Sunday, 4 May 2014

 Newsletter 0495




The Future Leaders program at the University of Queensland (UQ recognizes graduating students who have gone beyond their typical program of studies to make a positive impact on campus, their community and even the world. From nearly ten thousand new graduates each year, only a few hundred (that is, about 2 percent of all UQ graduates at any given year) are chosen for demonstrating a superior commitment to leadership, representing.

This group is underpinned by a broad definition of extracurricular leadership including high achievers, ambassadors, student leaders, mentors, valedictorians, volunteers, philanthropists, emerging researchers, executive board members and world-class athletes.


Members can be as diverse as student presidents leading a large club, emerging researchers promoting their advancements around the world and philanthropists inspiring their colleagues through fundraising and volunteerism efforts. Ultimately this group represents a collection of UQ graduates who we believe will become the influential leaders of our future.

One such student, who was awarded this prestigious award on completion of her double degree (Biomedical Science & Arts), is Kuraby resident, Nabeela Cassim.

Upon graduating, Nabeela also received the UQ Advantage Award. This award is awarded to students who in addition to their degrees have demonstrated qualities in the following areas: Social Responsibility & Leadership, Global & Cultural Engagement and Research & Entrepreneurship.

Some highlighted aspects of the awards include her participation in Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) - an engaging program that highlighted the importance of understanding Indigenous people and their culture.


Nabeela told CCN: “Mentoring university and school students is of utmost importance to me, as I believe the youth of today face so many challenges, not only Muslim students but students from all nationalities and diverse backgrounds.”


In addition; Nabeela also participated in the Australian Anthropology Conference where she was the head volunteer representing students at UQ. She also undertook research at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and is an active member of a number of student societies on campus/volunteer organisation.

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The following organizations endorsed the submission to the Federal Attorney-General regarding the Exposure Draft of the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S.18C) Bill 2014:


Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity (AMARAH)
Australian Muslim Times (AMT)
Brisbane Islamic Centre (BIC)
Council of Imams QLD (CIQ)
Crescents Community News (CCN)
Crescents of Brisbane Inc.
Dr Daud Batchelor, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies
Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)
Islamic Educational Trust of Queensland
Islamic Information Service Cooloola
Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)
Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Islamic Society of Gold Coast (Gold Coast Mosque)
Islamic Society of Holland Park (Holland Park Mosque)
Islamic Society of Toowoomba (Garden City Mosque)
Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland (IWAQ)
Kuraby Mosque
Muslim Business Network (MBN)
Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)
Muslim Funeral Service (MFS)
National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (Griffith University Node)
Pakistan Australian Cultural Association
Queensland Muslim Historical Society
Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Inc.
Sisters House Services Inc.

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Over 550 friends and family of Rotary Club Archerfield attended the Club's Family Fun night at Michael's Oriental during the week.


President of the branch, Mr Zaffar Khan (pictured above conducting the auction), was lauded for his efforts in bringing greater awareness of the work of Rotary in general and his Club in particular.

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On Tuesday, 23rd April, the school captains and student council of the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) represented the college at the Anzac Square memorial in the ANZAC commemoration services held by the Queensland Government.


Students participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the memorial in remembrance of the ANZAC soldiers. "Our students presented themselves very well - we are proud of our representatives," a college spokesperson told CCN.



Also, on 28th April a commemoration assembly was held at the college. The students hosted the assembly and presented a number of items to showcase what ANZAC day was about.


A play about the significance of poppies was staged and songs were sung with great spirit. Special guests. Ms Janeth Deen and Mr Peter James Mapp were also present.


The National Anthem sang by the nasheed group

Special Guests Janeth Deen and Peter James Mapp

Play presentation by Year 11

PowerPoint presentation by Year 9 students


Students wearing their poppies for ANZAC Day

Some words from Peter Mapp

A publication presented by Janeth Deen

from the QLD Muslim Historical Society

“ I still call Australia Home” Nasheed

Speeches by Year 3s about ANZAC day


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Training session at the Mt Gravatt Lookout with (left to right) David Forde, Ali Ghafoor, Tahir Abdul Gaffoor, Yaseen Sarfudin and Yusuf Khatree

As part of the Oxfam Trailwalker 100KM walk from Mount Glorious to Mount Coot-ha on 22 – 24 June, a grass roots Brisbane fundraising activity to help the people of Syria involving two teams of four has begun training in earnest for the event and is looking for two more participants to complete the teams.

The participants from the two teams, with the assistance of the community, will also help raise funds in the lead up to the event. Cultural Diversity Queensland and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) will fund the registration of one team each.


Funds raised will go through the Muslim Charitable Foundation for a project that has been identified by Muslim Aid Australia in Syria.

Mr David Forde will lead one team and Shane Johnson (Community Liaison Officer) from the AFP the other.


Four hundred teams of four take part in a highly professionally organised annual event in which the target is to complete the route in up to 48 hours.

Each team requires a support vehicle that is being supplied through the community and training has to be undertaken as this is not a “walk in the park”, but a physically challenging event.


Contact David on 0413 874 008 if you would like to participate or contribute to the cause.


Funds raised will go towards a Vocation Education and Training project for Women in the Babussalam. 45 women will be trained for six months in sewing, embroidery, stitching, as well as character building to learn independence and business skills to maintain their livelihoods when they have successfully completed the course. Once the course has been successfully completed, each trainee will receive their own sewing machine which will allow them to implement their newly acquired skills to support their families.

The funding target is $15,000 and any additional funding with provide for monthly family food packs that cost $60 each.

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"Establishing Contextual Understanding of Islamic Education for the Australian Muslim student"


Islamic schools in Australia remain a relatively new phenomena, the earliest a little over 30 years of age.


Interestingly, Islamic schools represent one of the fastest growing category of Independent school in Australia.


Often they have waiting lists for entry and feature consistently high in school academic ranking and student test score tables.


Despite these indicators, the next phase in Islamic Schooling in Australia requires a more informed understanding of their effectiveness via empirical research to better understand their strengths and weaknesses.

Research on Islamic schools in Western countries including Australia suggests undue attention on academic results and sometimes the practices employed to ensure these results, compromise faith based priorities.


Such faith based priorities feature largely in school vision statements and were major reasons behind the establishment of Islamic schools.


Criticisms on this front also have follow on effect on the quality of Islamic curriculum, teaching and pedagogy approaches, and the outcomes collectively this has on students graduating from Islamic schools.

Other research has pointed to the lack of training for teachers entering Islamic schools. The absence of research based principles or teaching frameworks means teachers are generally not equipped with a nuanced based understanding of Islamic education for an Australian school. Many Islamic school teachers take up this challenge themselves in isolation as do stand out Islamic schools which adds to the already significant burden on teachers and administrators.

Dr. Mohamad Abdalla, Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies (NCIES) at Griffith University, and a team of researchers have been working hard to fill this research gap and offer empirical research to support the next phase of Islamic schooling in Australia and elsewhere in the West. Muhammad Abdullah’s study, focused on Prophetic pedagogy, stands to offer a great deal for teachers in Islamic schools.


Dylan Chown’s study relates to school vision and educational leadership which will offer insight on Islamic school effectiveness and Gregor Shepherd’s on the experience of Arab speaking students studying in Australia which will broaden understandings of the education experience in Australia.

Dr. Mohamad Abdalla, Muhammad Abdullah and Dylan Chown recently facilitated a professional learning workshop in Melbourne for over 50 Islamic Studies teachers across six (6) different Islamic schools.


A major stumbling block for the Islamic Studies subject throughout Australia has been the absence of a syllabus, even thirty (30) years down the track. A syllabus would inform and pave the way for an Islamic Studies curriculum that would sit alongside other National Curriculum documents in the pool of subjects Islamic schools offer.

Common criticisms in the research concerning the Islamic Studies subject relate to the lack of relevance to students lives; the absence of rigorous and challenging themes that engage students; the absence of critical thinking in the pedagogical approach; content based teacher centred learning that lacks coherence and up against students experience in other subjects becomes foreign and unrecognisable, thereby diminishing the significance to students of a central subject in an Islamic school.


More and more committed Islamic Studies teachers and stand out Islamic schools are aware of these common criticisms and are taking meaningful steps to address them.

Thus, the theme of the workshop was, "Establishing Contextual Understanding of Islamic Education for the Australian Muslim student".


Dr Abdalla opened the workshop with a discussion on the historical context of Islamic Studies programs. In particular he highlighted the significance of the teacher over and above the institution as the ‘Islamic’ has traditionally been taught through ‘Ṣuḥba’ – companionship/fellowship.


In the current context, to make what is taught relevant, Dr Abdalla advised that it is important to be familiar with the issues that are or will challenge Muslim students in an Australian setting.

Mohammed Abdullah questioned the audience as to what do they mean by an Islamic school? What they view is an Islamic education?

He offered understandings from his research forthcoming of a pedagogical framework for classroom teachers that incorporate Prophetic teaching practices and principles.


His framework provides a common language for teachers in Islamic schools to reflect on their practice and meaningfully inculcate the ‘Islamic’ via the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of teaching not merely Islamic content or the ‘what’ of teaching.

Dylan Chown spoke of the importance of the Islamic Studies program and its curriculum being informed by the vision of the school. Dylan and Mohammad were both able to demonstrate the incredible synergy with aspects of the National Curriculum in terms of general capabilities and cross curricular priorities. Finally, Dylan offered advice on how to inculcate critical thinking in Islamic Studies and provide students with frameworks for understanding challenges that Muslim students face in their lives.

Helen Schiele, an Educational Consultant for the Victorian Education Department, who coordinated and organised the Professional Learning Workshop spoke in glowing terms and has promised further workshops in the future.


NCIES aims to build on their contribution to this important field and via the empirical studies and practical experience of the researchers will continue to work with a number of schools as they tackle the challenges characterised in this next exciting phase in Islamic schooling in Australia.

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US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that even today a number of people from the South Asian origin — particularly those from Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities — are becoming victims of hate crimes in America.


US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that even today a number of people from the South Asian origin — particularly those from Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities — are becoming victims of hate crimes in America.

"Even today, South Asian Americans, especially those who are Muslim, Hindu and Sikh, are targets of suspicion and violence," Obama said in a presidential proclamation that recognised the contribution of Asian-Americans in the socio-political and economic milieu of the country.

"Like America itself, the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community draws strength from the diversity of its many distinct cultures - each with vibrant histories and unique perspectives to bring to our national life," Obama said.

"Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have helped build, defend and strengthen our Nation - as farm workers and railroad labourers; as entrepreneurs and scientists; as artists, activists, and leaders of government.

They have gone beyond, embodying the soaring aspirations of the American spirit," Obama said.

Noting that May month marks 145 years since the final spike was hammered into the transcontinental railroad, an achievement made possible by Chinese labourers, who did the majority of this backbreaking and dangerous work, Obama said this May, they will receive long-overdue recognition as they are inducted into the Labour Hall of Honour.
"Generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have helped make this country what it is today," he said.

"Yet they have also faced a long history of injustice - from the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and its devastating impact on the history, language and culture of Native Hawaiians; to opportunity-limiting laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1924; to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II," he said.

Obama reiterated his determination to pass comprehensive immigration reform that would modernise the legal immigration system, create a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants, hold employers accountable, and strengthen the border security.

He said with courage, grit, and an abiding belief in American ideals, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have challenged the Nation to be better.

"Nearly 5 years ago, I re-established the White House Initiative on AAPIs. The Initiative addresses disparities in health care, education, and economic opportunity by ensuring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders receive equal access to government programs and services," Obama said.

Source: DNA

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On Sunday 18 May Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) and Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) will formally join hands by co-hosting a fundraising lunch at Michael’s Oriental Restaurant in Eight Mile Plains.


With the aim of the lunch being to raise funds towards exciting new international projects in Permaculture, the aptly named event “25 Seeds of Goodness” will see the two organisations combine forces and increase the aid and support provided to people in need both locally and internationally.

Guest speakers including Geoff Lawton, a world renowned permaculture expert, Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy, MAA’s CEO, and Mr. Yusuf Khatree of the Muslim Charitable Foundation.

Guests will also witness the signing of MAA and MCF’s Memorandum of Understanding – a first in Australia.

Limited number of tickets are available by calling Riyaad Ally of Muslim Aid Australia on 0434 984 520 or Yusuf Khatree of Muslim Charitable Foundation on 0401 246 228.

This is a unique event and definitely not to be missed.

Date: Sunday 18th May, 12:30pm
Venue: Michael’s Oriental Restaurant, 223 Padstow Rd, Eight Mile Plains

To purchase tickets visit the MAA website:

Individual Tickets: $50 : http://9nl.eu/25SeedsBrisIndividualTicket

Group Ticket - Table of 10: $450 : http://9nl.eu/25SeedsBrisGroupTicket

or call Yusuf Khatree: 0401 246 228 or Riyaad Ally: 0434 984 520

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The fund raising committee of the Islamic Society of Algester expressed their sincerest gratitude to the Queensland Muslim community for a very successful event last Friday.


"The whole community rose to the occasion once again with donations and pledges."


"We have to commend the caterer, Mohammed Rabbani, and his team from Sherezade restaurant for proving such a tasty menu that was appreciated by all."


"Special thanks must go to Brother Hussin Goss for his extraordinary auctioneering skills."


Specific parts of the proposed Mosque project were auctioned off individually, and these pledges, ticket sales and the auctioned items helped raise $325 000, a Queensland record for a single night's fund raising for any project.


After the Mosque collections amounting to $75 000 over the past 5 weeks, this has left the committee with the task of raising the balance of $350 000 still needed to complete the project. An impassioned appeal for continued community contributions was made by the society which will consider at its next meeting the option of holding an Open Day so that people can inspect the works and staging towards finalizing Phase One for themselves.

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The time has come again for the Al-Nisa Annual Ladies Night!

This year Al-Nisa has been working in partnership with Islamic Relief Australia to fundraise money that will go towards building wells in Somalia and developing other sustainable community projects.

The theme for the night on 21 June is Glitz and Glamour, so ladies, it's time to pull out all the stops! Put your best dress on, bling it up and don't forget your wallets, as there will be a live auction on the night!

The Al-Nisa Team hopes you will join them for "what is sure to be a fun and entertaining night", whilst, at the same time, contributing to a very worthy cause.

Seats are limited, so you will need to get in quick.

For more information, see the flyer or call 0413 360 913.

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Kuraby Madrassah


Seeking highly motivated individuals committed to the education of Muslim children.

Opportunities for:

Casual positions (4.00 pm – 6.30 pm, Monday – Friday)
Relief teaching
Professional learning, training and development (no commitment to work in the Madrassah required; open to qualified teachers; homeschoolers; parents; and others).

Weekly professional learning topics:

Islamic education philosophy
Evidence based teaching and learning strategies
Student centred teaching practice
Prophetic pedagogical strategies.

All interested candidates are invited for either employment or professional learning opportunities.




Kuraby Madrassah


Email: admin@kurabymosque.org.au                        Phone: (07) 3219 7994


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The Zamil family $2.9bn ($2.7bn) Saudi Arabia             

The Zamil family is leading the way in the diversification of the Saudi economy, and are clearly reaping the rewards as they go.


Zamil Group Holding Company was founded by the late Abdullah Al Hamad Al Zamil, a Saudi entrepreneur who established a modest trading entity selling food items and textiles in Bahrain in the 1930s.


Today, its activities span industrial and commercial interests, making its mark on everything from air-conditioning manufacturing to food processing, steel fabrication and travel services.


Zamil began investing in the plastics industry over 30 years ago, and today the group can count on a 12,000- strong workforce in more than 60 countries, vast manufacturing facilities and strong affiliations with international partners.


The family also has a significant stake in Bahrain-based Energy Central Company, which could prove a huge windfall given the region’s growing power demands.


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.


(5) Zainab Ismail – Professional Fitness Trainer at Nadoona Fitness



Another from the collection in next week's CCN.

Source: Trivial Room: Your eye into Muslim Australia  

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Mater Education Centre is very happy to be offering another scholarship opportunity for persons of a refugee background to apply for to complete the Diploma of Nursing course.

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South African Muslims can wed legally


CAPE TOWN: Muslim marriages will be recognised as legal from Wednesday for the first time in South African history – a move described as more than 300 years in the making.

More than 100 Muslim clerics, or imams, will on Wednesday graduate as marriage officers in a pilot project by the Department of Home Affairs which will allow them to officiate over unions that will be recognised by law.

Since Muslims were first brought to South Africa as slaves more than three centuries ago their marriages had no legal standing before Wednesday’s graduation.

Children born from these marriages were regarded as illegitimate, while women were not regarded as spouses when attempting to claim against their deceased husbands’ estates.

The imams graduating on Wednesday completed a three-day course during which they learned about the Marriage Act of 1961 and wrote an exam.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, her deputy Fatima Chohan and Muslim leaders are to attend the graduation in Pinelands on Wednesday.

All first-time Muslim marriages will now be recorded on the National Population Register, said Home Affairs spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele.

Attorney at the Women’s Legal Centre, Hoodah Abrahams, said having Muslim clerics as official marriage officers had important legal implications for Muslim couples and their children.

“This is definitely a step in the right direction for the long struggle to have Muslim marriages legalised. We have been strong advocates to have it recognised,” she said.

Abrahams said Muslim women had for many years suffered as a result of their marriages not being recognised under the South African Marriage Act.

“In most scenarios, we find that when men are the breadwinners and when there are complications in the marriage, women are not favoured legally.

We currently have a number of workshops to raise awareness for people who get married and are not aware that their marriages are not legally registered,” she said.

The centre had fought the case of Hanover Park grandmother, the now late Suleiga Daniels, who in 1994 lost her house because she was not recognised as the surviving spouse after her husband, Moegamat Daniels, died.

The couple had moved into their home when they were married in 1977 and shared it for 17 years until his death. Because they had been married according to Muslim rites, Daniels was informed by the Master of the High Court on her husband’s death that she could not benefit from his estate. Daniels’ case was won in 2011.

Daniels’ daughter Yasmina Mohamed told the Cape Times on Tuesday: “Our mother died in March last year. I’m very pleased to hear that Muslim marriages will be recognised at last. Muslim women will now be better protected. My mother had a very long battle to get what rightfully belonged to her and had vowed not to give up.”

In another landmark case, Fatima Gabie Hassam’s marriage was recognised only after a lengthy legal battle. She was the first of her husband’s two wives. He died without leaving a will and she could not inherit, but in 2004, and with the help of city attorney Igshaan Higgins, she went to court and won.

The Western Cape High Court ruling in her favour was referred to the Constitutional Court for confirmation.

Confirming the ruling, Constitutional Court Justice Bess Nkabinde said Hassam’s right to equality had been violated and that she had been discriminated against on the grounds of religion and marital status.

Higgins, who was on pilgrimage in Mecca on Tuesday, said: “Muslims in South Africa have suffered the indignity of non-recognition for more than (three centuries) and it is certainly a step in the right direction for the imams to be recognised as marriage officers.

“However, any celebration should be suspended until Muslim Personal Law becomes a reality for all those Muslim wives, mothers, daughters and sisters who suffer proprietary hardships on a daily basis as a result of non recognition.”

Muslim Judicial Council SA (MJC) deputy president Sheikh Riad Fataar said the marriage officer’s course was “groundbreaking” for Muslim marriages after decades of attempts to have them recognised.

“We’ve been involved in the programme since we first raised the question about Muslim marriages with Home Affairs. We contacted different imams, those who belonged to the MJC and those who didn’t, to join the course. This is a groundbreaking step for us. For the first time in our history our marriages will be recognised and our children won’t be seen as illegitimate in terms of the law,” he said.

Fataar said the marriages performed by the graduates would still be in line with the requirements of sharia (Muslim law).

Source: IOL

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Selfless Muslim Man Gives Barefoot Bus Passenger His Shoes Saying 'I Live Close, I Can Walk' 


BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: Touching photographs of a stranger’s act of kindness towards a needy man have gone viral.

The images were taken by off-duty bus driver Surjit Singh Virk in British Colombia, Canada.

Virk had noticed a man on the same bus as him wearing plastic hairnets on his feet in lieu of shoes on a rainy Saturday.


Another passenger – a man in Muslim dress took - off his shoes and socks and proferred them to him before walking off barefoot, with Virk overhearing him explain: “You can take these, don’t worry about me – I live close by and can walk.”

Speaking to Vancouver 24, Virk added: “People usually don’t care or even look at other people on the bus, they didn’t even want to sit beside this guy because of how he was dressed.”

The 27-year-old man who gave up his shoes was tracked down by Canada’s QMI Agency but declined to be identified, stating that according to his Islamic faith charitable acts should be anonymous.

He revealed: “I felt bad for the guy. He was wearing plastic hairnets on his feet. I was only a two minute walk from home so I thought I could give him my shoes.”

The donor is understood to have been returning from a nearby Muslim Association mosque.

Spokesman Mufti Aasim told the Toronto Sun: “Whenever we do a good deed, even if it’s to help someone out, the Islamic teachings maintain this should remain only for the pleasure of God.”

Some, including Virk believe religion did not play such a pivotal part in the act.

“This wasn’t charity, this was just between two human beings. No race, no religion. That was the beauty of it.”

Facebook user Salim Jiwa posted the image online, with the comment: “We can really change our world with a single act of kindness per day.”

Source: Huffington Post


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German tourists moan trip to Turkey ruined by prayer call


GERMANY: A German couple have had their legal attempt to get a refund from a travel agent in Hannover thrown out by by a Hanover court after they complained that their €2,258 all-inclusive holiday to Turkey's Aegean resort of Doganbey was ruined by the Islamic call to prayer.

The couple complained that the call to prayer which was recited from a nearby mosque on a loudspeaker every morning at 6am disturbed their sleep, as well as complaining that the call was repeated five times a day every day in accordance with Islamic custom.

The Hannover district court dismissed the case on April 11th and published its statement on Tuesday, saying "The call to prayer is customary in Turkey and is comparable with church bells in a Christian country."

The call to prayer, otherwise known as the Adhan, is recited from mosques in Muslim countries to notify worshippers that a new prayer time period has set in and that congregational prayers are about to start.

Based around the daily positioning of the sun, prayer times vary throughout different countries and times of the year, becoming more spaced apart in the summer and closer to each other in the winter. Countries nearer to the poles see drastic changes in the prayer times between the summer and the winter seasons, whereas countries along the equator do not see such a drastic change.

Many tourists, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike, come to Muslim countries like Turkey specifically to be enchanted by the mystical and melodious sound of the Adhan, which has been recited throughout the Muslim world for over 1,400 years.

Source:  World Bulletin


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Havana Halal: Turkey may build Cuba’s first mosque


HAVANA, CUBA: Due to efforts by Turkey, a nation increasingly seen as a global champion of Islam, Cuba's few thousand Muslims may now finally get it’s first mosque.

According to a report at vocativ.com Turkish officials have already sent a delegation to Cuba discuss the project.

The report mentions that plans so far call for building a mosque in Havana “modeled after the 19th-century Baroque style of Ortakoy Mosque in Istanbul.”

Turkish officials were quoted as saying that the project was part of “a wider effort to reach out to Muslims across the Caribbean.”

Another such project was said to be planned for Haiti by the end of the year.

The goal for the Havana mosque is a facility that will be 32,300 square feet with the capacity to serve 500 people.

That should be a significant improvement for the island’s Muslims who currently, according to the report, “pray in their homes or, on Fridays, in the living room of Pedro Lazo Torre, the leader of Havana’s Muslim community.”

Luis Mesa Delmonte, a Cuban academic in Mexico City, was quoted as saying that President Raul Castro’s government approved the project as part of a wider effort to reform the nation’s Communist system.

While initial plans to build the mosque with only local input stalled, Turkey’s intervention has now brought is closer to being a reality.

Despite the positive developments, Cuba’s ambassador to Turkey, Alberto Gonzales Casals, cautioned that the final decision of who would build the mosque is yet to be made.

Source: Muslim Village

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West and Russia must unite to tackle radical Islam, says Tony Blair


The former prime minister says that the danger from religious extremism is ‘growing’ and is more important than differences over Ukraine

The West must put aside differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on tackling the threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair will warn.

Highlighting the ''growing'' danger from religious extremism, the former prime minister is to call for it to be put at the ''top of the agenda''.

Failing to ''take sides'' with moderates in the Middle East and North Africa could mean the 21st century is dominated by conflict rather than peaceful coexistence, he will say.

It comes with tensions still running high in eastern Ukraine, and after Russia was jettisoned from the G8 group of nations over Vladimir Putin's decision to annexe the Crimea.


But Mr Blair will describe a wider crisis with its roots in ''a radicalised and politicised view of Islam, an ideology that distorts and warps Islam's true message''.

''The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world.

''It is destabilising communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful coexistence in an era of globalisation.

''And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.''

Mr Blair – Middle East envoy for the quartet of the United Nations, EU, US, and Russia – will say there needs to be a new policy of ''engagement'' in the region and beyond.

''We have to elevate the issue of religious extremism to the top of the agenda,'' he will say.

''All over the world the challenge of defeating this ideology requires active and sustained engagement.

''Consider this absurdity: that we spend billions of dollars on security arrangements and on defence to protect ourselves against the consequences of an ideology that is being advocated in the formal and informal school systems and in civic institutions of the very countries with whom we have intimate security and defence relationships.

''Some of those countries of course wish to escape from the grip of this ideology.

''But often it is hard for them to do so within their own political constraints. They need to have this issue out in the open where it then becomes harder for the promotion of this ideology to happen underneath the radar.

''In other words they need us to make this a core part of the international dialogue in order to force the necessary change within their own societies.

''This struggle between what we may call the open-minded and the closed-minded is at the heart of whether the 21st century turns in the direction of peaceful coexistence or conflict between people of different cultures.''

Conceding that recent conflicts such as Iraq had eroded the willingness of Western nations to act, Mr Blair will say it is nonetheless necessary to ''take sides''.

''The important point for Western opinion is that this is a struggle with two sides. So when we look at the Middle East and beyond it to Pakistan or Iran and elsewhere, it isn't just a vast unfathomable mess with no end in sight and no one worthy of our support,'' he will say.

''It is in fact a struggle in which our own strategic interests are intimately involved; where there are indeed people we should support and who, ironically, are probably in the majority if only that majority were mobilised, organised and helped.

''But what is absolutely necessary is that we first liberate ourselves from our own attitude. We have to take sides. We have to stop treating each country on the basis of whatever seems to make for the easiest life for us at any one time. We have to have an approach to the region that is coherent and sees it as a whole. And above all, we have to commit. We have to engage.''

Mr Blair will argue that ''on this issue, whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and cooperate with the East, and in particular, Russia and China''.

He will repeat his defence of the popular coup that overthrew Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi last year.

The Muslim Brotherhood had been ''systematically taking over the traditions and institutions of the country''.

''The revolt of 30 June 2013 was not an ordinary protest. It was the absolutely necessary rescue of a nation. We should support the new government and help,'' he will say.

Aides to the former premier insisted it was too ''blunt'' to suggest Mr Blair is simply advocating more military action.

He is trying to make clear the issue has to be addressed in its ''religious as well as its political context'', they said.

Source: The Telegraph

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#Brunei adopts 'phase one' of Islamic law


BRUNEI: The Sultan of Brunei (pictured left) has announced a controversial new penal code based on Islamic criminal punishments criticised by UN human rights officials.


"Today... I place my faith in and am grateful to God the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday May 1, will see the enforcement of sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases," Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said.


Islamic law penalties would be introduced over time and would eventually include flogging, amputation and death by stoning for various crimes.


Many members of the Muslim ethnic Malay majority have voiced cautious support for the changes.


However, non-Muslim citizens led a rare burst of criticism on social media earlier this year, but largely went silent after the sultan called for a halt.


"Theory states that God's law is harsh and unfair, but God himself has said that his law is indeed fair," the sultan said.


The UN's human rights office recently said it was "deeply concerned", adding that penalties such as stoning were classified under international law as "torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment".


Brunei officials have said such cases would require an extremely high burden of proof and judges would have wide discretion to avoid such punishments.


The sultan has warned of pernicious foreign influences such as the internet, and indicated he intends to place more emphasis on Islam.


Nearly 70 percent of Brunei's 400,000 people are Muslim Malays while about 15 percent are non-Muslim ethnic Chinese. 


Source: MWC News

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


This week CCN recommends


Diary of a Foreign Minister


Bob Carr



Six years after vacating his position as the longest-serving Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr returned to politics in his dream job: as Foreign Minister of Australia and a senior federal cabinet minister.


For 18 months he kept a diary documenting a whirl of high-stakes events on the world stage - the election of Australia to the UN Security Council, the war in Syria and meetings with the most powerful people on the planet.


And they all unfold against the gripping, uncertain domestic backdrop of Labor Party infighting, plummeting polls and a leadership change from Gillard back to Rudd.


This compelling diary provides an intimate glimpse into the day-to-day workings of a foreign minister and proves that Carr is not only a master politician and statesman, but a great writer as well.


In the book Bob Carr claims that Australia’s foreign policy is controlled by pro-Israel Jewish lobby groups.

Bob Carr has produced text messages between him and former prime minister Julia Gillard. “The public has to know how foreign policy gets made, especially when it appears the prime minister is being heavily lobbied by one interest group with a stake in the Middle East (Israel),” said Carr.

Bob Carr also blasted former prime minister and foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, country’s richest politician who is married to a wealthy Jew. Carr calls him a loudmouth who was disliked by foreign policy elites and many in Labor Party.

Carr says he told Julia Gillard to step down from party leadership to save her own reputation.

Carr has described former Israeli ambassador to Australia, Yuval Rotem, as the “cunning Yuval” and Israeli foreign minister Avidgor Lieberman, as “gloomy” and “taciturn” in his book. He has also blasted two Jewish MPs, Mark Dreyfus and Michael Danby, as the “falafel faction”.





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KB says: This savoury tart of thinly sliced potatoes with cheese and fresh herbs proved as irresistible  at a friend's BBQ last night as it was easy to stack up and bake like little cupcakes.

Potato Galettes


 5 medium potatoes very thinly sliced
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 tsp green chillies
½ tsp salt
1 tsp lemon pepper or ground pepper
1 Tab Olive oil or butter
¼ cup of cream
½ grated cheese


1. In a bowl, combine potato with salt and pepper, olive oil, green chillies and cream until well coated.

2. In another bowl, combine the cheese and chopped onions.
3. Place a layer of potato slices in the bottom of each muffin cup.

4. Sprinkle a heap teaspoon of cheese mixture into each cup.

5. Repeat layers (gently pressing potatoes to pack down) until all ingredients are used up and muffin cups are filled, finishing with cheese mixture on top and then sprinkle with chives.

Bake on middle rack of oven at 180 degrees until tops are golden and potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 min. Let it rest for 10 min

Serve hot at a barbeque or as a side dish with roast lamb.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


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Q: My GP suggested I do ‘weight-bearing’ exercises for better bone health. Can you give me some easy examples?

A: Weight bearing exercises involve activities that are done while on your feet (which in turn helps to build bones and keep the them strong).


Some great exercises for you to start off with would be brisk walking, stair climbing, jumping rope, jogging, hiking, etc.

As you get fitter, you can start including resistance training two to three times a week using your own body weight, such as push-ups, lunges and tricep-dips.


Not only will this help improve muscle strength and tome, but also increase bone density and strength.






My Health and Fitness

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Jallaludin married a Polish Muslim woman and although her English was far from perfect, they got along very well.


One day his wife rushed to Imam Mula Nasruddin and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for her.


Mula Nasruddin said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked her the following questions:



Mula Nasruddin: Have you any grounds?


Jallaludin's Wife: Yes, an acre and half and nice little home.


Mula Nasruddin: No, I mean what is the foundation of this case?


Jallaludin's Wife: It made of concrete.


Mula Nasruddin: I don't think you understand. Do either of you have a real grudge?


Jallaludin's Wife: No, we have carport, and not need one.


Mula Nasruddin: I mean what are your relations like?


Jallaludin's Wife: All my relations still in Poland


Mula Nasruddin: Is there any infidelity in your marriage?


Jallaludin's Wife: We have hi-fidelity stereo and good DVD player.


Mula Nasruddin: Does your husband beat you up?


Jallaludin's Wife: No, I always up before her.


Mula Nasruddin: Why do you want this divorce?


Jallaludin's Wife: He going to kill me


Mula Nasruddin: What makes you think that?


Jallaludin's Wife: I got proof.


Mula Nasruddin: What kind of proof?


Jallaludin's Wife: He going to poison me. He buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read English pretty good, and it say: ~~Polish Remover~~~

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Then We have given the Book for inheritance to such of Our servants as We have chosen: but there are among them some who wrong their own souls; some who follow a middle course; and some who are, by Allah's leave, foremost in good deeds; that is the highest Grace.  
Surah Fatir 35:32


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It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult....


Choose your words wisely. 



~ Anon


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Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Topic = Tafseer lessons
Venue = Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills, Qld 4036
Day = Every Monday | Time = After Esha salah | Period = approximately 30 minutes
Presenter = Mufti Junaid Akbar
Cost = free, and InShaAllah Allah will give great reward
Who can come = All brothers and sisters are welcome to attend
Please note that these recordings will be available for downloading from our website masjidtaqwa.org.au.


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Commencing at 7.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



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