 2013

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At just 19 years old, Bankstown labourer Abu Bakr (pictured) is the face of jihadism in Australia, ASIO says.

The outspoken teenager ''holds an extreme ideology and is planning to travel in order to engage in militant extremism'', the national spy agency has concluded.

On Sunday, Fairfax Media revealed Abu Bakr was one of at least 20 men whose passports have been cancelled by ASIO on the grounds they were prepared to engage in politically motivated violence or had a ''jihadist mentality''.

But Abu Bakr said it was unjust and racist labelling amid a crackdown on Australians taking part in the Syrian civil war.

Last week, two men were charged under foreign incursion laws, including Sydney pensioner Hamdi Alqudsi, 39, who allegedly organised and paid for six men to travel to Syria this year to fight with terrorist organisations.

Lawyer Zali Burrows, representing the 20 Australian Muslims, said she would launch a class action against the government and expected more to join it.

Abu Bakr, who was born in Australia of Iraqi and Italian heritage, went to Auburn West Public School and Birrong Boys High School. He said his ''brothers'' had been randomly targeted by intelligence authorities since the conflict in Syria began.

He believes he drew the gaze of ASIO because he recorded himself delivering a series of lectures on Syria and posted them online. ASIO said it would not comment on specific cases.

Its investigation concluded he planned to travel abroad to engage in violence, so his passport was cancelled. He will be refused a new one should he apply.

''If you refuse to be silent on something, on the injustice, on the evil, on the raping and killing and bombing in Syria, then they label you a jihadist or a fanatic or an extremist,'' Abu Bakr said.

The Syrian war led to more passports being cancelled by ASIO in the past financial year than before, the agency's annual report says.

The definition of ''jihadist'' was problematic because it was so unclear, said University of Sydney academic Jan Ali, who is researching radicalism among young Muslims.

He said ASIO could label someone a jihadist on the basis they shared the attitude of a jihadist or made a Facebook post about jihad.

''A jihadist is generally seen as an individual who is perceived to engage in a war against the West and is prepared to cause harm,'' he said. ''It can also manifest itself in simply having that attitude. That can be just as dangerous as the action.

''The ASIO claim would be, 'Yes, we know you didn't do anything but we have got evidence or we believe that you are going to do that', and that, in itself, is enough.''

Abu Bakr said he was not planning to travel anywhere. He has refused to hand over his passport and has vowed to fight the order.

Wissam Haddad, a spokesman for the 20 men, said he knew of at least 45 Sydney Muslims who have had their passports cancelled or bank accounts frozen, often without warning or the ability to provide evidence in their defence.

Mr Haddad said the men were so incensed that, if they could, they would leave the country and not return.

''They want to send the message that, if their government is saying they are such a danger, why leave them here? These people are willing to hand in their citizenship and not return if they're not welcome here.''


Source: Brisbane Times



ASIO acts on 'jihadi' group

Emotions run high for Australia's Muslim youth risking all to fight in the Syrian war

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Al-Ghazali has sometimes been referred to by historians as the single most influential Muslim after the Islamic prophet Muhammad (pbuh).


Others have cited his opposition to certain strands of Islamic philosophy as a detriment to Islamic scientific progress.


Besides his work that successfully changed the course of Islamic philosophy—the early Islamic Neoplatonism developed on the grounds of Hellenistic philosophy, for example, was so successfully criticised by al-Ghazali that it never recovered—he also brought the orthodox Islam of his time in close contact with Sufism.



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The appearance of a Muslim character in a comic book is being celebrated, but she is not going to end Islamophobia.




There's a strong current of Islamophobia gushing through our era. In various places, Muslims are still perceived as causing problems with their alleged insistence on being different. From Canada, to the UK, to Burma, and beyond, there are intense debates today that construct Muslims as a troublesome "race" who need to be contained. So when I heard about a new superhero that is going to eradicate this globalised Islamophobia, I was excited.

Commentators have celebrated Marvel's new Muslim superhero, Kamala Khan (aka Ms Marvel), as a refreshing example of a strong Muslim woman who will normalise Muslim identity. Some even went as far as saying that Khan is "a much needed counter to Islamophobia in show business" and that "Marvel's work is a watershed moment in breaking down fear and ignorance." I wish these commentators were right, but sadly, I think they are overlooking some finer points of Kamala's character that may suggest she is part of the problem rather than the solution.

A Muslim shapeshifter

From the limited information we have about Kamala, we know that she is a 16-year-old "shapeshifter", who comes from a conservative and restrictive family. She apparently struggles with an identity crisis between her Muslim and American identities. This loose characterisation does not sound like a refreshing portrayal of a Muslim character to me, but in fact, is consistent with typical outdated stereotypes of Muslims. In particular, the idea that Muslim women are trapped by family, tradition and Muslim men is an old orientalist trope that is still projected onto Muslim communities today. It is the same logic that has been used to justify the criminalisation of Muslim clothing and the invasion of Muslim countries.



Al Jazeera

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CANADA: City authorities in Edmonton, Alberta, have unveiled a new hijab-style headscarf as part of its police uniform for Muslim women officers. Not all Canadian provinces, notably French-speaking Quebec, want to follow suit.

Police in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, this weekend unveiled official hijab-style headscarves approved for use by female Muslim officers, in a move that has revealed a growing split in attitudes towards the wearing of religious symbols across the country.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) said in a press release that the the hijab-style headscarf, which covers the hair and neck but not the face, was designed to “reflect the changing diversity in the community, and to facilitate the growing interest in policing careers from Edmonton’s Muslim community”.

Edmonton city councillor Scott McKeen said the move was a “gesture of inclusion” towards the Muslim community.

“One of the perceptions about Edmonton and Alberta is that we’re kind of redneck,” he told reporters, adding that the decision to allow headscarves was “sort of saying that we want to have a diverse police service that reflects the diversity and multicultural aspects of Edmonton.”
Alberta Canada's third biggest Muslim community (some 45,000 Muslims in a total population of 700,000), followed by Ontario, which has allowed women police officers to wear hijabs since 2011, and then Quebec.

Ontario capital Toronto is looking to extend the freedom to wear religious symbols to other areas of the public service and there is also a campaign to make hijabs permitted in hospitals (see below).


But the attitude in Alberta and Ontario towards their Muslim populations is not shared by all its fellow Canadian provinces.

Notably, French-speaking Quebec is following fiercely secular France’s lead, and its National Assembly is poised to pass its “Quebec Charter of Values”.

The charter, part of a bill proposed earlier year by the nationalist Parti Quebéquois which dominates the assembly, would prohibit public employees at government offices, schools, hospitals, courts and police stations from wearing any religious symbols, including Muslim hijabs, Sikh turbans, Jewish kippas and visible crucifixes.

The move has seen widespread opposition from the province’s Muslim minority, with two protest marches against the proposed law in Montreal in recent months.

Source: France24

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Universities UK withdraws advice on gender segregation in lectures

UK: Body that represents higher education institutions says it is reviewing guidance after criticism from PM

The body that represents Britain's universities has withdrawn guidance on the gender segregation of audiences in lectures and debates after an intervention from David Cameron.

Universities UK (UUK) said on Fridaythat the controversial policy which allowed the voluntary separation of men and women at events such as lectures on Islam by visiting speakers was being dropped pending a review.

The body had sought guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which said that, while the law allows segregation by gender in premises being used for religious purposes, it was not permissible in an academic meeting or in a lecture open to the public.

The announcements from UUK and the EHRC followed severe criticisms from the prime minister's spokesman on Friday morning, who had said UUK should urgently review the guidance.

The U-turn is an embarrassment for UUK, which has attempted to fight off criticisms over the policy for several days. The body had insisted that it had sought legal advice from a senior QC, who said that gender segregation should be allowed if requested by the lecturer and students.

But yesterday, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of UUK, said it had withdrawn a case study which had been used to justify the policy. "Universities UK agrees entirely with the prime minister that universities should not enforce gender segregation on audiences at the request of guest speakers. However, where the gender segregation is voluntary, the law is unclear. We are working with our lawyers and the EHRC to clarify the position.

"Meanwhile the case study which triggered this debate has been withdrawn pending this review."

The Guardian



Sex segregation and 'reasonable accommodation' of religion

Competing rights and 'temperate' public debate


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Mandela’s Journey With Islam, Muslims

Mandela paid a visit to the predominantly Muslim area of Bo Kaap in Cape Town in 1992. He is met by, amongst others, the late author and historian Achmat Davids and the late Sheikh Nazeem Mohammed, then President of the Muslim Judicial Council.



SOUTH AFRICA: As the world pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, Muslims globally have also expressed gratitude and shared their fond memories of the global icon and former South African President.

In tribute to the father of the nation, Cii Radio presented a collection of milestones and archive reports highlighting Madiba’s historic and warm interactions with Muslims.

17 March 1992: Nelson Mandela pays a visit to the predominantly Muslim area of Bo Kaap in Cape Town – 17 March 1992

See picture above.

24 March 1993: Eid Message to the Muslim Community from ANC President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Dear Muslim brothers and sisters

I have always been particularly attached to the Muslim greeting – I thus greet you in the name of Peace.

Peace remains foremost in the minds of every community as we witness continuance of killings and the growing crime rate.

I am sure that throughout the world joy-filled homes will be marking this Eid ul Fitr with fervent prayers for world peace.

I hope your prayers for peace and justice to prevail in this troubled land are answered. I trust that your sacrifice and discipline during the fast will stand this nation in good stead.

It is on festive days like these that our minds turn to ponder the universality of humanity and the plight of those who have been excluded and denied. The Quranic injunction to rededicate ourselves to the resolute fight against any and all forms of injustice, tyranny and oppression is universal and strikes responsive chords in the hearts of people of all faiths.

Let us make this the last Eid ul Fitr that we have to celebrate under a system that has systematically trampled on our rights and our human dignity.

Let us make this the Eid ul Fitr of Hope – where the less privileged, unemployed and poverty-stricken can also look forward to sharing the bountiful fortunes of this land.

On behalf of the National Executive Committee of the ANC and its entire membership I wish you all Eid Mubarak and may you have a joyous day.

October 1994: Interactions with Sheikh Ahmed Deedat

In October 1994, Ahmed Deedat received a call from Saudi Arabia at his Verulam home. When told that it was Nelson Mandela, the new South African president, Deedat recalled: ‘At first I thought it was a prank call, and did not take the matter seriously. However, when I realized that it was indeed the State President, I nearly fell off my seat.’

Mandela, who was on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, told Deedat that wherever he went people asked whether he knew Mr Deedat.


9 May 1994: Nelson Mandela’s Address to the people of Cape Town, Grand Parade, on the Occasion of his inauguration as State President

In his inauguration speech, Mandela gave a remarkable speech which was concluded by the statement, “We can count amongst them Africans, Coloureds, Whites, Indians, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews – all of them united by a common vision of a better life for the people of this country.”

1994: Nelson Mandela received Sheikh Yusuf Peace Award from the Muslim Women’s Federation, 10 September

Message by Mr Nelson Mandela to Sheikh Gabier and the Muslim community on the birthday celebrations of Prophet Mohammed(Meelad un Nabi)

“Today is the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed and our thoughts will be with you and the entire Muslim community, wherever in the world they may be, as you all gather at the various mosques to pay homage to a unique religious leader, whose influence continues to spread to practically every part of the world and to every nation,” Mandela said in his message.

October 1994 – Prominent Scholar Ahmed Deedat has an interesting encounter with Mandela (as narrated by Goolam Vahed in his book, “Ahmed Deedat: The Man and His Mission” p. 19)

“In October 1994, Ahmed Deedat received a call from Saudi Arabia at his Verulam home. When told that it was Nelson Mandela, the new South African president, Deedat recalled: ‘At first I thought it was a prank call, and did not take the matter seriously. However, when I realized that it was indeed the State President, I nearly fell off my seat.’

Mandela, who was on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, told Deedat that wherever he went people asked whether he knew Mr Deedat. He suggested that they meet on 6 November 1994 during Mandela’s visit to Durban. The meeting did not materialise because Deedat had to travel abroad, but he told reporters that he was greatly honoured and humbled at receiving the almost unbelievable telephone call from the President.”

Later when Ahmed Deedat fell into his illness, the following statement was made by the ambassador of South Africa:

“Mr Mandela is concerned about any South African living in any part of the world but the case of Deedat is special as he is highly respected, not only in South Africa, but in the world, for his dedication and hard work in the preaching of Islam during the past fifty years” (Ahmed Deedat: The Man and His Mission, by Goolam Vahed, p. 18)

11 July 1997: Lecture by President Nelson Mandela at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

In his lengthy warm speech at the Islamic center in Oxford, Mandela gave an important lecture titled, ““Renewal and Renaissance – Towards a New World Order” in which he touched on the relation between Islam and Muslims in South Africa as well as his own reflections on the role of religions in the black continent.

“I am most grateful to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies for the invitation to share ideas with you. When da Gama finally reached the Indian Ocean, he found navigators there far more competent than himself to guide his expedition, and wisely he relied on them in the same way that I know that I am following where others have opened the way, and that we are amongst those from who we have much to learn,” he said.

“What encourages me to add my humble contribution, is the Centre`s commitment to the promotion of understanding, tolerance and co-operation as essential conditions for advancing the welfare of all.”

He went on saying, “African Muslim polities shared the ambivalence of other states and religions towards the colonial slave trade, protecting believers from the violation of their fundamental rights but also complicit in the trade in human lives.

“In the face of European colonialism, Islamic communities took their place along the whole spectrum of resistance politics, including the struggle against apartheid.”

30 January 1998: Speech by President Nelson Mandela at an Intercultural Eid Celebration

In his speech in Johannesburg, Mandela congratulated Muslims on their `Eid, reflecting on the deep roots of Islam in the history of South Africa.

“Africa has made Islam its own, from the very beginning when the African Christian King Negus and Abyssinia gave protection to the followers of Prophet Muhammad. That example of respect and co-operation points to the role religion can play, and the spiritual leadership it can provide, in contributing to the social renewal on our continent,” he said as part of his speech.

“Now that South Africa is free, the ties which the Islamic community has always had with other parts of our continent can flourish and enrich our nation without restraint or distortion. They are part of our common African heritage.”

12 April 2010: Sheikh Qaradawi meets Mandela

During his visit to South Africa, prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi met South African leader Nelson Mandela and gifted him some of the books he authored on Islam and the Holy Qur’an.

Qaradawi hailed the South African leader as the “hero of Africa”.

Sheikh Aidh al Qarni invites Mandela to accept Islam

In a letter, whose date could not be verified, Sheikh Aidh al Qarni invited Mandela to accept Islam.

“I am one of millions on this globe who have read your autobiography, realized your struggle, admired your bravery and wondered about your sacrifices and devotion for the cause of your principles, your freedom and the freedom of your people,” the letter said.

“Therefore, I request you, I beseech you, and I do sincerely hope to hear your declaration of Islam loud and clear, the eternal statement, ‘La ilaha illa Allah, Mohammed Rasool-ullah’, [There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah alone, and Mohammed is Allah's Messenger.] At that time, all slave-servants of Allah, the Almighty, in all the six continents will applaud you, the holy city of Makkah will salute you, the Door of the holy shrine of Ka’bah will be opened for you, and the pulpits of the Islamic world will salute your name in great tumultuous praise.”


Cii Broadcasting


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Eulogising Madiba: An open letter to President Obama 



In the Name of the Almighty, the Most Beneficent the Merciful

Honourable President of the United States of America

Mr Barack Obama

Your Excellency

On this mournful occasion of the passing of the world’s most beloved son, and the father of our democratic nation, allow me to take this opportunity to personally convey to you my sincerest gratitude and heartfelt admiration for the fitting and rousing tribute you paid to our late President on South African soil this Tuesday.

On what was an otherwise gloomy and rain drenched day, your words succeeded in providing a flash of light and delivering a much needed tonic for all our dampened morales.

As a son of Africa, it was a proud moment for me to witness yet another son of this continent pay tribute to a man, who so painstakingly played his part in altering the destiny of our country, in such eloquent and meaningful words.

Mr President, as a loyal subject of this land, whose forebears and fellow countrymen endured a succession of indignities under Apartheid’s brutal stranglehold, it could always be tempting for me to claim greater license than an outsider, such as yourself, to articulate the essence of Madiba’s legacy. But to do so, would be to render a mammoth disservice to the great man’s magnanimous spirit.

Madiba belongs to the world, and his benevolent gestures have enfranchised many to speak in his memory. This includes yourself, whose dormant desire to reshape the world was awakened during your youth by the fateful events that were taking place in South Africa.

And yet Mr President, I do also believe that there needs to be a fundamental distinction drawn between affording all the right to share those golden ‘Tata’ moments and to extract personal meaning from them; and conferring blanket privilege to all and sundry to appropriate the historical narrative and undertake to be the custodians of the Madiba legacy.

It is my personal belief that you did cross this fine line during your celebrated speech. By choosing to proselytize to the world that too many “happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms” and by suggesting that “there are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people,” I detected an attempt by yourself to claim a stake as a prolocutor of Mandela’s shining legacy.

In principle, this should not be a contentious undertaking. You may believe that your activism in days gone by and venerable portfolio you occupy today entitles you to become this moral mouthpiece.

However, as a keen beholder of global currents, I must admit conferring with myself recurrently during your oration: ‘If only the messenger were different”.

Make no mistake Mr President, your words did indeed strike a deep chord in my justice and peace seeking consciousness, but I could not but help being reminded during your speech that these eulogies were being mouthed by the individual who today embodied the very entity that officially considered Nelson Mandela a potential terrorist even right until his 90th birthday in 2008.

Mr President, I was forced to recall how the US Department of Defence had listed Madiba’s ANC among 52 of the “world’s more notorious terrorist groups” and how the CIA reportedly even assisted in his capture.

I recount these, not to embarrass you Mr President, nor to infer personal guilt, but is it not, at the very least, a reasonable requisite for anyone attempting to speak in the shadow of the moral high ground of Nelson Mandela – moreso in the name of the US government – to dissociate themselves from the dark dealings of former administrations and apologize on behalf of the government to South Africans and the world for such shortsighted machinations?

Taking a breather from all that history, I did appreciate, Mr President, your elucidation of Mandela’s unfettered philosophy which you captured with the truism: “He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a snipers bullet”.

I am stirred by such sentiment as it mirrors the admirable resoluteness I have found to be exhibited by so many great men and women throughout history, including from one towering Islamic scholar whose memorable words were: What can my enemies do to me? I have in my breast both my heaven and my garden. Imprisonment for me is a chance to be alone with my Lord. To be killed is martyrdom and to be exiled from my land is a spiritual journey.

Dolefully though, it also keyed up the apprehension that your administration was keenly pursuing the same ill-fated policies that were doomed in their incrimination of Mandela and that will fail with anyone else.


Ebrahim Moosa of Cii Broadcasting


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Dua by Moulana Ebrahim Bham at Nelson Mandela Memorial Event

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UK's international education body highlights most important foreign languages to learn 


UK: Arabic is ranked as a more important language for children to learn in school than French in a report published by the British Council.


The report calls on policymakers to introduce a broader range of languages into every child's education.


On Arabic, the report said: "Six Arabic speaking countries appear among the UK's top 50 export market in goods with a combined value to the economy of over £12 billion - more than the value of UK exports to Spain, China or Italy ..

"Arabic has emerged as one of the priority languages for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is their intention to increase the number of diplomats trained in Arabic by 40 per cent."

The Independent

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Alcohol in Pakistan: The prohibition and after 


PAKISTAN: Most Pakistanis usually remain silent on the issue of the prohibition on alcohol and the mostly negative effects that this ban has had on a society in which the consumption of alcohol (among large sections across all classes in both urban and rural areas) remains to be a common occurrence and habit.

Of course, the conservative elements simply refuse to look for a more moderate solution, whereas others have suggested that the lifting of the ban will not only gradually rid the country of bootlegging and heroin mafias, the rate of alcoholism and the deaths caused by inferior quality liquor in the large shanty towns of the country will come down as well.

The conservatives just cannot link alcohol anymore with a number of political, economic and spiritual issues that have continued to rain in on the people of Pakistan for past many decades.

The anti-alcohol campaign managed to succeed in the late 1970s because the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages was convolutedly propagated as one of the main reason behind the country’s many ills.

However, after the ban not only have these ills (such as crime) grown but newer ones such as sectarian violence, cases of religious bigotry, violence against women, and extremist terrorism have emerged.


Alcohol in Muslim-majority countries: 1


• Algeria (Completely legal) 2
• Albania (Completely legal)
• Azerbaijan (Completely legal)
• Bahrain (Conditionally legal) 3
• Bangladesh (Partially legal) 4
• Bosnia (Completely legal)
• Brunei (Completely banned)
• Burkina Faso (Completely legal)
• Chad (Completely legal)
• Comoros (Completely legal)
• Djibouti (NA)

• Egypt (Completely legal)
• Gambia (Partially legal) 5
• Guinea (NA)
• Indonesia (Completely legal)
• Iran (Completely banned)
• Iraq (Conditionally legal) 6

• Jordan (Completely legal)
• Kazakhstan (Completely legal)
• Kosovo (Completely legal)
• Kuwait (Completely banned)
• Kyrgyzstan (Completely legal)
• Lebanon (Completely legal)
• Libya (Completely banned)
• Malaysia (Conditionally legal) 7

• Maldives (Conditionally legal) 8
• Mali (Completely legal)
• Mauritania (Completely banned)
• Mayotte (Completely legal)
• Morocco (Completely legal)
• Niger (Completely legal)
• Oman (Partially legal) 9
• Pakistan (Partially legal) 10
• Palestinian territory (Completely legal)

• Qatar (Partially legal)
• Saudi Arabia (Completely banned)
• Senegal (Completely legal)
• Sierra Leone (Completely legal)

• Somalia (Completely banned)
• Sudan (Partially legal) 12
• Syria (Completely legal)
• Tajikistan (Partially legal) [13]
• Tunisia (Completely legal)
• Turkey (Completely legal)
• Turkmenistan (Completely legal)
• UAE (Partially legal) [14]
• Uzbekistan (Completely legal)
• Western Sahara (Completely legal)
• Yemen (Completely banned)


1 Alcohol use in predominantly Muslim regions of the world increased by 25 per cent between 2005 and 2010.
2 Alcohol sales are prohibited during the month of Ramazan.
3 Consumption only allowed at bars and designated restaurants.
4 Though alcohol is banned in Bangladesh but in 2010, the government allowed the sale of beer that has 5 (or less) per cent alcohol content.
5 Sale only allowed to non-Muslims.
6 Only legal in large cities.
7 Banned in the states of Kelantan and Terengganu. Legal only in licensed restaurants and bars. 8 Legal only at tourist resorts.
9 Legal at licensed hotel bars in the city of Muscat.
10 Available to non-Muslims at licensed liquor stores and hotel bars. Sales (through stores) not allowed in the month of Ramazan and on Fridays.
11 Available to non-Muslims at licensed hotels.
12 Legal only in the Christian-majority areas in South Sudan.
13 Available in hotels, stores and bars but only to non-Muslims.
14 Legal in hotels, restaurants and bars in Dubai.


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The Rise of the Islamic Feminists 


Muslim women are fighting for their rights from within Islamic tradition, rather than against it.



Throughout the Muslim world, a groundswell of feminist sentiment is growing among women who are seeking to reclaim Islam and the Koran for themselves. For decades, many women believed they had to choose between their Muslim identity and their belief in gender equality. It was an impossible choice—one that involved betraying either their faith or their feminist consciousness.


Four years ago, a global movement called Musawah—“equality” in Arabic—began to make the case that women can fight for justice and equality from within Islamic tradition. For many Muslim women, this came as a revelation.

Musawah was spearheaded by twelve women, from countries as diverse as Egypt, Gambia, Turkey and Pakistan, who spent two years laying out the movement’s guiding principles. It was officially launched in 2009 at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur that brought together 250 Muslim activists, scholars, legal practitioners and policy-makers from forty-seven nations. The organization is currently based in Malaysia, but will periodically move its secretariat and leadership council from country to country.


At its core, Musawah operates on the belief that Islam is not inherently biased toward men: patriarchy within Muslim countries is a result of the way male interpreters have read Islamic texts. With this framework for action, Musawah empowers women to shape the interpretations, norms and laws that affect their lives, then push for legal reform in their respective countries.

The Nation

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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
 mattress matrah a place where things are thrown
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


This week CCN recommends


Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition (Oxford Islamic Legal Studies)



Ayesha S. Chaudhry



Modern scholars of most major religious traditions, who seek gender egalitarian interpretations of their scriptural texts, confront a common dilemma: how can they produce interpretations that are at once egalitarian and authoritative, within traditions that are deeply patriarchal?


This book examines the challenges and resources that the Islamic tradition offers to Muslim scholars who seek to address this dilemma.


This is achieved through extensive study of the intellectual history of a Qur'anic verse that has become especially contentious in the modern period: Chapter 4, Verse 34 (Q. 4:34) which can be read to permit the physical disciplining of disobedient wives at the hands of their husbands.


Though this verse has been used by historical and contemporary Muslim scholars in multiple ways to justify the right of husbands to physically discipline their wives, progressive and reformist Muslim scholars and activists offer alternative and non-violent readings of the verse.


The diverse and divergent interpretations of Q. 4:34 showcases the pivotal role of the reader in shaping the meaning and implications of scriptural texts.


This book investigates the sophisticated and creative interpretive approaches to Q. 4:34, tracing the intellectual history of Muslim scholarship on this verse from the ninth century to the present day.


Ayesha S. Chaudhry examines the spirited and diverse, and at times contradictory, readings of this verse to reveal how Muslims relate to their inherited tradition and the Qur'anic text.


Source: Book Depository



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

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


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


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KB says: While I am heading back from my three-haram tour, I am giving CCN's Editor-in-Chief carte blanche to source out one of his favourite deep-fried decadent recipes for this week.

Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts



2 (
¼ ounce) packages yeast
¼  cup water (105-115)
½ cups lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
¼  cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
⅓ cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
canola oil

Creamy Glaze
⅓ cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
¼  teaspoons vanilla
4-6 tablespoons hot water

Chocolate frosting
⅓ cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
¼  teaspoons vanilla
4-6 tablespoons hot water
4 ounces milk chocolate chips or 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips



1 Dissolve yeast in warm water in 2 ½-quart bowl.
2 Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 2 cups flour.
3 Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly.
4 Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
5 Stir in remaining flour until smooth.
6 Cover and let rise until double, 50-60 minutes.
7 (Dough is ready when indentation remains when touched.) Turn dough onto floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour.
8 Gently roll dough
½-inch thick with floured rolling pin.
9 Cut with floured doughnut cutter.
10 Cover and let rise until double, 30-40 minutes.
11 Heat vegetable oil in deep fryer to 350°.
12 Slide doughnuts into hot oil with wide spatula.
13 Turn doughnuts as they rise to the surface.
14 Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side.
15 Remove carefully from oil (do not prick surface); drain.
16 Dip the doughnuts into creamy glaze set on rack then when slightly cooled spread chocolate frosting on top.
17 Dip in sprinkles or other toppings after chocolate if desired.
18 Creamy Glaze: Heat butter until melted.
19 Remove from heat.
20 Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
21 Stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.
22 Chocolate Frosting: Heat butter and chocolate over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.
23 Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
24 Stir in water 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.

Source: Food.com


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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After a probing and exhausting exclusive, in-depth interview on allegations of drug dealing against him, journalist Jallalludin asks a very defensive war lord Mullah Dadullah Khan if it was true that he was the sole bread-winner of his family.


Mullah Dadullah Khan: It's not the first time I am hearing this accusation. It's been going on for some time now. It must be from my enemies who want to tarnish my image. I can tell you one thing. I've never entered a bread competition. I will sue anyone who say I am a bread-winner, including you journalists.     

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I need to gain weight, what should I eat?


Being underweight can make it difficult to stay healthy.


If you are not eating enough, it is difficult to meet your nutritional requirements.

Ideas that may help increase your nutritional intake include:

• eating small frequent meals and snacks
• having full-cream milk drinks between meals
• adding more oil and margarine to food in cooking
• adding skim milk powder to soups, stews and drinks
• adding grated cheese to cooked foods
• snacking on high energy foods such as cheese and crackers, nuts or dried fruit

Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

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

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Fulfill the Covenant of Allah when you have entered into it, and do not break your oaths after you have confirmed them; indeed you have made Allah your surety; for Allah knows all that you do.    

Surah Al-Nahl 16:91


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You can't separate peace from freedom.


Because no one can have peace unless he has freedom.  


~ Malcolm X


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Al-Nisa Girls Bowling Day 19 December MBN Networking Seminar 5 February 2014


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Holiday Madressah Kuraby Mosque TIME TABLE AIIC Prep & Open Day 26 November Syrian Bakeries Appeal Mahboba's Promise AIIC Enrolment Imam Akram celebrant services In preparation for the Book of Allah Marhaba Playgroup Shajarah Islamic Kindergarten
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19 December


Girls Bowling Day


AMF Bowling

Mt Gravatt

 0413 360 913


24 December


2013 Unity Cup Futsal Tournament


Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

 0431 428 256

All day

18 January 2014


Celebration of the Prophet's birth

Islamic Society of Queensland Inc.

Islamic College of Brisbane

0407 156 527

5pm to 9pm

19 January 2014


An Exhibition on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Islamic Society of Algester

Springwood Community Centre
55 Cinderella Drive, Springwood

0433 285 086

10.30am to 4pm

26 January 2014


International Food Festival 2014

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

8am to 8pm

5 February


MBN Workshop: Network & Prosper

Muslim Business Network (MBN)

Brisbane Technology Park, Eight Mile Plains

 0422 191 675

6.30pm to 8.30pm

22 March 2014


International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Wally Tate Park

0422 191 675

10am to 9pm


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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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.


SeekersPoint BRISBANE


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


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

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

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

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

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

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

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

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

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

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

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)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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