Sunday, 6 April 2014

 Newsletter 0491





From right (sitting) Mr Darby McCarthy (Aboriginal Elder), Mr Keysar Trad (Islamic Friendship Association), Ms Agnes Whiten (Chair, Ethnic Communities Council of Qld) Mr Ros Scotney (Toowoomba Regional Council representing Mayor Paul Antonio), Bishop Robert McGuckin (Catholic Church, Toowoomba), Prof Shahjahan Khan (President, Islamic Society of Toowoomba), Mr Ian Rosenberger (Church neighbour for over 50 years)


(Standing) Dr Abul Jalaluddin (Director, Muslim Community Cooperative, Melbourne), Prof Ken Udas (Deputy VC representing Vice Chancellor Prof Jan Thomas of University of Southern Queensland), Imam Abdul Kader (Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba), Hon Ian Macfarlane MP (Federal Minister of Industry), Imaam Yusuf Peer (President, Imam Council Queensland), Dr Md Shahiduzzaman (Secretary, Islamic Society of Toowoomba), Dr Mustafa Ally OAM (President, Crescents of Brisbane), Mr Hafez Kassem (AFIC President), Hon Dr John MeVeigh (Minister of Agriculture Queensland) , and Asst. Comm. Tony Wright (Queensland Police)


"Alhamdulillah, Allah granted us a very successful Opening Ceremony of the first Masjid in Toowoomba in spite of heavy rain until early afternoon," Prof Shahjahan Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba (ISOT) told CCN during the week.

"I believe the rain was a test from Allah (SWT) to see the strength our faith in Him and to re-assure that everything in His hands," he added.

The day marked the formal recognition of the presence of the Muslims in their place of worship in the city of Toowoomba.

There wasa diverse variety of delicious food prepared and sold by various communities and businesses based in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

"My special thanks to those who cooked the food, help managed parking, set up and closed tents, decorated the hall, prepared the sound system, cleaned all rubbish, managed the stalls, and welcomed all non-Muslims," Prof Khan said.


Unfortunately, the rides for the children were cancelled on account of the wet weather but the activities for women and the henna decoration stand were very popular.

The Opening Ceremony function started with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Hafiz Abdulatif Alammar with an English translation.

Imam Abdul Kader of the Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba was the Master of the Ceremony.

Shukria duwa was led by Imaam Yusuf Peer, President of Queensland Imam Council.
Mr Darby McCarthy, Aboriginal elder of Toowoomba welcomed the first Mosque in Toowoomba.

Mosque project highlights and the vote of thanks were offered by Prof Shahjahan Khan, President of Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc.

Other speakers of the day were Cr Ros Scotney, representing Mayor Cr Paul Antonio of Toowoomba Regional Council, Mr Ian Rosenberger, Church associate for 50 years and neighbour, Dr Abul Jalaluddin, Director of Muslim Community Cooperative of Australia, Melbourne/Sydney, Bishop Robert McGuckin, Catholic Church of Toowoomba, Mr Keysar Trad, Islamic Friendship Association, Sydney, Dr Mustafa Ally, Peoples of Australia Ambassador and president of Crescents of Brisbane, Prof Ken Udas, DVC of USQ representing Vice Chancellor Prof Jan Thomas, Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright representing the Commissioner & Qld Police Service, Ms Agnes Whiten, Chairperson, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Brisbane, Hon. Dr John McVeigh, Qld Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry representing the Premier of Qld, Mr Hafez Kassem, President of AFIC, Peak body Australian Muslims, Sydney, and Hon. Ian Macfarlane, Federal Minister of Industry, Toowoomba/Groom MP.

Australian style barbeque sausages with bread rolls were prepared under the stewardship of Br Muhidin Hadzich and his family. He organised Bosnian bread from Gold Coast to add variety and diversity of taste to the food of his stall. Br Imam Macfudi and Prof Don McMillan took charge of the Indonesian stall with colourful decoration and food. There were many non-Muslims alongside their Muslim friends working in the stall, to help prepare and sell the food. The famous Indonesian sate dishes were very popular with the visitors. Br Mohammad Saifuddin and Br Yahya Anderson ran the Malaysian stall with varieties of main course and snack food. A local business managed by Br Mohamed Ismail provided Sunshine Kebabs-styled food in his stall. Bangladeshi-styled rice and beef curry along with different snacks and sweets were prepared and sold by Dr Mainul Islam, Dr Moazzem Hossain Khan, Dr Mafizur Rahman, Mr Delwar Hossain and many other volunteers. Some brothers from Gold Coast sold tasty chilli Biryani in their stall.

A stall was run by the Islamic Society of Toowoomba which served mainly as an information centre but also sold some snacks and soft drinks. This was managed by Sr Amahl Bruce, Br Athif Hameed and Sr Alina Hameed. A book was opened for feedback and comments in this stall. A donation box was also set up here for gold coin donations and other contributions to the Mosque.

"May Allah make this Masjid a source solvation for the residents of the region and glue the hearts and minds of all Muslims living in and around Toowoomba," said Prof Khan at the conclusion of the ceremony.


The opening day received comprehensive coverage in the local Toowoomba Chronicle newspaper.



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Mr Riyaad Ally receives the keys for the new Muslim Aid Australia Queensland (MAAQ)  offices donated for its use by Mr Suleman Sabdia (pictured right).


The offices are situated at Eight Mile Plains and Mr Ally can be contacted at riyaad@muslimaid.org.au or on 0434 984 520.


In the handing over, Mr Sabdia told CCN: "Sabdia Professionals welcome the opening of the Muslim Aid Australia Queensland office in Brisbane. We express our fullest support for the charitable and humanitarian efforts of Muslim Aid Australia worldwide. We wish Mr Riyaad Ally success and note our confidence and admiration for his commitment to Muslim Aid."


"Muslim Aid Australia has been working with the Australian community for over 25 years developing international relief and development projects to support and assist the world’s poorest and most needy communities regardless of race, creed or nationality," Mr Riyaad Ally told CCN.

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It’s been a busy few months for the Sisters’ House as it continues to serve the needs of the rapidly growing Brisbane Islamic community. February marked the move to a new and hopefully more permanent premises, with brothers from Ummah United and the Brothers’ House ably assisting on moving day with the heavy lifting and transport of furniture and boxes.

The new Sisters’ House is a bright and spacious 4 bedroom house in Runcorn with many communal living areas allowing for multiple activities and classes. It has a small Islamic Library where sisters are free to come and browse at their leisure. There is a sisters learning circle (halaqa) 11am-1pm every Saturday that offers tafseer and seerah classes. We have our very popular new Muslim support group that meets regularly. We have also established the Beauty of a Muslimah Youth Group for girls aged 12-16 years that meets every Saturday night at the house for halal fun and activities. Other activities include weekly craft classes, an Islam 101 course for new Muslims, Arabic and tajweed classes.

Sisters’ House Annual Fundraising Dinner
The buzz has already begun and tickets are selling quickly for our upcoming fundraising dinner on Saturday May 31st at Michael’s Oriental Restaurant. We have been listening to your feedback about our previous dinners and have come up with a new and improved menu and format for the evening.


Sisters’ House Myths BUSTED
We get asked all kinds of questions about the Sisters’ House and here are some of the most common ones:

Q. Do you own the Sisters’ House?
A. No, we pay rent through a real estate agent like anyone else that leases a property.

Q. So do you get government funding?
A. No, that’s easier said than done! We are yet to find a grant category that we fit into. The closest category we may qualify for would be housing and homelessness, but as yet we have been unable to secure any government funding.

Q. How do you get money then?
A. By regular and one off donations from community members and fundraising events like our upcoming Annual Fundraising Dinner on May 31st. We do request that tenants pay rent if they are able to as there are obvious ongoing costs like rent, electricity, water and internet that amount to approximately $600 per week.
Regular donations in the first 3 months of 2014 are as follows: $130 in January, $320 in February plus $150 for moving costs and $390 so far this month. May Allah reward these donors for their kind contribution. As you can see we do not regularly receive thousands of dollars but al hamdu lillah the Sisters House has managed to continue for nearly 4 years . That is why our fundraising events are vital in topping up our funds for the continued provision of community services.


Q. I’ve heard that the Sisters’ House encourages women to get divorced. The house is full of divorced and single women that just want to have fun and encourage each other to not get married. Isn’t that sending the wrong message to any young girls or women that go there?
A.Wrong! Each tenant has different circumstances that brought them to the house, and each sister strives to overcome her own set of issues and challenges to achieve positive life goals. We have witnessed time and again the support that the tenants give to each other, empathising and understanding through shared experiences and conversations. This does not equate to encouraging divorce or not getting married. Al hamdu lillah many sisters have benefited from their time at the house and have gone on to marry or re-marry.
We have a strict policy about tenants’ right to privacy. It is part of the house rules that no one’s information is shared with the public and gossiping or backbiting within the house is not permitted. Sisters and children that visit the house sometimes interact with tenants, but intimate details of their personal situations are not discussed.
We have a number of fully qualified counsellors who volunteer their time to speak with anyone who requires it and that’s not limited to tenants. Any sister that requires confidential counselling services can contact the Sisters’ House to receive a referral.


Q. I’ve heard that the Sisters’ House is Wahhabi, Salafi, make a profit from donations etc etc
A. We’ve heard all sorts of things that people think and say about the Sisters’ House over the years. Isn’t it funny that half truths and wrong information can be easily assumed by people that have never taken the time to visit the house themselves or talk to anyone involved in running it to find out the facts?


If you have any questions about Sisters’ House please visit our website and leave a message, give us a call on 0431 747 356 or 0449 268 375 or pop in for a cuppa if you are a sister. We have a Sisters’ House group on Facebook that sisters are free to join. Please note that it is a closed group so you will need to send us a request.

Q. Doesn’t the Sisters House only help white Aussie reverts?
A. On the contrary, Muslim women from a wide range of ages and cultures have received our services and stayed at the house; young, old, married, divorced, single, students, unemployed, workers and born Muslims aged 8 months to nearly 80 years.
Of course we love to help new Muslims or ladies interested in Islam, but that is not limited to one race of people. We have assisted reverts from such diverse backgrounds including Japan, Denmark, the Phillipines, India, Australia, Germany, Belarus, Colombia, New Zealand, Ireland, Serbia, Greece, China and others.


Q. So can you help everyone in our community that needs a place to stay? Can you provide aged care, refugee accommodation or housing for sisters who are experiencing domestic violence?
A. Regrettably we are unable to help everyone that is referred to us and our resources, facilites and time are limited. We are a committee of volunteers that have our families, businesses and other commitments and we each do the best that we can to keep the Sisters’ House going. As anyone who runs a volunteer organisation knows, it’s very hard work that takes dedication and we greatly treasure our volunteers! We have begun a volunteer register of sisters that can help other sisters in many ways in the community. If you would like to help please visit www.sistershouse.org and click on the tab that says Volunteer/Donate.

The past 6 months has seen a significant increase in the amount of people requiring assistance in many forms. There is a great demand for emergency accommodation, with the Sisters’ House receiving calls on an almost daily basis from Islamic and other community and government organisations seeking housing solutions for their Muslim clients. Whilst we would love to help everyone, it is just not practical or safe to do so.

Often we are the last resort for some sisters in terrible situations that are referred to us, but due to safety reasons we are unable to offer them accommodation and have to refer them on to the police or domestic violence help services. It is heartbreaking to hear of these types of cases time and time again, only to say ‘Sorry, we can’t help.’ It has always been the Sisters’ House policy to provide crisis accommodation to sisters from low risk situations, therefore we do not classify ourselves as a safe house as many people mistakenly assume.

There have been previous attempts to establish a safe house for Brisbane Muslimahs, but they have not yet succeeded. Just because domestic violence is not talked about openly doesn’t mean it’s not happening in our community. If there is anyone in our community that is able to help with solutions to this serious issue by gathering the necessary resources and qualified people to establish a safe house for Muslim women and children in our community, please do so because it is greatly needed.

In conclusion, may Allah bless each and every one of you that has helped the Sisters’ House over the past 4 years. We are grateful that we can make a difference to women and children in our community, but there is still quite a way to go.

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On the 22 March, a fundraising ladies only brunch was held to raise awareness and much needed funds for MS research.

MS or Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease where many patients suffer a degradation of brain cells. Since it can affect any part of a person’s brain, it affects each sufferer differently.

"In late December 2013, my older sister Mishuda, was diagnosed with MS. She has 3 beautiful children and lives in Durban, South Africa. Since I am so far away from her, I felt helpless as I was unable to be there for her when she needed me. When a mutual friend pointed out that MS Qld was holding a fundraising initiative I jumped at the opportunity as an attempt to ‘do’ something for my big sis!," Ms Aamena Nathie told CCN.

So Ms Nathie, her three friends and sister in law got together to put on a fundraiser for ladies to come together and learn more about the disease and its affects whcih appears to affect more women than men.


"The ladies enjoyed the lovely food and learnt about MS and its affects on the day," Ms Nathie said after the fund raiser.

The other ladies involved with organising the food on the day were Farzanah Bhamjee, Ridwana Dawoodjee, Saleha Seedat, Nooran Pandie, Naazneen Omar, Ayesha Sabdia, Shameema Nathie. The day went well with lots of healthy menu options for the ladies to choose from.

MS Qld sent along an ambassador, Lousie, to the event where she talked about living with MS and her journey.


An emotionally-charged pre-recorded video message from Mishuda was played in which she described her battle with MS and how she was coping with her illness.


There lots of prizes on the day in the form of organic coffee, 100% pure essential oils DOtterra products and a gift voucher from Rejuven8 Body & Beauty.

Ms Nathie made this impassioned appeal to all CCN readers: "Please help me make a difference to those people living with MS. At the moment there is no cure and much needed research is required to find the cause in order to develop a treatment and cure."

"Although we have already had our fundraising brunch and had 42 ladies attend and donate so very generously, we would like to continue raising awareness and funds for this worthy cause."

"Help us help MS Queensland and so in turn so many sufferers of this disease. please copy and paste the link below into your url to donate and see the total amount raised so far: http://host.bigdinnerparty.com.au/Big-Dinner-Party-2014/denimanddiamantes."

"Thank you for your generosity, all donations are tax deductable and you can choose to remain anonymous if you wish."

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Report by the AIIC    


Each year the Australian International Islamic College celebrates Harmony and Multi-cultural Day and this year was no exception.


The slogan for Harmony Day is “Everyone belongs” and at AIIC everyone belongs in our family, we come from many different countries, speak many languages yet come together to learn and praise Allah (SWT).

No school uniform on Harmony Day, it is the day the College comes alive with vibrant colours, textures and patterns with the children wearing traditional clothes from their cultural backgrounds.


Smiles are infectious and laughter reverberates around the school as students enjoy a day that is a little different and share a plate of cultural food.


In the afternoon the whole college attended a special Harmony Day presentation in the multi-purpose hall.


Every student in the college either painted, drew or coloured their handprint.


These handprints decorated the hall forming a circle around the hall to signify coming together and belonging, that we go hand in hand with each other no matter our ethnicity, language or cultural backgrounds.

Mrs Banwa our Principal opened the event, followed by a reading from the Qu’ran.


The College captains spoke about Harmony Day and read a poem.


We thank the college’s Nasheed group for leading the school in the national anthem and later performing a nasheed on stage.

In the planning phase it was wonderful to see students volunteering and wanting to go up on the stage to present.


The Year 4s had all students doing an Aboriginal hand dance, the Year 2s said ‘Hello’ in many different languages and Year 6s played their part with interesting speeches.


The stars of the show were the Year 1s, they stole the show with their hat and cultural fashion parade.

Mashallah to all students who joined in and enjoyed the spirit of Harmony Day and Multi-Cultural Day.



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Source: The Australian

COMMUNITY leaders and police have appealed for calm after gunshots were fired at the western Sydney house of a senior member of an anti-Islamic group.

The attack on Nathan Abela's (pictured above) home comes as NSW police investigate anti-Islamic comments the Australian Defence League (ADL) leader posted on Facebook.

The 24-year-old claimed he had to duck for cover after someone knocked on his door and several shots were fired at his Greystanes unit on Thursday night.

Earlier this week, NSW police started investigating anti-Islamic comments Mr Abela and ADL members posted on Facebook.

"NSW Police respects the right to free speech but does not tolerate any offence that is motivated by hatred or prejudice against any group," a police spokesman said on Friday.

The police force has a bias-motivated crimes unit that investigates hatred and prejudice-driven offences.


Mr Abela's Facebook page has since been shut down.

Comment has been sought from Facebook.

The morning after the shooting, Mr Abela told reporters he would continue his fight.

"I'm gonna fight and if I have to die for it, so be it," he told Macquarie Radio.

"I love my country."

Mr Abela was not seriously injured but claimed he hurt his shoulder as he dived for cover.

NSW Community Relations Commission chair Vic Alhadeff called for calm.

"We urge all parties to take a deep breath and let good sense prevail," he said in a statement.

"This incident has the potential to cause serious disharmony, which is something all people of goodwill wish to avoid.

"There is no place for extremism of any kind in our society."


Police would not comment on a motive for the attack but also warned against any retaliation.

"This is a criminal act and we will be conducting a significant investigation ...," Detective Superintendent Scott Whyte said.

"The NSW Police would not tolerate any breaches of the law whatsoever."


Source: The Australian

A CONTROVERSIAL anti-Islamic group says one of its leaders has been targeted in a shooting in Sydney's west.

No one was seriously injured, but a 24-year-old man was treated by paramedics for a minor shoulder injury after shots were fired into a unit block at Greystanes just after 11pm last night.

Witnesses reported seeing a silver-coloured Audi drive away from the scene.

In a video posted online, the Australian Defence League says the injured man is Sydney-west charter president Nathan Abela.

Mr Abela recently appeared on radio, with presenter Ray Hadley describing him as a “liar” and a “grub” for secretly recording a conversation with his personal assistant and posting it on YouTube, News Corp Australia reported.

It is also reported Mr Abela uploads videos to his YouTube channel that show him handing out anti-Islam flyers or phoning people to ask if they are proud of being a Muslim.

“Regardless of this incidence he is still in high spirits ... he will be back fighting again soon stronger and better than ever,” a member of ADL said.

Police are asking anyone who saw the incident to come forward.

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At the Movies with CCN: ‘Jinn’ Based on Islamic Folklore: Indian American Director



Indian American filmmaker Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad (pictured) is gearing up to take movie fans on a journey into a whole new realm of cinema with the release of his supernatural thriller “Jinn.”

Written and directed by Ahmad, the film is set to release across the United States Apr. 4 and is based on supernatural creatures in Islamic and Arabic folklore.

When asked how he came up with the concept for “Jinn,” the Michigan-born filmmaker told India-West, “I’ve known about jinn all my life. The concept was always very scary, but cool at the same time, and I used to wonder why some of my friends knew about the jinn and others didn’t.”

Wikipedia describes jinn as intelligent spirits of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans.

“We’d never seen a movie, comic book, television show or video game about them,” said Ahmad. “Imagine growing up on ghost stories but having no cinematic portrayal of ghosts. Jinn are part of a mythology known to a massive populace; it seemed obvious that someone’s got to make a film about them.”

Ahmad is described as the youngest student ever to get accepted to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, one of the top film and art schools in the U.S., which boasts alumni like “Immorals” director Tarsem Singh and “300” director Zack Snyder.

After graduating, Ahmad began his career as a concept designer and storyboard artist, working in commercials and directing music videos for Brandy, Chaka Khan, Dr. Dre and Fatboy Slim.

Ahmad’s feature film and television credits include the NBC series “The Pretender,” “Dungeons and Dragons” from New Line Cinema, the award-winning sci-fi short “Alliance” and the Bollywood-Hollywood feature “Perfect Mismatch.”



Besides writing and directing, Ahmad is a co-founder of Exxodus Pictures and also has a background in design, which he used to conceptualize and build the “Firebreather” car seen in “Jinn.”

“As a filmmaker, I want to create new heroes. I want young people to be able to walk away from my films and say, ‘I want to be like that man’ or ‘I want to be like that woman,” he said.

“The movies I gravitate toward have all the classic elements of heroism and enchantment, which is what I’m trying to do today. I truly believe in the idea that we can shape the world, little by little, by putting positive images into the collective consciousness,” said Ahmad.

“Jinn” tells the story of Shawn (Dominic Rains) and his new wife Jasmine (Serinda Swan), who are living an idyllic life until it is interrupted by a cryptic message that warns of a curse that has afflicted his family for generations.

Fearing for his life, Shawn seeks help from a mysterious duo and a mental patient (Indian American actor Faran Tahir) as he tries to protect his family and confront the ancient evil that is haunting them.

The writer-director is hoping the film’s cultural mythology concept will appeal to audiences enough to turn it into a lucrative franchise.

“I wanted to spark the imaginations of people around the world using a folklore which, for the most part, has not been explored by Hollywood,” he said.


Source: India West

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"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali."


With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.


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The Masjid Ibrahim (PERTH, WA) works are progressing slowly.

1) The carpark is been completed,
2) The main entrance and driveway / road will be completed
3) Tiling will commence in a day or two, insha'Allah
4) Internal painting has commenced

"We are requesting duas for the masjid to be completed with ease, peace and barakah InshaAllah," a spokesperson for the project told CCN.

For more information on the project, current and future activities and on how to donate contact Sh Burhaan at mburhaan@hotmail.com or call 0452 21 7866.


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Just three weeks after opening, the Islamic Museum of Australia has been inundated by requests for tours from schools, community groups and service providers from across Melbourne. Some schools have travelled from as far as Shepparton and the Mornington Peninsula to visit the IMA.

Many of the groups have commented on the exquisite art. Others enjoyed the interactive nature of the exhibits: playing chess on an oversized chessboard, watching short films on Hajj and Muslim women and seeing a Minaret where the azan is sounded as soon as someone enters.


One student from Sirius College commented, “I have never felt so proud to be Muslim before.”


Others stated the museum was the best thing to happen to the Muslim community, however one student disagreed, stating the best thing for him was Halal Maccas!

Each tour is tailored to fit the individual school’s needs. Grade 3/4 students from St Anthony’s Primary were treated to an Amazing Race style quiz, as well as having the opportunity to play dress ups, trying on beautiful cultural costumes. Religion and Society students from the Peninsula school requested an additional focus on Muslim beliefs, practices and ethics, which was covered in a custom Powerpoint presentation in the lecture theatre. Year 12 art students from Australian International Academy were given a guided tour and detailed explanation of the artistic element of the museum by art director Nur Shkembi.

A highlight for many visitors has been meeting MasterChef finalist Samira El Khafir and partaking in some of her delicacies at her café “Modern Middle Eastern.”

Some groups have elected to combine a tour of the five galleries of the museum with a professional development workshop, available at an additional cost. This is what one visitor said about their experience: “We were delighted with the tour and workshop and plan to make this a regular part of our council’s program.”

The Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) is now taking bookings for school groups for students in years 3-12 who wish to learn more about Islamic art, faith and culture. Interactive tours for school and other groups provide a fascinating insight into Australian Muslim life, history and civilisation.


The content presented in the IMA is closely aligned to the Australian National curriculum ensuring an educational experience that is both meaningful and relevant.

School tours take approximately 90 minutes. Presentations on specific topics of interest can be arranged with prior notice. Schools have the option of booking an art and craft workshop within the tour for an additional $5 which adds an extra 40 minutes.


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The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ) now services the Gold Coast.


IWAQ helps women over the age of 65 with domestic services, social support, transport and other services.


They are located at the Gold Coaast Mosque Centre 144 Allied Drive, Arundel.


For more information call Ms Mirvat at the office at 5594 0063 or 0421 414 023.

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Saad Hariri $3.3bn ($3.7bn) Lebanon         

Married with three children, Saudi-born businessman and politician Hariri is the wealthiest in his family, and a huge achiever in the Arab world.


After graduating from the McDonough School of Business, he continued to meet the family’s high expectations, and in November 2009, at the age of 40, was sworn in as Lebanon’s prime minister.


Raised in Saudi Arabia, Saad managed part of Rafiq Hariri’s business until his father’s assassination in 2005, when he returned home to follow him into politics and became an elected Member of Parliament (MP).


As the general manager of Saudi Oger — the family’s $9bn construction company — he had huge success winning large projects, and helping build the company up to what it is today.


But never one to put all his eggs in one basket, Hariri currently holds large stakes in a number of large firms. Solidere, for example, has rebuilt much of Beirut.


Following the downturn, he admitted to revising the value of his construction portfolio, but has continued to push forward with a view to emerging from the recession successfully. 



NEXT WEEK: Another from the rich list next week

Source: ArabianBusiness

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By Basma Sayedi    

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we collected photos of Muslim American women.


We’ve compiled thirty-two images. One for each day of March, plus another because no one month can contain the awesomeness of Muslim Women.

These images show the status and the importance of Muslim women in our society. Muslim women are liberated, educated, and play the most important roles in our society.

Update: The purpose and intent of this article is not to showcase the ethnic and racial diversity of Muslimahs. No one article can do that. We meant to express the diversity of the roles Muslimahs play in society and to begin to re-frame how they are thought about. Going forward we will make sure to be all inclusive.


(1) Saba Chaudhry Barnard – Professional Artist (If you looked at the featured image for this article and thought it was awesome, that’s because SHE painted it!) (Photo credit: Noor Iskandar)



Another from the collection in next week's CCN.

Source: Trivial Room: Your eye into Muslim Australia  

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Dear CCN Readers

The tree planting that was rained out on 29 March has been rescheduled to Thurs 15 May. See flyer for details.

We have chosen a week day as all Saturdays up til the end of May have already been taken for other events.

We have volunteers from Suncorp coming along, as well as other Bulimba Creek volunteers.

You are invited to come along for all or part of the morning.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


Heather Barns

Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
PO Box 5, Carina, QLD 4152
Admin Office now at our Sustainability Centre: Cnr Wright St & 1358 Old Cleveland Rd Carindale 4152
PHONE NO: 3398 8003
E: b4c@bulimbacreek.org.au Ph: 07 3398 8003 Fax: 07 3398 8316

Dear Editor

As Salaamu Alaikum,

On behalf of Queensland Muslims and the Leukaemia Foundation we wish to say “THANK YOU” (JAZAAK ALLAH) (SHUKRAN JAZEELAN) to all those who donated towards the Great Shave to help raise funds for a worthy cause.

Alhumdulillah with your kind donations we were able to raise $8026.00

May Allah reward you all abundantly for your effort.

Ws Salaam.


THE MUSLIM X: Meet the Muslim candidates in contention to govern South Africa


SOUTH AFRICA: The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has published the lists of candidates for political parties contesting the upcoming general elections for public inspection.

the following are the names of Muslim candidates representing a number of political parties across the South African spectrum:


African National Congress (ANC)

African People’s Convention



Mohamed Enver Surty
Ebrahim Mohammed Suliman

Farida Mahomed

Ismail Vadi
Fahdiel Hoosen Moosa

Faizel Moosa
Mogamad Majiet
Muhammad Khalid


Riyaad Titus

Agmat Kamaldien

Zubayda Otto



Farahdiba Khalil


Azanian People’s Organisation Congress of the People (COPE)


Mahomed Haniff Ahmed Manjoo


Mahomed Farouk Cassim

Gul Mohammed Sabadia

Mahummed Lowrence Khan

Abdool Razak Jooma


Hoosain Padayachee

Al Jama-ah

Democratic Alliance(DA)

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)


Mogamad Ganief Hendricks

Imraahn Ismail Mukaddam

Abdool Razak Goolam Noorbhai

Baakie Mohamed

Abduragiem Abderoef

Abduragiem Orrie



Abdool Kader Essop

Nadeema Noorbhai

Muhammad Hanif Hoorzook

Salama Noorbhai

Yasmin Goolam Mustufa Essop

Farida Salem



Wasfie Hassiem

Mariam Kimmie

Abdullah Abderaoef


Mohammed Haniff Hoosen

Shahid Esau

Yusuf Cassim

Farhat Essack



Neelofar Ahmed

Imran Keeka

Mohammed Rafeek Shah

Ismail Cassimjee

Raeesa Parker

Faheema Bava



Safiyia Hajeera Stanfley

Ismail Obaray


Godrich Ahmed Gardee



Khadijah Patricia Zilayile Gwala



Mogamad Nazier Paulsen



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Ebrahim Mohammed

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Minority Front


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Nadia Samuels

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Adeela Pringle

Shamielah Mc Connie



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Workers and Socialist Party


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Shaheen Khan

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Zareef Minty


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Aslam Shaheed

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Islamic finance talent gap to reach 8,000 plus 

Recruiters currently seeing 50 per cent growth in demand for qualified candidates


Dubai: Companies in the UAE will require a lot more than 8,000 new employees trained in Islamic finance next year as Dubai positions itself as the capital of the $8 trillion Islamic economy, a source from an institute told Gulf News.

The bulk of the additional manpower will be required by banks offering Sharia-compliant products and services. Recruiters in the UAE are already seeing a 50 per cent growth in demand for candidates with Islamic finance experience.

Many companies are currently looking to fill positions across all levels, from relationship management, project management to risk management and marketing.

Tahseen Consulting, a specialised advisor on strategic and organisational issues in the Arab world, recently projected that some $87 to $124 billion could potentially enter the Islamic banking system in the UAE next year, creating approximately 7,800 new positions.

“It’s quite a positive industry right now. The growth is showing a lot of positive movements, so hence there is a good potential or possibility of the number even going higher,” Geetu Ahuja, head of GCC at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (Cima), a provider of Islamic finance education, told Gulf News in an interview.

“The close to 8,000 projected manpower is only needed around Islamic finance banks, but if we’re looking at other institutions, there are a few more hundreds there itself which will be in demand by next year.”

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region is set to lead the expansion of the global Islamic finance industry, which is projected to post a double-digit growth by 2016. Estimates show that across the world, Islamic finance will need about 50,000 additional personnel by next year. Adnan Salam, principal consultant at Talent2, a recruitment specialist, said they have seen an increasing demand for Islamic finance professionals in the UAE and the wider GCC market, as conventional banks have been launching new Islamic products.

“At least 40 per cent of the overall roles we are currently working on within the banking and financial services team require Islamic finance qualified or experienced candidates. This is at least a 50 per cent increase compared to the same three-month period in 2013,” Salam told Gulf News.


The close to 8,000 projected manpower is only needed around Islamic finance banks, but if we’re looking at other institutions, there are a few more hundreds there itself which will be in demand by next year.

Geetu Ahuja

“We are seeing positions that are in demand across all levels, predominantly within relationship management/sales, business analysis, project management, risk management — more specifically credit risk — and marketing, all related to Islamic finance.”

Analysts have said earlier that while the market is growing, there is a dearth of qualified personnel with Islamic banking skills. The Workforce Planning Study by Dubai International Academic City showed that 50 per cent of the GCC banks find it difficult to hire graduates for entry-level positions, while nearly a quarter (23 per cent) struggle to hire for mid-level roles.

Shailesh Dash, CEO of Al Masah Capital, said the talent shortage can be addressed by utilising the existing pool of professionals working in banks and financial services firms, and providing them with Islamic finance training.

“Instead of relying solely on some sort of certification to determine the authenticity of the professional’s Islamic finance knowledge, one could instead use existing finance [employees] and convert them to Islamic finance experts by giving them the requisite training,” Dash told Gulf News yesterday.

“This would be a far more efficient and quicker way to reduce the gap. By setting up a world-class system, the UAE not only fills a gap in the market, it also provides its national population another opportunity for gainful employment,” he added.

Dubai has announced plans to be the global capital of the Islamic economy, which includes Islamic finance, in the next three years.

Source: Gulf News


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Pat Dollard promotes slaughtering “all” American Muslims 


US: This week there was another tragic shooting at Fort Hood. At this point, little is known except that the shooter was Ivan Lopez who was an Iraq vet, and who was being treated for mental issues, and evaluated for possible PTSD.

During his rampage three people were killed, at least sixteen were injured, and the shooter killed himself.

It was inevitable that some hate filled individuals would jump to conclusions and attempt to tie this criminal violence to Islam and/or Muslims.

Possibly the most egregious was this tweet from Pat Dollard:




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'Eat pork or go hungry': France's National Front leader tells school canteens to stop offering religious alternatives to Muslim children 



FRANCE: Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen (pictured above) said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering non-pork alternatives to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France's secular values.

France's republic has a strict secular tradition enforceable by law, but faith-related demands have risen in recent years, especially from the country's five-million-strong Muslim minority, the largest in Europe.

'We will not accept any religious demands in school menus,' Le Pen told RTL radio. 'There is no reason for religion to enter the public sphere, that's the law.'

Pork is forbidden under Jewish and Muslim dietary laws.

The mayor of Arveyres, Benoit Gheysens told AFP the move was being taken because of the cost of providing alternative meals, many of which went to waste.

'Often children who did not take the substitute dinner complained as well and left the pork. It distressed the staff to see how much food was wasted,' Gheysens said.

In the eastern town of Hayanges FN mayor Fabien Engelmann has also proposed a 'Pork Fest' to liven up the town centre, a plan he insists is not designed to offend Muslims but which will do little to alleviate high local unemployment.

The anti-immigrant National Front has consistently bemoaned the rising influence of Islam in French pubic life.

France has seen periodic controversies over schools that substitute beef or chicken for pork from menus to cater to Muslim children.


Some of the FN's new mayors have complained there are too many halal shops in their towns.

The party won control of 11 town halls and a large district in the port city of Marseille in municipal elections on Sunday, more than double its record from the 1990s.

Le Pen hailed the victory as showing the party had finally established itself as France's third political force behind ruling Socialists and mainstream conservatives, and predicts a strong showing in May's European Parliament elections.

Source: Mail Online

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


This week CCN recommends


The Muslims are Coming!:

Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror



Arun Kundnani




Death came instantly to Imam Luqman, as four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded the building on that October morning, the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that had infiltrated the imam’s Detroit mosque. The FBI quickly claimed that Luqman Abdullah was “the leader of a domestic terrorist group.” And yet, caught on tape, he had refused to help “do something” violent, as it might injure innocents, and no terrorism charges were ever lodged against him.


Jameel Scott thought he was exercising his rights when he went to challenge an Israeli official’s lecture at Manchester University. But the teenager’s presence at the protest with fellow socialists made him the subject of police surveillance for the next two years. Counterterrorism agents visited his parents, his relatives, his school. They asked him for activists’ names and told him not to attend demonstrations. They called his mother and told her to move the family to another neighborhood. Although he doesn’t identify as Muslim, Jameel had become another face of the presumed homegrown terrorist.


The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy,” domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed—at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny.


British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda “sympathizers,” and in another operation included almost 300 children fifteen and under among the potential extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in just five years. Based on several years of research and reportage, in locations as disparate as Texas, New York, and Yorkshire, and written in engrossing, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies.


The new policy and policing campaigns have been backed by an industry of freshly minted experts and liberal commentators.


The Muslims Are Coming! looks at the way these debates have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowly configured and ill-conceived anti-extremism.


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In Our Man in Havana, Graham Greene tells the story of a vacuum cleaner salesman turned British secret agent. His incompetence results in the absurdity of diagrams for cleaner parts being mistaken on high as a blueprint for a Soviet plot, while official money is ploughed into inventing threats to the UK’s own interests.

In The Muslims are Coming!, a critique of counterterrorism policy by Arun Kundnani (pictured above), the west’s “domestic war on terror” at times resembles a Greene novel populated by a cast of counterterrorism warriors even unlikelier than a hawker of Hoovers in Havana.

Take, for example, Shahed Hussain, an American petrol pump attendant with a trade in fake drivers’ licences, whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation roped into ensnaring Muslims into terror plots against US targets – planned and financed by the US government itself.

As Judge Colleen McMahon stated in 2011 when sentencing one of Mr Hussain’s catches: “Only the government could have made a terrorist out of [James] Cromitie, a man whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope.” It is a pity the judgment is not quoted in full, for it succinctly exemplifies Kundnani’s argument. “[The government] created acts of terrorism out of his fantasies of bravado and bigotry,” she said, “and then made those fantasies come true.”

Kundnani, a fellow of the Soros Foundation, believes the wider war on terror at home to be founded on a fantasy. The west, he says, “is dedicating tens of billions of dollars a year to fighting a domestic threat of terror violence that is largely imagined”.

Based on years of research from Dallas to Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, this book is the most rigorous account yet of this familiar argument, which British film-maker Adam Curtis called the “power of nightmares”. Kundnani shares Curtis’s view, too, that Muslims have replaced communists as the “phantasm” of policy makers and conspiracy theorists, “a conceptual scaffolding inherited from the cold war”. But to imply vast chunks of government policy are built on fables itself rings of conspiracy theory.

In truth, counterterrorism policies targeting Muslims are a legitimate response to homegrown extremism, from the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby to the 366 (by one count) British citizens waging jihad in Syria. Furthermore, the victims of the 2005 London bombings bear witness to the reality of radicalism bred at home.

At best, Kundnani’s argument is compelling in its dissection of governments’ disproportional responses. He estimates the FBI has one counter­terrorism agent per 94 Muslims in the US, which approaches a Stasi-esque ratio of spies to citizens. He shows that authorities keep drawing spurious lists of suspected radicals; one in the UK included almost 300 children under 15.

A commonplace at the core of Kundnani’s critique is that radicalism is mainly the byproduct of western foreign policy. “Religion had nothing to do with this,” according to Kundnani, citing a conspirator in the London bombings. This view is undermined by the existence of two generations of British Muslims predating the war on terror – men who fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s and in Bosnia in the 1990s. The diminution of religion’s role in stoking radicalism is as inaccurate as UK Labour politicians’ denial that wars in Iraq and Afghanistan acted even as recruiting sergeants.

Kundnani scrutinises responses to terrorism better than outlining its causes. He probes the mutations of liberalism in the face of Islam, resulting in “war on terror liberals” for whom liberalism “became an ideology of total war”, from the UK Labour party’s interventionist foreign policy to Martin Amis’s innumerate paranoia about Muslim birth rates.

Liberals hold up the Enlightenment, conservatives “campaign to defend Judeo-Christian identity” – both banners explicitly excluding Muslims; both groups inclined, Kundnani writes, to see “terrorists motivated by fanaticism inherent to Islam”.

History offers correctives to these narratives, demonstrating varieties of Islam being as rooted in rationalism as the Enlightenment; the Enlightenment being as tied to terror as Islam (the word “terrorism” itself was first used during The Terror of the Enlightenment-inspired French revolution). The Muslims are Coming! lacks optimism but there is every reason to believe “Muslim” might one day be suffixed to “Judeo-Christian” when describing the west’s culture and values.

Note how one prominent French intellectual writes about Europe’s growing population of a certain religious minority: “All of them are born with raging fanaticism in their hearts.” The author of these unenlightened remarks? Voltaire. His subject? The Jews.


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KB says: This is a repeat recipe because of the many requests I have had for it in the past few weeks.

Butterscotch Nut Tarts



Short Crust Base
1 cup flour
60g butter, grated
1 egg yolk
2 tab iced water

1 and a half cups of nuts made up of a mixture of chopped cashews, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts or any nuts of your preference.
60g butter
¼ cup castor sugar
¼ cup honey



Method for the base:
1. Place nuts in a preheated oven 180deg C for 5 mins.
2. Transfer to a mixing bowl to cool.
3. Place flour and butter in bowl and mix with a fork until crumbly.
4. Add egg yolk and almost all the water until the mixture comes together adding more water if necessary.
5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and roll out and cut into desired sizes to fit your tart tins.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins.
7. Bake blind for 10 mins until pastry is golden brown and then cool.

Method for the nut filling:
1. In a small heavy saucepan combine butter, sugar and honey.
2. Stir over medium heat until mixture is smooth.
3. Bring to the boil and simmer until golden brown - + 3 mins.
4. Pour over nuts and mix until combined.
5. Divide the nut mixture between the tarts.
6. Bake the tarts for 10mins.
7. Cool tarts completely on a wire rack before serving.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I try to work exercise into my daily routine but I find that I am running out of ideas every now and then. Any suggestions on getting the most out of my time while not neglecting the family?

A: You don’t have to stick to a structured workout plan, as long as you’re active on a daily basis you should keep seeing results.

I make my family time double as exercise time by cycling with the kids or going for a run while they are enjoying the equipment at the local park. Trampolining is a great workout too and heaps of fun with the younger ones, so too is running on the beach or any of the ball-games as most of them involve either running or jumping.

Try getting out for a run or walk early in the morning before anyone in the household is stirring so you can at least clear your head and get ready to take on the day.






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Mula Nasruddin: Brother Jallaludin, I was with Harry and some friends last night. We heard a big explosion at the door and three terrorists came into the room. One of them was a suicide bomber and the other two were psychopaths. they broke my arm and cut my face with glass. Two of our friends are dead. i am in hospital and not able to use my hand so I asked the nurse to dial your number for me.


Jallaludin: Who is Harry?


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You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah. 
Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21


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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


Celebrating Muslim cultures

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