Sunday, 16 March 2014

 Newsletter 0488




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Local hairdresser, Monty Naim, of Warrigal Barbers in Runcorn Plaza volunteered his expertise at Kuraby Mosque on Friday to shave off a few heads for the World's Greatest Shave.


The Queensland Muslims raise over $7000 for the cause with over $2000 coming from the two past Friday prayer meetings.


PS: You can support Monty Naim by getting your hair cut for $15 (but don't forget to mention CCN to claim your discount).

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The Islamic Society of Algester Incorporated is continuing towards completion of Stage 1 of the Mosque complex.


In November 2011, construction was stopped when funds ran out.


"Continuing to move toward the finalisation of Stage 1, of the two stages for our approved centre, the society has not stood still," Mr Rahman Deen told CCN.


The anticipated cost for Stage 1 finalisation and occupancy is $1, 950, 000.00. To date $1, 200,00.00 has been collected from within the community, leaving a shortfall of $750,000.00 to complete the project.


"In view of this and whilst building costs are at a lower than usual rate, we the committee have decided to ask for assistance in our fundraising efforts to complete what is an urgent requirement. Inshallah we are in the process of contacting all the societies in and around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and other areas for financial support, it is the first time we have requested this type of assistance since our inception and hopefully with everyone’s prayers and duaas we will succeed Inshallah," Mr Deen said.


"We anticipate support from other Mosques to do a weekly collection and Juma we have also confirmed a full fundraising dinner auction for Friday 25th April, 2014, (long weekend Anzac Day Holiday) at the Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha, starting after Maghrib salaah at approximately 6pm for 6.30pm."


The first collections will start on Friday 21 March at Holland Park and Logan City Mosques with the other Mosques to follow soon after.

Request is also being made for auction items for the fund raising dinner.


Bank Details for Direct Deposits / Transfers:
Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
A/C Name: Islamic Trust of Algester
BSB: 064 001 Account Number: 1049 4681 Branch: Adelaide Street, Brisbane

For more information contact:
1. Treasurer – Hajji Yusuf Hussein – 0409 746 786
2. Secretary – Hajji Mahmoud Osman – 07 3344 7477
3. President – Masood Ayoob – 0438 750 786
4. Coordinator – Hajji Abdul Rahman (Ray) Deen – 07 3879 9492

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The parents' committee (CPAC) of the Islamic College of Brisbane held a Family Movie Night on Friday at which over 1000 parents, children, school staff and friends and relatives attended.


Families came armed with blankets for a night out in the great outdoors to see the Disney movie, Brave.


Monies raised will go to improve play facilities for the Primary School.


The event was also supported by the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund and Councillor for Karawatha Ward, Ms Kim Marx.


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Some of the participants at the Forum


The second Muslim Youth Forum with the Queensland Police Services (QPS), Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) was held with representatives of Muslim Youth organizations at the Islamic College of Brisbane recently.


The forum was conducted under the theme of Respect and we all belong. the Queensland Police Commissioner, the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and senior police were at hand to answer questions.


"The attendance was small, but fairly robust and frank discussion took place," forum facilitator, Mr David Forde told CCN.

Proceedings were described as frank and honest on a range of issues, both domestic and international.


An initial evaluation of the forum found the participants had a higher degree of satisfaction with the second forum when compared to the first.

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Amongst the guests at the World Arts & Multi-Culture Harmony Day Festival held at the MacGregor State School was Ms Sohair Elbagir from IWAQ (second from right)


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Mehdi Hasan   

The British “debate” about meat, animal cruelty and ritual slaughter has become a proxy for deeper fears.



UK: I am sitting in one of London’s finest Indian restaurants, Benares, in the heart of Mayfair. I’ve just placed an order for the “Tandoori Ratan” mixed-grill appetiser – a trio of fennel lamb chop, chicken cutlet and king prawn.

I’ll be honest with you: I’m pretty excited. Most of the upmarket restaurants in London do not cater for the city’s burgeoning Muslim population. Benares is one of the few exceptions: all of the lamb and chicken dishes on its menu are halal.

The restaurant opened in 2003 and its owner, Atul Kochhar, is a Michelin-starred chef. “Right from day one, we’ve kept our lamb and chicken halal,” Kochhar says. “It was a very conscious decision because I grew up in India, a secular country, where I was taught to have respect for all religions.” Kochhar, who is a Hindu, says Muslims make up “easily between 10 and 20 per cent” of his regular diners. It isn’t just a taste for religious pluralism that has dictated the contents of his menu; serving halal meat makes commercial, as well as cultural, sense.

To other, perhaps less tolerant types, however, the rise and rise of halal meat in the west and here in the UK, in particular, is a source of tension, controversy, fear and loathing. British Muslims are living through a period of halal hysteria, a moral panic over our meat. First there came 9/11, 7/7 and the “Islamic” terror threat; then there was the row over the niqab (face veil) and hijab (headscarf); now, astonishingly, it’s the frenzy over halal meat.

Last month, MPs in the Commons rejected a ten-minute-rule bill that would have made it mandatory for retailers to label all of the halal and kosher meat on sale and make it clear on the packaging that the animals were “killed without stunning”. The bill’s proponent, the Tory backbencher Philip Davies, claimed that the meat was being “forced upon” shoppers “without their knowledge”. It was defeated by the narrowest of margins – 73 votes to 70.

As is so often the case, the right-wing press is behind much of the fear-mongering and misinformation. “Britain goes halal . . . but no one tells the public,” screamed the front-page headline in the Mail on Sunday on 19 September 2010. The paper claimed that supermarkets, restaurants, schools, hospitals, pubs and big sporting venues such as Wembley Stadium were “controversially serving up meat slaughtered in accordance with strict Islamic law to unwitting members of the public”.

The following week, readers were treated to two more stories suggesting a sinister plot to inflict halal meat on innocent, animal-loving, non-Muslim Britons. “How 70 per cent of New Zealand lamb imports to Britain are halal . . . but this is NOT put on the label”, said the Daily Mail on 25 September 2010. “Top supermarkets secretly sell halal: Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and M&S don’t tell us meat is ritually slaughtered,” proclaimed the Mail on Sunday the next day.

With the threat from terrorism receding, Britain’s Islam-baiters have jumped on the anti-halal bandwagon, and not just the neo-fascists of the British National Party and the English Defence League, which has a page on its website devoted to its (anti-) “halal campaign”, but mainstream commentators, too. The Spectator’s Rod Liddle – who once wrote a column entitled “Islamophobia? Count me in” – has demanded that halal meat be banned and called for a boycott of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and the rest until they agree to stop stocking halal products. “I will buy no meat from supermarkets,” he wrote, rather melodramatically, back in 2010.

In this year’s French presidential election, candidates seemed to spend more time discussing halal meat than rising unemployment or the ballooning budget deficit. Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National, alleged that “all the abattoirs in the Paris region sell halal meat without exception”, while the outgoing president, Nicolas Sarkozy, claimed that the halal issue was a “central concern” for French voters. (For the record, halal constitutes 2 per cent of all the meat sold in Paris.)

Last year in the Netherlands, the lower house of parliament approved a bill, introduced by the Party for the Animals (PvdD) and backed by the Islamophobe Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party, to have all ritually slaughtered meat, including halal and kosher, banned. The Dutch government refused to sign off on the bill but agreed to appoint a commission to consider tighter procedures for slaughter.

Stun guns

So, what is it about halal that provokes such anger and hysteria? The word literally means “lawful” and refers to any object – not just food – or action or behaviour that is deemed permissible under Islamic law.

For meat to be considered halal, three conditions must be met:

1) The animal must be healthy and uninjured and, crucially, it must be killed with a cut.
2) All the blood must be drained from the animal’s body.
3) The slaughterer must recite the appropriate Islamic prayer at the time of slaughter.

Islam, like Judaism, prescribes a single-cut method of slaughter: the animal is killed with a quick cut to the throat using a sharp knife. This allows the blood to drain out and, it is believed, makes the meat cleaner.

Naturally, the image of blood flowing out from the slit throat of a dead cow or sheep doesn’t help. But Muslims, like Jews, insist that so-called ritual slaughter is humane and pain-free because the animal quickly loses consciousness. “There is no time to start feeling any pain,” in the words of Dr Majid Katme, a former spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain.

In contrast, modern western non-ritual methods of slaughter demand that the animal be rendered unconscious before it is killed – usually by means of stunning, with a bolt gun, or electrocution. The stunning of livestock before slaughter has been compulsory in the EU since 1979 but most member states, including the UK, grant exemptions to Muslims and Jews.

So, for the moment, non-stunned halal meat is available in Britain, but contra the Mail on Sunday, there’s not enough of it to satisfy the growing demand. As a Muslim, I often have great difficulty in deciding where to eat out, given the lack of halal restaurants (hence my excitement at Benares). One recent survey suggested nine out of every ten UK Muslims adhere to the strict rules on halal eating – that is, they reluctantly opt for the salmon, and not the steak, when eating out.

Nonetheless, even though they represent just 3 per cent of the population, Britain’s two million Muslims tend to eat much more meat, on average, than their non-Muslim counterparts. Reports suggest that British Muslims consume a fifth of all red meat sold in the UK.

I have British Muslim friends who book their holiday flights on Emirates, whatever their end destination, specifically in order to be able to stop off in transit in Dubai and buy a Big Mac from the airport’s halal McDonald’s. Some Muslims, it seems, will travel to the corners of the earth in pursuit of halal food.

Is it any wonder that the UK halal meat market is estimated to be worth £3bn? Or that fast-food chains in the UK such as McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza are working on trials offering halal meat?

Nando’s, the Portuguese mid-market restaurant chain, has perhaps gone furthest and fastest. One in five of its branches in the UK now serves halal-certified chicken, and I never cease to be amazed by the sea of hijabs among the diners at the Nando’s in south Harrow that has been my “local” for the past decade.


Many of those attacking religious slaughter have no clue as to what is happening. It is more of an Islamophobic issue, not an animal well-being issue. Compared to modern, secular methods of slaughter the traditional or Prophetic method might actually be equal or possibly superior because the initial pain of the throat cut results in the animal releasing large quantities of endorphins, putting it in a state of euphoria and numbness.

Joe Regenstein

Then there’s KFC, which has responded to the raft of halal fried-chicken franchises (see Sophie Elmhirst’s piece on page 28) by running a halal trial in a hundred of its restaurants nationwide. On its UK website, KFC promises its customers that “our food is just as tasty and finger lickin’ good as it has always been”. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it also includes a list of defensive answers to “frequently asked questions” such as “Why have you chosen my store?” and “Does this mean your animal welfare standards have changed?”.

Protecting animals is the cover behind which critics of halal meat often hide. This month, Professor Bill Reilly, a past president of the British Veterinary Association, condemned the rise in the number of animals killed in ritual slaughter as “not acceptable”. “[I]f we cannot eliminate non-stunning, we need to keep it to the minimum,” he wrote in the Veterinary Record. “This means restricting the use of halal and kosher meat to those communities that require it for their religious beliefs and, where possible, convincing them of the acceptability of the stunned alternatives.”

Opponents of ritual slaughter cite a raft of scientific studies that condemn the practice as painful and abusive. In a much-discussed report published in 2003, the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), an independent body that advised the UK government until its dissolution last year, argued that ritual methods of slaughter resulted in “significant pain and distress” for the animal and recommended that Muslims and Jews be banned from slaughtering livestock without stunning the animals first.

The FAWC’s findings were backed by a major EU-funded study “on issues of religious slaughter”, which concluded in 2010: “. . . it can be stated with the utmost probability that animals feel pain during the throat cut without prior stunning”.

Case closed? Not quite. Ruksana Shain, of the Muslim consumer group Behalal.org, says the scientific evidence against halal slaughter “isn’t conclusive”. But she would say that, wouldn’t she? OK. Well, consider the verdict of Joe Regenstein, professor of food science at Cornell University in the United States, who leads the university’s Kosher and Halal Food Initiative.

“Many of those attacking religious slaughter have no clue as to what is happening,” he tells me. “It is more of an Islamophobic issue, not an animal well-being issue.” Compared to modern, secular methods of slaughter, he says, “the traditional or Prophetic method might actually be equal or possibly superior” because the initial pain of the throat cut results “in the animal releasing large quantities of endorphins, putting it in a state of euphoria and numbness”. The cut thus serves as its own stun. The scientific evidence against halal slaughter, Regenstein says, “is extremely weak and has often been done poorly with an agenda driving a desired outcome”.

Missing defence

To pretend that Muslims do not care about animal welfare is unfair. There are several Quranic verses and sayings of the Prophet warning Muslims not to harm livestock; mistreatment of animals is considered a sin by the vast majority of Islamic scholars. In fact, advocates of halal slaughter can call on their own slew of scientific studies for support.

In 1978, research led by Wilhelm Schulze of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover showed that “the slaughter in the form of a ritual cut is, if carried out properly, painless in sheep and calves according to EEG [electroencephalography] recordings and the missing defensive actions [of the animals]”. The German Federal Constitutional Court based its 2002 verdict permitting ritual slaughter on this study.

Then there are the writings and research of Temple Grandin, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and one of America’s leading experts on the humane treatment and slaughter of livestock. She sees no difference between stunned and non-stunned slaughter if both are conducted properly and professionally. When a ritual slaughter is “done really right”, Grandin has said, “the animal seemed to act like it didn’t even feel it – if I walked up to that animal and put my hand in its face I would have got a much bigger reaction than I observed from the cut, and that was something which really surprised me”.

Remember, the “secular ways of slaughter”, as Regenstein points out, also have their downsides: “If the public were to discover that animals were subject to a pre-slaughter intervention – like having their skull cracked open, [being] electrocuted, or put in a gas chamber – they might not really like that either.” Shouldn’t consumers have a right to know which of these methods were used? Shouldn’t they be told about the danger of “mis-stunning”, which leaves the animal conscious and in pain, and occurs “relatively frequently”, according to a 2004 report by the European Food Safety Authority? Why not label all meat with detailed explanations of how exactly the animal in question was killed, and let consumers decide? “Why only pick on halal?” Ruksana Shain asks.

In the Commons debate on food labelling on 24 April, the Labour MP Gerald Kaufman, who is Jewish, criticised Philip Davies for singling out Muslims and Jews, saying he had “picked on two small minorities who share the way in which the meat they eat is killed”. However, Kaufman added that he would not have expressed his “total opposition to this bill” if it had cast its net wider to include other animals such as chickens that had been kept in “dreadful conditions”.

Preventing animal cruelty goes far beyond the “debate” about stunning or not stunning. And ironically, not all Muslims are opposed to stunning. There are two main organisations that regulate the halal food industry in the UK – the Halal Monitoring Committee, which has a “blanket ruling disallowing stunning in any form”, and the Halal Food Authority, which allows controlled stunning where the “animal or the birds do not die prior to slaughtering”, and which has certified KFC’s stunned chicken as halal.

Thus, most Muslim, and non-Muslim, participants in the heated debate over halal meat are ignoring a critical point. Data produced by the Meat Hygiene Service in 2004 suggested that roughly 90 per cent of halal slaughter in the UK involved stunning. In September 2011, the Food Standards Agency reported that “the majority of animals destined for the halal trade in both the red and white meat sectors are stunned before slaughter”. So what’s all the fuss about?

Consider the scare stories from the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, which automatically assume that all halal meat derives from the traditional, non-stunned method of slaughter. What drove both papers’ coverage of the story? Are we seriously expected to believe that either the Mail or the Mail on Sunday gives a damn about animal rights? I struggle to recall the last occasion on which either tabloid splashed on the abuse or neglect of animals. More often than not, Mail columnists reserve rather harsh words (“deranged fanatics”, to quote Richard Littlejohn) for animal rights activists.


It’s being used as a political issue, especially by xenophobic and Islamophobic folks, to whip up a backlash against ‘the other’

Joe Regenstein

Crucially, if the hysteria over halal meat in Britain isn’t the product of Islamophobia, how do halal-obsessed politicians and journalists explain their silence on the subject of kosher meat? The 2003 Farm Animal Welfare Council report condemned both halal and kosher methods of slaughter. Yet, for instance, the Mail on Sunday, despite referring to “ritually slaughtered meat” in the headline of its “Britain goes halal . . .” report, went on to discuss only halal meat for the first 24 paragraphs of the piece before mentioning kosher meat – in passing – in the 25th paragraph.

The truth is that halal has become a proxy for much deeper fears and concerns about the presence of a growing and vocal Muslim population in our midst. “It’s being used as a political issue, especially by xenophobic and Islamophobic folks, to whip up a backlash against ‘the other’,” Regenstein says.

To pretend otherwise is naive, if not disingenuous. If this was a debate about animal welfare, it would be about all forms of slaughter; if it was a debate about ritual slaughter, it would address kosher, and not just halal, meat.

“Why only pick on halal?” It’s an important question in need of an urgent answer.

Source: Newstateman

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Cairo (AFP) - Egypt's top Islamic body said on Thursday the big budget Hollywood biblical epic "Noah" starring Russell Crowe was irreligious and should not be screened in the country.

Al-Azhar institute, one of the region's main Sunni Muslim authorities, said the movie, slated to open in Egypt on March 26, violated Islam by portraying a prophet.

The film has already angered some Christian institutions in the United States, with Crowe's reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah.

Al-Azhar can play an advisory role on censoring movies and books in Egypt, but does not have the final say.

Portraying a prophet "contradicts the stature of prophets and messengers... and antagonises the faithful," the institution said in a statement.

Egypt's censorship board must approve any movie before it is shown, but it was not immediately clear whether it has approved "Noah" yet.

The Paramount Pictures website said the film would be released on March 26 in Egypt, and a day later in other Middle Eastern countries.

Egypt has censored other movies in the past, including the blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" after protests from the Orthodox Coptic Church.

But it did allow the screening of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ", which depicts Jesus being crucified.

Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet and was not crucified.

Source: Yahoo

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Dr Cemil Aydin   


As we prepare to mark the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War this summer, many still see it as primarily an inter-imperial struggles within the European continent, with the scenes of trench warfare on the Western Front.


It is often forgotten that this war was as much about the political destiny of what was then and now called “the Muslim world” as it was about Europe, with Muslim soldiers fighting on both sides of the imperial alliances.

The declaration of jihad by the Ottoman caliph, the revolt of Sherif Hussein of Mecca and the eventual end of Ottoman rule in Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem marked the important turning points, followed eventually by the abolishment of the caliphate during the post-war restructuring of Turkey.

Moreover, the persistence of a debate on a pan-Islamic “threat” to the West and Islamophobia seems one of the surprising continuous themes from the time of the First World War to today, after a passage of a century during which the world of empires gave way to a world of nation states.

There are important lessons to be learned from the Muslim question of that time for both Muslim leaders of today as well as for United States and European politicians.

What ties our contemporary world to the climate of opinion at the time of that war is the continuing debate on the question of “the Muslim world” and “the West”, two imagined civilisational and geopolitical entities.


The National

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Community leaders have renewed calls to address discrimination after Sydney FC player Ali Abbas was allegedly villified on Saturday night.


It has arguably become one of the most heated A-League matches this year, with Sydney FC beating Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in the weekend derby.

But the Sky Blues' sensational performance has been overshadowed by allegations of racial and religious abuse towards Iraqi mid-fielder, Ali Abbas (pictured above right, being calmed down by fellow player).

Abbas says he was racially and religiously attacked during the Sydney Derby against the Wanderers.

Iraqi Asian Cup Ambassador Abrar Al Salah says the task of eliminating racial discrimination in the A-League is ongoing.

"They are role models and especially in the field of soccer and sport, it is a field that geographically crosses all boundaries. You have teams from different cultures, backgrounds, and religions and each person holds their values very close to heart, they don’t need that pointed out to them," Ms Al Salah said.

Meanwhile, Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop says there will be a thorough investigation into the alleged racial abuse against Sydney FC player Ali Abbas.

The comments come after Sydney FC lodged a formal complaint against an un-named Western Sydney player.

David Gallop told Fox Sports that despite the serious nature of the complaint there is a process to be followed.

"It's obviously a serious allegation, something that we'll treat seriously. It's an alleged comment that he took offence to, and it's important that we look at that carefully.

"It's dealt with under our member protection policy, we obviously need to investigate the matter, it's important to make the point that it is an allegation and we need to go thorough a process."

Source: SBS


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Myth No. 9: Muslims in the West cheer for terrorist violence

While it might seem chilling to learn that 8% of American Muslims feel that violence against civilian targets is “often or sometimes justified” if the cause is right, you have to compare that to the response given by non-Muslim Americans, 24% of whom said that such attacks are “often or sometimes justified.”

This is reflected in most major surveys. When a large-scale survey asked if “attacks on civilians are morally justified,” 1% of the French public, 1% of the German public and 3% of the British public answered yes; among Muslims, the responses were 2%, 0.5%, and 2%. Asked if it is “justifiable to use violence for a noble cause,” 7% of the French public agreed, along with 8% of French Muslims; 10% of the German public and fewer than 2% of German Muslims; 10% of the British public and 8% of British
Muslims. This may well be because 85% of the victims of Islamic terrorism are Muslims. 

Next week: Myth No. 10


(Sourced from Doug Saunders' The Myth of the Muslim Tide)

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13. The Kanoo family $6.1bn ($6.26bn) UAE (Bahrain)       

The biggest family firm in Bahrain, the Kanoo Group has now been in existence for over 120 years. Established in Bahrain in 1890 by Haji Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, it has grown from its early trading and shipping business to become one of the most diversified and highly regarded business houses in the Gulf region and beyond.


After the death of chairman and CEO Abdulla Ali Kanoo, Yusuf Ahmed Kanoo has stepped up to take the top role in the organisation. Mishal Kanoo, one of the region’s most recognisable executives, remains as deputy chairman. It now has fourteen divisions in total, and employs 4,000 staff, with another 6,000 employed in its various joint venture operations.


The company’s joint venture division was established over 25 years ago and has been linked to high profile names such as Axa Insurance, Norwich Union, Maersk and BASF.



NEXT WEEK: The Number 14 richest Arab in the world.

Source: ArabianBusiness

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Dear Friends,

We would like to thank all of you for the countless contributions and many years of support you have given the Griffith University Multi-Faith Centre. It has been our great pleasure to work side by side with you to build strong communities and meet challenges as they come. And we hope to have many more opportunities to work together with you in the years to come.

In order to better tackle the work ahead of us, we would like to announce a renewed focus of the Centre’s objectives and a new name to better represent this renewed focus. The Centre will now be known as the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue (ICD).

The ICD will concentrate its work in four areas:
• Interfaith Dialogue and Cross-Cultural Collaboration.
• Religion and Conflict Resolution.
• Secular/Religious Dialogue and Peacebuilding.
• Political and Economic Contributions of Faith Adherence.

Under the leadership of the Centre Director Dr. Brian Adams, we will continue to provide a service to the University's staff and student communities and will broaden and extend its leadership of scholarship in Interfaith and Cultural matters.

If you would like more information about the ICD, please see the links below.

Website: griffith.edu.au/community/centre-interfaith-cultural-dialogue
Facebook: facebook.com/icdgriffith

Kindest Regards,

Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue
Nathan Campus, Griffith University
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T: +61 (0)7 3735 7052 F: +61 (0)7 3735 7131


Saudi Arabia bans 50 baby names

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has banned 50 given names including “foreign” names, names related to royalty and those it considers to be blasphemous.

Saudis will no longer be able to give their children names such as Amir (prince), Linda or Abdul Nabi (Slave of the Prophet) after the civil affairs department at the ministry issued the list, according to Saudi news sites.

It justified the ban by saying that the names either contradicted the culture or religion of the kingdom, or were foreign, or “inappropriate”.

The names fit into at least three categories: those that offend perceived religious sensibilities, those that are affiliated to royalty and those that are of non-Arabic or non-Islamic origin.


A number of other names appear that do not necessarily fit into any category and it is therefore unclear as to why they would have been banned. Names such as Abdul Naser and Binyamin are not found to be particularly offensive to Muslims. Binyamin is believed in Islam to be the son of Prophet Jacob (Yaqoub) (PBUH) and the full brother of Prophet Joseph (PBUH), but it also happens to be the name of the Israeli prime minister. Abdul Naser, similarly, is the name of the famous Arab nationalist ruler of Egypt, who was at odds with Saudi Arabia.

Names such as Abdul Nabi and Abdul Hussain, common among Shiites and some Sunni Arabs, are controversial because of the multiple ways in which they can be interpreted. Abdul in Arabic means “worshipper of” or “slave of”, while Nabi means “prophet” and Rasool means “messenger”. Those who oppose such names argue that Abdul means “worshipper of’ and is therefore forbidden as only God can be worshipped. Most Muslim names with Abdul carry one of God’s 99 Islamic names. Abdul Rahman, for example, comes from the name Al Rahman.

Another set of names that is banned includes those that have to do with royalty, especially titles such as Sumuw (highness), Malek (king) and Malika (Queen) and other royal terms such as Al Mamlaka (the kingdom).

Some of the names on the list are not uncommon among Arabs, including Malak (angel), Amir (prince), Abdul Naser and Jibreel (Gabriel).


Gulf News

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Overlooked victims: Why America needs an initiative to lift its young Muslim boys

Over a decade after 9/11, Islam is a smear -- and little boys are treated like suspects. We need to build them up


Muslim-American Ali-Jaafar Al-Zain, 9, holds a poster during a peaceful interfaith rally in Dearborn, Michigan September 21, 2012. (Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook)


US: Last month, President Obama announced “My Brother’s Keeper,” an admirable initiative calling for private businesses, nonprofits and local governments to work in concert “to build ladders of opportunity” for young men and boys of color, specifically African-Americans and Hispanics. Another large segment of America’s youth likely to be victimized by prejudice and suffer injustices in the criminal justice system is young Muslim men.

More than 10 years after 9/11, Islamophobia conflating Muslim Americans with terrorists is commonplace and Muslim Americans are still battling for civil rights. While each group has its own struggles, President Obama’s speech describing the challenges for African-American and Hispanic men of color, as well as the advice he gives, could also be directed toward today’s Muslim American youth:

And I believe the continuing struggles of so many boys and young men, the fact that too many of them are falling by the wayside, dropping out, unemployed, involved in negative behavior, going to jail, being profiled, this is a moral issue for our country. …

It may be hard, but you will have to reject the cynicism that says the circumstances of your birth or society’s lingering injustices necessarily define you and your future. It will take courage but you will have to tune out the naysayers who say the deck is stacked against you, you might as well just give up, or settle into the stereotype.

While many persecuted communities have made momentous strides toward acceptance — through greater cohesion, positive media imaging, political access and informative communication — Muslim Americans, whose diverse origins range from the Middle East and Africa to South Asia and Latin America, are facing increasing harassment, discrimination and exclusion every day politically, socially and economically.

Despite sharing the American dream, Muslim Americans are often viewed as foreign occupiers with strange habits, completely unrelatable to anyone who is an “actual” American. Of course, claims that President Obama might be a Muslim loomed darkly over his presidential campaigns and terms in office. During his 2008 campaign, soon-to-be President Barack Hussein Obama never visited a masjid, or Islamic place of worship. The same year, during the Al Smith Dinner, a charity fundraiser that draws presidential candidates each year, he half-jokingly remarked: “I got my middle name [Hussein] from somebody who obviously didn’t think I’d run for president.”



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'Of Many' Film Produced By Chelsea Clinton To Premier At Tribeca Film Festival, Featuring Muslim-Jewish Relations 



US: The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that a documentary short produced by Chelsea Clinton will hold its world premiere during the festival at the end of April.

Directed by Linda G. Mills, with Clinton as its Executive Producer, the film "Of Many" documents the extraordinary friendship between two religious leaders -- one Muslim, one Jewish -- and the rewards and costs of their uncommon alliance.

The film opens with footage of bombings from the Gaza conflict in 2012, followed by images of college students attending Palestinian and Israeli rallies and counter-rallies that serve as a stark reminder of the the volatile and painful tensions between Muslim and Jewish communities on many American university campuses.

With 9/11 and Arab-Israeli conflict as a backdrop, "Of Many" documents the lives of Imam Khalid Latif and Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, the Muslim and Jewish Chaplains at New York University, and the development of their interfaith commitment to each another and to the communities they represent.

Latif and Sarna met in 2006 when a student group at NYU planned to display the "Danish cartoons." In response, Latif and the Muslim Student Association held a planning meeting for a teach-in and Sarna showed up. Latif invited Sarna to attend the teach-in, which presented a dilemma for Sarna. "That would not be simple," explained the Rabbi. "What would it mean for me, the rabbi of the Jewish Center at NYU, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Muslims in what might be perceived as a defense of a violent response to a cartoon." In the end, he went to the teach-in. "I thought it was important that Jewish students attend, which they did."

But it didn't end there.


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UK party suspends member for insulting Muslim women 

Chris Johannides, who is of Greek Cypriot origin, was banned by the Conservative Party after he compared Muslim womens' burkas to black dustbin liners.




UK: A council member in the London borough of Enfield has been expelled from his party after he compared Muslim womens' burkas to black dustbin liners.

Chris Johannides, who is of Greek Cypriot origin, was banned by the Conservative Party after making the offensive statement on his Facebook profile.

Johannides, who became the party's youngest council member when he was elected at the age of 26 in 2006, has been suspended for one year.
Source: World Bulletin


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UAE to host ‘Muslim Wise Men Council’ 


The proposed body will be comprised of prominent and wise scholars who will work to create peace in the Middle East.

Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Dr Ahmed Al Tayyeb, Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah and other scholars attending the concluding session of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies in Abu Dhabi on Monday.


Abu Dhabi: Participants at the ‘Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies’ have recommended the creation of an Abu Dhabi-based Islamic council, comprising prominent and wise scholars, and mandated to help extinguish the raging fires in Islamic nations.

The proposed body, will be named ‘Muslim Wise Men Council’ with bylaws scheduled for issuance during the holy month of Ramadan. This came during the closing session of the forum which was held on Monday evening and attended by Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The participants also recommended holding the forum in Abu Dhabi on an annual basis. They also called for promoting the forum’s outcomes as a key contribution to the culture of peace in Islamic societies.

The closing session was also attended by Dr Ahmed Al Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar; Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, President of The Global Centre for Renewal and Guidance (GCRG) and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the forum, in addition to over 250 notable Muslim scholars and thinkers from around the world.

At the end of the forum, the participants issued the final communique in which they said that over 30 research papers were presented during the forum. The papers focused on the forum’s four major themes — humanitarian values, correcting concepts on Jihad, fatwa in a world of strife, and Islam and Muslims’s contribution to promoting world peace.

The forum also recommended the creation of annual awards for best studies in the topics of peace and best initiative for promoting peace in Islamic societies. Also recommended was the issuance of an academic periodical that looks into the research in matters of peace within Islamic societies.

The forum called for the formation of a team of young and well-educated Muslims to tour different parts of the world, including the hot-beds of conflicts and tension in Islamic and non-Islamic countries, to spread the message of peace and peaceful co-existence.

The forum stressed the importance of reforming the components of the Islamic societies, as well as the need to strengthen the Islamic nation’s immunity against extremism and violence, regardless of their sources and directions.

The final communique also stated that it was time for Islamic communities, individuals, groups, government organisations and nations to cooperate and to favour interests of the mankind and of their respective countries, over their personal interests and to adopt dialogue and reasoning as the only approach for comprehensive development.

It also emphasised the correlation between the environments of peace, dialogue ad tolerance and the concept of reinstating responsibility of scholars in offering advice and encouraging people to do good deeds and avoid evil deeds, while distancing themselves from any political affiliations.

Source: Khaleej Times




One cleric’s war on radicals is the hope for moderate Islam 
By Ed Husain


Abu Dhabi: When I was asked to attend a conference in Abu Dhabi on “Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies” this week, I was reluctant. How many more times will we Muslims reiterate Islam is peace, I thought. The invitation, however, came from a man who has no contemporary rival. From Bill Gates to Barack Obama’s White House to millions of ordinary Muslims around the world have sought his advice: when Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah calls, 250 renowned Muslim scholars and thinkers from across the globe respond.


Outside of Mecca, I have not seen so many Muslim thought leaders gathered in one place. Imams and muftis from Morocco to India to Bosnia to Chechnya to Pakistan to Saudi Arabia to war-torn Syria – Shia, Sunni, Salafi, Sufi and others. Not only was the convening power of the 78-year-old Mauritanian Sheikh bin Bayyah on display as a popular senior scholar, but the emerging importance of the UAE as a potential home for moderate Muslim scholarship.

Al Qaeda is a direct result of misinterpreting Muslim scripture and exploiting contemporary Muslim politics. It is not enough to say mainstream Muslims are against extremism – where is the orthodox Islamic correction of radicals’ writings? They exist in complex, scholarly language from Libya to Egypt to Pakistan.

Sheikh bin Bayyah’s genius is to bring his sterling Islamic knowledge and mastery of French and European political thought expressed in language that simplifies complicated history and religion. Extremists demand “our rights as Muslims” to “overthrow governments and establish an Islamic state”. In this absolute pursuit, unjust violence is justified as “jihad”.

Thus far, many Muslim leaders and institutions have held back the tide of Muslim radicalism by arguing that now is not the right time for an “Islamic state” or that spilling blood of innocents is forbidden by the Quran. To these points, extremists shout back their rehearsed lines by referring to selected verses or quotes from radical clerics. Rather than try to engage hardliners only on their own aims and declarations, Sheikh bin Bayyah’s fresh approach changes the conversation.

For example, what should be the prioritised focus of public demands of Muslims? Should it be “our rights” or keeping the peace in society? Should Muslim activists compromise, or seek full rights by “any means necessary”?


We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace

Sheikh bin Bayyah

Sheikh bin Bayyah reminds us that Prophet Mohammed signed the treaty of Hudaibiyah with his oppressors to keep peace in society. When his opponents rejected the first line of the treaty drafted by Muslims, the Prophet erased references to Allah as “compassionate and merciful” in line with demands from Mecca’s non-Muslims. Not content, they then required the Prophet delete mention of “Mohammed, the Prophet of God” – in other words, the Prophet’s entire raison d’être was rejected. The Prophet made the changes, the Hudaibiyah agreement was signed. At what price? The very basis of belief in God’s characteristics and the Prophet’s purpose dismissed – but agreed by the Prophet himself for maintaining wider peace in society. Peace is the first right – once that is secured, other rights can be considered.

The Prophet’s own grandson, Husain, some decades after the Prophet’s death, relinquished his right to the caliphate. Imam Husain sought compromise and peace at the expense of his own rights. So what of today’s Muslims? With erudite interventions throughout the two days from Islam’s highest sources, Sheikh bin Bayyah inspired confidence in mainstream Islam’s correction of extremists. The light of Islamic knowledge can extinguish the darkness of extremism.

It was sponsored by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the foreign minister, as a patron of knowledge and research, but he promised not to intervene in the conference’s proceedings – and he did not. Unlike most western governments, the UAE’s leadership understands the civil war of ideas within Islam. Their support for Sheikh bin Bayyah indicates a strategic investment to strengthen the right side of the debate inside Islam.

This was the first time an Arab and Muslim country had hosted so many Muslim influencers and, more importantly, intellectually demolished the ideology and theology of Al Qaeda and like-minded groups. The underlying ideas of takfir, jihad, governing by Sharia, wala wa al bara (loyalty to Muslims and disavowal of others), religious classification of non-Muslim countries and war were all scrutinised. Still, orthodox Islam’s millennium-old, weighty arguments need a much larger platform.

This conference illustrated that mainstream Muslim scholars have the networks, outreach, ideas, arguments and energetic drive to eradicate the cancer of hate and intolerance in the name of Islam. But one conference is not enough. The UAE should help institutionalise this global gathering annually or bi-annually. Sheikh bin Bayyah and his colleagues collectively access the vast majority of the world’s Muslims through their offices. The UAE should assist in amplifying the message of these Muslim leaders through seminaries across the world to university students who study Islamic texts.

Friday sermons at mosques around the world can also follow the lead from imams who support this initiative. Pakistan’s Mufti Taqi Usmani went further and suggested that we invite radical clerics to debate and dialogue. We should – we can win this debate.

“We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace,” declared Sheikh bin Bayyah. Will we respond?

Ed Husain is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York

On Twitter: @Ed_Husain





Source: The National UAE


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China’s Female Imams 


Ge Caixia, leads prayers for some 50 elderly worshippers who usually attend Friday prayer. 

ZHENGZHOU, Henan – In the central Chinese province of Henan, the scene of a woman leading prayers in a mosque for women only would not be a strange one.

“It all started because Muslim women wanted to learn basic religious studies,” researcher Shui Jingjun, who is also Hui Muslim, told ABC News Australia on Wednesday, March 5.

“That's why they started female-only classes. Female imams began during the mid-Qing dynasty around the 18th century.”

Over the past decades, Muslim women have been leading prayer and teaching Islamic values to worshippers in Henan province mosques.

One of those imams, Ge Caixia, leads prayers for some 50 elderly worshippers who usually attend Friday prayer.

Standing at the middle of the first row, she leads all prayers in the women mosque with the exception of funeral prayer.

“When we have to conduct prayers at funerals, it's the man who leads,” Ge Caixia said.

“The woman can only participate.”

According to official data, China has 20 million Muslims, most of them are concentrated in Xinjiang, Ningxia, Gansu, and Qinghai regions and provinces.

Unofficially, Muslim groups say the number is even higher, stating that there are from 65-100 million Muslims in China — up to 7.5 percent of the population.


Assuming the religious position, Ge Caixia explained how most people treated her well. This, however, had some few exceptions.

“I met a male imam when I was in the northwest of China,” she recalled.

“He said that women should stay at home, let their husbands teach them and told me their way of doing things is better.

“I guess it's their practice but it's not the Islamic way.”

In general, during Muslim prayers, women may not lead men but may lead other women, which is the case of females leading prayers in female-only mosques in China.

In Islam, the majority of jurists maintain that a woman is allowed to lead her fellow sisters in congregational prayer if there is no man to lead the congregation.

Though female imams were not new to China, finding a new generation to lead prayers was not an easy task.

The four students that Ge Caixia last trained have all left to pursue other opportunities.

One of them is married to a male imam and looks after affairs concerning the Muslim women in their mosque.

“It's not realistic to expect the young to give up their career to become a female imam,” Ge Caixia said.

“Being a female imam requires special expertise, you must have a very deep and thorough knowledge of the religion and have the confidence and responsibility to fulfil this calling.”

Source: OnIslam

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


This week CCN recommends


From Poverty to Power:

How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World




Duncan Green




From Poverty to Power argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality.


The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states.


Why active citizens? Because people living in poverty must have a voice in deciding their own destiny and holding the state and the private sector to account.


Why effective states? Because history shows that no country has prospered without a state structure that can actively manage the development process.


Seismic events have convulsed global markets since 2008, when this book was first published, and world news has been full of stories reflecting a profound sense of uncertainty about global futures.


In response, this new edition of From Poverty to Power has been fully revised and now includes a new chapter with an in-depth analysis of the human impact of the global financial and food crises. There is now an added urgency: climate change. We need to build a secure, fair, and sustainable world within the limits set by scarce resources and ecological realities.




From Poverty to Power is essential reading for anyone involved in change processes around the world. A new take on development for the 21st century, Duncan Green's book provides critical insights into the massive human and economic costs of inequality and poverty and proposes realistic solutions.



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KB says: Barley grains, lentils, beans and legumes are rich in the amino acid tryptophan used by the body to synthesize the feeling-good neurotransmitter, serotonin. Try this simple, easy to make recipe... And, yes... if you are watching your weight, this soup is ideal as it is full of proteins.
This healthy broth also reminds me of haleem but without the crushed wheat, so it can be adapted for a gluten free diet.

Barley Soup



½ cup lentils (I used the Italian Soup Mix)
2 heaped Tablespoons whole grain barley
2 cups chicken stock
1 carrot diced
1 small tomato
1 small onion sliced
Green chillies, sea salt and pepper to taste.
Pinch of cardamom powder
1 tab. olive oil
Water as required



  1. Soak the lentils and barley for a few hours or overnight.

  2. Sauté the onions in the olive oil until it softens and then add all the remaining ingredients and cook until the grains are tender.

  3. Cream the mixture with a hand blender and you may need to add more water until it reaches the desired consistency.

  4. Bring back to the boil.

You can add left over chicken to the mix as this is also a great source of tryptophan


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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Q: Dear Kareema, I seemed to have plateaued and know that I need to change up my fitness routine. Is there anything else you recommend I do to speed up the process?

A: If you tend to work out in the morning, switch to afternoons and vice versa to give your body a shake-up.


Take yourself out of your comfort zone by pushing your boundaries..

Don’t have heavy meals before your workouts. This will encourage your body to tap into fat for energy instead.


Save bigger meals, packed with protein and healthy carbs, for replenishment and recovery after your workouts.

Try doing yoga for more flexibility and tension-release. N-JOY!




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Mula Nasruddin: I wonder what's going on next door, I see there is a tent.


Jallalludin: It's a birthday party.


Mula Nasruddin: Who's birthday is it?


Jallalludin: I'm sure it's Thuyu's birthday.


Mula Nasruddin: How do you know?


Jallalludin: I heard people singing happy birthday Thuyuuu, happy birthday Thuyuuu. 

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To such as Allah rejects from His guidance, there can be no guide: He will leave them in their trespasses, wandering in distraction. 

Surah Al-A'raf 7:186


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 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


Celebrating Muslim cultures

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