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Sunday, 3 August 2008
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Regains an Aussie Limbada
Nadia, daughter of Ebrahim and FaridaLimbada was married to Mohammed, son of
Ebrahim and FatimaLimbada on Friday
evening at a Nikah ceremony at the Mosque.
The reception was held at the Hilton Hotel last night.
Mohammed is a medical doctor with the United Nations and
is based in Zambia where the Limbada family originates
from. Nadia will be heading back to the Old Country at
the end of the week.
The wedding cake (below) was the creation of two Faridas:
the mother-of-the-bride, FaridaLimbada
and the aunt-of-the-bride, Farida Patel.
Brisbane's Taekwondo Clubs Excel at Queensland
Thunder by Youcef Mesbah
Congratulations to the
Rami's Thunder Taekwondo
Club 2008 Queensland
Selection team for the great
performance on the 27th of
July. Alhamulliah we
preformed well with 10 gold
medals, 10 silver, 1 bronze
and 1 unmatched player.
We also look forward to the
Australia Open which runs
from the 4th to the 6th of
September 2008. There are
approximately 12 players
competing in this
Inshallah we will do well
Rawlins by Haris Olomi
Rawlins does it again!. We
took nine fighters to the
State selection and 8 made
the Queensland Team. One was
too young to make the team
as he is only six years old
(you have to be 8 to make
the team). But he did beat
an 8 year old boy.
The rest of the team winners
Mustafaa Olomi Unmatched
Jahan Olomi Unmatched Gold
Jacob White Gold
Zulaikha Deen Gold
Bial Deen Gold
Abdullah Houdchia Gold
Mousaab Houdchia Gold and
Mohammed Deen Silver
Khaaled Olomi Gold and too
young to make the team.
Six of the team members will
be competing at the
Nationals in Sydney on the
5th and 6th of September and
hopefully we will be coming
home with more gold. Good
luck to them all!
The AMARAH community forum
scheduled for yesterday at
the Garden City Library was
cancelled and instead
replaced by the Kuraby Tree
Planting to be scheduled
Saturday 16th August from
This time the venue is the
fields off Beenleigh Road,
Kuraby, between the
Beenleigh & Warrigal Road
intersection and the Gateway
fly-over that crosses
Beenleigh Road at Kuraby (Refidex
page 221 F10)
AMARAH is encouraging all
its members and friends to
participate in this great
community initiative to do
your bit to help the
environment. It is also a
great way to give back to
our local community and
receive many baraakat
(blessings) for it.
As they did at the last tree
planting day at the Wally
Tate Park, the Crescents of
Brisbane Team will be
preparing the sausage
Inshallah we will see you
all there on Saturday 16th
August at 8 am.
We will continue our
community forums after
Ramadhan and Eid Inshallah.
Also, we will be hosting two
iftars during the
month of Ramadhan for the
homeless and disadvantaged
held in West End.
The iftars will be
held on Friday 5th September
and 19th September at St
Andrew's Anglican Church,
West End. AMARAH has decided
to take a different angle on
iftars and is
providing food for the
homeless and disadvantaged
around the West End area.
All of the guests will be
non-Muslim as we know that
the mosques provide
iftars for Muslims in
If anyone wishes to donate,
please have them call me on
0422 349 786 or email at
Any amount will help
Managing Director: AMARAH
the IWAQ Desk
Following the huge success
of the 2007 Ramadan Hamper
Drive, IWAQ is starting
collection of non perishable
goods for distribution from
the 17 August.
Non perishable goods
include: Flour, sugar, rice,
pasta, (preferably 1kg or
2kg bags), cereal, honey,
canned tomato, oil, etc,
money for meat vouchers.
Please call IWAQ Office on
3272 6355 to arrange for
We are also inviting
volunteers to help us pack
the hampers. If you would
like to volunteer please
call the office on 3272
Please note that we cannot
accept used clothing.
However, if you would like
to donate new clothing,
blankets etc. then we are
more than happy to
distribute these as well.
Please ensure that all food
items donated (biscuits etc)
May Allah reward you
manifold for your kindness.
into the Swim of Things: Women of the Cloth
When they arrive at the Gold
Coast's beautiful beaches,
most tourists naturally want
to take a dip.
But when you are a Muslim
woman, from a culture that
requires you cover up, it is
a little more difficult.
That's where two local
Blaubaum and Julia Dixon
They have set up a program
called "S Women" to
encourage Muslim women into
the water, and are now
designing suitable swimwear.
It has been a long process
of trial and error, looking
at designs and fabrics
available in Australia and
overseas and seeking
extensive input from Muslim
One potentially suitable
swimsuit found in Sydney
cost more than an exorbitant
Another suit from Malaysia
seemed to fit the bill,
until it fell apart after
three washes. In most Muslim
countries, women do not swim
at all, or they swim in
"We found out the cultures
can be very different and
some are a little more
reserved," said Sarah. "So
our design caters to the
Due to be launched next
month, the Muslim women's
swimsuit includes bootleg
pants, a long sleeved top
and a head piece.
Apart from covering the
body, a loose fit was also
essential. So that ruled out
conventional swimwear fabric
such as lycra.
"The whole thing has not
been as breezy as we would
like," said Sarah.
Another curve ball came from
Muslim girls saying they
would like to go surfing.
So the swimsuit design had
to be analysed to see if it
could be used for active
A student at Griffith
University studying law and
22-year-old Sarah is a
member of the Main Beach
Surf Life Saving Club.
She has been involved in
aquatic sports since moving
to the Gold Coast ten years
While on a stint teaching
English in China, Sarah had
noticed a great interest in
the Aussie beach lifestyle,
so on her return to
Australia she set up a
business, Aqua English, to
involve English language
learners in water sports and
The Muslim women's swimsuit
idea was triggered while
conducting Asian students
through a 'Lifesavers for a
Sarah was approached by
visiting Muslim women asking
where they could swim in
"I had a chat to the mosque
and found out a lot of local
women wanted to learn to
swim," she said.
"They had children but their
husbands take them swimming
and they miss out on that
So the "S Women" program was
born, at first using local
Umm Abdullah al-Jibaly,
the wife of Shaykh
Muhammad Al-Jibaly who
will be coming down to
Brisbane this week for a
lecture series, will be
giving a lecture to the
ladies on Friday 8th August
between 1pm and 2pm in the
"white house" alongside the
Kuraby Mosque on Beenleigh
All ladies are invited to
attend. For more information
contact Ms. Iman Amin
on 0430 444 827.
draws a veil over artistic neglect with bold new Islamic
is known as the Veil and is described by
its architects as a giant glass Muslim
headscarf in the heart of Paris.
The former French president Jacques
Chirac saw it as one way to avert a
clash of civilisations in the run-up to
the Iraq war. President Nicolas Sarkozy
calls it the symbol of France's
friendship with the Arab world.
The Louvre's bold new Islamic art
wing had its first stone laid by Sarkozy
yesterday , launching the museum's most
daring project since IM Pei created the
giant glass pyramid 20 years ago.
The world's most visited museum will
have Europe's biggest purpose-built
exhibition space for an Islamic art
collection, which France hopes will
reconcile the secular republic with the
world of Islamic heritage.
The €86m (£68m) project will open in
2010, creating 3,000 square metres of
gallery space in one of the museum's
neo-classical courtyards. Rather than
cover the courtyard, a glass "luminous
veil" will "float" above the ground,
covering two floors. The Italian
architect Mario Bellini yesterday
described the undulating roof as "a
headscarf blown in by the wind".
It was a pertinent image, coming soon
after French citizenship was denied to a
resident Moroccan woman who wears a
veil. France has outlawed the headscarf
and other religious symbols in public
schools and yesterday Fadela Amara, a
Muslim and feminist junior minister,
criticised all form of veils.
The project's other architect, Rudy
Ricciotti, said: "It is important for
France, with a Muslim population of 5
million, to create something that speaks
directly to the presence of Muslims in
this country. This is a political museum
in the noble sense of the term, in that
the secular republic recognises all its
The Louvre, which registered a record
8.3 million visitors last year, boasts
one of the world's most comprehensive
Islamic art collections. More than
10,000 pieces range from the 7th to 19th
century, featuring glasswork and
ceramics, Ottoman empire art and one of
the world's most important collections
Yet most of the Islamic works have
been in storage for more than 20 years,
never afforded the same prominence as
western exhibits. In 2003, when Chirac
was setting France apart in the debate
over the war in Iraq, he ordered the
opening of an Islamic art department and
the planning of a wing to do it justice.
Sarkozy used a speech at the Louvre
to position France at the heart of
geopolitics. "France wants peace, it
does not want a clash of civilisations
between east and west," he said.
He was accompanied by the Saudi
prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, whose €17m
contribution to the project is one of
the biggest private cultural donations
made in France. The prince, a
francophile, is a major shareholder in
Disneyland Paris and owns Paris's
exclusive George V hotel.
Sophie Makariou, head curator of the
Louvre's Islamic art department, said:
"Islamic exhibitions have always been a
huge success with the public."
Asked about the funding from Saudi
Arabia, where the Wahabi hardline
interpretation of Islam has often been
blamed for the destruction of artistic
and religious heritage, she said: "We
have to move away from fixed ideas. In
2006, we took a show of 136 works to
Saudi Arabia. There were 400,000
visitors in two months."
The Louvre's new
Islamic wing is part of
the museum's development as a major
global art brand. France has cemented a
30-year deal to create a Louvre museum
on an island off Abu Dhabi
in 2012. Abu Dhabi will pay €400m
(£300m)for the Louvre
brand name and for hundreds of loaned
works, shown in a building by the
architect Jean Nouvel.
Meanwhile, Paris wants to cement its
position as a European capital of Arab
and Islamic culture. François
Mitterrand's "grand project",
L'Institut du Monde Arabe (the
Arab World Institute) attracts a million
visitors a year and is reorganising
after financial difficulties. Its
funding is shared between France and the
22 Arab league
countries, some of whom have been
accused of being late in their payments.
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South African Muslim Women Can Inherit
Gabie Hassam chuckled with joy after a court ruling
granting her the right to claim part of her husband's
"I'm celebrating on Madiba's birthday," Hassam told
South Africa's The Times on Sunday, July 20, referring
to former South African president Nelson Mandela.
"I'm the happiest woman in the whole wide world."
Hassam, a mother of four, won a court ruling to amend
legislation to allow widowed Muslim women to claim part
of their husbands' estate.
husband died in 2001,
leaving her penniless
and without any right to
husband had taken a
second wife before his
After the husband's
sought to evict the
61-year-old from her
tiny two-bedroom home in
"When my husband died, I
didn't get anything,"
said the soft-spoken
"And then they wanted to
take the roof from over
my head. I lived in that
house with my husband
for 36 years of
Polygamy is not
recognized under South
Islam to become Russia’s predominant religion by 2050?
PRAVDA: Islam is likely to become the
primary religion in the Russian Federation by 2050 due
to the high birth rate in Muslim republics.
The current Chinese-led conquest of Russia’s Far East
already seems to be a matter of immediate concern for
the Kremlin. The ethnic birth rate disproportion in
different regions of the country is another problem. The
Muslim community may become the largest community by the
middle of the current century. Therefore, Islam has all
chances to become the predominant religion in Russia.
Ukrainian scientists of politics, Valery Chaliy and
Mikhail Pashkov, believe that this is not the only
challenge, which Russia has to face nowadays.
First Muslim country singer in America performs in Rome
America's first Muslim country music
singer performed in Italy for the first time on Sunday
as part of a United States Embassy co-sponsored European
Kareem Salama, born and raised in Ponca City,
Oklahoma in the southern US, is the son of Egyptian
immigrants. He began to get into country music while
studying in graduate school.
He performed in front of a mostly Italian crowd at the
Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival held in Rome. His songs
were well received by everyone, who energetically
clapped after every song.
"People in Europe have strong stereotypes about what
country music is," said Salama in an interview. He
speaks Arabic and English.
In his songs, he draws on elements of Rock, Pop, Country
and Folk music, as well as Islamic themes, Sufism,
poetry and issues ranging from chivalry and nobility to
Kareem Salama, whose name means 'Generous well-being',
performed for 90 minutes and performed his most famous
hits. The songs included 'Baby, I'm a soldier' which
recounts the face-to-face encounter between an Iraqi and
an American soldier who end up killing each other on the
In 2006, he wrote a song called 'Prayers at night' in
order to draw attention to the war that year between
Israel and Lebanon.
The Amana funds, invested according to
Sharia, have more than doubled since 2003, to $1.3
The big winners in faith funds (if you can be so crass)
are the Islamic funds.
They screen out "sin stocks"—and
producers of pork products.
The profitable difference is riba, or
The Qur'an strictly prohibits the
borrowing or lending of money at interest: "Whatever you
give as riba so that it might bring increase through the
wealth of other people will bring you no increase with
Allah," it says.
Because of this prohibition, Islamic
mutual funds, like those in the Amana group, don't
invest in financial-services companies: they escaped the
subprime mortgage debacle altogether.
Most energy companies, however, are fine.
"We don't consider ourselves an
environmental or socially responsible fund," says Monem
Salam, Amana's director of Islamic investing.
"Energy was a big part of our growth."
Over the past year, the Amana funds
outperformed the market; their assets have more than
doubled from $400 million in 2003 to $1.3 billion this
Five years ago, most of Amana's investors
were American Muslims, Salam adds. Now, he guesses, 80
percent of new investors are non-Muslims.
Italy: Police guard makeshift Milan mosque for Friday
Milan, 18 July (AKI) - Police were
deployed on Friday at a disused Milan cycle stadium
after a small crowd gathered to protest its use as a
makeshift mosque by Muslims forced to abandon their
previous place of worship in the city centre.
Organisers said they expected up to 5,000 Muslims to
attend Friday prayers in a disused velodrome after they
were evicted from a converted garage in Milan's central
Several dozen protesters, including far-right political
leader, Daniela Santanche, gathered near the Vigorelli
"We are here to prevent a symbol of Milanese sport from
being transformed into a mosque," Santanche, who leads
the opposition party, The Right.
Earlier this month, Italy's centre-right government
ordered the closure of the so-called Jenner mosque,
which has been linked several times to Islamist
Readers' Book Club:
You are what you read!
The Jihad Seminar
by Hanifa Deen
Freedom of speech versus freedom from religious
vilification is under the spotlight
In March 2002, three Muslim
converts attend an Evangelical Christian talk on the
inner secrets of ‘Holy Jihad’. Shocked by what they
hear, they convince the Islamic Council of Victoria to
lodge a complaint against Catch the Fire Ministries Inc,
under a controversial new hate speech law.
A case expected to be over in three days
turns into an unholy war of words lasting five long
years – freedom of speech versus freedom from religious
vilification is under the spotlight. Neither side
capitulates: Muslims and the interfaith lobby opposing
Born-again activists and their Australian and overseas
Award-winning author Hanifa Deen follows
this case from beginning to end, witnessing the
religious impulse at its best – and worst.
Her very human account focuses on the
personalities and motives of the two religious tribes –
Muslims and Born-again Christians. Real people – on both
sides of the courtroom – express their pain and their
innocence at a hearing that turns into a nightmare.
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