Sunday, 17 August 2014

 Newsletter 0510




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....




Eidfest is still on today (SUNDAY)  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Condemnations of actions in the photo of a 7-year-old  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Minister Glen Elmes' statement to communities What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Help stock up the container for Syria Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Premier's Cultural Diversity Awards 2014 finalists CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Sign up now for the CresWalk2014 Race for Gaza! KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
Brisbane Aid to the people of Syria and Palestine Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Chocolate cafe coming to Toowoomba CBD

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links
WAMY visits Toowoomba Mosque   Local, National & International Readership
To break bread or to boycott - Muslim Australia's choice   Write For Us
Why are Aussies drawn to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq?
The 'Long War' Against Islam Has Long Since Begun
Australian Muslim Achievement Awards 2014
Gold Coast Hospital Multifaith and Chaplaincy
What can you do to help Palestine and its children?


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The Brisbane weather yesterday (Saturday) was not kind to Eidfest 2014 and the continuous rains put a damper on the planned day of festivities.

In the light of this, the organizers have extended the Eidfest programme to today (Sunday) and the gates will re-open from 12pm.

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Press Release      

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous depiction as reported in the media yesterday, of a 7-year-old boy shown holding the decapitated head of a victim.

Just as ANIC denounces the unspeakable atrocities committed in Gaza, so too do we speak out against the brutality carried out in Syria and Iraq including the alleged forceful eviction of various religious groups from their land.

Islam promulgates a comprehensive code of ethics when it comes to armed military combat. For example, non-combatants should not be targeted and the corpses of the dead are inviolable with Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) prohibiting the mutilation of the deceased.

His Eminence, Professor Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, Grand Mufti of Australia stated that: “It is utterly deplorable for extremists to use Islam as a cover for their crimes and atrocities.


Their misguided actions do not represent the overwhelming majority of Muslims who emulate the pure teachings of Islam such as justice, mercy and freedom.”

It has previously been reported that during his teens, the 33-year-old Australian father of the boy shown in the photo suffered hallucinations and paranoia due to years of drug abuse. During his sentencing in 2009 for terrorism related offences a psychiatrist reported that he was on medication for schizophrenia.

ANIC believes that the current trend by many world leaders opting for injustice, unilateral aggression, duplicitous foreign policies and infringements on basic human rights, will only aggravate the state of global fear and violence. We call on all leaders of influence including those in Australia to act with responsibility, ethics and justice.

We pray that God, Almighty in all His Grace and Glory, brings an end to the turmoil currently prevailing especially in the Middle East. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the innocent victims and their families who suffer injustice and oppression.

ANIC consists of more than 250 Imams across Australia representing their respective communities.





Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ): Press release


The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) : The ICV’s response regarding beheading photo in today’s paper


Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) : LMA Condems Abhorrent Actions and Climate of Fear


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I am very pleased, as no doubt you are, with the recent news that the Australian Government has decided not to proceed with its proposed changes to Australia's highly respected racial discrimination law. It appears that the proposal to remove Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 was withdrawn following discussions at Federal Cabinet on Tuesday 5 August 2014, because of the concerns expressed from across many and diverse communities in Australia.

In March this year, the Australian Government outlined its proposed changes to the racial
hatred provisions in Section 18C of the Act. This provision makes it unlawful for someone to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" a person or group on account of their race. The draft changes proposed inserting a new section in the Act which would have removed the first three terms and narrowed the definition of "intimidate" to fear of physical harm. It would also have added the word "vilify'' but defined it to mean the incitement of third parties to hatred.

The changes would have prohibited vilification and intimidation on the basis of race, but
would have made it lawful to insult, offend or humiliate. In defence of the proposed changes the Federal Attorney General, Senator George Brandis expressed the view in Parliament that "People do have a right to be bigots, you know. In a free country, people do have rights to say things that other people find offensive or insulting or bigoted". I suspect that this unfortunate, and perhaps ill-informed statement, led to a massive public response which I believe has resulted in today's backtrack.

The Act has long served as a strong defence against acts of racial hatred. In its current form, the Act has helped to resolve hundreds of complaints over the past two decades.


The proposed changes would have significantly weakened the current protections that
Australians currently enjoy and would have risked creating an environment in which some
cultural, ethnic or religious groups would have been even more vulnerable to behaviour
which could undermine their ability to participate in our economy and in our community.


Thank you to all who participated in our democratic process by expressing your views on
this issue. We have certainly seen a victory for common sense and decency from that

Yours sincerely



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A container to be sent to Syria has been organized  by Ms Janeth Deen.

Donations of the following have been requested:

*Toys in good condition
*Winter clothing - children, men and women
*Baby clothing: 0-1 year
*Children's clothing: 5-10 years
*Teenage clothing: 12+
*Ladies abayas

Please package the items in the above categories for ease of sorting.

Ridwana Dawoodjee has kindly volunteered to assist with the collection and offered her home as a drop off point.

Drop off date & time: Thurs 21st Aug: 9-2pm and Friday 22nd Aug: 9-2pm

60-62 Barokee Drive, Tanah Merah, (House with a blue roof), Ph: 32097243, 0423036456

Should you wish to make donations after these dates, please contact Janeth Dean directly (Ph. 0435086796).

Shoe box gifts: With the container being packed to send to Syria, we are hoping to send small individual gift boxes for the children These suggested gift boxes are to be a shoe box size, or a smaller inexpensive box filled with:

* a few small daily use items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, lip balm, cream, hairbrush, etc

*a small new gift (eg. socks, a ball, hair clips, pencils, soft toy, colouring book, loom band, toy car, book) -- and

*as a option, a note from your family (written by the kids) sharing some information about themselves such as their names, ages and what they like to do.

This is being done in the hope that the Syrian children will receive a small gift from a child in Australia.

Please wrap the box in blue or pink to help with gender distribution and indicate the approximate age of the child (with marker pen) that the gift would be appropriate for.

The gift boxes can be dropped off directly at Ridwana's place. If you could please get your children involved in this charitable activity, it would be much appreciated.

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The Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations that promote the growth and development of strong culturally diverse communities across Queensland.

Amongst the finalists for the 2014 Awards are Michael Nee (Michael's Oriental Restaurant) in the Entrepreneur category and Prof Shahjahan Khan (Islamic Society of Toowoomba) in the Cultural Diversity Ambassador category.


The full list can be found here.


The award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Saturday 30 August 2014 marking the opening of Queensland Cultural Diversity Week.

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Less than 21 days to go and this year the entries are already pouring in.



Don't miss out on helping the humanitarian effort in Gaza.


$5 from your entry fee goes towards alleviating the sufferings of the men, women, children and orphans caught up in this conflict.


Donations to CresWalk are already arriving to help out in Gaza (see photos below)




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Only the first 500 registrations receive this special commemorative CresWalk2014 Race for Gaza! t-shirt




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Mufti Zeeyad Ravat of the Islamic College of Brisbane experiences Ramadan with the Syrian refugees on the Jordan/Syria border where he provided aid and assistance from the cmmunity in Brisbane. "I enjoyed spiritual Iftaars and ecstatic moments with the children who have lost everything but their smiles!"


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Brothers, Adnun Khan (left) and Albab Khan are set to open Toowoomba's first chocolateria, Cioccolato. 


TWO brothers are indulging Toowoomba with its first chocolateria, set to open later this year in Margaret St.

The business-savvy siblings, Albab and Adnun Khan, co-founded Cioccolato after identifying a gap in the market.

"We've lived in Toowoomba all our lives, we went to primary school, high school and university here. I think we know the town pretty well," Adnun said.

"This is something Toowoomba has been lacking. We want to create a family-friendly, custom-made place of indulgence."

The two carefully planned all the finer details including chocolate sourced from the same suppliers as Max Brenner, a three-metre custom-built cocoa tree and a churros machine from Spain.

"We want people to walk in and feel like they're on a movie set.

"We've custom-made all the cutlery and sourced furniture from all over the world."

They hope to expand Cioccolato into regional areas before hitting the metropolitan market.

"The Toowoomba is our flagship store. We hope to open mid-October, fingers crossed."


The new store will feature carefully designed furniture and accessories.

Source: The Chronicle

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A team of three representatives of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) visited the Garden City Masjid of Toowoomba on Wednesday, 13 August.

President of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Prof Shahjahan Khan welcomed the visitors to the Masjid which was a church this time last year.


"The visitors were very pleased to be able to visit the Masjid and prayed for its success in benefitting the local Muslims," Khan told CCN.

The visiting scholars Sheikh Sami Al Anqari, Sheikh Dr Majed Al Frayan, and Dr Ismail Al Jriway addressed the musallis after the Ishaa Prayers. Imam Abdul Kader served as the master of ceremonies and translated the lectures into English from Arabic.

They covered various topics including fundamental ibadat and its wider meaning in real life. They also responded to the questions from the audience. Food was served to the participants after the lectures.

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Refusing to eat with someone is a gesture indicating they’ve dishonoured you. That’s why Muslim leaders are boycotting high profile events in an attempt to be heard.


NSW Premier Mike Baird at Lakemba mosque, to mark the end of Ramadan.


In recent weeks, three high-profile boycotts have been launched by Australia’s Muslim leaders against the backdrop of the current conflict in Gaza. As a form of political activism, the boycotts are novel, but perhaps the response to them isn’t: they have been described as “divisive and unproductive” and a barrier to constructive dialogue.

Those remarks came from Vic Alhadeff, who was the subject of the first boycott. In his capacity as CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Alhadeff issued a community update on 9 July which justified Israel’s Operation Protective Edge by republishing a statement from Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs. By doing so, I and others argued, he abrogated his responsibility to remain neutral as chairman of the NSW community relations commission (CRC).

We argued his position had become untenable, and that he had to resign. Local Arab leaders issued an open letter to Victor Dominello, the NSW citizenship minister, and met with him in person, but the minister concluded that Alhadeff “is doing an outstanding job” as CRC chair and would remain in the post.

Similarly, Mike Baird, the NSW premier, affirmed that Alhadeff had “his full confidence” – although he conceded that it was inappropriate in his role for him to have made those comments. This was seen as a slap on the hand for Alhadeff, and a slap in the face for NSW’s Muslim leaders.

After being ignored, a boycott or withdrawal becomes a worthwhile option. Community leaders announced that they would “suspend involvement with the CRC so long as [Alhadeff] is at the helm … [because] the minister has walked away from what is morally right”.

Many who had accepted the invitation to attend the premier’s annual Iftar (breaking of fast) dinner, scheduled for that week, announced that they would “respectfully withdraw … on moral grounds”. They could not break bread with those who shrugged off what they saw as propaganda. Images of injured or dead Palestinian children had spoiled their appetite for a celebration.

The result was many empty tables at the parliament house dinner. Photos of Baird addressing the half-full room made a powerful statement: the premier and minister did not treat Australian Arabs and Muslims with respect, so they acted with respect for their culture, faith and tradition.

The “Iftar boycott” is such a strong image because dining is much more than physical act of eating, it’s a spiritual communion of people. There is an Arabic expression said after a meal is shared, along the lines of “there is now bread and salt between us”. Even the poorest people share what little food they have as a gesture of hospitality, which is often bread and salt.

Salt is a bonding and flavouring agent when baking bread, and a bonding agent that preserves friendships. It’s also a common motif in the Abrahamic faiths. In Christianity, breaking bread holds profound significance after the last supper, as does salt; Christians are described as the “salt of the earth” in Matthew’s gospel. In the Jewish Shabbat, there is silence during the hand-washing ritual before the bread is blessed.

Refusing to break bread together is neither about dishonouring the host, nor is it a threat or a provocation. It is, rather, a gesture to indicate that he has dishonoured you. The Sydney Morning Herald apprehended this in their editorial on 26 July, when they lamented that “some ill-chosen and insensitive words at an inopportune time have tarnished [Alhadeff’s] otherwise fine work”.

Alhadeff resigned the next day and Baird finally conceded that his comments had made his position untenable. “I will always listen to the Muslim community, just as he has in that resignation,” Baird said, proving the boycott was a landmark lesson in how to be heard without yelling; on 28 July he addressed thousands of Muslims at Lakemba mosque.

The precedent was repeated last week when the Australian National Imams Council announced its withdrawal from the annual Eid dinner hosted by the Australian Federal Police on 7 August. Again, it was a moral stand led by professor Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, the Grand Mufti, who said they “regrettably, must in all good conscience decline the invitation to attend the dinner in protest of the new proposed anti-terrorism laws … the amendments are a direct attack on the … presumption of innocence”.

Like the Alhadeff boycott, which was launched to preserve the CRC’s neutrality, the AFP boycott sought to preserve a fundamental maxim of Australia’s system of justice, the presumption of innocence. Neither promoted, imported or apologised for an ideology that is dangerous or divisive, such as fighting foreign wars.

Yet both boycotts were met by last-minute offers that miscalculated the seriousness of the Muslim community’s concerns: Alhadeff issued a statement, rather than an apology, and the AFP invited the Grand Mufti to speak about his concerns.

Many Muslim Australians watched with horror as their American counterparts were humiliated at Barack Obama’s annual Iftar dinner at the White House on 14 July, when he appeared with Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer. With Dermer’s tweeted support, Obama said during the dinner that “Israel has the right to defend itself against … inexcusable attacks from Hamas.” He was talking at them, not to them. Any hope that the dinner was a dialogue were smashed when the president left soon after his speech.

Given the US weapons supplied to kill civilians in Gaza, many argued that the dinner should have been boycotted in the first place. The American-Arab anti-discrimination committee made the case: “political engagement is important and having a seat at the table is crucial — but only when that seat is intended to amplify our voice as a community, not tokenise or subdue it.”

A third Australian boycott has been announced, over the controversial resignation of Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton. Peak Muslim organisations have written to Fairfax, calling for Carlton to be reinstated or they may stop cooperating with journalists and start targeting advertisers. Given that the Australian Jewish News had called for readers to “cancel your Fairfax subscriptions” a week earlier, this counter-boycott risks being trivialised; there was less at stake. It may have been wiser for community leaders to invite the editors to their table, break bread together, and explain why Carlton was a vital voice for the voiceless.

The political Iftar has arisen during a period of conflict and tragedy, but it may well become a new phenomenon in Australia. If Australians are serious about multiculturalism, the broader community should realise that the boycotts are a pouring forth of Ramadan themes of human rights, justice, integrity, poverty and morality, which return each year.


The 2015 Iftar agenda could be political again; consulting with and respecting Australian Muslims may ensure next year’s hosts won’t need to guess who’s not coming to dinner.


Source: The Guardian

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SYDNEY: Islamicate introduces a new, regular initiative to open up community conversations in a forum and panel format for the Muslim community.

This month's topic was:

"Enough is enough. The Gaza Crisis and the Australian Muslim community’s engagement response."

The discussion panel was mainly focused on the Muslim community’s role in addressing the Gaza crisis whilst looking at renewed ways of community ties with Government.

Main Speaker Guests & Panelists

Shaykh and Associate Professor Mohamed Abdalla - Griffith University
Dr Yassir Morsi - Researcher, University of South Australia
Randa Abdel-Fattah - Acclaimed Author, Palestinian Activist
Uthman Badar - Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia
Yousef Al-Reemawi - Academic and Palestinian Activist, University of Melbourne

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“Abdullah” is worried. The Melbourne man has a 17 year old son who has completely changed in the last year or so.

The teenager has grown a long beard and talks constantly about Shias and Sunnis.

“I’m worried … he wants to go to Syria and join those groups and he kill some innocent people and he (might) die himself,” Abdullah tells Insight.

“He's quiet and depressed.”

Australian authorities say there are around 60 Australians fighting in the conflicts in Syria.

And the Federal Government is nervous.

“We are deeply concerned that this domestic security challenge will mean that Australian citizens fighting in these conflicts overseas will return to this country as hardened home-grown terrorists who may use their experience, the skills that they’ve gained, to carry out an attack in this country,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

In response, the government is introducing new counter terrorism measures and has cancelled the passports of dozens of Australians.

In SBS's Insight programme (aired during the week), Jenny Brockie asks why are Australians being drawn to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, either to do humanitarian work or join the fight?

Where are the influences coming from and what should be done about it?


Watch Online



Amongst the guests:


Mohamed Zuhbi

Australian Mohamed Zuhbi is a staunch supporter of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS). “I believe that they are the future of Syria and I believe that they're the future of the Islamic empire to come.” He says he’s in Turkey doing humanitarian work and making occasional visits across the border to Syria. He says he hasn’t been part of the fighting over there. Mohamed was born in Syria but grew up in Australia from the age of one.

Mohamadu Saleem

Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem is the spokesperson of the Australian National Imams Council. He says imams try to engage with young men to give religious advice and explain that it is not the duty of Australian Muslims to fight overseas. “There is a very small number of people … who are not listening,” he concedes. “But the large number of people who are in schools, in the universities, doing the right thing, they are listening.”

Abdul Salam Mahmoud

Australian citizen Abdul Salam Mahmoud is in Latakia in Syria. He says he’s there doing humanitarian work. “We give monthly payments to families who have orphans and widows and we give them food packages,” he says. “In Islam we're obligated. Wherever our people are being harmed or being oppressed it's an obligation for us to go and help them to fight tyranny and to fight oppression.”

Rodger Shanahan

Rodger Shanahan has served with the United Nations in South Lebanon and Syria and is now affiliated with the Lowy Institute. Rodger says it’s only a very small group of Australian Muslims who are joining the conflicts in Iraq and Syria but we need to get to the bottom of why they’re going. He said those who Australians who have been killed in the conflict were not particularly well educated.

Abu Bakr

Nineteen year old Abu Bakr thinks Muslims are obligated help fellow Muslims overseas. He was born here in Australia and has Italian and Iraqi background. But he says “in order for me to be connected to the values here of Australia, the Australian government needs to stop picking on the Muslims here.” Authorities have cancelled Abu Bakr’s passport.


Melbourne man “Abdullah” is desperately worried about his 17 year old son. “I’m worried … he wants to go to Syria and join those groups and he kill some innocent people and he (might) die himself,” he says. “I don't know where he get brainwashed, where he's been taught like this to do these things.” Abdullah migrated to Australia from Afghanistan and his son was born here.


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ABC Religion & Ethics Opinion by Uthman Badar


Over the weekend, Peter Leahy posed a rather vacuous question: are we witnessing the beginning of "a long war" between secular societies and "radical Islamists"?

Now, Leahy is no slouch. He was Australian Chief of Army for 6 years and is currently director of the National Security Institute at Canberra University. And yet he, like many others, seems to be convinced by a narrative that is firmly and arrogantly out of touch with reality - a narrative that ignores a century of western secular imposition on the Muslim world.

This narrative ignores the dismantling of the Ottoman Caliphate, the division of lands along artificial borders, the imposition of puppet rulers and support for (secular) tyrants. It ignores an array of like policies designed to impose secularism, in both its dictatorial and democratic varieties, on the Muslim world.

This narrative that absolves secular liberalism of the wrongs of secular states, while pinning the actions of Muslims on "Islam" itself. Thousands can be killed in a war waged in Iraq on the basis of a lie without impugning the name of secular liberalism in the least (it was just an unfortunate "mistake"), but any wrong by any Muslim is somehow certain proof of the ills inherent in "radical" Islam.

This is a narrative in which the severing of heads is savagery, but the extra-judicial obliteration of a person (along with his adolescent son) by a drone is "civilised" warfare. This is a narrative in which all things Islam are relentlessly attacked and demonised in mainstream media and by politicians across the West.

This is a narrative in which installing thoroughly corrupt regimes like that of Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, and thoroughly oppressive regimes like that of Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq, are a part of a "struggle to produce inclusive and legitimate governments." This is a narrative that frames the aggressor as victim, and victim as aggressor.

Leahy claims that "the West is not decisively engaged" yet and that "we are mostly observers" in a war against Islam. This is notwithstanding, inter alia, two long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, drones regularly killing Muslims (mostly civilians) in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, blind western support for Israeli aggression against the people of Palestine over half a century, western military bases littering the Muslim world, billions of dollars being given to tyrants like Sisi annually, and systematic efforts, overt and covert, to push a bastardised version of Islam (so-called "moderate Islam") domestically and abroad. If this is the work of an "observer," one wonders what the work of a participant looks like!

It is time to make a break from the past - a radical break: a move away from a belligerent, exploitative foreign policy that is the root cause of so much violence around the world, and towards leaving people to assume their own political destiny.

As for Leahy's suggested solution, it is more of the same: "measured" political and military responses alongside a focus on attacking "the radical ideology of political Islam." Is that not the precise thing western leaders across the board have propagated and implemented since 2001?


It is the same failed strategy: ever-increasing amounts of money and resources being sucked in by spy and defence agencies; ever-eroding legal standards; ever-intensifying exceptional targeting of one community.

In spite of all this, the "terror threat" only seems to grow. Every time political leaders open their mouth about "terrorism" it is to tell us that the threat is "serious and evolving" (as Alexander Downer said in 2004), "very real" (John Howard in 2006), "not diminishing" (Kevin Rudd in 2010), "ever-present" (Julia Gillard in 2012) and "as high as it has ever been" (Tony Abbott in 2014). Remarkably, these politicians do this with a straight face and with no admission of failure.

These politicians are not ignorant. They are ideologically driven and willing to exploit others for personal and national gain - that idol called "national interest." What they fail to realise, perhaps, is that oppression begets reaction that cannot be surgically contained. It simply cannot. We are dealing with human beings, after all, not machines. We are dealing with people, not numbers. We are dealing with collective passions, aspirations, emotions, dignities, values and histories.

Make no mistake. This "long war" against Islam has long since begun. Western powers may have started it how they willed, but it has also long been out of their control. Failure is written all over it. Still, it has been arduous and devastating, for humanity as a whole.

Enough is enough. It is time to stop, and not embark on yet another phase of insane criminality.

....it would irresponsible for all those sincerely concerned about the fate of humanity not to call it as it is

It is time to make a break from the past - a radical break: a move away from a belligerent, exploitative foreign policy that is the root cause of so much violence around the world, and towards leaving people to assume their own political destiny. Enough of forcing others to be re-shaped in the West's image as if they are little more than subjects of western desire, pieces on the West's chessboard.

Australia must move away from shadowing the United States and United Kingdom - making ever more enemies along the way - and move towards new, conciliatory relationships with the Muslim world, knowing that it itself is on the verge of a radical change: a real caliphate that returns to the people their usurped independence and establishes justice and equity for all, as it did aforetime.

A move away from dealing with people as a matter of economics and commerce, and towards dealing with them as human beings, no less human than yourselves.

All this, of course, and much more like it, requires a radical ideological and political shift which, far from being likely, is not even on the table of consideration. It would be delusional to think otherwise. Nevertheless, it would irresponsible for all those sincerely concerned about the fate of humanity not to call it as it is.

Uthman Badar is a writer, activist and student of economics, Arabic and Islam. He is the spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia.

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2014 marks the 9th AMAAs which aims to raise the profile of Australian Muslim individuals and organisations, promote their achievements and prominence in the Australian society and encourage Australian Muslims to participate and excel in areas within the Australian society.

Individuals and organisations may be nominated for the following categories:

Australian Muslim Lifetime Achiever Award
Woman of the Year
Man of the Year
Youth of the Year (up to 24 years old)
Role Model of the Year
Sportsperson of the Year
Professional of the Year
Event of the Year
Media Outlet of the Year
Business of the Year
Community/ Humanitarian Organisation of the Year
Best New Community Project / New Initiative
Volunteer of the Year
Creative Artist of the Year
Abyssinian Award
People’s Choice Award

2014 Nominations are now open. Click here!

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The Gold Coast Hospital Multifaith & Chaplaincy Department held meetings during the week with the other faith leaders regarding special events, the use of the Multifaith prayer room, and access to the Patient Entertainment System (PES) at the Gold Coast Hospital.


The Coordinator at the Multifaith & Chaplaincy Department of the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service spoke in glowing terms of the contribution of Imam Imraan Husain of the Gold Coast Mosque: "Imam Imraan of Gold Coast Mosque had and continues to have a very real contribution to the planning of the new GCUH facilities and to the support of staff, patients and their families. We would like to thank you and we look forward to together developing our patient-centered spiritual and pastoral care for many years to come."

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TIME: 2:30- 4PM
WHERE: Australian International Islamic College DURACK


In the wake of the atrocities and the human tragedy in Gaza, you are invited to view a FREE Palestinian photo/art gallery and attend an essential information session on the Palestinian situation and what is happening on the ground. Join us to show your support for the cause and to gain a deeper understanding towards one of the greatest injustices of our time.


Speakers will draw on their previous experiences in Palestine and provide practical and productive solutions towards how we can contribute constructively for the cause. For more information please contact: 0411182347 or azharim@live.com

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To all CCN Readers,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one for their thoughts and prayers on the passing of our beloved daughter Safiyyah Rane. She could not speak, yet she taught us so much through her eyes and her loving heart.

To all those who sent beautiful flowers, who gave so much food, all those who walked through our doors to pay their respect, all those who phoned, we pray Almighty Allah to reward you all for your kindness. Our angelic daughter left behind a legacy, and that is the legacy of Love.

Jazakallah Khair


Abraham & Fatima Rane and Family


Fields Medal mathematics prize won by woman for first time in its history



Maryam Mirzakhani, a mathematician at Stanford University, was among a number of women tipped for the Fields Medal in recent years.


US: Maryam Mirzakhani, who was born and raised in Iran, has been awarded the highest honour a mathematician can attain.

It will go down in history as the moment one of the last bastions of male dominance fell. A woman has won the world's most prestigious mathematics prize for the first time since the award was established nearly 80 years ago.

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University in California, was named the first female winner of the Fields Medal – often described as the Nobel prize for mathematics – at a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.

The maths community has been abuzz with rumours for months that Mirzakhani was in line to win the prize. To outsiders her work is esoteric, abstract and impenetrable. But to more qualified minds, she has a breathtaking scope, is technically superb and boldly ambitious. She describes the language of maths as full of "beauty and elegance".

The prize, worth 15,000 Canadian dollars (£8,000), is awarded to exceptional talents under the age of 40 once every four years by the International Mathematical Union. Between two and four prizes are announced each time.

Source: The Guardian

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Saudi King receives honorary doctorate from Al-Azhar University


The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz


CAIRO: Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, one of the world’s foremost Sunni Islamic academic institutions, has granted the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, an honorary doctorate in appreciation of his support for the country and the Islamic religion.

“Al-Azhar University council has decided to grant an honorary doctorate to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his courageous stance towards Egypt and for his support of the issues of Islam and Muslims across the Muslim world,” Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency quoted Al-Azhar University President Usama Al-Abd as saying.

In exclusive comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Abd said this was the first such award granted by Al-Azhar for over two decades.

He said: “[Granting] an honorary doctorate is the least we can do to honor the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his heroic stance [in support of] the will of the Egyptian people. Therefore, I have proposed to the Al-Azhar University Council—the world’s largest such council—that they grant the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques an honorary doctorate.”

The University’s council unanimously agreed on the proposal, Abd said.

The president of the university said he had been commissioned by the Council to award the doctorate to King Abdullah in person. He added that he will be coordinating with the Saudi ambassador in Cairo, Ahmed Al-Qattan, before he heads to the Kingdom “in the next few days.”

Source: Asharq Al-Awsat

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Qadri supporters clash with Pakistan police




PAKISTAN: Deadly violence erupts as supporters of anti-government cleric Tahir ul-Qadri try to march on his headquarters.

Supporters of a Pakistani anti-government cleric have clashed with police in the country's second largest city resulting in at least four deaths, 500 arrests and six police officers missing, officials said.

Violence began on Friday and continued on Saturday as supporters of populist leader Tahir ul-Qadri, attempted to march on his headquarters in the city of Lahore, in Punjab province.

Following the flare-up, Qadri called off a large protest rally planned for Sunday, and instead urged his supporters to hold smaller protests in their home towns.

In a televised address, he called on his supporters to "protest peacefully," but slammed the government for orchestrating a "massacre in the name of a crackdown."

Qadri has accused the government of being corrupt and complict in protester deaths.

The violence, started on Friday when police fired tear gas and baton charged a protest crowd after a shipping container used to block a road leading to Qadri's house in Lahore was removed.

The supporters brought a crane to remove the shipping container and allegedly threw stones at police who tried to stop them.

About 500 of Qadri's supporters had been arrested and more than 100 police officers injured, according to provincial police spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar.

Rana Mashhud Ahmad, a law minister for Punjab province, told the Associated Press news agency that protesters abducted six policemen during the melee.

'Peaceful revolution'

On Thursday, he threatened to march on Islamabad and overthrow the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should the arrests of his followers continue.

In a statement released by PAT, Qadri was quoted as saying the group would have "no choice other than giving a final call of revolution to the entire nation to come out on streets and march towards Islamabad and provincial capitals to topple [the] government."

Qadri, who is normally Canada-based, returned to Pakistan in June to lead what he terms a "peaceful revolution".

A religious moderate, Qadri commands tens of thousands of followers and held a disruptive four-day sit-in protest against the government in 2013, months before the election that saw Sharif come to power for the third time.

A separate protest, led by opposition politician Imran Khan, is planned for the capital on Thursday to protest alleged election irregularities.

The planned demonstrations have unnerved Pakistan's political scene which has been blighted by coups and street protests.

Source: Al Jazeera

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World's top Muslim leaders condemn attacks on Iraqi Christians



VATICAN: Two of the leading voices in the Muslim world denounced the persecution of Christians in Iraq, at the hands of extremists proclaiming a caliphate under the name Islamic State.

The most explicit condemnation came from Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the group representing 57 countries, and 1.4 billion Muslims.

In a statement, he officially denounced the "forced deportation under the threat of execution” of Christians, calling it a "crime that cannot be tolerated.” The Secretary General also distanced Islam from the actions of the militant group known as ISIS, saying they "have nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith and coexistence.”

Meanwhile, Turkey's top cleric, the spiritual successor to the caliphate under the Ottoman Empire, also touched on the topic during a peace conference of Islamic scholars.

In a not-so-veiled swipe at ISIS, Mehmet Gormez declared that "an entity that lacks legal justification has no authority to declare war against a political gathering, any country or community.” He went on to say that Muslims should not be hostile towards "people with different views, values and beliefs, and regard them as enemies.”

Their remarks come at a time when Christian leaders in Iraq have called on Muslim leaders worldwide to denounce the anti-Christian violence in the country. In the past decade, the majority of Iraqi Christians have either fled the country or taken refuge in the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

The declaration of a "caliphate" by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey's top cleric, the successor to the last caliph's most senior imam, said.

Islamic State, an armed group formerly allied to al Qaeda that has captured swathes of territory across Iraq, last month declared its leader, Ibrahim al-Baghdadi, "caliph" - the historical title last held by the Turkish Ottoman sultan who ruled much of the Muslim world.

"Such declarations have no legitimacy whatsoever," Mehmet Gormez, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, the highest religious authority in Turkey, which, although a majority Muslim country, has been a secular state since the 1920s.

"Since the caliphate was abolished ... there have been movements that think they can pull together the Muslim world by re-establishing a caliphate, but they have nothing to do with reality, whether from a political or legal perspective."

Gormez said death threats against non-Muslims made by the group, formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), were hugely damaging. "The statement made against Christians is truly awful. Islamic scholars need to focus on this (because) an inability to peacefully sustain other faiths and cultures heralds the collapse of a civilization," he told Reuters in an interview.

Source: Vatican Radio

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If China Is Anti-Islam, Why Are These Chinese Muslims Enjoying a Faith Revival?


Beijing bans some Muslims from observing Ramadan, or boarding public transport while veiled, but it allows millions of others to practice their religion without hindrance.


Hui imams pray before the main Friday prayers during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque in Beijing on July 4, 2014


RUSSIA: The road to Linxia, in China’s vast, sere northwest, is known locally as the Quran Belt, with a profusion of newly built mosques and Sufi shrines lining the motorway. Some are built in a traditional Chinese style, with pagoda-like eaves; others, with their green tiled domes, echo Middle Eastern architecture.

With violent unrest affecting northwestern Xinjiang, a spotlight has been cast on that area’s Muslim Uighurs, who have long chafed at rule from Beijing. But the Uighurs, some of whom yearn for autonomy from the People’s Republic, are not the biggest Muslim population in China, which has more adherents to Islam than the European Union. That distinction belongs to the Hui, a 10.5 million-strong group that is also the second largest of China’s 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities. One of the Hui centers of Islamic learning is the Wild West town of Linxia, in Gansu province, where Sufi traditions remain vibrant. 

With the bloodshed in Xinjiang escalating — the most recent clash late last month, which the Chinese government labeled a “violent terrorist attack,” saw nearly 100 people killed, according to an official count — authorities have intensified a crackdown on spiritual expression by Uighurs. (Tibetans face religious repression too as their disenchantment with Chinese rule grows.) But this does not mean that Beijing is curtailing Islam nationwide. Indeed, members of the Muslim Hui community are enjoying a flowering of faith in what is, officially, still an atheist communist nation.

Linxia’s Islamic places of worship are just one symbol of this religious boom. Ismail, a Hui who works for a state-owned enterprise in the Ningxia autonomous region, says he openly practices his faith. “Of course, I fast during Ramadan,” he says. “All my Hui friends do it, too. It’s our obligation as Muslims.” But a Uighur college student says he and his classmates were not allowed to do the same. “[Han university authorities] make sure we eat at the cafeteria. They say they don’t want us to be tired, but I don’t believe them. It is because we are Uighur.”

Hui participation in the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has increased over the past several years, say scholars. Another sign of renewed religious commitment: Ismail says he has noticed more Hui women in his hometown wearing veils in recent years. “As more Hui women receive education, they learn more about their own identities,” he says. “As a result, they realize the protection brought by Islam and are starting to wear veils more.”




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


The week a CCN Reader recommends


The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea


Robert Wald Sussman



Biological races do not exist—and never have. This view is shared by all scientists who study variation in human populations. Yet racial prejudice and intolerance based on the myth of race remain deeply ingrained in Western society. In his powerful examination of a persistent, false, and poisonous idea, Robert Sussman explores how race emerged as a social construct from early biblical justifications to the pseudoscientific studies of today.

The Myth of Race traces the origins of modern racist ideology to the Spanish Inquisition, revealing how sixteenth-century theories of racial degeneration became a crucial justification for Western imperialism and slavery.


In the nineteenth century, these theories fused with Darwinism to produce the highly influential and pernicious eugenics movement. Believing that traits from cranial shape to raw intelligence were immutable, eugenicists developed hierarchies that classified certain races, especially fair-skinned “Aryans,” as superior to others.


These ideologues proposed programs of intelligence testing, selective breeding, and human sterilization—policies that fed straight into Nazi genocide. Sussman examines how opponents of eugenics, guided by the German-American anthropologist Franz Boas’s new, scientifically supported concept of culture, exposed fallacies in racist thinking.

Although eugenics is now widely discredited, some groups and individuals today claim a new scientific basis for old racist assumptions. Pondering the continuing influence of racist research and thought, despite all evidence to the contrary, Sussman explains why—when it comes to race—too many people still mistake bigotry for science.


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KB says: Here's a gluten-, dairy-, sugar- and the ultimate guilt-free treat I found that will go down well with your next cuppa.

Healthy Quinoa Carrot Cake



for the cake:
2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup toasted quinoa flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½  teaspoon ginger
Pinch of sea salt
½  cup melted coconut oil
½  cup honey
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup grated carrots
½  cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.)

for the dairy-free "frosting":
¼ cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons honey
½  teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons almond milk
1 - 2 tablespoons water (depending on desired texture)


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a Bundt pan with coconut oil and set aside.
2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
3. In a larger mixing bowl, beat coconut oil, honey and maple syrup until combined then add eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
4. Add dry mixture into wet in three additions, mixing well after each.
5. Fold in carrots and nuts.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan, tapping on the counter to release any air bubbles.
7. Bake on centre rack for 35 - 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
8. Let cool in pan for 15 - 20 minutes. Carefully flip over and release. Let cool completely before slicing.
9. When ready to serve, whip up the frosting by mixing together all the ingredients (minus the water) until smooth.
10. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

11. Either top up a slice with a dollop of the frosting or ice the whole cake.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m thinking of trying boxing for the first time just to mix up my routine a little. What am I in for?

A: A great cardio challenge – that’s what you’re in for… Boxing not only builds upper body strength, it’s an all over body booster if you include some skipping, push-ups, etc. in between the sparring!


So it’s a win – win for you.

It may take a few sessions before you feel comfortable with the moves but it will certainly shock your muscles and guarantee a great cardio-kick.


So glove-up, focus on good technique and reap the rewards.






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After having dug to a depth of 3 meters last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the British, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 6 meters, and shortly after, a story
published in the New York Times: "American archaeologists, finding traces of
250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British".

Mula Nasruddin, reading of these discoveries, decides to dig up a bit of his desert patch in his village hometown and his findings were reported in the Tashkent Echo:

"After digging as deep as 20 meters in his backyard in Abu Qatar, Ouzbekistan, local elder Mula Nasruddin, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing at all. Mula Nasruddin has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Ouzbekistan had already gone to wireless."

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