Sunday, 28 September 2014

 Newsletter 0516




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




Eid-ul-Adha Prayers  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
Christians and Camera Crews Congregate at Kuraby  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Dave Andrews message to fellow Aussies What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
ECCQ calls for unity and solidarity Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
The CCN Weekly Islamophophia Roundup CCN Readers' Book Club Businesses and Services
Walk Together - Save the Date KB's Culinary Corner The CCN Date Claimer
Religious leader calls for apology to Muslims after rally Kareema's Keep Fit Column CCN on Facebook
Bill Maher Epic Rant! Bombing Muslim Countries

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links
29+ Ideas for Hajj at home with kids   Local, National & International Readership
Perth's Imam Ibrahim - Anxiety of the community   Write For Us
Gold Coast Mosque OPEN DAY
Last week on Q & A
Meet Uzair Akbar: Hussey fan, Muslim Imam
Open Letter to the Islamic Community
Southern Star reports
#NotInMyName: ISIS Do Not Represent British Muslims
Paul Murray calls out protestors "for what they really are"
My Qurban.... is Their Qurban


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CCN wishes all our readers and their family and friends


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Darra Mosque


Takbeer starts at 7am

Salaat (sharp) 7.30am

Venue: Darra Eidgha

Gold Coast Mosque


Eid Takbeer 7am
English Talk 7.30am
Salaat followed by Khutbas 8am


email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org with details of your communities' Eid-ul-Adha prayer arrangements

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Pastor David Bush


Christians of various denominations joined together in a show of solidarity with their Muslim counterparts at the Kuraby Mosque on Friday morning before the weekly jummah prayer.


In the wake of over a fortnight of tension within and outside the Muslim community all around Australia, Friday's gathering was a way of demonstrating that the Muslim community was not being abandoned and left to become captives in their own country.


A statement calling for Christians and Muslim to stand together was read out by the religious and community leaders of both faiths.

Terri Begley of ABC 612 was there, and shared what happened:



Dr Mohammad Abdalla

Making a stand

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Dave Andrews played a pivotal role in organizing the Christian-Muslim show of solidarity at Kuraby Mosque on Friday morning.

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Peak body for cultural diversity the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) joins Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes, in signing and promoting a statement of solidarity that advocates unity and respect between all people of all faiths.


The statement, put together by a group of religious leaders in Australia, led by the organisation, Welcome to Australia, is in response to recent focus in the media and in public discourse of framing ant-terrorism efforts and acts of extremism and violence as a Muslim issue.


The authors of the statement of solidarity, “We’ll Love Muslims 100 Years” write, “We stand in solidarity with all people who are suffering the results of war, violence and terror around the world, recognising the dignity of all people and their right to enjoy freedom from persecution and oppression.


We celebrate the diversity of the Australian community and recognise the valuable contribution of people of Muslim faith to our culture and community.


We know that vilification and alienation are not the way to peace or social harmony, but that authentic relationships, solidarity, listening, learning and mutual respect go a long way to building the kind of community we’d like to live in.”


ECCQ Director Dr Mustafa Ally said the recent negative portrayals of people of Muslim faith have had unfortunate consequences for Muslim communities in Queensland who have fallen victim to racial vilification.


“Islam is a peaceful religion and our Muslim communities are upstanding citizens who contribute greatly to Queensland and Australia-wide as community leaders, volunteers, teachers, doctors, etc.,” he said. “The highly divisive rhetoric currently being used in the media to describe an entire population of people threatens social harmony at a time when unity and understanding is vital.”


Now is the time for unity and solidarity between all cultures and all faiths and to stand up to hateful acts and words that may marginalise a whole community.”


ECCQ encourages you sign the statement of solidarity online at www.lovefor100years.com.


More information about ECCQ can be viewed at www.eccq.com.au.

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Walk Together is coming up and that many Muslim organisations around the country will be taking part this year. Watch this space for the Brisbane effort.





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ON behalf of all fair-minded and decent citizens on the Sunshine Coast, I unreservedly apologise to the local Islamic community for the absurd and offensive demonstration last Saturday morning outside the Stella Maris Catholic Church.

While I respect, and am prepared to listen to, everybody else's varying points of view, I am the person who lives next door to the house that the local Muslim folk have purchased for whatever purpose they intend.

I never wished the Islamic community to buy in next door. It was their choice. By doing so, I presume that the Muslim community is inviting the Catholics next door to make them welcome, so that we can get along well enough together as good neighbours.

Sadly, the Stop the Mosque crusaders, in trying to pull down the Muslim community, have unintentionally attempted to denigrate the local Catholic community as well.

Of course there will be issues, but, please, let us sort these things out between ourselves as considerate and reasonable neighbours.

For those people who worry about international terrorism issues, counter-terrorism action starts at home, in our personal dealings with the folk who live next door.

It is wiser to leave security and terrorism issues to the police and other appropriate law enforcement agencies.

I respectfully suggest local groups stop persecuting the local Muslim community and conduct themselves, and share their opinions, in a much more Christ-like manner than we witnessed on Saturday.



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Please mind the language (not for delicate ears)


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By Blogger Faaiza  of Modest Muchies     



(With Dhul Hijjah upon us) I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired to create something for this years activities with the cookie monster.


So I took to the internet to get some much needed inspiration and thought why not share my findings with you.


Here are my 29+ ideas for Hajj at home WITH kids.


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Radio 720 ABC Perth       

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"Regrettably we are seeing a serious testing of our social cohesion that is often driven for perceived political gain. Queensland is home to people who speak more than 220 languages, hold more than 100 religious beliefs (or none) and come from more than 220 countries or geographical locations, and we are one of the most peaceful nations on earth. We all live here, are all different in our own right, yet all share some form of commonality. Everyone has a right to feel and be included in our society within the rule of law. This dinner is about celebrating and supporting positive social cohesion and not about politics or religion."

Where: Michaels Oriental Restaurant
When: Friday 17 October 2014. 6.30pm
Cost: $35 pp or $350 table of ten includes dinner

Please advise of any dietary requirements
All tickets must be pre-purchased and limited to 350 guests
No free tickets

For tickets and payment options, please contact me by private Facebook message, mobile 0413 874 008, return email, or unitydinner2014@gmail.com

If you are interested in considering being one of the event sponsors, also contact me as above. This is not a fundraiser and any surplus funds will be donated to the Together For Humanity Foundation http://togetherforhumanity.org.au

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Arundel Mosque held an open day on Saturday to show the Gold Coast community it has nothing to fear

THE Arundel Mosque threw open its doors and invited the community in the hopes of increasing education and acceptance on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Islamic Society president Hussin Goss said the public were invited to enjoy a sausage sizzle and ask questions to help them better understand what a mosque is all about.

The move came after the religion and its traditions were thrown into the spotlight following international events and the Gold Coast City Council’s rejection of a proposal to build a mosque at Currumbin.

“It’s all been highlighted lately not just on the Gold Coast but within Australia because of what’s happening overseas and on the southern Gold Coast,” Mr Goss said.

“We have an obligation to open the doors to open the doors to the public and enlighten everyone.

“I think people are inquisitive about it and some have misunderstandings but most people are good about it.”

The day was also used to raise money for a local woman with multiple sclerosis who had reached out for help to fund an operation.

“We have done these sorts of things privately but we want to show the community that we are involved and we are using the day as a bit of a sponsorship of her overseas stem cell therapy,” he said.

“The operation is $50,000 and we want to show that Gold Coasters are good-hearted.”

The open day was held at the mosque on Allied Drive from 10am to 1pm on Saturday.



Almost 500 non-Muslims including Asst. Police Commissioner Stephen Hollands visited the Mosque.

They were given a guided tour around the Mosque and were treated to a sumptuous sausage sizzle and drinks.

"More that 95 percent of the visitors were first timers to the Gold Coast Masjid and they were impressed with the reception. All left with a good positive impression and better understanding of Islam and Muslims. Inshaallah, this will be the beginning of more 'Open Day' events at the Gold Coast Masjid," Hussain Baba (ISGC - Secretary) told CCN.


"What is a Mosque" Hussin Goss Gold FM




"Open Day this Saturday" Hussin Goss - Gold FM


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Read the transcript here.


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Imam Uzair Akbar loves golf and soccer, but his favourite sportsman is cricketer David Hussey.

He's also partial to a plate of steak and chips.

But it is his day job that puts Uzair Akbar in the frontline of one of contemporary Australia's most exhausting positions.

Uzii Akhar is the Imaan of the Islamic Council of Holland Park, which is based around the 108-year-old Islamic mosque in Brisbane's inner-south.

The Imam is the leader of the Muslim community.

And this week, Imaan Akbar's job leading a Muslim congregation under the tense gaze of a questioning Australia after the most extensive terrorism raids Australia has ever seen, has been a very hard one.

Last week, on Friday afternoon, however, Imam Akbar welcomed 200 people inside the mosque on Nursery Road for an hour-long open session.

Inside, the domed building's green-carpeted prayer room was crowded with curious local residents. Some wore headscarfs, some headwear out of respect. All had questions.

Imam Akbar was surprised at the turnout and at the warm applause he received.

"I think this was very productive and very constructive and I believe it will grow in size and the message will be related to the wider community," he said.

Imam Akbar has been at the Holland Park mosque for 18 years, arriving in Australia in 1996.

"I was born in England, studied in Pakistan for 14 years and then studied in Australia," he said.

As an Imam, he has memorised Islam's Koran – known the Quran – and can recite it from cover to cover.

Imam Akbar explained the Muslim religion and the aspects of the Holland Park mosque to those who gathered there on Friday.

He was joined by Ali Kadri, the general secretary of the Islamic Council of Holland Park Islamic community.

Mr Kadri said Muslims were willing to take responsibility for ignorance in their community and requested the wider Australian community learn more about Islam.

"As the Muslim community we are willing to take charge for our radicals, for our ignorance," Mr Kadri said.

Yet, he said there were steps both Muslims and non-Muslims could take to ease the tensions in the community.

"I see a bridge between us," he said.

"On the Muslim side of the bridge there are extremists sitting, not letting us get through," he said.

"And on the other side there are ignorant people sitting not letting us get through.

"We need to remove them and take the bridge, walk over and be one."

Mr Kadri said extremists had victimised Islam in using it as justification for their violent acts.

"Islam is innocent, if anything Islam is the biggest victim of the crime committed in the name of Islam," he said.

He said the religion had to be separated from acts of atrocity.

"Islam is innocent of the crime committed by Muslims in the same way that Christianity is innocent of the crimes committed by Christians," he said.

"We should not connect the religion to the crimes committed by the people committing those crimes."

His comments were received with loud applause.

Mr Kadri said extremists had broken connections with their mosques.

"They go and open up a centre and sit on a computer and look at YouTube where a prolific speaker with views that they want to project, connects with them," he said.

"Especially with the people who feel disenfranchised, marginalised."

He said the lack of commitment to Muslim teachings was one cause of the problems Islam was now facing.

"They are reading the same book, but they are not reading it properly and they are not presenting it properly."

Mr Kadri was challenged by a young woman who said she had been abused by young Muslims.

Mr Kadri said incidents like that must be reported to the police and to the Imaans.

"If somebody wants to stand against one innocent Australian, they will have to go through me to do that, regardless of their faith," he said.

"When Imam talks about this country and the safety of this country, if any Muslim has any idea in their head of threatening the safety and security of this country – which is a peaceful country – and its people, we will stand by Australians."

The 200 people who turned up at the Holland Park mosque on Friday could have well been part of history, with the suggestion of holding a Queensland-wide Mosque Day also receiving loud applause.

The weekend after September 11 – when thousands of people died in the name of Islam – is now being considered one option for a Queensland Mosque Day.

"Where all the mosques can open for one weekend – in the third weekend in September preferably, because September is connected with a very sad event where 3000 poor souls were killed in the name of Islam unfortunately," Mr Kadri said.

He also suggested the week after September 11 become a week of discussion.

Mr Kadri asked the visitors gathered at the Holland Park mosque, including Arts Minister Ian Walker, their view and received positive applause.

"I think we should start here. We are the pioneers of communal harmony and we should start it from here and let the world learn how to live in peace in harmony," he said.

Friday's crowd also included Greenslopes MP Ian Kaye and Brisbane councillor Krista Adams.

Source: Brisbane Times



Source: Southern Star

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Bill Shorten (left) and Michelle Rowland (bottom right) have written an open-letter to the Islamic community following concerning reports about Australia’s Islamic community being assaulted, vilified, and being wrongly stigmatised for the crimes of ISIL.

In such difficult times, Labor will continue to speak out against ill-informed and dangerous views and stand up for tolerance and multiculturalism. Read their letter here:

To whom it may concern,

We have been very distressed by recent reports about the Australian Islamic community being wrongly blamed for the crimes of ISIL, including assaults and other forms of vilification.

Labor stands shoulder to shoulder with Australia’s Islamic community and, now more than ever, we are committed to tolerance, social cohesion, mutual respect and multiculturalism.

Labor will continue to work with you to stop misinformation, bigotry and prejudice directed at the Australian Islamic community.

Regrettably, some in our community, including a very few elected representatives, have made comments which have the potential to damage community harmony and inflame tensions. Labor strongly opposes these ill-informed and dangerous views and we will continue to speak out against them.

We know that the twisted ideology of ISIL bears no relation to a faith of peace, love and tolerance which is followed by millions around the world – and we will continue to make this point.

ISIL has no right to use the name of Islam.

We will work with you to help stop ISIL spreading division, radicalising disaffected and vulnerable young people. We will not allow them to nurture intolerance and create a world where people fear the unknown and resent differences.

The Islamic story in Australia has a rich history and grows stronger each year. Australia’s Muslim community continues to do our nation a great service by fostering enduring cultural and religious harmony, and making a substantial contribution to our national prosperity.

This reflects modern Australian multiculturalism: a story of cultural enrichment, social cohesion and economic growth and it is a story that the Labor Party is committed to and will always defend.

We are keen to engage with you and your organisation, to listen to you about how we can further these goals together. Please contact Ms Rowland’s office on 02 6277 4833 or Michelle.Rowland.MP@aph.gov.au if you would like to make such arrangements. We look forward to hearing from you.

Finally, on the upcoming occasion of Eid Ul Adha, we wish you, your family and your community a heartfelt Eid Mubarak.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Shorten
Leader of the Opposition

Michelle Rowland
Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism

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Source: Southern Star

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#NotInMyName: Young British Muslims at Active Change Foundation show their solidarity against ISIS and their actions.

For more information on Active Change Foundation, click on:
Website: http://www.activechangefoundation.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Active_Change_F



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Dear CCN Editor


I Mohammed Zakir Ali Civil Engr working in Jeddah will be visiting Brisbane from 11 Oct until 18 Oct. Anticipated to continue vacation in Perth where I lived and worked for 3 years.

I would like to advertise for Paying Guest Accommodation (for a couple) in preferably Kuraby during 11 - 18 Oct. Please email me at zakir2010@gmail.com.

Inshallah will be attending Eid event on 10 Oct and happy to meet my friends who encourage secure good Job during our stay in 2008.

Zakir Ali, Mohammed

Prof Engineer Civil
Commercial Manager - Associate Arbitrator Aust, U.A.E
Mobile + 966 561 222 702 KSA

Dear CCN Readers


ECCQ is planning its next Leadership Development Program for members of new and emerging communities.

This program will be for women. It offers the opportunity to learn new leadership skills and to further develop current skills within the context of settlement in Australia.

If you’re interested in developing new networks and expanding your skills please read the programme and EOI and contact me.

Warm regards

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Program Supervisor - Community Leadership (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland
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E: leadership@eccq.com.au



Qatar women’s basketball team pull out of Asian Games over hijab ban



SOUTH KOREA: Qatar’s women’s basketball team has withdrawn from the Asian Games after they were banned from wearing their hijabs on court.

The team first forfeited their game against Mongolia after they were refused permission to wear the Islamic headscarf during play, and on Thursday the team pulled out of the Games completely ahead of their match against Nepal.

The players claim to have been told that they would be able to wear hijabs during the competition, held in Incheon in South Korea.

But world basketball regulations outline headgear and hair accessories among the items not allowed on the basketball court.

Confusion around the rules for the Asian Games could have arisen from the recent relaxation of guidelines outlined by the international governing body for basketball, Fiba, aimed at making the game more accessible.

“We were told that we would be able to participate in matches by wearing a hijab,” Amal Mohamed A Mohamed, one of the Qatari players, said, adding that the team had travelled to the games based on this assurance.

Wearing a hijab is not banned from all sports at the Games; the Iranian lightweight women’s quadruple sculls team, who wore a bronze medal on Wednesday, all wore the headscarf during their race.

On Wednesday the Olympic Council of Asia issued the statement: “The right of the athletes must be the highest priority”.

Source: The Independent

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China's war on terror becomes all-out attack on Islam in Xinjiang

SHACHE COUNTY, China – The month of Ramadan should have been a time of fasting, charity and prayer in China’s Muslim west. But here, in many of the towns and villages of southern Xinjiang, it was a time of fear, repression, and violence.

China’s campaign against separatism and terrorism in its mainly Muslim west has now become an all-out war on conservative Islam, residents here say.

Throughout Ramadan,police intensified a campaign of house-to-house searches, looking for books or clothing that betray “conservative” religious belief among the region’s ethnic Uighurs: women wearing veils were widely detained, and many young men arrested on the slightest pretext, residents say. Students and civil servants were forced to eat instead of fasting, and work or attend classes instead of attending Friday prayers.

The religious repression has bred resentment, and, at times, deadly protests. Reports have emerged of police firing on angry crowds in recent weeks in the towns of Elishku, and Alaqagha; since then, Chinese authorities have imposed a complete blackout on reporting from both locations, even more intense than that already in place across most of Xinjiang.


Washington Post

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‘Anti-Muslim discrimination’: HSBC shuts down only account of UK Islamic charity



UK: HSBC has officially closed the bank account of one of Britain’s oldest mosques, in an effort to minimize its risk. The mosque’s chairman said the banks’ action was discriminatory and Islamophobic. Meanwhile, they have opened an account with a new bank.

Finsbury Park mosque in north London (pictured above) received a letter in July notifying them that their account would be shut down on September 22nd, adding that they should not try to open another account with the bank in the future.

The charity was told that following a ‘general review’ of its customer portfolio, the bank decided it would stop providing banking services to the mosque, because it fell out of HSBC’s ‘risk appetite.’

However, Finsbury Parks’ management believes that the move was an act of ‘anti-Islamic discrimination’ against the mosque and the community that attends it.

Finsbury Park Mosques’ chairman Mohammed Kozbar told RT that HSBC “made it difficult” to ascertain why their account had been closed, but that the mosque is “committed to continue the work it is doing.”

Kozbar also told RT that it was unlikely that the mosque was a credit risk. “We are a local organization; we don’t send or receive money from abroad and our money goes into funding our local work,” he said.

Trustees of the mosque have also hit out at HSBC’s decision, with some calling it a deliberate act of prejudice.

In July, Khalid Oumar told the trade magazine Third Sector that the decision was “clearly discriminatory” and "unacceptable".

Oumar also said HSBC was unwilling to disclose any further information regarding its decision.




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Muhammed tops boys’ name


UK: More than 8,000 boys born last year were named with some variation of Muhammad. The UK’s Office of National Statistics declared Oliver as the top pick of 2013 with 6,949 boys sporting the name. However, a closer look at the complete list showed that parents selected several spellings of Muhammad for their sons, making the name more popular.

Combined spellings of Muhammad have made it the most popular name for newborn boys in England for three years in a row.

They rank higher than other favourites such as Harry and Jack in the top 100 names.
Across England, a total of 7,032 babies were given the name using the spellings of Muhammad (18th), Mohammed (25th) and Mohammad (58th) – topping the 6,893 that were called Harry.

Now, however, the single variant Muhammad has topped the list in the capital with 768 registered births last year, ahead of Daniel on 666.

There are 18 variations of Muhammad featured on the 2013 list of baby boy names. The most common variations were Muhammad, with 3,499 namesakes, Mohammed, with 2,887, and Mohammad, with 1,059.

Source: Muslim News

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


This week CCN recommends


Islamic thought in 20th century Bosnia and Herzegovina

Volume 1. By Enes Karic, Sarajevo: El-Kalem, pp510, HB, 2011


This is the first volume of Professor Enes Karic’s unique attempt to survey twentieth century Islamic thought and contributions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The author is a Professor of Qur’anic Studies at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in the University of Sarajevo, a former Education Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a prolific writer. Fluent in Arabic, Turkish, English and Bosnian, Dr Karic is an internationally recognised scholar and writer. His notable publications include two volume translation and commentary of the Qur’an into Bosnian language and Essays (on behalf) of Bosnia (2000). I am grateful to the author for sending me this important book.

Consisting of an Introduction, 18 chapters, bibliography and an index of names, in this book the author seeks to highlight the lives, thoughts and contributions of selected Bosnian scholars, thinkers and reformers for the benefit of his people. According to Dr Karic, he was motivated to write this book to preserve information and data for the benefit of present and future generations.

In his own words, ‘Twentieth century Bosnia and Herzegovina was a country that endured bitter wars. Not one of the former Yugoslav republics suffered such destruction, bloodshed and forced population movements during the Second World War as did Bosnia and Herzegovina. During that war hundreds of Muslim villages and settlements of Eastern and Western Bosnia went up in flames, and with them dozens of libraries, both private and public. The source materials on the Bosnian Muslims and their most important thinkers are increasingly disappearing without trace, even the most recent, merely some hundred years old…I had therefore wanted for many years to write a short history of Islamic thought in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I wanted to make my modest contribution to ensuring that at least a small part of our heritage be rescued from oblivion and disappearance.’ (pp6-7)

First six chapters of the book focuses on the history, heritage and contributions of Gazi Husrev Bey Madrasa and Khanaqa, a remarkable Islamic institution established in 1537 by Gazi Husrev Bey (1480-1547), a notable Ottoman governor and one of the most important benefactors of Bosnia. In these chapters, the author covers the history of this institution during the Ottoman period (1537-1878), Austro-Hungarian period (1878-1918), the time between two World Wars (1918-1941), and the Socialist period (1945-1990).

According to Dr Karic, ‘There is no doubt that the Madrasa has for four and a half centuries been the greatest guarantor of our religious survival. It stands on the borders of the past and the present, and was required to adapt itself to changes through which Bosnia passed…there are academic disciplines that form a permanent part of the Madrasa curriculum, based on the sound and unalterable past and tradition, but also new ones that are imposed by the needs of the future towards which one must remain open…The Gazi Husrev Bey Madrasa also stands on the boundaries between two worlds, the East and the West. From its very origins it was not possible to speak of one without the other, and this is especially true today.’ (p93)

Of the remaining 12 chapters, three are devoted to reform and renewal in 20th century Bosnia and Herzegovina (chapter 9), the role of El-Hidaje periodical in raising awareness of Islam (chapter 12) and a historical survey of translation of the Qur’an into Bosnian (chapter 13), while the remaining chapters of the book provide critical overview of the lives and contributions of prominent scholars, thinkers and reformers like Mehmed Dzemaludin Causevic, Mehmed Handzic, Husein Dozo, Adil Bey Zulfikarpasic, Nerkez Smailagic and Muhamed Filipovic.

However, the contribution of scholars like Alija Izetbegovic and Smail Balic are not covered in this volume. No doubt, these and other scholars will be covered in the next volume.

In reconstructing the past, the author had to be mindful of the links between the past, present and the future so as to provide a holistic interpretation of the passage of time. In his own words, ‘I was faced…with the issue of that inescapable distance. But distance is a double-edged sword. One the one hand, it does indeed allow us, with the passage of time, to be more objective, unbiased…But on the other hand, distance often also becomes a barrier between us and the events we describe. Distance often makes the past seem uninteresting, dull, forcing us to regard the entire wealth of the past reductively, as a mere mass of history, subsequently ‘objectivized’ and reconstructed. With distance, then, one both gains and loses. One gains objectivity towards the past, but…strict distance often renders the past and its personalities and content insipid, deprives it, in short, of its subjectivity.’ (pp5-6)
Striking a balance between objectivity and subjectivity in relation to the past is never an easy task, but, in this book, Dr Karic has shown that it is possible to reconcile the past with present for the benefit of the future. He deserves much applaud for such an important and invaluable contribution. Highly recommended reading for scholars and students of modern European Islamic thought, culture and history.

Muhammad Khan, Acclaimed author of The Muslim 100 (2008) and The Muslim Heritage of Bengal (2013)

Source: Muslim News


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KB says: This recipe has been contributed by Nazrina Joosub who tells me that it is an ideal accompaniment to any BBQ.

Savoury Rice



1 onion diced.
1 tab. ghee
Julienne strips of carrots and green and red peppers (1/2 cup each)
¼ cup of corn and peas.
½ tsp lemon pepper, garlic flakes and green chillies
2 tsp. spice for rice
1 tsp salt
2 cups of rice
½ cup of mixed vegetables (could use the frozen variety)
A handful of shell pasta
4 cups of boiling water
A handful of roasted slivered almonds


1. Sauté the onion in ghee until softened.
2. Add all the spices and vegetables and cook until tender.
3. Add 4 cups of boiling water and add the 2 cups of rice and the shell pasta.
4. Cook until the rice is done and the water has been absorbed.
5. You may need to adjust for salt.
6. Garnish with slivered almonds and greens before serving.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m on a mission to lose some kilos so I’ve been on a few different diets and have been exercising as well. I have a really busy work schedule so I’m trying to cut corners wherever I can. Any suggestions?

A: Unfortunately cutting corners is not going to get you the results you’re after. Certain diets restrict food groups and can cut calories but will leave you feeling tired, hungry and craving sugar.

Why not try a well-balanced diet rich in fresh, whole foods (unprocessed) and plenty of water.


Combined with regular exercise, this is key to maintaining a good healthy weight, and

• Carry small, healthy snacks with you during the day
• Eat easy to prepare meals
• Plan your meals on the weekend so it’s less time consuming during the week
• Incorporate 5-minute mini workouts throughout your day
• Set your alarm for half and hour earlier and go for a walk or jog
• Keep it simple and get the most out of the little time you have





My Health and Fitness

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Jallalluddin and Halimmuddin are talking about their boss's upcoming wedding.


Jallalluddin says, "It's ridiculous, he's rich, but he's 93 years old, and she's just 26! What kind of a wedding is that?"

Halimmuddin says, "Well, we have a name for it in my family."

"What do you call it?"

"We call it a football wedding."

Jallalluddin, "What's a football wedding?"

Halimmuddin says, "She's waiting for him to kick off!"

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Surah Ta-ha 20:15


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0433 285 086


5 October



11 October


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0418 722 353

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12 October



Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd,


3372 1400

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18 October


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Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha 

3841 3645 

2.30pm to 4.30pm

25 October


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260 Third Ave. MARSDEN 

0406 914 831 

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25 October


1st Muharram 1436 (Islamic New Year)

26 October


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FAMSY, Islamic Appeal & Youth of Brisbane

Griffith Uni Nathan Campus 

0431 800 414 

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3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)

23 November


Fund Rasing Dinner for Slackscreek Mosque Sounds of Da'Wah

Slackscreek Mosque Organizing Committee

45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

3841 3645 

2.30pm to 4.30pm



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15 March 2015


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Garden City Mosque (Toowoomba)

0421 081 048

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7 June 2015


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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.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


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Thursday 20 November 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

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



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au

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VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
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All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Muslim Community & Qld floods

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Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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