Sunday, 14 December 2014

 Newsletter 0527




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




2014 Awards for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding  The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought
So, you're a Muslim?  The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week
Muslim Aid Australia Winter Appeal 2014 What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions
Modest Munchies and Read Little Muslims Giveaway Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services
Al Kauthar Lecture in Brisbane

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

School hatred is enough to make you sic (sic)

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

IPDC Program: 3rd January

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

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Pope: Muslims say Koran ‘is a prophetic book of peace’

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Vice Chancellor David Lloyd, Yasmin Khan, Rubana Moola, Brad Chilcott and Governor Le


The third annual awards for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding were held this week in Adelaide, and Qld Eidfest Association were the winners in the Organisation Category.

The awards are an initiative of the International Centre of Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia, in collaboration with the SA Premiers Dept and the SA Australia Day Council.

The award was presented by the Governor of SA, Hieu Van Le and received by Yasmin Khan and Rubana Moola on behalf of Qld Eidfest.

In her acceptance speech, Yasmin Khan spoke about starting Eidfest 10 years ago as an “opportunity to bring the Muslim community together and allowing non-Muslims to celebrate a festive occasion with us.”

Eidfest has grown over the years, and whilst you can still enjoy food and free rides, you can also take in the Muslim Writers Festival, see art displays, enjoy a diversity of acts on the stage, engage in some lively discussion and meet a celebrity or two!”

In accepting this award, I want to thank the Brisbane community who continue to support Eidfest, the Brisbane City Council and the State Government for being wonderful sponsors and we look forward to many long and fruitful years ahead, Insha’Allah.

The winner of the Individual Award went to Brad Chilcott, founder of the Welcome to Australia organisation and We’ll Love Muslims 100 years campaign.

Tim Cox spoke with Yasmin Khan, president of Brisbane's Eidfest, which was awarded the organisational award, and Pastor Brad Chilcott, winner of the individual award for founding the Welcome to Australia campaign.



Source: 612 ABC


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At a time when the world’s eyes are on extremist Islamic groups like ISIL and Boko Haram, what’s it like being an average Muslim in Melbourne? Konrad Marshall reports on the hidden majority.

Imagine you are a young Muslim growing up in Melbourne. Now consider the last six months in isolation. Start with those ominous black balloons in Bendigo, and the organised campaign of hate and vilification to "Stop the Mosque".

Take a look at the next three-word slogan - "Ban the burqa" - and the posturing of politicians reacting to the idea of a ban, the cross-examination of the practicality and morality and legality of a ban, and all that frothing over who even has the right to comment on a ban.

I just want people to stop seeing a man with dark skin and a beard and thinking he’s evil. Giaan Tomcure

Stop as well to read the latest news, including the increase in unreported attacks against Muslim women - local women - as some sort of perverted response to faraway atrocities committed by a death cult somewhere in the Middle East.

As a young Muslim in Melbourne you may sense it building against you, yet again. That old guarded prejudice.

As you drown in each debate, maybe you glance at the results of recent VicHealth research suggesting an increasing number of people think there are ethnic groups who simply do not "fit in" – and that those who hold such views are most likely to feel negative towards Muslims and the Middle East.

Or perhaps you read the published results of the latest Ipsos Social Research Institute report, which polled Australians on various matters of potential ignorance. The findings show that we believe, on average, that 18 per cent of the population in this country is Muslim. The actual figure is closer to 2 per cent.

You are part of that misunderstood 2 per cent. You are not Numan Haider, 18, who was shot by police after stabbing two officers in Endeavour Hills. And you are not Adam Dahman, the Northcote teen who killed himself and five others with a bomb in Baghdad. You are not one of the "new faces of terror".

But nor are you an exemplar of some secularised Aussie Muslim ideal.


You are not beloved public intellectual and Walkley winner Waleed Aly. Or Richmond back flanker and multicultural ambassador Bachar Houli. Or industry titan and transformational chief executive Ahmed Fahour.

You are, in fact, the bulk of that 2 per cent - one of those many young moderate Muslims from whom we never hear.

Everyday Islam: Giaan Tomcure and Ameera Karimshah. Photo: Simon'ODwyer

Maybe you are Ameera Karimshah, 27, who deftly navigates a post-9/11 era that seems fixated on the extreme actions of a frightening minority - instead of the peaceful behaviour of the majority.

"You have to sort of explain yourself, especially when some dramatic thing happens," she says. "It's continuous. It's almost like we've grown up with this stigma."

Or perhaps you are Giaan Tomcure, also 27, who graciously and continually answers basic questions about his faith, but at the same time feels forced to justify Islam's place in the world.

"I do feel like I'm being judged," he says, "as if I need to explain myself to people and say 'Hey, I'm actually a nice person'."

Giaan and Ameera meet on a recent sunny Wednesday afternoon, outside a mosque in Hoppers Crossing. They are here (somewhat unfairly perhaps) as examples of an "average" Islam that is often overlooked.

Giaan runs through his recent work as a residential youth carer, helping teach life skills to kids removed from their parents by the Department of Human Services.

He wears black Havaiana thongs, beige skinny jeans and a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers, and talks about how he enjoys mixed martial arts fighting, video editing and acting.

You might remember him from bit part roles in ABC television productions including Bed of Roses and The Slap. (He was the guy who stole $40,000 from his boss, played by Alex Dimitriades.)

Ameera wears an aqua hijab (although she doesn't always wear one) and a beautiful peach and black dress, and she smiles while explaining her work as a masters student in international community development.

In her spare time she writes poetry, volunteers at a homework club at Footscray North Primary School, and regularly visits the detention centre at Broadmeadows to spend time with asylum seekers.

"We just take food, fruit, snacks, things to share," she says. "We sit and talk, keep them company and give them something different to do during the day. It's pretty monotonous being there."

Ameera speaks only English, but most of the games they play at the centre are simple enough to bridge the language gap. Uno is popular, she says, and they invent card games. "Could I have a chat to you about that after we're done?" asks Giaan. "I actually wanted to do some volunteer work and didn't know where to start."

Giaan and Ameera seem as positive and unpolished as any well-meaning pair of 20-somethings, and this is in part what Anita Harris had in mind when she enlisted them in her Monash University research project on the "Civic Life of Young Australian Muslims".

Ameera was engaged as a peer researcher, while Giaan provided one of many "digital stories" to emerge from the project - which examines community belonging, active citizenship and social inclusion and is funded by the Australian Research Council.

Harris, an associate professor and sociologist, says the study involved interviews with 80 young people who identify as Muslim from a migrant background. She intentionally sought a diverse sample of "representative" middle-ground Muslim youth who are neither the most marginalised nor the most successful.

"They're not out on the fringe - either expressing their voice in media or running off to Syria," she says. "The project was about finding this hidden majority."

Perhaps the most striking of the study's findings was the degree to which young Muslims feel positively perceived by their local community (61 per cent) as compared to wider society (25 per cent).

In interviews they talked about having open conversations and great interactions with non-Muslims on a one-to-one basis, but feeling isolated and misunderstood on the national stage.

"There was this frustration," says Harris, "that they didn't know how to scale up what was working at the community level with a broader public perception."


The frustration was amplified in part because the surveyed cohort are so heavily engaged in positive "civic practices" - including 91 per cent who give time, money and goods to causes such as Unicef, Red Cross and Amnesty International.

A whopping 83 per cent of the young Muslims surveyed do volunteer work in schools, nursing homes and hospitals, and are involved in various local community projects. (By comparison, ABS statistics from the recent Census suggest just 27 per cent of Australians aged 18 to 25 are involved in such work.)

The young Muslims also reported helping neighbours and the elderly with gardening, shopping and household chores - voluntary contributions that far exceed what Harris has found in prior research on other youth cohorts. And for most of them, this desire to serve others and contribute to community was directly correlated with their perceived obligations as good Muslims.

Giaan, for instance, speaks of zakat. One of the five pillars of Islam, zakat is a form of charity not unlike Christian tithing, which asks Muslims to give 2.5 per cent of their savings to charity each year.

"Islam is a guide to how you should live your life," says Ameera. "It teaches us to be good and charitable and engaged."

Of course, as Harris points out, research often shows that followers of any faith with an ethic of charity are bound to be more civically engaged. (In that way, the behaviour of these young Muslims could be more generally religious than exclusively Islamic.)

Generalising the motivation of Muslims is an easy way to lose sight of their diversity. There remains a persistent idea that there is only one way to be Muslim, and it involves being devout and pious - neglecting the obvious truth that there are varying levels of commitment to any faith.

Many Muslims will pray five times a day and fast during Ramadan - but not all. Many do come from the Middle East - but they are just as likely to come from the Sudan or Bosnia or Indonesia.

Ameera was born in Zimbabwe (with Indian, Malay and Dutch heritage) and came to Australia when she was 14.

Giaan was born here to Turkish parents who did not raise him religiously. He only began practising a few years ago, and is one of few members of his family to do so.

He goes to mosque every week for the all important Friday afternoon prayer, while Ameera rarely sets foot in any mosque, excepting certain community events or a religious gathering like Eid, the celebration after Ramadan.

Just as there are lapsed Catholics and non-practising Protestants, so are there laissez faire followers of Islam - people for whom the faith is more about culture and community than religion and dogma.

Experiences of racism and Islamaphobia among those in the Monash University project were just are diverse. Some have experienced none whatsoever, while others have been appalled at their treatment - and their responses were varied, too.

Harris says many of the girls in particular were "gutsy" in defending themselves from insults and attacks - challenging the stereotype that suggests Muslim females are shut away and trained not to speak up.

"There was one girl who said she was on a train, went to get her laptop out of her bag, and a woman next to her whispered to the woman she was with, 'it's probably a bomb'. And this girl was furious, and she went up to her and said: 'It's a laptop, and I'm sure your son or daughter also has a laptop'. And the woman was embarrassed. But it took a lot of courage to confront her.

"Another woman, a guy walked past her in the street and told her to take her headscarf off, and she said: 'How would you feel if I told you to take your pants off?' So these are really good examples of coming back, and having some smart responses, and not putting up with it."

But those interviewed also felt enormous pressure to "perform" as good Muslims - to hold themselves up to a higher standard. One noted that any identifiably Muslim person cannot afford to commit an infraction as relatively minor as littering.

"The standards they feel they have to meet to be seen as decent people are far higher than others," says Harris. "With this burden of being good, there isn't a lot of time left to just be who you are."

Ameera heard the same thing in her interviews. "People said: 'I have to be smiling all the time, because if I don't smile I'll convey that image of the bad Muslim'. They didn't feel they could frown in public."

What struck her most in the course of the research was the idea that young Muslims have to work so hard to show people how "normal" they are "by acting out their normalness and explaining their normalness".

Adds Giaan: "I just want people to stop seeing a man with dark skin and a beard and thinking he's evil ... just get out there and do some research, and understand what Islam is about."

Or ask Ameera and Giaan.

They are happy to answer your questions, although like many of their peers they do find it curious that their life seemingly involves acting as unofficial spokespeople for their brand of religion.

"There's a lot of cautious curiosity," says Ameera. "People going 'Oh, so, you're a Muslim - what does this mean?' It does get tiring when I have to tell my story again. But I'd rather have that conversation than not. I prefer that to the alternative."

Source: The Age


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Millions of people around the world are now at the mercy of the ice cold temperatures. Many will face the deadly chill without warm clothes, others without blankets, and some will brave sub zero temperatures without even a place to sleep.

Muslim Charitable Foundation and Muslim Aid Australia have developed a Winter Appeal to help those affected in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, India, and Bangladesh.

With your support they aim to provide essential warm blankets, mattresses, jackets, heaters, and food packs to those affected.

To donate directly into their account please use the details below:

Muslim Charitable Foundation
BSB 124 555
Acc: 2089 7392
Reference: Winter

Or visit here.


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Read Little Muslims has partnered with Modest Munchies to bring you this fantastic prize pack.


To enter, subscribe to both Modest Munchies and Read Little Muslims email list here.

If you’re already subscribed you’ll still need to fill in the form and answer the competition question. Don’t worry you’ll only be subscribed to each email list once. Entries close on Monday 22 December. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 23 December via social media and email.

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How Big is Allah? – Emma Apple (see our review here)
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Zaky DVD The Earth has a Fever (see a great review of Zaky products here)
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Have fun and be creative with your entries!! Look forward to seeing the results!


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YOU can’t blame the developers behind the proposed Islamic school on the Tablelands for wanting to pull the pin.

There has been a phenomenal amount of hatred towards the proposed construction of the $70 million Standard Bearer’s Academy, which ostensibly, would have provided a much-needed educational institution for the region.

At a glance, the school certainly ticked a lot of boxes: it was going to be housed far enough from the hustle and bustle of the region, yet close enough to Mareeba that it was not completely in the sticks.

The school boasted cutting-edge facilities including student accommodation and classrooms, a performing arts complex, Olympic-sized swimming pool, high-performance sports centre equipped with the latest sports science technology, tennis and basketball courts, equestrian centre, 400m tartan competition athletics track, two sports fields, a training farm and an orchard.

It would have provided 1200 boys agricultural training, potentially filling the void left behind by the closure of Mareeba Agricultural College.

Oh, and despite it having an Islamic focus, it would have been a multi-denominational campus, open to all faiths.

But it appears it’s not meant to be, with the proposed site back on the market.

Understandably, the developers are concerned about the lack of support within the community for the project.

To say there was a lack of support is an understatement. The reaction from some members of the community has been downright hysterical — even dangerous.

A quick glance at some of the comments on the vitriol-filled “Stop the $70 million Boys Boarding School — Mareeba” Facebook group reveals an avalanche of abhorrence.

One follower says he “will be happy to volunteer to destroy this place if it go’s (sic) ahead”.

A woman helpfully suggests those opposed to the school “throw a few dead pigs on the site”. “We did this somewhere else in Australia they didn’t build it wasn’t so sacred after a dead bleeding pig was throw (sic) on their property,’’ she wrote.

And a former PNG Airlines pilot starts off wishing opponents “strength”.

“Its (sic) down right pathetic that peace law abiding residents of our great country have to fight to oppose something that should be a NO BRAINER,’’ he writes.

“No one in their right mind would want anything Muslim in their community.”

Apart from being united in intolerance, most of those commenting on the page have a common trait: their grasp of the English language is appalling. It’s enough to make you very sic (sic). Ironically, these people want to prevent a school from educating their kids.

What is astounding about this opposition, though, is it is based on innuendo, mistruths, and downright falsities about an institution that no one has seen a development application for yet.

Some of the more vocal residents managed last weekend to sort themselves into an actual organisation to formally oppose the academy.

Dozens attended meetings in Cairns and Mareeba and branded themselves with the head-scratchingly bad name “Estop Islamic School Mareeba” (EISM).

Estop, if you – like me – needed to look it up, is an archaic legal term meaning to bar or preclude.

It is such an ancient term that it isn’t in the Macquarie Dictionary any more.

It has about as much relevance today as the Holy Crusades, one of mankind’s greatest demonstrations of religious extremism.

This unwarranted hatred of Muslims and Islam is also based on the actions of extremists.


But guess what?

There is more than one religion on this planet that has there own extremists.

Christianity has wackos who proclaim to be spreading the word of Jesus by placarding the funerals of fallen US soldiers. God knows why. Their logic is too hard to follow.

Paganism has folk who believe they can cast spells and summon demons.

Scientology has Tom Cruise. But the actions of a few cannot define an entire religion.

Protesting against an Islamic school is no different than opposing a Catholic private school – fearing priests may molest young children.

Far North Queenslanders have opened their arms to those of all races and faiths.

Mareeba itself has a tight knit community of Albanian Muslims, who helped establish the tobacco industry in the 1920s and, since then, devoted themselves to lives of faith and friendship.

If a multi-denominational school that wants to teach peace and unity is deterred from the region, it is a huge loss to the community.

Source: Cairns Post


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Pope Francis speaks to reporters during a press conference aboard the flight toward Rome, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Francis kicked off his final day in Turkey with a lengthy, two-hour liturgy alongside Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in the Orthodox Church of St. George, where incense mingled with hypnotic chants and prayers on an important feast day for the Orthodox Church.


Pope Francis, in Rome after a three-day trip to Turkey, told reporters that non-Muslims shouldn’t be “enraged” at the larger Muslim community when acts of terrorism are committed in the name of Islam.

“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,” he said, Reuters reported.

“They (Muslims) say: ‘No, we are not this, the Koran is a book of peace, it is a prophetic book of peace,’” he added.

The Pope also called on key Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism when it’s conducted in the name of Islam.

Such “global condemnation” would do a lot toward warding off stereotypes against Islam, he said.

Source: Washington Times


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In this episode of '100 Muslims, 1 Question' American Muslims from all walks of life were asked: "What is your favourite food?".


These are their responses



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China Uighurs: Xinjiang city of Urumqi to ban Islamic veil


The Islamic veil has grown increasingly popular among the Muslim Uighurs of Xinjiang


CHINA: The Islamic face veil is to be banned in public in the capital of China's restive Xinjiang region, home to its Uighur Muslim minority.

The ban was backed by local authorities in Urumqi, state media reported.

The move is the latest in a campaign against Islamic clothing and symbols in the mainly Muslim region.

China's government has blamed Uighur militants for several recent attacks - but activists say the violence has been fuelled by Chinese repression.

The Uighurs traditionally practice a moderate form of Islam. Recently, though, the influence of stricter forms of the faith from the Gulf and Pakistan has led to more women covering their faces.

According to the BBC's Asia Pacific editor, Charles Scanlon, the Chinese authorities regard wearing an Islamic face veil as an act of defiance at a time of growing violence in the region.

In August this year, the northern city of Karamay banned men with long beards from boarding buses.

Some experts believe such restrictions could backfire at a time when many Uighurs believe their culture is under attack.

James Leibold, an expert on China's ethnic policy at Melbourne's La Trobe University, told Reuters news agency that the ban on the veils would make them "more popular as a symbol of resistance and assertion of ethno-national identity".

He is quoted as saying that China's Communist party had made a direct link between certain Islamic dress styles and religious extremism.

The law passed in Urumqi is set to come into force after it has been approved by a regional body.

China's authorities have attributed a wave of recent violence, some of which has targeted civilians in public places, to Uighur militants inspired or aided by overseas terror groups.

It has launched a crackdown in the region, arresting and jailing scores of people.

But Uighur activists say that China's strong-arm tactics in Xinjiang - including cultural and religious repression - are fuelling tensions.

Source: BBC

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Afghan ‘Bruce Lee’ spins the web with his kung fu




KABUL: Meet Afghanistan’s Bruce Lee look-alike, Abbas Alizada! The 20-year-old from Kabul, nicknamed 'Bruce Hazara,' not only bears a striking physical resemblance to the famous kung fu legend, but also manages to pull off his martial arts moves.

The young Afghan has kicked his way through the internet, gaining wide popularity through videos and photos showcasing his talents.

Alizada's uncanny resemblance to the action film legend – the bowl-like haircut, physical build, and even similar clothes – made him a web hit this week.

"I want to be a champion in my country and a Hollywood star," Alizada told Reuters during an interview at Kabul's Darul Aman Palace.

The promising martial artist comes from a poor family of 10 children. His family wasn’t able to provide his classes at a Chinese mixed martial arts academy, but the trainer saw Alizada’s diligence and agreed to train him for free.

The young man trains there twice a week, perfecting nunchaku techniques and sparring with partners.

Alizada has over 50,000 followers on Twitter, where he posts pictures of himself striking Lee’s poses in front of Afghan landscapes.

Afghanistan is torn by internal conflict between the country’s NATO-supported army and Taliban insurgents.

"The destruction here makes me sad, but it also inspires me," said Alizada, adding that “the only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war...I am happy that my story is a positive one."



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Lure of ration cards led to Agra 'reconversion'?



AGRA: A day after a group of around 200 Muslims in Madhunagar slum-cluster here claimed they had "reconverted" to Hinduism, many of them on Tuesday said they were still Muslims, with some admitting that they had joined the RSS and Bajrang Dal-organized 'ghar vapsi' ceremony after being promised ration cards and houses.


The saffron outfits, though, rubbished this claim, saying there was no inducement for "reconversion".

Farhan, a slum dweller, said, "If 40 people in saffron scarves come and stand on your head, you will do just as they want." Farhan was among those who had taken part in the puja, washed the feet of Hindu gods and also briefly worn vermillion on his forehead. On Tuesday, though, he said it was all for getting those men in "saffron scarves" off his back.

The re-conversion event was painted as "ghar vapsi" or re-conversion of Muslims who had Hindu ancestry. It was organized by the Dharma Jagran Samanvay Vibhag, an offshoot of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bajrang Dal. A 'shuddhikaran hawan' was also performed in the slum.

Bajrang Dal functionary Ajju Chauhan said the re-conversion had indeed taken place, and if the people were denying it, it was out of fear. "All these people have Hindu ancestors. They just did 'ghar vapsi'," he said, adding, "They were not lured by ration cards or houses. They wanted to lead clean lives."

District magistrate Pankaj Kumar and SSP Shalabh Mathur said no one had approached them in connection with the re-conversion event.

Ismail, who led the 200-odd Muslims in the event, said he offered namaz on Tuesday after no one from the saffron outfits turned up in their neighbourhood. "We're poor people and anyone can do anything with us. We can't afford to lose our lives over religion and conversion," Ismail said, adding that the promise of ration cards and houses had drawn many people.

"They first threatened to get us to vacate our homes. The land is owned by a Hindu. Later, they said that if we converted, we would get houses and better schooling for children," Ismail said. The women who had posed before cameramen on Mondays appeared withdrawn the day after and would not even allow the kids out to play.

Source: Times of India

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GERMANY: Islamophobia is racism, pure and simple

Comment by Yassin Musharbash

An ‘anti-Islamisation’ demonstration in Dresden this week. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP

Islamophobia is on the rise in Germany. That is troubling enough. But what’s even more concerning is that many of those whom I would define as Islamophobic feel very good about it. They see themselves not as racist or xenophobic, but as defenders of democracy and human rights against the adherents of a religion they believe is incompatible with both.

Over the past few years the advance of Islamophobia can be easily observed. Anti-Muslim websites such as Politically Incorrect have expanded and become more aggressive, cherry-picking reports of crimes by Muslim perpetrators in order to confirm their prejudices; books with a clear anti-Muslim agenda – such as that of Thilo Sarrazin, a former Berlin finance senator – have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, including claims that Muslim immigrants are “dumbing down” Germany; parties such as Pro Köln, which hysterically warn of an “Islamic land grab”, have been founded.

It is against this backdrop that we have to look at the weekly protests in Dresden against the “Islamisation” of Germany. Few of those attending are neo-Nazis or classic rightwing radicals. Instead, the vast majority are normal citizens. Interestingly, and perhaps tellingly, there are hardly any Muslims in Dresden. Islamophobia apparently has as much to do with imagination as with reality.

To be sure, Islamophobia is no German speciality. In the Netherlands, for example, similar developments started years earlier. In fact, Islamophobia is on the rise across western Europe, not least in the UK.

As a journalist with an Arabic name, I receive a fair amount of Islamophobic hate mail, as do many colleagues with a similar background. Three years ago, when we realised this was happening to all of us and had become more frequent, we started to stage public events at which we read from these letters to an audience. But we don’t just read the letters. We have created a show around it – a party, if you like – called Hate Poetry Slam, during which we compete over who has received the meanest, most racist, most hateful letter. It is a public act of catharsis. But much more importantly, when read out loud in front of hundreds of people, the full extent of idiocy, the lack of logic, the hysteria in these letters becomes palpable. And laughable.

Of course, Islamophobia can’t be laughed away and ours is just small way of dealing with it. But what’s clear is that traditional racist arguments are now more likely to come in the form of abuse on the basis of religion. The argument is often that Jews share the same values as Christians, and Vietnamese immigrants are good at integrating, but for Muslims neither is true; plus, they want to take over. Which is why their religion is in fact an ideology; which is why it is OK to be against it; which in turn makes you a freedom fighter.

What’s feeding this? Clearly 9/11 and other Jihadist terrorist attacks play a role. But that’s not all. There is fear of losing out economically, for which Muslims are scapegoated; there’s the challenge of living in a society changing rapidly in the light of globalisation; there’s anger about the increasing visibility of immigrants.

The organisers of the Dresden demonstrations claim to be responding to street fights between Salafists and Kurds that broke out in western Germany a few weeks ago. But framing this and other problems as part of a phenomenon of Islamisation is ridiculous.

And yet it is time we started to take this seriously. Those people in the streets of Dresden may be nonviolent but they have been infected with a smug contempt for a minority, and may embolden the more radical fringes of the Islamophobic spectrum.

Politicians here have sensed that something is building. But until very recently, they mostly just maintained that people’s grievances should be taken seriously, rather than criticising the racist sentiment that came with their complaints.

This needs to change – now. It needs to be made clear that Islamophobia in Germany is no legitimate expression of anger or frustration and most certainly nothing to be proud of. It’s racism, plain and simple.

Source: 9News

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Meet the noble soul who lives to serve and ease suffering



SOUTH AFRICA: Gift of the Givers has been to some of the world’s most horrendous disaster scenes and has helped millions of people. But how did it all start?

Imtiaz Sooliman (pictured above) spent many years studying to become a doctor but, in 1992, he left that all behind.

How it all started


It’s not something I planned; it all happened by coincidence,” says Sooliman. “On 6 August 1992 when I was 28 years old – it was a Thursday night – I was in Istanbul with a spiritual teacher. There were people from all countries, all religions, and all colours – there was a unity of man, of different groupings in a holy place. After a religious ceremony the teacher just looked at me and it was as if something was talking through him – he just looked at me and said:

‘My son I’m not asking you I’m instructing you. You will form an organisation; the name will be Gift of the Givers. You will serve all people of all races, of all religions, of all colours, of all classes, of all political affiliations and of any geographical location and you will serve them unconditionally.


You will not expect anything in return - not even a thank you. In fact, with the kind of duty that you’re going to do, expect to get kicked in the butt. If you don’t get kicked regard that as a bonus.


Serve the people with kindness, with compassion, with mercy and remember the dignity of man is foremost – no matter what condition there is, you always protect the dignity of man and, when you serve them, serve them with excellence. This is an instruction for you for the rest of your life.


Remember that whatever is done is done through you and not by you. Don’t ever forget that!’
“I knew immediately I wanted to do that. I asked no questions. But I did think that maybe he’s talking about a small thing once in a while in between my medical practice. I never expected something like this!”

It began in Bosnia

The first project that Gift of the Givers took on was Bosnia in August 1992. “I just started when the civil war broke out,” says Sooliman. "I knew nothing about NGO work. Not even five months later we designed the world’s first containerised mobile hospital.

“It’s driven by fate, because you feel that connection all the time. You feel the calling, you feel the need, you see the suffering of man and you want to do something. There’s a lot of prayer involved. You’ve been shown what the right way is; what to do and what not to do. And it’s very clearly put in front of you.”

Gift of the Givers is in the business of saving lives which includes search and rescue missions. There are about 60 permanent day-to-day staff members. The medical team fluctuates according the need, but there is a core group of about 30 volunteers while the search and rescue party also numbers about 30. “The search and rescue guys are paramedics so there’s an overlap between the two teams,” says Sooliman.

The work the medical staff members at Gift of the Givers do can be very traumatic. In Haiti it left deep emotional scars that changed them forever.

Death is everywhere

“In Haiti the stench of death is everywhere! Doctors complained they’re finding only bodies; there’s nobody left alive. It’s terrible, but the thing that really broke them was in a church where they had to re-amputate the feet and hands of children that somebody before us messed up. There were hundreds of children like this!

“After that, when they told those children to go home, the children said ‘go home where?’ There is no house. There are no parents. There are no grandparents. There’s nobody. And they have torn clothes and no food or water. The stench of death, broken buildings, broken souls… My teams broke down.”

Although it’s an NGO Gift of the Givers is run very professionally as if it was a business. “We would not have lasted two decades if it wasn’t,” says Sooliman. “Everything must be perfect. Corporates want to see professionalism.”

Funded by ordinary South Africans

Gift of the Givers is funded predominantly by ordinary South Africans. “A poor school in Orange Farm – the kids don’t have shoes, they don’t have lunch, they don’t have a jersey in winter – gave us R41 000 when we had the crisis in Somalia. A government school in Rylands gave us more than R100 000. Pensioners give us money.

“Recently a guy came out of prison. He said that he hasn’t been a good man; he’s done bad things. He gave us everything he had when he left prison – R5.60. People all over South Africa that respond in this manner.

“We have difficulties, but it’s nothing in comparison to what you see elsewhere. We must never be ungrateful.”

Sooliman says it’s the suffering of others that keeps him going. “We want to carry out service. We want to do this over and over, because you see the pain and suffering of people. When you can offer something and put a smile to somebody’s face you feel great.”

Source: 702 radio

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Group of prominent Malays calls for rational dialogue on position of Islam in Malaysia


PETALING JAYA: Deeply concerned over developments regarding race relations, Islam and extremist behaviour in Malaysia, a group of 25 prominent Malays have called for a rational dialogue on the position of Islam in a constitutional democracy.

"Given the impact of such vitriolic rhetoric on race relations and political stability of this country, we feel it is incumbent on us to take a public position," said Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, former Malaysian Ambassador to the Netherlands, in a statement on Sunday issued on behalf of the 25 signatories.

The statement was signed by prominent personalities, including former secretaries-general, directors-general, ambassadors and prominent Malay individuals who have contributed much to Malaysian society.


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Lord Mayor walks out of Islamic charity lunch after his lady consort was told she had to sit downstairs at the event


UK: A Lord Mayor walked out of an Islamic charity lunch after discovering that he would have to be segregated from his female consort.

Labour councillor John Thomas, 70, (pictured left) arrived at the function last Sunday with consort Margaret Corley, 72.

But Councillor Thomas, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, was said to be upset at being told he would have to dine in an upstairs function room with male guests, while his consort would be seated downstairs with the other women.

The lunch was held to mark the end of Charity Week – an annual fundraising event supported by around 20 university Islamic societies in the UK, and others in Canada and Qatar. It took place at a wedding and conference venue near Leicester railway station.

Guests at the event, who paid £6 a ticket, were told that the week of fundraising to help orphaned and disadvantaged children raised £730,000. But Councillor Thomas seemed to be in no mood for celebrating and left early. It is understood Mrs Corley left with him.

A source at the event said the Mayor had ‘insulted’ other guests by walking out, adding: ‘Students from universities, colleges and schools raised over £732,000 in just one week.

‘They contributed their time and efforts to raise money. The Lord Mayor should have respected this work.’

Councillor Thomas, who lives with his disabled wife Irene, 59, in Hamilton, Leicester, declined to comment on the matter.
But another source with knowledge of the incident said the Mayor’s office had previously been sent some information outlining what he could expect at the function. ‘The Mayor says no such information [about sitting separately] was passed to him, so the arrangement seems to have taken him by surprise’, they said.

Ticket order forms for the event on Charity Week’s website featured separate boxes for ‘sisters’ and ‘brothers’.

Mrs Corley, who lives in a bungalow in the nearby village of Scraptoft, also declined to comment. She is understood to be a widow, and it is not known how she came to be selected as the Lord Mayor’s consort.

Councillor Thomas was elected to Leicester City Council in 1995 and currently represents Belgrave ward, a largely ethnic Indian district in a city where more than half of the population is non-white.

A spokesman for Islamic Relief, Charity Week’s partner organisation, said Councillor Thomas ‘arrived at the venue but left before the event started’. He added: ‘What happened was an unfortunate misunderstanding for which I want to apologise to the Lord Mayor on behalf of Islamic Relief and Charity Week.

‘None of the Charity Week organisers told the Lord Mayor he could not sit with his partner, and if anyone else at the event did then they were mistaken. The Lord Mayor and his partner would have been more than welcome to enjoy this event together.’


Source: Daily Mail

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens boards the "Peace Train" once again: Interview with Anthony Mason



UK: Born Stephen Georgiou in London to a Greek father and Swedish mother, Cat Stevens (his stage name) was 18 when he released his first album. He broke through in the U.S. in the Seventies, scoring eight straight gold or platinum albums.

But the singer started looking for a higher purpose in his life.

During his last tour in the U.S. in 1976, he was already studying the Koran. A year later, he would convert to Islam . . . and in November 1979, he turned his back on his music career.

Mason asked, "Did you have any regrets?"

"I think the only regret I had was kind of in a way saying goodbye to a lot of the people that wanted me to hang around and keep singing," he replied. "But I had a life to get on with."

He changed his name to Yusuf Islam - and he would not pick up a guitar again until 2003, when his son brought one home.

How did it feel to play the guitar again? "You know, it hurt a little bit, 'cause you know your fingers get a bit sore at the top. But very soon that vanished and I was back creating songs and writing with another meaning."

"There were some people in the Muslim world who were uncomfortable with [you] picking up the guitar again," said Mason.

"That's true. There is an opinion -- although it's an isolated one perhaps -- which is very loud, that doesn't agree with music or frivolity and generally the entertainment world.

"So I've now written a book called 'Why I Still Carry a Guitar.' And that's kind of to silence those people who perhaps think I'm doing something outside of the religious boundaries. And of course, [it's] nothing like that. The civilization of Islam was probably the first to introduce the guitar as a popular instrument."

At 66 Yusuf has a new album out, "Tell 'Em I'm Gone." His journey back to music has been gradual: First singing, then recording, now touring. And Cat, the name he pushed away, he has embraced again.

"I chose that name. So I'm quite happy now to see that name, you know, alongside Yusuf because, hey, it's me!"

"For a while that wasn't true, though," said Mason.

"For a while I was trying to get as far away from my past as possible," Yusuf said. "And that's a natural thing when a person, you know, converts or embraces religion. They don't want to know anything else.

"So there's a point where you have to come to a balance, right? And thank God, I've come to that balance today. And so I'm able to be a reflection of my Western upbringing, my lifestyle, and also my faith as a Muslim."

"There need to be more bridges?"

"For sure."

"Do you want to be one of those bridges?"

"I'm naturally a bridge," he said. "Yeah, that's my job."


CBS News

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve just completed Uni for the year and find that I’m missing motivation when it comes time to work out. What can I do to get back in to the zone?

A: If you really need a push, then try to get to the gym.


Doing classes will get you motivated and hanging around longer than you would when working out on your own.

Get yourself in the right frame of mind with a good start to the day by having a healthy breakfast to kick-start your metabolism and day.

Finally, rope in some friends.


Get yourself a workout buddy and not only motivate each other, challenge yourself to be the best that you can be.




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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

The latest in Islamic children’s storybooks – Faatimah and Ahmed: We’re Little Muslims by Brisbane-based Razeena Gutta and illustrated by Abira Das is an innovative and imaginative approach to story telling.


When Razeena Gutta started putting together stories for her young children at bedtime, little did she realise that what started off as a disjointed response to her son’s questions, her story would become a fresh, creative storybook for young Muslims worldwide.


Borne out of a desire to inspire in her own children the love for Islam and its teachings, Faatimah and Ahmed: We’re Little Muslims is the first in a series of books which aim to make learning about Islam interesting, relevant and exciting for young children.


The book is a bright, colourful, engaging and gently written resource that will help build a deep love and respect for Muhammad SAW and help children to understand his role in our lives. It is a book that children will love to read.


The characters Faatimah and Ahmed are two fictitious children, who, like any other young children love to play, have fun and they learn best through storytelling. They are aged age 4 and 6 and in the first book, We’re Little Musims, they interact with each other and learn about the details of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad SAW.


The book is now available online on www.amazon.com, www.bookdepository.com and www.barnesandnoble.com as well as other online bookstores and will be available locally in Australia by mid-­December on www.readlittlemuslims.com.


For any queries related to the book, author, distribution channels or availability, please contact Razeena by email – read@readlittlemuslims.com Razeena Gutta is the founder of www.readlittlemuslims.com. The aim of this website is to continually source and review the high quality books and resources that are being produced worldwide for young Muslims, and create a centralised forum to find and discuss new and existing products. She also runs the facebook page www.facebook.com/readlittlemuslims www.facebook.com/faatimahandahmed and is on Instagram @readlittlemuslims. 



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KB says: It's this time of the year when your biscuit tins need to be filled up. Using this recipe from Mishka Osman, the biscuit dough can be left in the freezer and baked fresh when the need arises.

Elachi scented Pistachio Shortbread



250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup castor sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1¾ cups sifted flour
¼ cup cornflour
1 cup whole pistachios
¾ tsp elachi powder


1. Cream the butter and the sugar together.
2. Mix in the vanilla and elachi.
3. Mix in the pistachios.
4. Fold in the sifted flour and cornflour and form a soft dough.
5. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form it into a log, about 9 or 10 inches long. Wrap it in the plastic and smooth it into a uniform smooth shape, twisting the ends to secure.
6. Refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
7. Slice the dough into 1/4 - 1/3 inch slices and place on a baking paper. Thinner slices will bake up crispier, and thicker ones will be more buttery and soft.
8. Bake for about 10 minutes on a pre-heated oven of 180degrees, maybe a little longer for thicker cookies. The cookies will still be pale and soft, but will firm up as they cool.

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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Jallalludin falls in love with a local girl and decides to meet the father.

Jallalludin: Your daughter is beautiful and I love her. If you let me marry her I'll give you gold equal to her weight.

Father: I need time.

Jallalludin: To think?

Father: No no...to help her gain weight.

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The Hour will certainly come: therein is no doubt: yet most men do not believe.

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Date: Tuesday 2 December 2014
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