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


On Tuesday 16 February, Queensland Parliament passed legislation which ensures greater support for the state’s multicultural communities.

The Multicultural Recognition Bill formally recognises Queensland as a multicultural society and reflects the state’s commitment to ensuring policies, programs and services respond to an increasingly diverse population.

The Bill includes a Multicultural Queensland Charter, which outlines the principles of promoting harmony, inclusion and fairness. The legislation also includes the development of a multicultural policy and action plan to ensure government services are responsive to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The establishment of a Multicultural Advisory Council will allow advice to be provided directly to the Multicultural Affairs Minister.


In response to the passing of the Queensland Multicultural Recognition Bill, Islamic Council of Queensland president, Mr Ismail Cajee (pictured left), said that it was a "great day for all Queenslanders… and all Australians of course! "


Mr Cajee added: "I am pleased to advise that ICQ's Ali Kadri (pictured right) was invited to be part of the advisory board on this bill and contributed significantly to relevant parts of the content. ICQ would like to congratulate Brother Ali on being selected to be on the panel and for his efforts in this matter to date. May Allah reward him for his efforts."


The following are some extracts from the discussion that ensued in parliament as a precursor to the passing of the Queensland Multicultural Recognition Bill:


Mr PEGG (Stretton—ALP): The electorate of Stretton has the highest proportion of people born overseas in the state. It has the highest proportion of people speaking a language other than English at home of any electorate in this state. It is a place where Chinese Lunar New Year, Eid-ul-Fitr and Diwali are celebrated in the community, along with Easter and Christmas. It truly is a fantastic place to live with so much cultural celebration.

During Multicultural Week last year I held the Stretton Multicultural Awards. It was great to recognise our community champions. Award recipients included ATCCQ, Autism Queensland, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, the Hakka Association, the Islamic Council of Queensland,….



Dr ROBINSON (Cleveland—LNP): The bill states that there is a need for balanced gender representation in the membership of the council. I agree that there does need to be balance with respect to gender. I also believe there needs to be a similar balance in the membership between the main cultural groups who live in Queensland. That will not be an easy feat, but I believe it is important. Another area of balance needs to be with respect to religious representation. While the bill is about multiculturalism, it does include religious groups or the potential for religious groups to be represented. Religious groups can be represented on the council and, for example, the Islamic Council of Queensland is mentioned.


I want to make a few points about religious representation within a spirit of acceptance. Firstly, if the government is going to include religious representation, I suggest that it should have equal representation of the main religious groups in Queensland. Secondly, there should be clear selection criteria to guide the minister in their selection of people from diverse religious groups. The Islamic Council of Queensland has been mentioned as a potential member, but what about more radical Islamic groups or Islamic groups that follow sharia law? I have some concerns around groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is a radical pan-Islamic political organisation with the aim of establishing an Islamic state or caliphate that would be ruled by Islamic sharia law. I do not believe that Australians want to provide any recognition to that type of Islamic ideology because it is in stark contrast to our Australian values of freedom and democracy.


In September 2014 ASIO raised the national terrorist alert level to high, where it has remained. According to federal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis, since that time Australia has suffered three lethal terrorist attacks and we have thwarted another six. These attacks have originated from the infiltration of radical fundamentalist sharia forms of Islam into our nation. As a parliament, we must embrace multiculturalism while at the same time protecting Queenslanders from real threats. So I ask the minister: what are the criteria for deciding which Islamic organisations will receive official recognition and be invited to be represented on the advisory council? There does not seem to be any clear criteria. In my view, the minister should rule out all Islamic organisations that support sharia law from having any official recognition



Mr POWER (Logan—ALP): After my introductory comments I participated with one of the smaller groups. I wish to share something of the discussion that went on. I asked the group whether they had any concerns about the treatment and role of women within some societies and the values around the role and place of women that were prevalent within our society not so very long ago.


A woman of Chinese origin who works in migrant settlement told this story by way of answer. She told me that during her work she was going to greet a new migrant from a conservative and very traditional Islamic background and she put out her hand to shake as a way of greeting, as was her culture. He followed his tradition and withdrew his hand, leading to a somewhat uncomfortable situation. She explained that there was an interaction after that was both professional and worthwhile though there was still the initial clumsy greeting between them. She would have continued to respect his wishes from then on.


During a break a friend of the man from the same traditional Islamic background explained that in this culture many women shake hands and do not mean any disrespect. The man explained to his traditional friend that Australia was full of so many cultures and that as new migrants multiculturalism meant something for them too. It meant that while their culture would be accepted and understood they also had a role to understand other Australian cultures.


From that conversation on the new migrant always made a point of shaking the lady’s hand every single time they met. It was his way of saying that he was both proud to be Australian and accepted Australian multiculturalism, especially knowing that his own culture would be respected




Hon. SM FENTIMAN (Waterford—ALP) (Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence): During the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan I was invited into people’s homes to break iftar, where I met members of our Muslim community like Murat and Chanan Coskun of East Heritage Park. I would like to again thank them for their generous hospitality and for sharing with me the rich culture and traditions of Ramadan. Of course, I cannot forget the wonderful work of Galila Abdelsalam and Nora Amath from the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland……




Hon. CR DICK (Woodridge—ALP) (Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services): As the member for Woodridge I spend my time working with important and valuable local community groups like the Ethnic Communities Council of Logan, the Voice of Samoa, the Islamic Association of Logan City, the Cambodian Buddhist Association of Queensland, the Khmer Buddhist Society of Queensland and a very large number of organisations that represent the very diverse number of African communities, all of which uniquely enrich the Woodridge electorate and the lives of those living within our community.




Mrs LAUGA (Keppel—ALP): I thank groups and organisations in Central Queensland such as Jane Chapman and the team at the Multicultural Development Association, Ataus Samad from Access Community Services, Filimone Levici and the Capricornia Fiji Association, Lawrence Chitura and the Central Queensland African Association, Binil Kattiparambil and all of the members of the Islamic Society of Central Queensland, Joy Davison-Lee and her team at the Central Queensland Multicultural Association, Ben Cooke and the Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland, both Rockhampton and Livingstone councils and all of the groups and organisations in Central Queensland that contribute to celebrating our community’s diversity.


Source: Hansard


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AMARAH human rights chair Salam Elmerebi addressed a capacity crowd during the week at the Brisbane Powerhouse on her experiences as a young Muslim female post-9/11.

With daily reports of Islamic extremist activity in the media, Muslim communities worldwide have become identified as ‘suspect’. Many Australian Muslims claim to regularly face prejudice and discrimination: on the more extreme end of the spectrum mosques are burned, civilians assaulted and anti-Islam demonstrations attract thousands.

Tony Abbott called it a “clash of civilizations”. But is Islam so at odds with life in Australia?

The general public was invited by Community Queensland to find out what the real issues were and have their questions answered on Tuesday February 16 where the community met at the Brisbane Powerhouse to talk Politics in the Pub.

The evening’s topic, “Aftershock: The Muslim experience in Australia after 9/11” was addressed by a line up of speakers including Ali Kadri, Spokesperson for the Islamic Council of Queensland and local businessman; Faiza El-Higzi, Manager of The Romero Centre; Dave Andrews, inter-faith community worker and author of “The Jihad of Jesus”; Salam el-Merebi from Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity (AMARAH); and Clem Campbell OAM, Queensland Director of the United Nations Association of Australia and Chairman of Earth Charter Australia.

In this Q&A style event members of the public were invited to put their questions to the panel.


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What is Faces Of Islam?

Faces of Islam is about sharing stories from a diverse group of everyday Muslim people with the community and the world. We will work to demystify Muslim people by breaking down false stereotypes, and sharing common experiences, to bring people together.

Photographic Portraits along with poignant quotes taken from interviews will be displayed publicly, as well as video taken during the shoot.

Faces of Islam is focused only on the stories of Muslim people, we are careful not to make comment on, or on behalf of, Islam.

By becoming one of our Faces Of Islam and by sharing your story, you will help bring our communities together.

Who is behind Faces Of Islam?

Faces of Islam is driven and captured by photographer Matt Palmer AAIPP. He has won Queensland Documentary Photographer of the Year in 2014 and 2015, and is passionate about sharing people’s stories.

In the past he won Australian Sports Photographer of the Year documenting Muay Thai fighters, and also exhibited Images Of Note: 7 Years of Live Music Photography to a capacity crowd.

He is ably supported by Aleem Ali, Naseema Mustapha, Mohamed Bah and Dave Tattersall who make up the Faces Of Islam team.


To apply to be one of our Faces Of Islam, click here.


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The Mackay Islamic community are in dire need of financial support for Phase 1 of the Mosque's expansion.


They have raised $240,000 to date, and need to raise $260,000 to achieve our Phase 1 target of $500,000.

The settlement date is: 18th March 2016


Your donations are urgently required.


Click here for more details.


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The school board of the largest Muslim school has stepped down after intense pressure from outraged parents and students at a school meeting in Sydney this week..

The board of Malek Fahd Islamic College, which includes the leadership of the Australian Federation Islamic Council, will be replaced by an interim board after hundreds of parents, students and alumni gathered at the school in Greenacre, in Sydney’s soutwest, for an emergency meeting to deal with federal funding cuts and allegations of corruption at Muslim schools across the country.

The meeting had called for the expulsion of the board and its chairman Hafez Kassen from the organisation in an attempt to save the defunded school from closure.
A committee of parents who organised the movement against AFIC will hold an election for the temporary board as soon as possible, one organiser told The Australian. Many of the senior members of the school board are also senior members of AFIC, including Hafez Kassem, who was school board chairman and AFIC president.
Malek Fahd, with about 2400 students across three campuses in southwest Sydney, faces closure after Education Minister Simon Birmingham announced last week the commonwealth would cut funding to the school following a Deloitte audit initiated by the minister last year.

The Deloitte audit found many payments made by Malek Fahd to AFIC in the form of inflated rent, project-management fees and accounting and salary services worth millions of dollars.

An emergency congress meeting of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils had been called for next month to vote on expelling president Hafez Kassem and six council members.

But the Malek Fahd board dissolved itself as hundreds of people chanted for its council members to be ousted during last night’s meeting in the school hall.
Students held signs saying “parents want transparency” and “AFIC betrayed the amana (trust)”.

Mr Kassem could not be contacted for comment.

AFIC itself faces investigation by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission following complaints about its use of funds received from schools.
The council must report to the commission by Friday, with AFIC facing losing accreditation as a not-for-profit body over the probe into the governance and spending of millions of dollars from taxpayers via AFIC schools.

AFIC runs schools in NSW, South Australia, Victoria, Queensad and Western Australia. Most receive between 80 and 90 per cent of their funding from governments as the school intakes are often from the poorer areas.

At last night’s meeting, one parent, Fazel Qayum, who has two daughters enrolled at Malek Fahd, said the students and the teachers were being punished for AFIC’s corruption. He said he drove his daughters, Sabah and Sana, in Years 11 and 4, two hours each way to the school because of its “academic reputation”.

“The people who misused funds, they’re the ones who should be held responsible,” he said. “The school belongs to the kids, not the principal. I want the school to run ... The board should be taken to court. (But) the children should not pay.”

His daughter Sabah said students were devastated. “All the students are devastated. I’m in my second-last year, the HSC is just (around) the corner,” she said.
Lakemba MP Jihad Dib said the focus had to be on students.

“It is a huge school and there is an assumption that many schools in the local area, both government and non-government schools, would be affected,’’ he said.


Source: The Australian


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Is Google anti-Muslim?

A woman in Chicago noticed something startling while using Google:



Hind Makki, a blogger and founder of a photo project depicting women in mosques around the world, was writing a post about some comments Hillary Clinton made in a recent Democratic debate.

The post was a commentary on “Clinton’s point about how American Muslims are ‘on the frontline of our defense’ and how problematic that framing is,” Makki wrote in an email. “American Muslims *already* report suspicious activity & suspected terrorism to the authorities (and I wanted to link a particular study on my blog).”

So Makki searched for that study on Google, entering “american muslims report terrorism.” Google suggested that perhaps she meant to type “american muslims support terrorism.”

This wasn’t a fluke. We tried the search as well and got the same result:


As everyone knows, Google’s search suggestions often occur when you spell a word wrong. If you tell it you’re looking for a “super zarket,” it figures you mean “supermarket.”


But Google’s algorithm will also look beyond misspellings, at the sequence of words you’ve typed into the search box. It calculates how common it is for one word to follow another and tries to determine whether you need some help.

If you search for “baseball yard collections,” for example, Google notices that this is an odd sequence of words. You haven’t spelled anything wrong, but “yard” is not the word that typically comes after “baseball” and before “collections.” This is, of course, common sense to a human. But for a computer to work it out requires a complicated procedure.

In Google’s case, the algorithm presumably looks at thousands or millions of previous searches that contain “baseball,” “yard,” and “collections,” and counts the words that have previously come before and after all three. It counts the instances that are the most common, and eventually works out that the word “card” frequently comes after “baseball” and before “collections.” And it’s a bonus that “yard” and “card” have three letters in common. With that information, Google makes a best-guess suggestion, and it’s often correct. (Google has not yet confirmed these technical details, but this is the standard practice for word-chaining.)

That procedure is what makes Hind Makki’s discovery all the more troubling. This isn’t a glitch in Google’s algorithm. In fact, the algorithm is working exactly as it’s supposed to. The glitch is human. It’s in the searches people have entered into Google and in the web pages Google indexes.

When the algorithm looks for instances of “Muslim,” “report,” and “terrorism,” it finds this to be an uncommon sequence of words. What it finds to be more common, after counting up the words that typically come before and after those, is not just a sequence of meaningless words. It’s a sentiment, and a common one: “Muslims support terrorism.” (Needless to say, that’s not true.)

Makki had mixed emotions when she saw Google’s suggestion.

“I thought it was hilarious, but also sad and immediately screen capped it,” she said. “I know it’s not Google’s ‘fault,’ but it goes to show just how many people online search for ‘Muslims support terrorism,’ though the reality on the ground is the opposite of that.”

Google has not yet provided an explanation or timeframe for fixing this issue, but we will update this piece when it does.

Source: SBS


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Vandals have gone on a vicious rampage at a Muslim centre in Preston, Victoria.

The damage to the centre was extensive and devastating, similar to the result of an explosion.

The walls have been plastered with obscene graffiti.


Windows and doors in the centre have been smashed and broken.

Every piece of furniture and every copy of the Koran has been destroyed.

The damage is estimated to be around $200,000.

The centre distributes Islamic literature to schools in the area.

It also holds seminars for young Muslims.

The centre’s director said he hadn’t been inside the building since late last year until he arrived yesterday to find that it had been decimated.

He stated he doesn’t know who is responsible for the shocking attacks and why the centre was targeted.

“I believe it could be politically, that’s only could be young kids, but the source could be political,” he stated.


Police have taken fingerprints from the scene and investigation are continuing.

Source: Yahoo! News


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As part of ‘Pop Islam’, the dedicated film program running in conjunction with ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, the Gallery is hosting two special film screenings, both Australian Premieres –

Muhammad: The Messenger of God
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE | Friday 8 April 2016 | Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA | FREE


Majid Majidi’s Muhammad: The Messenger of God 2015 is a lavish retelling of the Prophet’s life, from his birth to early adolescence before the founding of Islam. Drawing inspiration from the Hollywood biblical epics of the 1950s and 1960s, the film uses episodic flashbacks of poignant and spiritual moments with dramatic sequences and legendary battles. The first in a trilogy, this big budget Iranian film was shot on a set recreating the sixth century near the Iranian city of Qom by veteran cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and features a soundtrack by renowned Indian composer A R Rahman.

Muhammad: The Messenger of God is one of only a handful of films to honour the Prophet’s life, an absence due to the contentious issue of how he might be physically represented on screen. Majidi consulted with numerous theologians from all areas of the Muslim faith before making the film, settling on a customised camera system that shows the story unfolding from the visual perspective of young Muhammad. While the film is still not without its controversies, its sincere desire to share Islamic teachings and values are timely in the current landscape of global misinformation and unrest.

Muhammad: The Messenger of God is the most expensive movie made in Iran and has been chosen by the country to be put forward for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE | Sunday 10 April 2016 |Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA | FREE


Egyptian artist Wael Shawky is acclaimed internationally for his films and installations exploring political, religious and historical narratives. Over the past six years, Shawky has been developing Cabaret Crusades 2010-15, a monumental project inspired by French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf’s seminal 1983 text ‘Les croisades vues par les arabes (The Crusades through Arab Eyes)’.


Using exquisitely-made wood, ceramic and glass marionettes, Shawky’s trilogy re-enacts events from the Crusades of the Middle Ages, beginning with attempts to establish Christian rule throughout the Holy Land in 1095 and ending with the destruction of Constantinople by Venetian Crusaders in 1204. The resulting trilogy is a work of major significance, deftly blending film and theatre, literature and music that open up an important lens on the complex political landscape of the Middle East today.

Special three part screening for the Australian Premiere:

Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File 2010
1.00pm, Sunday 10 April 2016 (32mins)

Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo 2012
1.45pm, Sunday 10 April 2016 (58mins)

Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbalaa 2015
3.00pm, Sunday 10 April 2016 (120mins)


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(2nd from right) Fr Rod at DOHA conference

Fr Rod Bower's address to the 2016 Doha conference on interfaith dialogue. The address focuses on the negative influence of media in Australia on the Muslim Community.

Salaam, Shalom Peace be with you.

I was born in a country with an indigenous presence of at least 60,000 years.

However, 228 years ago the British arrived. Ignoring the indigenous inhabitants they declared the land ‘terra nullius’, meaning ‘uninhabited wasteland’. A fledgling British colony was established on the premise of white European supremacy, officially endorsed in 1901 as the White Australia Policy. Although this racist policy was formally abandoned in 1973, the idea still informs the Australian psyche.

Politicians use xenophobic and racist rhetoric for political gain, and they are well-aided by the Australian media. This has caused many Australians to live in paranoid fear of terrorism, asylum seekers and Muslims. A “Muslim, asylum seeker terrorist” has become Australia’s “boogie man” - a mythological creature used to frighten children of all ages into obedience.

In contemporary Australia, the arrival, ironically, of ‘boat people’, an increase in Muslim migration, and the rise of terrorist attacks on Western targets, has precipitated an identity crisis within the white, Western-dominated Australian community. Politicians and the media have powerfully colluded to convince many that Muslims represent a threat to the ‘great Australian values that bind us together’, although those that espouse this ideology have difficulty in defining what these values actually are.

One particular media mogul dominates the Australian media landscape, owning the leading newspapers in major cities nationally, news websites, and cable news and sports services. Australians are bombarded with sensationalist, over-hyped ‘tabloid-speak’, and this stranglehold shapes opinion among many. In Australia today, the media powerfully influences moral and intellectual values and principles in negative ways.

Emotive, often inaccurate, articles form the source for talk-back radio conversations, television news broadcasts and news blogs, causing vote hungry politicians to abandon moral and ethical foundations in the pursuit of re-election.

When publishing articles on Muslims, content is negative at least 70% of the time. The consequences of this bias are critical, as the way events are presented to us can have a profound effect on our psyche, and therefore on our moral judgement. Rates of abuse toward Muslims increase by 30% each time there is a domestic terrorist incident.

Law enforcement officers are at liberty to subject Muslims to disproportionate surveillance and excessively orchestrated police raids, and when these occur they are sensationally reported across all media platforms.

When the tabloid media links Australian Muslims to the possibility of violent attacks, the dominant white culture becomes increasingly paranoid and exclusive.

Australian Muslims are relentlessly expected to prove their national loyalty and loudly condemn terrorist acts. This further serves to cause some sections of the community to feel persecuted and marginalised.

To illustrate this, I wish to focus on a particular situation; the treatment of the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed by the Australian media over the proceeding week following the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015.

Within twenty-four hours Dr Ibrahim released a media statement and posted to his Facebook page, condemning the attacks and expressing sorrow for the deaths of those killed. Following two days of media, political and public outrage against Dr Ibrahim, labeling his comments inadequate, the Australian National Imams Council released a further media statement, clarifying in stronger terms, Dr Ibrahim’s abhorrence and condemnation for terrorism.

1. Three days after Dr Ibrahim’ statements, A national newspaper printed an image image. The headline, based on the three wise monkeys, read “The Unwise Mufti / Sees no problem / hears no concerns / speaks no English.” The article began,, “Australia’s Grand Mufti stubbornly refuses to condemn the Paris terror attacks.”

2. On a radio talkback broadcast, the Minister for Immigration suggested Dr Ibrahim must come out publically, and without reservation, condemn the attacks.

3. Following the second press release by the Australian National Imams Council, a Canberra reporter tweeted “Grand Mufti and Imams Council still don’t condemn attacks.” However the press release stated, “Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and Australian National Imams Council have consistently and unequivocally condemned all forms of terrorist violence.”

The journalist’s condemnation was focused on the grammatical tense of the word ‘condemn’, and the fact the release did not mention Paris, however Dr Ibrahim’s previous comments did.

4. Another national newspaper journalist attacked Dr Ibrahim’s messages, suggesting, “This is not just ineffective leadership, it’s counter-productive. And it’s dangerous. We are in a battle against Islamist terrorists. Whose side is the grand mufti on?”

Dr Ibrahim’s initial press statement, his Facebook post and the Australian National Imams Council all clearly express sympathy for the victims of the Paris attacks, articulate the horror by naming them ‘heinous acts of cowardice’ , and call for all to work toward unity and peace’

In addition, Dr Ibrahim has repeatedly condemned terrorism, such as in his statement regarding Isis in September, 2014, “As we have repeatedly preached in private and in public in Arabic and in English, the horrors conducted overseas in the name of religion are crimes against humanity and sins against God.”

Dr Ibrahim speaks conversational English, however at press and other speaking engagements uses an interpreter to ensure he is not misunderstood. However, this truth is never reported by the press, who continue to brutally criticise Dr Ibrahim with accusations he can’t speak English and is ‘Un-Australian.

This vilification of Dr Ibrahim has become sport for the Australian media and some politicians, producing loud, hate-filled and ignorant responses from some in the community.

So how do we challenge these dichotomies and alter consciousness concerning who is perceived as one’s friend or enemy?

This is obviously complex, often overwhelming, however there are strategies we can use to attempt to counter the damage from toxic press reporting.

• Interpersonal contact through interfaith visits, seminars, community conversations and social gatherings has the potential to establish foundational friendships. Creating personal connections between groups in conflict situations generates positive perceptions and attitudinal shifts, and is critical for deepening relationships.

• The use of ritual, symbol and gesture have the capacity to evoke profound emotional responses, transcend the rational, and move beyond the spoken word. To witness an image of two unlikely religious leaders embrace, or to acknowledge the suffering of ‘the other’ can be transformative, not only for those involved, but for those that witness.

• To continue to expose simplified mistruths and counter them with complex truths.

• To reconnect people to their humanity; sharing stories, journeys. “The affirmation of common humanity can bring out the best in others.”

• To challenge the moral justification, euphemistic labeling, disregard for consequences, and the exploitation of advantageous comparisons that the end justifies the means often used by the media.

For us this work takes the form of a traditional roadside sign that has been used to successfully promote harmony and challenge stereotypical mistruths abounding in contemporary Australian culture, especially surrounding the Muslim community.

These messages, consisting of no more than 56 characters, are photographed and posted to the parish’s Facebook page, which in 2015 had a reach of 19 million.

When signs supporting the Muslim community are posted to our Facebook page, they receive hundreds of thousands of engagements, remembering there are only 400,000 Muslims in Australia. These posts ignite thousands of on-line conversations between Muslims and the wider community; mostly positive.

Questions are asked, stories shared, myths busted, friendships established. I believe publically supporting one another’s right to faith can have profound consequences; Imams, Rabbis and Priests, Muslims, Jews and Christians need to be getting these messages of solidarity out there for the world to see. No matter what form it may take, everyone needs to get a sign.

Thank you

Source: Anglican Parish of Gosford


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Jim Al-Khalili, University of Surrey


An illustration of a lunar eclipse, drawn by al-Biruni and annotated in Persian

Muslim governments know that economic growth, military power, and national security benefit greatly from technological advances. Many of them have sharply increased funding for science and education in recent years. And yet, in the view of many – especially in the West – the Muslim world still seems to prefer to remain disengaged from modern science.

These skeptics are not entirely wrong. Muslim-majority countries spend, on average, less than 0.5% of their GDP on research and development, compared with five times that in the advanced economies. They also have fewer than ten scientists, engineers, and technicians per thousand residents, compared to the global average of 40 – and 140 in the developed world. And even these figures tend to understate the problem, which is less about spending money or employing researchers than about the basic quality of the science being produced.

To be sure, one should not be overly hasty in singling out Muslim countries for criticism; even in the supposedly “enlightened” West, an alarmingly high proportion of the population regards science with suspicion or fear. And yet, in many parts of the Muslim world, science faces a unique challenge; it is seen as a secular – if not atheist – Western construct.

Too many Muslims have forgotten – or never learned about – the brilliant scientific contributions made by Islamic scholars a thousand years ago. They do not regard modern science as indifferent or neutral with respect to Islamic teaching. Indeed, some prominent Islamic writers have even argued that scientific disciplines such as cosmology actually undermine the Islamic belief system. According to the Muslim philosopher Osman Bakar, science comes under attack on the grounds that it “seeks to explain natural phenomena without recourse to spiritual or metaphysical causes, but rather in terms of natural or material causes alone.”

Bakar is of course entirely correct. Seeking to explain natural phenomena without recourse to metaphysics is exactly what science is about. But it is difficult to think of a better defense of it than the one offered almost exactly 1,000 years ago by the 11th-century Persian Muslim polymath Abu Rayhan al-Birūni.

“It is knowledge, in general, which is pursued solely by man, and which is pursued for the sake of knowledge itself, because its acquisition is truly delightful, and is unlike the pleasures desirable from other pursuits,” al-Birūni wrote. “For the good cannot be brought forth, and evil cannot be avoided, except by knowledge.”

Fortunately, a growing number of Muslims today would agree. And, given the tension and polarization between the Islamic world and the West, it is not surprising that many feel indignant when accused of being culturally or intellectually unequipped for competitiveness in science and technology. Indeed, that is why governments across the Muslim world are increasing their R&D budgets sharply.

But throwing money at the problem is no panacea. Scientists do require adequate financing, of course, but competing globally requires more than just the latest shiny equipment. The entire infrastructure of the research environment needs to be addressed. That means not only ensuring that laboratory technicians understand how to use and maintain the equipment, but also – and far more important – nurturing the intellectual freedom, skepticism, and courage to ask heterodox questions on which scientific progress depends.

If the Muslim world is to become a center of innovation again, it is useful to recall the Islamic “golden age” that stretched from the eighth century well into the fifteenth. For example, the year 2021 will mark a millennium since the publication of Ibn al-Haytham’s Book of Optics, one of the most important texts in the history of science. Written more than 600 years before the birth of Isaac Newton, al-Haytham’s work is widely regarded as one of the earliest examples of the modern scientific method.

Among the most famous of this era’s intellectual epicenters was Baghdad’s House of Wisdom, at the time the largest repository of books in the world. Historians may bicker over whether such an academy truly existed and what function it served; but such arguments are less relevant than the symbolic power it still holds in the Islamic world.

When Gulf state leaders talk about their multi-billion-dollar visions of creating a new House of Wisdom, they are not concerned about whether the original was just a modest library that a caliph inherited from his father. They want to reanimate the spirit of free inquiry that has been lost in Islamic culture and that urgently needs to be recovered.

To achieve that, daunting challenges remain to be overcome. Many countries devote an unusually large share of research funding toward military technology, a phenomenon driven more by geopolitics and the unfolding tragedies in the Middle East than by a thirst for pure knowledge. The brightest young scientists and engineers in Syria have more pressing matters on their minds than basic research and innovation. And few in the Arab world are likely to view advances in Iranian nuclear technology with the same equanimity as developments in Malaysia’s software industry.

But it is nonetheless important to recognize how much Muslim countries could contribute to humankind by nurturing once again the spirit of curiosity that drives scientific inquiry – whether to marvel at divine creation or just to try to understand why things are the way they are.


Jim Al-Khalili is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey. He is a speaker at the World Government Summit, Dubai, February 8-10.




Source: Australasian Muslim Times


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10 Muslim men who ruled 2015 (CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK)




MVSLIM's list of Muslims who achieved great things in 2015.

7. Hussain Manawer



Back in July, Hussain Manawer participated in ‘Global Rising Star’, a competition for the most promising future young leader. Finalists are chosen from a selection of young people who have given creative and thought provoking solutions for the world’s societal issues. The Youtuber Hussain Manawer made it to the finals. He gave a keynote speech on mental health issues for young people in front of a panel of UN goodwill ambassadors, before winning first prize… Which happened to be a trip into outer space with XCOR Space.


NEXT WEEK: 8. Aziz Sancar



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The world's most beautiful mosques (CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK)



Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
The third holiest place in Islam is inside the al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, in the Unesco-listed Old City of Jerusalem. The Al-Aqsa mosque - destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt several times throughout history - was used as a palace by the medieval Crusaders, but subsequent Islamic caliphates carried out repairs and restored it as a place of worship. Jerusalem's Old City is currently under Israeli control, and worship at the Noble Sanctuary is limited to Muslims only, but tension between Palestinians and Israelis mean that restrictions are sometimes imposed on Palestinian access to the site for security reasons.


TELEGRAPH CLARIFICATION: This item previously located the Al Aqsa mosque in 'Jerusalem, Palestine' and stated that Palestinians were denied access to the Noble Sanctuary by Israeli security forces. Since the status of East Jerusalem is not settled, we have removed mention of 'Palestine'. We have also amended the text to clarify that, for security reasons, access for some Palestinians is sometimes restricted, not entirely denied.

Source: Telegraph UK


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9. "Straight Street," Omar Offendum (2011)


Omar Offendum is one of the many artists out there who has been vocal about the Arab Spring and refugee crisis. He was born in Syria but raised in Washington, DC. Today, he lives in Los Angeles.

We actually had him on the show back in May. Check out his moving performance of "Crying Shame." His music is eye-opening and will re-sensitize you to what's going on in Syria, if you let it. And that's not a coincidence.

"I think we have privilege here, and I try and recognize that as a sense of responsibility," he said. "My focus is just to remind people that beneath all the political posturing and all the conspiracy theories and all the proxy wars that are taking place, there’s very real human suffering."

NEXT WEEK: 10. "Take a Minute," K'naan (2009)

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Donald Trump wants Muslims banned from entering the US – but without them the country would be a much poorer place

Donald Trump with legendary boxer and Muslim, Muhammad Ali.

What have Muslims ever done for America? If your sole source of information were Donald Trump, you’d think that the answer was not much – apart from murdering its citizens and trying to destroy its values. The Republican presidential hopeful has called for a halt to Muslims entering the US until American authorities “can figure out” Muslim attitudes to the US in the wake of last week’s killings in San Bernardino. If only, you might well think, Scotland had had the same thought about Trump before he was allowed in to blight Aberdeenshire with another of his golf resorts.

What Trump doesn’t seem to grasp is his own country’s history, and how many American achievements worth celebrating are the work of the kind of people – Muslims – he wants to keep out.

Here, then, is a guide to some of the things Muslims have done for the US. It’s not an exhaustive list – but it’s still more impressive than what Trump has done for his homeland.

Advancing science

Ahmed Zewail won the Nobel prize for Chemistry in 1999, becoming thereby the first Egyptian-born scientist to do so.


He is known as the “father of femtochemistry” and for doing pioneering work in the observation of rapid molecular transformations.


Zewail, now 69, has spent most of his life in the US where he is now professor of chemistry and physics at Caltech and director of the physical biology centre.


He joined President Barack Obama’s presidential council of advisers on science and technology (PCAST), an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers to advise the president and vice president and formulate policy in the areas of science, technology, and innovation in 2011.


When he joined PCAST the White House hailed this Muslim Egyptian-American as one who is “widely respected not only for his science but also for his efforts in the Middle East as a voice of reason”.


Postage stamps have been issued to honour his contributions to science and humanity.

NEXT WEEK: Bringing the laughs

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Starbucks boycott call after women banned from Saudi Arabia store


The sign at the Riyadh Starbucks store.

SAUDI ARABIA: STARBUCKS is at the centre of a boycott after the company allegedly banned women from one of its stores in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

Women in France are urging the public to keep clear of the US coffee chain after a sign in a Starbucks window, purportedly taken in Riyadh, instructed: “Please no entry for ladies, only send your drivers to order. Thank you.”

Women are banned from driving in the country — hence the reference to their drivers.

That sign prompted protests outside Starbucks stores in France by women calling on the public to boycott the company.
A petition started by the group of female activists pledging to boycott Starbucks over the sign had more than 12,000 signatures by Wednesday.

“We outraged citizens, call on Starbucks Coffee consumers to boycott all the cafes,” over the sign in the Riyadh cafe.

“The dignity of human beings and the female half of humanity is not negotiable,” the petition reads.

The group also started a conversation about the issue using the hashtag #Girlcott.

According to a report in Cosmopolitan, the religious police asked the cafe to stop women from entering after they noticed a ‘gender barrier’ — used to separate male and female clients — was not in place.

A Starbucks spokesperson told Cosmopolitan that the cafe in the Jarir bookstore in Riyadh underwent renovations for a gender barrier.

The company said it “adheres to the local customs by providing separate entrances for families as well as single people.”

“All our stores provide equal amenities, service, menu, and seating to men, women and families. We are working as quickly as possible as we refurbish our Jarir store, so that we may again welcome all customers in accordance with local customs,” read the statement.

The company quickly followed up with a revised statement later in the week that confirmed “the store is now accessible to single men on one side as well as women and families on the other side.”

Source: Courier Mail


Spectacular display of Islamic art is unveiled at Craven Museum & Gallery




UK: Craven Museum & Gallery has opened a stunning new exhibition - showing work from some of the top contemporary Islamic artists working in the UK.

The world-class Faith In Art exhibition, run in collaboration with the Muslim Museum Initiative, opened on February 5, 2016, and runs until March 28.

Scores of visitors packed into the gallery for the preview event on February 4, with many of the artists present to discuss their work.

Curated by Mobeen Butt, founder of the Muslim Museum Initiative, the exhibition brings together 10 exceptional artists, to celebrate the variety and vibrancy of Islamic art being produced in Britain.

The exhibition showcases calligraphy, geometry, arabesque, illumination, miniature painting, wood crafting, paper-cutting, embroidery, fabric printing and three dimensional works.

Opening the exhibition, Craven District Council chief executive Paul Shevlin said: "It's a great pleasure to open this exhibition, which is the result of a great deal of collaboration with artists, community groups, schools and the Muslim Museum Initiative.

"The exhibition is part of our Museum: Indispensable project, funded by the Arts Council. The project focuses on creating a more public serving and inclusive museum, which is sustainable and at the heart of the community. We would like to thank the Arts Council for their generous funding.

"It is a privilege to show such a diverse and inventive collection of art, in this corner of the Yorkshire Dales."

Mobeen Butt, founder of the Muslim Museum Initiative, said: "It is a testimony to Craven's outward looking staff that this project was conceived.

"It was great to see such diversity in the gallery; a range of ages, ethnicities and faiths were represented and that is just brilliant!

"Art has the power to transcend, it can bring worlds together, evoke emotions, pierce through politics, tell stories, and take people to distant times and far off places. The Faith in Art Exhibition aims to do all the above and more.

"This is a rare opportunity to see such a spectacular array of contemporary Islamic art exhibited outside of London, Dubai, Qatar or Malaysia.

"Muslims in Britain are producing exceptional art; art with real soul, depth and meaning; art that mesmerises; and art that is increasingly being collected around the world.

"Synonymous with Islam, and, I believe, the religion's real strength, this exhibition will show that there can be 'unity within diversity' and 'diversity within unity'. If you want to see the real soul of Islam, look at its arts.



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Women-led mosque opens in Denmark


Scandinavia’s first female-led mosque will also be open to men except for Friday prayers, but all imams will be female


Sherin Khankan, a well-known commentator and author in Denmark, said there was “an Islamic tradition allowing women to be imams”.

DENMARK: Scandinavia’s first female-led mosque has opened in Copenhagen in a bid to challenge “patriarchal structures” and create debate and dialogue, its founder has said.

Sherin Khankan, born in Denmark to a Syrian father and a Finnish mother, said that while all activities at the Mariam mosque except Friday prayers would be open to both men and women, all imams would be female.

“We have normalised patriarchal structures in our religious institutions. Not just in Islam, but also within Judaism and Christianity and other religions. And we would like to challenge that,” she said.

Reactions from the city’s Muslim community have mostly been positive, with negative feedback “moderate”, she said.

Khankan, a well-known commentator and author in Denmark, said there was “an Islamic tradition allowing women to be imams” and that most of the criticism was based on ignorance.

Similar projects by Muslim women exist in several other countries, including the US, Canada and Germany.


Imam Waseem Hussein, the chairman of one of Copenhagen’s biggest mosques, questioned whether there was a need for the project. “Should we also make a mosque only for men? Then there would certainly be an outcry among the Danish population,” he told the daily Politiken.

A Danish newspaper report wrongly claimed that the location of the mosque was to be kept secret due to security concerns.

“We haven’t received any threats whatsoever,” Khankan said, adding that she wanted to collaborate “with everyone” within the Muslim community, and that the project was not about judging or excluding anybody.

The first Friday prayer has yet to be held as another eight female imams, in addition to the two currently involved, have to be found. “It’s a big responsibility and we all work as volunteers,” she said.

The longstanding political influence of the anti-immigration Danish People’s party (DPP), as well as the row over prophet Muhammad cartoons that led to deadly protests in Muslim countries, have strained relations between Denmark’s largest religious minority and the majority population.

Denmark’s largest purpose-built mosque, including the country’s first minaret, opened in 2014 in a district of north-western Copenhagen after receiving a 150m kroner (£16m) endowment from Qatar.

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Umm Kulthum Documentary --"A Voice Like Egypt"



EGYPT: Oum Kalthoum was one of the most famous singers of all time, east or west, man or women. She was born in Egypt in the very late 1800s and lived through to the mid 1970s.

She started singing as a young village girl who had memorised the Koran at an early age. She sang sacred texts with her father who was a Sheik and musician, eventually supporting her family who were lived a simple life in a rural village.

Oum Kalthoum went on to have a stellar career throughout Egypt and most of the Middle East. She was a major recording artist, filmstar and concert diva, keeping always to her strong Arab and Egyptian roots.

Her funeral in Cairo in 1975 still rates as one of the largest and most emotional gatherings of all time.


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Hafiz Patel, influential British Muslim leader, dies at 92



UK: Hafiz Patel, one of the most influential Muslim leaders in Britain, has died. He was reported to be 92.

Mr Patel was the leader in Britain and Europe of Tablighi Jamaat, a global Islamic missionary movement that encourages Muslims to be more religiously observant.

Huge crowds of mourners attended his funeral in Dewsbury on Friday.

A Muslim community organisation in Bradford called Mr Patel a "pioneer of Islamic identity in Britain".

News website Islam21c reported Mr Patel had died on Thursday at the age of 92.

He had set up a seminary for imams and Islamic scholars in Dewsbury in 1978.

Ishtiaq Ahmed, from the Bradford Council for Mosques, said: "We are all very saddened and shocked by his death. He will be missed by thousands in Britain and Europe.

"He was a pioneer, a visionary when it comes to the Islamic identity, and the place of the Muslim community in Britain.

"He established Dewsbury in West Yorkshire as a centre for European Muslims in Britain as far back as 1978. He also was a strong believer in British home-grown Islam."

Conservative missionary leader

By Innes Bowen, author of Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam

Every week large numbers of Muslims from around the world converge on an Islamic centre in Dewsbury. They are "tablighis" - lay people taking time out to do missionary work.

The man responsible for attracting them to this corner of Yorkshire is Hafiz Yusuf Patel. He was invited to Dewsbury in the 1960s by local Gujarati Indian Muslims who wanted a religious guide.

Such was his influence that the popularity of the Tablighi Jamaat movement grew across the UK. Dewsbury became home to the movement's European headquarters.

Despite Hafiz Patel's importance, and the success of his organisation, little is known about the Tablighi Jamaat by outsiders.

Its media shyness, and the fact that some convicted terrorists have spent time in it, fuelled suspicion. But the organisation's preaching is apolitical and strictly non-violent.

The Tablighi Jamaat has done much to give Islam in Britain its conservative character and that perhaps is the most significant part of Hafiz Patel's legacy.

BBC religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt said Mr Patel was one of the most important figures in making Tablighi Jamaat (which means society for spreading faith) a global movement, particularly in spreading its work throughout Europe and the Americas.

The organisation was founded in India in 1926 and is closely linked to the conservative Deobandi school of Sunni Islam.

Estimates for its global membership today range from 12 million to 80 million, with European members thought to number at least 150,000.




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

A: Weight bearing exercises involve activities that are done while on your feet (which in turn helps to build bones and keep the them strong). Some great exercises for you to start off with would be brisk walking, stair climbing, jumping rope, jogging, hiking, etc.

As you get fitter, you can start including resistance training two to three times a week using your own body weight, such as push-ups, lunges and tricep-dips. Not only will this help improve muscle strength and tome, but also increase bone density and strength.






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What's the hype about: Fibre?

In the next few weeks, I'm going to do a "what's the hype?" series where I will talk about important nutrients, vitamins and superfoods. This week, I want to talk about fibre!

Unfortunately, there isn't much hype about this wonderful compound. What is fibre? And do we need it in our diet?

Fibre is important for keeping your bowels healthy. There are two types: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre found in fruits, vegetables, oats and legumes absorb water so it works like a sponge in your gut, helping to bulk up stools. Whereas, insoluble fibre, found in whole grains, skins of fruits, nuts and seeds do not dissolve and help to move things along down the gut. We need a mixture of these two fibres, because too much or too little of one or the other can lead to difficult times in the toilet.

Nobody likes to talk about their bowel habits, some might find it weird or just embarrassing to talk about it. But if your bowels have not been regular for awhile, it's best to seek for advice and do something about it. If you are having trouble, try increasing the fibre-rich foods in your diet gradually and make sure you drink plenty of fluids as well.


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If you are approached from behind, one of the most effective ways to throw off your attacker is to run your heel down the front of their shin - the prominent bone found in the lower part of the leg. This is a fine bone and even if your attacker is well built, this bone tends to stick out. Simply lift up your heel and scrape your heel down the front of your assailant's shin bone as hard as possible. Most footwear is capable of causing pain and damage, but heels are even better. 

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KB says: Here's a healthy, delicious and easy to make chicken which can be served hot as a snack or with afternoon tea.  

Chicken Tramezzini


1 tblsp olive oil
1 chopped onion

1 kg cubed chicken fillet

2 tsp garlic

Crushed green chillies to taste
½ tsp black pepper

1 finely chopped green pepper
approx. 5 tblsp jalapeno sauce
approx. 5 tblsp mayonnaise
Grated mozzarella cheese

1 packet readymade pitas


1. Heat the olive oil and sauté onion until softened.

2. Stir in the chicken cubes until cooked through with the spices.

3. Mix in the chopped green pepper, braise well.

4. Add in the sauces to taste when cooled.

5. Warm the pitas in a microwave and spoon in desired amount of chicken fillet and grated cheese.

6. Toast the pita on both sides using a skillet with groves for the desired effect.

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The Imam of the Mosque, Mula Nasruddin, had all of his remaining teeth pulled out. New dentures were being made.

The first Friday, he only lectured 10 minutes.

The second Friday, he lectured only 20 minutes.

On the third Friday, he lectured 1 hour 25 minutes.

When asked about this by some of his congregation, he responded this way:

“The first Friday sermon, my gums were so sore it hurt to talk.

The second Friday sermon, my new dentures were hurting me a lot.

The third Friday sermon, I accidentally grabbed my wife's dentures...and I couldn't shut up.”


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Whether you publish a good deed or conceal it or cover evil with pardon, verily Allah blots out (sins) and has power (in the judgement of values).
 ~ Surah An-Nisa 4:149


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The patience shown by the moon

in darkness

keeps it lit,

And the patience shown by the rose

as it sits near thorns

keeps it smelling nice.

~ Rumi


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