Sunday, 11 May 2014

 Newsletter 0496




AYIA Founder

Haji Hussin Goss


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The Islamic Multicultural Association of the Gold Coast (IMAGC) is in the process of establishing a Mosque in Worongary, Gold Coast.


Fund raising is well underway and many Mosques have already come to the assistance of the project (see renovation plan above).


"We would like to express our immense gratitude to the Gold Coast Mosque, who on the 25 April called for pledges to support the Worongary Masjid," Mr. Rami Elmohandis, IMAGC vice president, told CCN.


"The success was overwhelming with a total of $89,200.00 being pledged by our community. Mashallah."

"To date we have collected the majority of these pledges and we are still putting effort in to call back all the brothers and sisters that have pledged and want to make a contribution to this project," he added.

On Saturday the 24 May a Fundraising Dinner for Worongary Mosque will be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre.


Sh. Yusuf Estes (from the USA) will be addressing the audience with a talk.


The price of a ticket is $60.00, which includes a 3 course meal and a fundraising auction.


"We anticipate this event to be thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring. Please come and support the event!" 


You can purchase a ticket online at www.imagc.com.au or contact one of the numbers on the flyer for more information.

Sheik Shady from Sydney will also be present and deliver a short talk. haji Hussin will be conducting the auction and Sr. Amina Elshafei, known for her time on MasterChef, will be mingling with the sisters and bringing some goodies to auction off.


This is only the second major fundraising event that the IMAGC has organized. The first was at Bond University in December, which raised $130,000.


"We hope we can exceed that amount and come even closer to our target of $850,000.00 this time!"

"So please don’t forget to be part of our up coming event but be quick as it’s only two weeks away and tickets are selling fast!"

If you have a good reason for not being able to attend please feel free to make a donation through the bank account below:

Account Name: Islamic Multicultural Association of Gold Coast Inc
Branch/BSB: 014 701
Account No: 1080 17453
Swift Code: anzbau3m (if paying from overseas)
Reference: CCN

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The Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards 2014 are now open.


The Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards, formerly the Queensland Multicultural Awards, recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support our state’s cultural diversity and help build an inclusive, harmonious community.


This year there are 13 award categories allowing recognition of a wide range of contributions:


·         Small Business (less than 20 employees)

·         Business (20 or more employees)

·         Entrepreneur

·         Language Independence

·         Education and Training

·         Public Sector

·         Outstanding Community Organisation (Greater Brisbane)

·         Outstanding Community Organisation (Regional)

·         Communications and Media Award

·         Outstanding Volunteer (Greater Brisbane)

·         Outstanding Volunteer (Regional)

·         Young Cultural Diversity Ambassador (18 to 25 years) 

·         Cultural Diversity Ambassador


Nominate individuals, businesses and organisations within our community whose inspiring work contributes to Queensland’s cultural diversity.


Nominations will close at 5pm on Monday, 16 June 2014.


Attached is a promotional poster for your distribution as appropriate.  You can also visit the Cultural Diversity Queensland webpage for more information and to submit a nomination http://www.datsima.qld.gov.au/culturaldiversity.  


Please feel free to call Karen Morris, Manager, Strategic Partnerships (3247 6363) or Rose Aynsley, Policy Officer, Cultural Diversity Queensland (3224 7992) if you require any further information.

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The Australian International Islamic College (Durack Campus) held its 12th Annual Quran Recitation Competition on the 29th and 30th of April.


"Alhamdulillah the Quran competition was a great success with 194 students participating across all year levels of Prep to year 12," a spokesperson for the college told CCN.

"There was a lot of enthusiasm from our students who recited their selected Surahs from the Holy Quran in front of the audience."


She added:

The purpose of this Quran competition was to encourage all students to read each and every letter from the Quran with its correct pronunciation and with the rules of Tajweed. The College was fortunate to have Imam Muhammad Aslam of Algester Musjid to be one of the judges. The Imam advised everyone on the importance of bringing the teachings of the Holy Quran into our lives. Our students were also advised on how they can improve their recitation. Such feedback from the judges is vital for our students’ improvement of their Quran recitation and Inshallah will be followed up with our respected Quran teachers of the College. The College would like to congratulate all winners and participants of the competition and would like to also thank all parents and teachers for making this Quran competition a sensation.

The overall winner of the competition was Hasna Yousaf of Year 5.


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At a time when perceptions are everything, setting a good example is far more powerful than mere words. So here is your chance with this practical course for every Muslim old and young, novice or veteran there is something for everyone to learn and become a better person in ‘The Muslim DNA’.

This course will delve into the tafseer and hadith to extract the life lessons we need to become better people. You will learn about the eternal struggle with Satan, bravery, humility, piety, remembering your Lord, leadership, honesty, generosity, avoiding backbiting and envy, justice and so on. This course is replete with essential topics you simply must learn about to develop your character.

- Numerous inner qualities of being brave, soft hearted, open-minded, controlling anger, resisting satan and more
- How to deal with issues of the family, including those with parents, spouses, children and the extended family.
- How to be a person of distinction in the community
- Defining and explaining how to attain the desirable and sought after quality of TAQWA
- The Sunnah of love!
- The importance of keeping good company and being good company.
- The rights each and every Muslim has on you

Alhamdulillah we are fortunate, here in Brisbane, to have this course being offered right on our very doorstep. Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim will be here on Saturday May 24th and Sunday May 25th with one of the most popular AlKauthar courses yet. This course has been offered in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Manchester, and each time, has sold out! It will also be happening in Perth before it finally comes to Brisbane.

Get in soon and register now before it’s too late.

The following discount codes will apply:
For high school students - $50. The Discount code to use when enrolling online is SCHOOLSAVER.
For Uni students - $60. Discount code: UNISAVER
All others - $80. Discount code: PREPAIDSAVER

For those who wish to seek sponsorship to attend the course, please email Brisbane@alkauthar.org and we will arrange sponsorship for you.

Please email us with any queries otherwise, we hope to see you on the day in sha Allah.
THE MUSLIM DNA, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, May 24th and 25th

See invitation from Sheikh Yahya here.

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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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Mansour Ojjeh $2.8bn ($3.1bn) France (Saudi Arabia)              

It’s been a tough year for Mansour Ojjeh, who is currently recovering from a double lung transplant. He is the French-Saudi-born entrepreneur who heads up Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG), a Luxembourg-based holding company.


The firm owns 21 percent of the McLaren Group, the most important asset of which is the McLaren Formula One team. Ojjeh’s passion for motor racing is renowned. His interest was first sparked by a visit to the Monaco Grand Prix in 1978 and TAG quickly became the William’s team principal sponsor a year later.


In 1981, Ojjeh invested $5m in a Porsche built turbo engine for McLaren and the two firms went on to establish TAG Turbo Engines. In 1983, Ojjeh became a majority shareholder in McLaren, although details of the deal were not made public until 1985.


Ojjeh’s father is the Saudi-born businessman, Akram Ojjeh, founder of TAG. The firm was famous as an intermediary in deals between Saudi Arabia and France, particularly arms sales.


Ojjeh was involved in the marketing of the French Mirage 2000 fighter jet to Saudi Arabia in competition with the British Tornado. TAG Group’s interests also include TAG Aviation, a corporate jet firm which has Europe and Asia as its main growth areas and which runs a fleet of more than 100 aircraft. 

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.


(6) Amal Sayedi – Full Time Mother, Part Time Student



Another from the collection in next week's CCN.

Source: Trivial Room: Your eye into Muslim Australia  

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The Inbox


Dear Editor


Ms Mary Gavin began work with the Catholic Immigration Office in the 1960s and later moved to the Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care and the organisation Always People.


For almost 50 years, her concern was for the needs of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and she worked tirelessly to assist them in whatever way she could.


With Jose Zepeda, she was involved in establishing the Romero Centre.


Mary died on 16 April and a Memorial gathering will be held on Friday 30 May from 5:30pm to honour her memory. Click here for the details


All those who knew Mary are very welcome to attend.


Mary Gavin worked with a wide range of faith communities, but it was some years ago and we have lost contact with individuals, so we are trying to spread the message as widely as possible.


We are hoping to have a short interfaith prayer time during the gathering, so if there is a representative of the Muslim community who knew Mary and would like to pray that would be wonderful.


I remember that she organised a visit to the Darra mosque through Imam Abdul Razaic Mohammed, but I don’t know where he is now (that was in 2005).

Every good wish

Margaret Naylon
Evangelisation Brisbane
GPO Box 282, Brisbane 4001
Phone: (07) 3324 3453


'Diversity: The Gift of Islam' Conference by Muslim Institute and Imaan


LONDON: The Gift of Islam conference will take place in London on 10th and 11th May 2014 at the Muslim Institute office.


The aim is to explore the Islamic ethos of respect for diversity, specifically in the context of Muslims in plural societies.


Through plenaries, workshops and informal discussions, it is hoped to live out and extend the Islamic values of critical inquiry, justice, community-building and learning.


The organizers hope that the cross-pollination of ideas and experiences amongst the panellists and participants will inspire everyone to incorporate them in the various aspects of their lives.

Source: Muslim Institute

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Pizza Express reveals halal meat used in all chicken dishes 


UK: Pizza Express is serving ritually-slaughtered halal chicken in every dish on its menu that uses the meat, it has emerged.

But customers are only told that the chicken they are eating is killed in line with strict Islamic law if they ask staff, as it is not stated on menus.

Under Islamic law, chicken can only be eaten if the bird’s throat has been slit while it is still alive. A Koranic verse is also recited during the ritual.

Some non-Muslims object to halal because they claim the method of slaughter can cause unnecessary suffering.

The firm, which has 434 restaurants across the UK, states on its website: “All our chicken is halal approved but it is important to note that all birds are stunned before being slaughtered.

“Our chicken supplier is accredited by the British Retail Consortium. This means it meets the global standard for food safety and legality.”

Popular meals such as Pollo Ad Astra pizza, Pollo Pesto and the salads Chicken Caesar and Pollo Pancetta are all made with halal chicken.

A spokesman said: “At PizzaExpress the quality and integrity of our ingredients remain our number one priority, and we have always been happy to provide information on our ingredients to our guests.

"It is no secret that all the chicken used in our dishes is halal slaughtered. Our teams in restaurants have and always will provide this information, and in addition it is available on the customer service section of our website.

"We’re committed to high animal welfare standards and as such the birds are stunned before slaughter.

"The quality, safety and integrity of our products is paramount and our chicken supplier is accredited by the British Retail Consortium. This means it meets the global standard for food safety. None of our other meats are halal."

The revelation has provoked anger among campaigners. Stephen Evans, of the National Secular Society, told The Sun: “Unsuspecting members of the public are routinely being duped into buying meat from religious slaughter methods.

“Meat should be properly labelled, enabling consumers to make an informed choice about the food they’re buying.”

The halal meat market in the UK is worth around £2.6billion a year and it is expected to grow dramatically, with Britain’s Muslim population of 2.7 million predicted to double by 2030, according to the Pew Research Centre.

Meat inspector Richard North said chains such as Pizza Express served halal chicken to save money.

He added: “Keeping halal and non-halal meat is expensive and creates the risk of non-halal being fed to Muslims, which shops and restaurants know will cause uproar. Maybe they think non-Muslims are less likely to complain.”

Last week it was revealed that Subway has removed ham and bacon from almost 200 fast food outlets and switched to halal meat alternatives in an attempt to please its Muslim customers.

Turkey “ham” and turkey rashers will be used instead in 185 of its stores, where all the meat will now be prepared according to halal rules.

The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with “the views of religious communities”.

Traditional halal slaughter has animals having their throats slit before bleeding to death.

In Arabic the word halal means “permitted” or “lawful” and covers anything that is allowed or lawful according to the Koran.

It is often used to indicate food – particularly meat – that has been prepared in accordance with Muslim principles and techniques.

In Britain, killing an animal without prior stunning is illegal but the law gives special exemption to Muslim and Jewish meat producers on religious grounds.

In the UK there are thought to be around 12 abattoirs dedicated to unstunned slaughter, while hundreds practise stunned halal slaughter.

The RSPCA said: “We recognise religious practices should be respected but we also believe animals should be slaughtered in the most humane way possible.”

A spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said: "As long as animals are still killed for food, banning the most inhumane slaughter methods – in which animals have their throats cut while they're still conscious – is a step in the right direction.

"No religion needs to slaughter animals for food, so the kindest thing that we can do for all animals is to leave them off our plates by adopting a vegan diet."

Source: Telegraph


Russell Brand - Talks About HALAL in the Newspaper




If you care about animals, don’t be duped by halal hysteria


The Sun, known for their cracking investigative journalism, reignited the halal meat debate recently with the big scoop that Pizza Express serve halal chicken. The revelation is listed on the Pizza Express website, next to a clarification as to how their Worcester Sauce is uniquely vegetarian friendly.

There are two dimensions to this storm. The first dimension is about animal rights, and the second dimension is about a media that is intent on maligning and stirring hate against a minority faith group. It’s disappointing to see or hear people I respect for their commitment to animal welfare getting muddled up in what is clearly a media-frenzy.

For those vegans, veggies and animal-lovers who are concerned about halal, and what it might mean, well I’d admit to you, there is a problem in the halal industry, in fact I believe there is a systematic problem with the meat industry in general. Driven as it is by profit, some abattoirs have failed to meet the most basic tenets of animal welfare, let alone issues such as battery farming. It is the presence of these problems in the halal industry that means there are countless Muslim organisations that try to regulate the halal industry, and often do so on a voluntary rather than commercial basis. Why? Well, because humane slaughter is central to the concept of halal.

A very important teaching of the Prophet Muhammad related to halal states : -

‘Allah Who is Blessed and Exalted, has prescribed benevolence toward everything; so, when you must kill a living being, do it in the best manner, thus when you slaughter an animal, you should sharpen your knife so as to cause the animal as little pain as possible.’ (Riyadus Salihin. Hadith No. 643).

The hadith clearly indicates animals do feel pain (something which is, in some quarters of the modern world, still up for debate) and that slaughter should be as painless as possible. Other teachings related to halal instruct the animal should be given a meal beforehand (so it isn’t agitated), that the animal shouldn’t even see the knife before slaughter, that the act should take place away from where other animals might see it and be distressed.

There is then ample common ground between animal rights campaigners and Muslims concerned with halal meat. The problem within the halal industry is due its profit-driven mechanistic approach. Rather than trying to ban halal and kosher, like Denmark already has, I would hope the two groups, with their shared concern for humane slaughter, would begin a conversation, away from the media frenzy.

But that leads onto the second dimension of the ‘halal hysteria’. There has been a repeating pattern in print and online media recently of stories that feign to be about a moral issue but are in fact simply reinforcing a narrative of hate, difference, and other-ing against British Muslims. The debate about segregation on campus, supposedly about women’s right, is a good example. It dominated headlines and columns for months. Compare it with how much attention was received by the absolutely jaw dropping statistic that nearly 1/3 students in Cambridge University have been sexually assaulted. The many voices that commented on segregation as the issue of sexism on campus are deeply uninterested in sexual abuse at Cambridge.

Laurie Pennie argued in her column that feminists should not allow Islamophobes to appropriate the language of feminism for their own purposes. I would call on animal rights campaigners, who might be tempted to jump into the halal debate, to ensure they don’t allow Islamophobes to appropriate the language of animal welfare either.

Source: OnReligion


David Cameron: 'I'm happy to eat halal meat'


Prime Minister David Cameron says he is "very happy to eat halal meat", but calls for "greater transparency", adding that restaurants, butchers and businesses "should explain what they do" to the meat.


His spokesman said: “It is a matter for retailers and restaurants to work with customers and consumer groups and representatives of faith organisations. Many consumers will rightly be very demanding of their retailers, the places they shop and the places they go out to eat.”


Source: Independent


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Is this the best selfie, ever!


Source:  ILM Feed

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The First Muslim on an SA Ballot Paper


SOUTH AFRICA: Dr Imtiaz Sooliman is renowned for his humanitarian work done through the much-lauded Gift of the Givers, an aid organisation he formed in 1992. But this humanitarian and activist has also dabbled in party politics. On the eve of South Africa’s democratic rule, Sooliman reluctantly found himself at the helm of the African Muslim Party (AMP).

In an interview with Cii Radio, Sooliman looked back to that tentative, sometimes turbulent, but euphoric period that saw the African National Congress (ANC) taking over as the ruling party, thus ending decades of apartheid rule under the National Party (NP). For his part, Sooliman headed the AMP, a party founded just two months before the first democratic polls. But, he admits, he was neither keen nor prepared for this role.

“I wasn’t even here when the party was formed… I was out of the country. When I came back they told me ‘you’re the leader’. I told them ‘I’m the wrong guy. I’m not a political activist. I don’t have any experience of the past. I don’t come from a struggle background’. Yes, we all lived in Group Areas… and we all had the same plight (as everyone else),” said Sooliman, noting that the top job should have gone to one of the many people who were more experienced and knowledgeable. His pleas fell on deaf ears. AMP founders had made their choice: Sooliman.

“People who selected (office bearers) insisted that I had to be the leader. I was very unhappy about that. Anyway, we did as best as we could. I was totally inexperienced, didn’t know how to debate at that time, how to discuss, how to fight (politically),” he said. Nevertheless, “fun” and “enjoyable” are some of the words he uses as he relives that learning curve or build-up to the watershed April 27 polls and AMP’s electoral campaign. “We went to different towns. People attacked you. They shot you down. They booed you. You said wrong things. On DVD it sometimes looks stupid, but it’s all a learning process,” Sooliman told Cii listeners.

On the downside, Sooliman recalls the Shell House massacre and assassination of Chris Hani, one of South Africa’s most-loved sons and SA Communist Party chief and Umkhonto we Sizwe’s chief of staff. Hani was slain in 1993, months after the Boipatong massacre where the police slaughtered 50 innocent people. At Shell House, ANC guards killed 19 members of the Inkatha Freedom Party just a month before the elections. Many more lives were lost during the entire transition period that was punctuated with massacres especially in townships where the “third force” was cited as a big factor. As for the oppression and hardships endured by black people in the past, Sooliman told Cii listeners that there was no justice on that front. “People lost out, to be honest… the victim has a right to decide what type of justice they want.”


The worst thing to do is to say you’re not going to vote. You can only change your own situation by voting – and that’s the law of any country. If you’re not happy with what’s happening – change the system, put somebody else.


You have a democratic country – you now have a right to choose what you want or who you want and the only way you’re going to do it is not by sitting at home and crying about it but by being active and going forward

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

“We all knew that if something was not done, the country could have gone up in flames like it’s happened in so many countries around the world,” the founder and chief executive officer of the Gift of the Givers said of the 1989-1994 transition phase. He also hailed the ANC, the NP and others for ensuring a political settlement and that violence that stalked South Africa didn’t degenerate into a full-scale civil war.

Despite the tragedies that preceded the polls, Sooliman is grateful. “The maturity of the leaders prevented (these tragedies) from going out of control… Remember, people were stockpiling food. People were told: ‘stockpile food stuff, we don’t know what’s going to happen’. There were some rumour mongers creating fear among the people – that was the bad thing. The wisdom and insight of the leadership of the different parties showed there was nothing to fear. That was the most peaceful day in the history of this country. The long lines of people waiting for hours from early in the morning, snaking for kilometers along, and people sitting with such humility and calmness – in the beautiful weather on that day – showed what we could achieve. And of course, you do the right thing at the right time. At the time it was about reconciliation, the sunset clause in Codesa… step by step, slowly, they got to BEE.”

As South Africa marks 20 years of freedom and readying for May 7polls, Sooliman urges his compatriots to vote. “The worst thing to do is to say you’re not going to vote. You can only change your own situation by voting – and that’s the law of any country. If you’re not happy with what’s happening – change the system, put somebody else.” said the former AMP leader. “You have a democratic country – you now have a right to choose what you want or who you want and the only way you’re going to do it is not by sitting at home and crying about it but by being active and going forward,” observed this humanitarian and former politician.

Source: CII Broadcasting



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The First Mosque to Be Designed by Women


ISTANBUL: The Şakirin Mosque is thought to be the first Mosque in Turkey to be designed by women. The Mosque, which is situated in Istanbul, combines a contemporary and modern design whilst paying homage to traditional Ottoman design.

The 500 capacity Mosque was designed by interior designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu who is famous for designing shops, restaurants and luxury hotels along with other female artists receiving worldwide acclaim.


It features traditional Ottoman style features such as a large dome covering the main prayer area, minarets and a courtyard.
It looks even more beautiful at night. Take a step inside, and it’s like you’ve taken a step into the future… The Minbar has been given a modern rethink whilst maintaining the traditional steps for the Imam to climb in order to deliver his sermon. The golden-blue Mihrab looks like something from a Sci Fi movie The chandelier is said to represent ‘Nur’ descending on worshippers.

The women’s gallery provides ample space for female worshippers. And the walls are decorated with the names of Allah and Qur’anic verses. Like traditional Ottoman mosques, the ceiling bears the names of Allah, His Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and the rightly guided companions.


Source: LLM Feed

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'People grab our veils, call us terrorists and want us dead': What it's really like to be a Muslim woman in Britain


Islamophobic attacks have been on the rise ever since 9/11, but it is mostly women being attacked, a recent report suggests. Ava Vidal shares stories from British Muslim women who face everyday awful abuse



UK: “It is something I have got used to since 9/11. From being called Osama Bin Laden to Paki-terrorist I have heard it all,” Zab Mustefa, a British Muslim journalist, who specialises in women's rights and culture, tells me.

Since the terrorist attacks on New York City that brought down the twin towers, it seems life has not been the same for Muslims that live in the western world. Suddenly there was a spotlight shone on Islam when most non-Muslims had barely given it a second thought before.

“Either you’re with us. Or you’re with the terrorists,”announced the then president of the USA George W Bush in a sombre tone at a press conference following the attacks.

And many people decided that all Muslims were against 'us'. Everything was under scrutiny. Their style of dress, their beliefs, their way of life. People that had never even read the Qu’ran believed they had more knowledge than Islamic scholars.

“Look at the way they treat their women!” is a statement that I often hear. “Forcing them to cover up. Not allowing them to go out alone and controlling everything that they do.”


“What about Saudi Arabia? They don’t even let women drive!”

But it's a false perception.

I am not denying that there are countries where the predominant religion is Islam where women are treated badly. But patriarchy is the problem, not Islam. In Islam, the rights of women were recognised much earlier than they were in the West.

In any case, we in the UK don’t come up smelling of roses when we examine the inequality between the sexes either. A UN human rights inspector recently declared the sexism in the UK to be more ‘pervasive’ and ‘in your face’than any country she has ever visited and that included some Muslim countries.

What I find totally abhorrent is the fact that since concern for Muslim women is so often cited, how come they are the targets of so much abuse in today’s society?


The Telegraph

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Prime Minister applauds 'so inspiring' Muslim Scout leader


David Cameron hails Amir Cheema for pioneering the growth of Scouting across all communities


UK: A Muslim Scout leader who has brought together hundreds of young people from different faiths and backgrounds has won an award from the Prime Minister.
Amir Cheema has spent the past 11 years dedicating his spare time to encouraging Muslim boys and girls, as well as young people from other backgrounds, to join the Scout Association. Yesterday the Muslim Scout Fellowship, part of the wider movement, announced a 13.5 per cent increase in its members and a rise of 85 per cent in the past five years.

David Cameron has given Mr Cheema, an engineer and father from Bristol, the Points of Light award for his outstanding commitment to volunteering and transforming people's lives. Points of Light is an idea borrowed from the United States. It was set up by George Bush Snr and continued by his successors in the White House, to recognise people who make a difference to their community and inspire others.

Mr Cheema has been praised for improving community cohesion by bringing young people from different backgrounds and faiths together as leader of a group in Brunel Scout District. He volunteered after seeing his son flourish as a Beaver Scout. Mr Cheema travels across the UK to set up Scout groups, particularly among young people who would not automatically think of joining the movement.

Mr Cheema said: "It's a massive privilege to accept this award on behalf of the fantastic volunteers from the Muslim Scout Fellowship and my Brunel Scout District, who work tirelessly to help young people experience the adventure of a lifetime. I look forward to continued contributions and to hearing from all members of the community, including people who have not yet experienced Scouting – please do come forward and help transform lives.

"I am grateful to Allah for giving me the energy and opportunity to help young people. Helping young people grow and develop through adventurous fun and purposeful activity is the best way to develop a peaceful and productive society."

Mr Cameron, who has faced criticism for not being vocal enough about the "big society", said: "I'm delighted to recognise Amir as a Point of Light. What he is doing is so inspiring. By pioneering the growth of Scouting in Muslim communities he is making this great tradition something that can be shared by everyone. Scouting has made an extraordinary contribution to our country for over a century. It's fantastic that this movement is still growing and that Amir's work is at the heart of a wider ambition to unite our communities in the service of others."

The Scouting movement has grown by 100,000 members in the past 10 years. In Mr Cheema's own district, membership is up 3.5 per cent. Of the 500,000 Scouts in the UK, 2,000 are Muslim. Out of 40 million scouts worldwide, 10 million are Muslim.

Anyone can nominate a person for a Points of Light award by writing to the Prime Minister.


Source: The Independent

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I'm the first London Mayor of 'Muslim extraction', Boris Johnson boasts as he pleads for Arab investment in the capital



UK: Addressing the Ninth World Islamic Economic Forum, Mr Johnson urged wealthy figures from across the Arab world to invest in London.

He told them: ‘Let’s build up trade, co-operation and partnership and let us do it in a city that has risen since the days of Offa to become the greatest on Earth.

‘With more American banks than NY, more museums than Paris, less rainfall than Rome and the greatest centre for Islamic finance in the world.’

‘I am very proud to be here this morning because I am sure that I am the first Mayor of London of partly Muslim extraction, and indeed the descendant of a Muslim entrepreneur by the name of Ahmed Hamdi.

‘My father’s father’s father’s father - a pious man of Anatolia who made the Haj and who more or less cornered the beeswax market in Istanbul, which was a very good idea because you needed beeswax candles to light the mosques.

‘So he was in the same commercially agreeable position as the big six energy companies in Britain today, though his prices were obviously more reasonable.

‘He flourished mightily minding his own beeswax, as we say in England.’

However, he said Mr Hamdi was ‘overwhelmed by a technological disaster’ when American Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb.

His son abandoned beeswax and become a controversial politician and journalist and was eventually assassinated, Mr Johnson said.

His great-grandfather ‘grew up knowing the Koran off by heart and he would have been stunned to find that his descendant had gone on to become Mayor of this city, and even more amazed to find that the world had so progressed that today we are welcoming the world’s first Islamic Economic Forum to take place outside the Muslim world’.

Mr Johnson announced a £100million fund to encourage tech start-ups from the Muslim world to move to Britain.

It comes after David Cameron unveiled a £200million new Islamic bond - known as a ‘sukuk’ - which complies with Islamic rules on investments and said the London Stock Exchange will launch a new Islamic index alongside the FTSE.

Mr Johnson said London was being transformed by new transport investments and developments that 'turn out not just to be financed by Muslim investors but whose funding methods often turn out to be sharia compliant'.


They include the Emirates Air Line cable car across the Thames, development of Battersea and the Shard 'the only building in the world that looks as though it is actually emerging through the skin of the earth like the tip of a gigantic cocktail stick emerging through the skin of an intergalactic pickled onion'.

Mr Johnson went on: 'You may ask yourself why are investors picking London: I will tell you – we have the right time zone, language, we have the rule of law, we have a glorious free press.

'But above all we are open to talent and to trade with people from different cultures and backgrounds

'You can see it in the shisha bars and the fantastic Shubbak festivals and to all those who say we should be less open and less welcoming, I would point out that this has long been the secret of London’s success.'

Source: Daily Mail

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


This week CCN recommends


Educating Muslim Women:

The West African Legacy of Nana Asma’u 1793-1864


Beverly Mack & Jean Boyd



Nana Asma'u was a devout, learned Muslim who was able to observe, record, interpret, and influence the major public events that happened around her.

Daughters are still named after her, her poems still move people profoundly, and the memory of her remains a vital source of inspiration and hope. Her example as an educator is still followed: the system she set up in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, for the education of rural women, has not only survived in its homeland—through the traumas of the colonization of West Africa and the establishment of the modern state of Nigeria—but is also being revived and adapted elsewhere, notably among Muslim women in the United States.

This book, richly illustrated with maps and photographs, recounts Asma'u's upbringing and critical junctures in her life from several sources, mostly unpublished: her own firsthand experiences presented in her writings, the accounts of contemporaries who witnessed her endeavours, and the memoirs of European travelers. For the account of her legacy the authors have depended on extensive field studies in Nigeria, and documents pertaining to the efforts of women in Nigeria and the United States, to develop a collective voice and establish their rights as women and Muslims in today's societies.

Beverley Mack is an associate professor of African studies at the University of Kansas. She is co-editor (with Catherine Coles) of Hausa Women in the Twentieth Century and co-author (with Jean Boyd) of The Collected Works of Nana Asma'u, 1793–1864 and One Woman's Jihad: Nana Asma'u Scholar and Scribe.

Jean Boyd is former principal research fellow of the Sokoto History Bureau and research associate of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.





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KB says: A nice, healthy change for lunch from the usual tuna out of the can at the offices.

An Easy Tuna Bake




 2 tins tuna (any flavour but I prefer the mustard)
1 green pepper finely diced
1 large onion finely diced
¼ cup olive oil
10ml lemon juice
3 eggs
5 ml lemon pepper
½ cup of cheese
2 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp garlic flakes
½ cup milk
½ cup sifted chana/besan flour
½ cup wholemeal spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
Salt to taste
Chopped spinach (optional) 


Beat together eggs and milk and add remaining ingredients.

Set half the mixture in an oven proof casserole dish, layer with the chopped spinach and top with remaining half of the mixture.


Sprinkle with slivered almonds, sesame seeds or poppy seeds or a mixture of all of the above, dot with butter and bake at 180degrees until light brown.

Cut into squares and serve hot with a sauce or lemon wedges as an entrée or with salad as a light lunch.


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Q: like most people out there, I’m always rushed. What are some effective ways to cut corners and win back more ‘me time’ each day?

A: Take about 10 – 20 minutes in the morning to do a few Yoga poses or meditate. It’s a great way to start the day and will keep you centred throughout the day.

Have a smoothie for breakfast. It only takes a few minutes to make and will get your metabolism going.

Get some sun. Instead of sitting in the office at lunchtime, head outdoors for a quick walk and get some Vitamin D time while you’re at it.






My Health and Fitness

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Jallaludin lost his cheque book. So he goes to the bank.

Bank Manager: Be careful, anyone can forge your signature.

Jallaludin: I'm not a fool! I have already signed all the cheques

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O you who believe! Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, - like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day...
Surah Al-Baqarah 2:264


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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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Thursday 22 May 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

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



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All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

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