self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 1 February 2009
News you won't find on CNN!
Op-Shop Opens for Business
The first Muslim Op-shop
was officially opened yesterday (Saturday) by the
Mayor of Logan City, Pam Parker, and
Imam Yusuf Peer.
Guests at the opening
ceremony heard Imam Peer and Mayor Parker congratulate
the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association (QMWA) and the
Muslim community of Brisbane on this initiative and for
their contribution to helping build a vibrant and caring
A welcome to Logan was
made by local Indigenous community leader, Mr.
There were a number of
people who helped with the setting up of the shop and
they included Mr. Farouk Adam (Shelving & Shop
Displays) who generously donated the shelving and his
Yusuf Chothia (King's Curtain) the curtains, Mr. Osman Rane (ABD Poultry) the carpets
and startup funds, Mr. Sultan Deen the cash
register and funds and Mr. Hussin Goss startup
If you wish to support the
shop through donations and know of individuals in need
of help contact the store on 0435 086 796.
But feel free to drop in
to the shop in the Parklands Shopping Centre in Ewing
Road at any time and say salaams to Jenny and Wilma who
will be only too happy to shout you a cuppa and spin you
Opening the doors for
Imam Yusuf Peer and Mayor Pam
The QMWA committee
(left to right) Wilma
Bothwell, Janeth Deen, Rodney Smith, Karima
Yusuf Peer, Hussin Goss and Osman Rane
well-wishers at the opening
A prayer for peace and
No party's complete
without a slice of cake to finish it off.
the honours are
Osman Rane, Janeth Deen,
AK Surtie and
The Wedding Scene with CCN
Page boy Muaadth Omar and
(wedding) of Naadira Omarjee
(22), daughter of Saaeda Vorajee
and Rashid Omarjee, and
Hussein Karimshah (25), son of
Shamene and Bashir
Karimshah took place last week
Sunday at the Kuraby Mosque.
Imam Yusuf Peer presided
over the religious ceremony which was attended by many
friends and relatives of the families.
Later that day 130 guests gathered
at the Riverside Receptions in New Farm to celebrate the
The bride and groom drove up to the
lawns alongside the Brisbane River to exchange rings
before entertaining their guests to a delightful dinner
between well delivered and heartfelt speeches in very
Naadira, who is completing a law
degree at the University of Queensland, wore an
originally designed couture gown created and sculpted by
How do Muslims engage with
the modern world ? An Islamic studies major at Griffith
University sheds light on an enduring question.
Deputy-director of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU),
Dr. Halim Rane said the course doesn’t produce
traditional Islamic scholars but encourages Muslims and
non-Muslim students to understand academically, issues
facing the Islamic and broader world.
‘We need to have a strong foundation in Islamic studies,
particularly the Quran and Sunnah but we need to be
specialised in particular [secular] fields...to be able
to understand and explain issues that are of concern to
Muslims ’, Dr. Rane said.
Dr. Rane said the lack of interest in the Muslim world
to pursue social sciences is due to the technical needs
of nation building that favour engineering or science
disciplines, and Muslim migrants settling in developed
‘The social sciences are important for Muslims if they
want to understand Islam because essentially Islam is a
social religion’, he said.
According to Dr. Rane, some non-Muslim students are high
achievers who don’t take the course for granted. Muslim
students have an initial advantage but as the course
progresses to advanced subjects, an Islamic upbringing
is no substitute for a strong study ethic.
‘The classes are not designed to be propaganda for
Muslims, it’s designed to engage in critical analysis of
Islamic and Muslim issues’, he said.
The Islamic studies major at Griffith University is
available under the Bachelor of Arts programme, part of
the National Centre of Excellence in Islamic Studies.
Mr Adem Sav and
Dr Mohamad Abdalla from Griffith University are
conducting a large scale research project investigating
the work-life balance experiences and health and
well-being of Australian Muslims.
The research project is
part of a PhD study and involves Australian Muslims, who
are employed in various organisations and industries who
will complete a short 10 to 15 minute survey about their
views and experiences.
The surveys will be
distributed in early March and April
At present, the research
project is examining the experiences of Australian
Muslim men, with focus on Muslim women occurring at a
For more information on
the research proposal click
Habib in Brisbane
Guantanamo Detainee, Mamdouh Habib, will speak in
Brisbane at 6:30pm Thursday 5th of February at the TLC
Building, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane.
this is a public meeting
with Mamdouh Habib discussing his new book: My Story:
the Terrorist Who Wasn't
Mamdouh Habib has been one of the many victims of the
War on Terror.
Branded a terrorist, Habib was arrested in 2001 and
imprisoned and tortured in Pakistan, Afghanistan and
Egypt, before being sent to Guantanamo Bay for 2 years,
alongside David Hicks.
It was here he was tortured by US soldiers, heavily
drugged, deprived of sleep for weeks, beaten, given
electric shocks, repeatedly injected with a needle in
the same place so that it became terribly painful, left
naked in freezing rooms for hours on end in isolation
and threatened with rape.
In 2005 he was released without any charge.
Upon returning to Australia, Habib and his family have
suffered police surveillance, threats of violence, and
even assault by NSW police, yet received no
This special meeting will feature Mamdouh Habib
discussing his new book and giving a first hand account
of the brutality of the United States, and will expose
the War on Terror for being a War OF Terror.
youTHINK: Your voice to Government… be part of the
A big youth event –
youTHINK - will be held on 20 February 2009. It is
the inaugural event of the Australian Youth Forum (AYF),
the Australian Government’s formal communication channel
with young people.
All people aged 15-24 are invited to take part.
youTHINK will be held simultaneously in ten locations
around the country, and will focus on two topics:
• Violence and Safety
• Contributing to our Democracy
By visiting the website, you can also contribute your
ideas on the above topics, as they are currently live
discussion boards on the website. This means that even
if you can’t make it to youTHINK on 20 February your
ideas will still be heard. On the website you can also
find information on how to ‘host your own forum’ and
feed the outcomes through to the AYF.
Another new discussion board has recently opened on the
AYF website. The AYF Youth Engagement Steering
Committee, and a number of website users, indicated that
they would like the opportunity to discuss the topic of
human rights. This discussion is quite timely as on 10
December 2008, the National Human Rights Consultation
was launched by the Attorney-General, the Hon Robert
To find out more about the three discussion topics, have
a say, or register for youTHINK, head to the AYF website
of religion and belief in the 21st century Discussion
The Australian Human
Rights Commission has extended the deadline for
submissions to its Freedom of religion and belief in the
21st century Discussion Paper until 28 February 2009.
Released in September, the discussion paper sets out to
examine and report on the extent to which the right of
freedom of religion and belief can be enjoyed in
Australia today by drawing from practical everyday
experiences and observations.
The Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tom Calma, said
the discussion paper had already generated a lot of
initial interest from individuals and organisations.
“We have been open to receiving submissions for some
time but given the Christmas and New Year period, we
want to give more organisations and individuals –
including secular and religious minorities - further
opportunities to contribute,” Commissioner Calma said.
“In particular, we encourage responses that represent a
diversity of views in order to ensure a comprehensive
foundation from which the research team can develop the
Commissioner Calma said the Discussion Paper asked a
series of thought provoking questions but pointed out
that it was not necessary for submissions to address all
“The fundamental human right of freedom of religion and
belief is protected by a number of international
treaties and declarations,” Mr Calma said.
“It encompasses freedom of thought on all matters and
the freedom to demonstrate and express our religion and
belief individually, with others, in private or in
public, including the right not to believe.”
Commissioner Calma emphasised that gaining a
comprehensive understanding of these issues could not be
achieved merely by consultation with academics,
religious institutions or government.
“We need to hear from as many people as possible, from
all walks of life and I encourage everyone with an
interest in this issue to take advantage of this
extension and make a submission,” Mr Calma said.
Submissions can also be made by post to the Race
Education and Partnerships Section,
Australian Human Rights Commission,
GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001.
For enquiries, call (02) 9284 9600 or 1800 620 241.
The Freedom of religion and belief in the 21st century
project is being run in partnership with the Australian
Multicultural Foundation, in association with RMIT
Immigration Bridge Australia
bridge is going to be built across Lake Burley Griffin
in the nation’s capital Canberra to commemorate the
contributions of migrants to Australia.
probability you or your ancestors are among the more
than 10 million migrants who have permanently settled
here in Australia since 1788. So this project is about
you and your families.
The handrails of this 400 metre long bridge have been
designed so they can be engraved with the names of over
200,000 immigrants. You can take part in this project by
paying to have your or your ancestors’ names among them.
To make this truly a People’s Bridge, you are encouraged
you to tell your family’s stories of migration so they
can be recorded on the surfaces of the Bridge for future
generations, and in the Migration Book for display on
the Bridge and published online.
IBA has invited Architects Bligh Voller Nield, engineers
ARUP Australia, composer Ross Edwards and poet Peter
Skrzynecki to form with them a unique discussion forum
to address the challenges of producing a design that
will be world recognised.
The design team is ensuring that the Immigration Bridge
will be one of the most significant constructions in
Australia, a source of great national focus and pride
with major benefits to Australian tourism.
THE MIGRATION BOOK will be a priceless
collection of all the stories of migration that can be
gathered and published on the Bridge in book form, and
also online for all the people of Australia and the
world to see.
You are invited to record your story
'Tell Your Story' section on the IBA website. There
is no charge for submitting stories.
modest and unflappable, Hashim Amla has overcome plenty
and emerged the better for it
Amla counts amongst the most serene of cricketers.
Nothing seems to ruffle
Along the way both life
and cricket have tried to disturb his tranquility, only
to be met with a mild smile and a broad bat. Fast
bowlers have pounded him with bumpers.
Nothing personal, you
understand, just that he was a new kid on the block and
his back-foot game was regarded as suspect; mistakenly
as it turned out. Refusing to hook, he simply parried
the bouncers as he has everything else, and waited for
the storm to abate, whereupon he resumed collecting runs
in his unflustered way.
At times he has struggled
against spin and found long tours hard to endure as the
attraction of hotels wanes, but he has met every
challenge, scored heavily in India, and finished the
Australian tour with a stirring innings in Adelaide.
Too humble to disdain criticism, too resilient to be
distracted, the young Durbanite has a toughness in him
not easily detected from afar.
But then he has overcome a
lot, has fought for his place every step of the way, has
managed to remain cool amidst the furies that sometimes
rage around him.
Always he has retained his
inner core while recognising the need to improve, and
without judging others.
Accordingly he has fit
comfortably into cricket teams containing a broad swathe
of humanity, and a fair share of ruffians, and has
cheerfully joined in activities without ever selling
Of all his achievements,
Amla's emergence as the first member of the large Indian
community to play Test cricket for South Africa has been
the most significant.
During the apartheid years
the Indians tended to lie low.
Shy by nature, resourceful
by disposition, aware of their origins as indentured
labour, they were caught in a racial no-man's land, and
so concentrated on making money and gaining a good
To them cricket was an
enthusiasm, almost an indulgence. Certainly it could not
be a profession.
Inevitably the game was played, and well played in
places, notably in the strongholds around Durban.
It was hard to assess the
quality of the players because they were seldom pitted
against outside forces.
Obviously there were
exceptions, in politics and cricket.
After all, Mahatma Gandhi
made his name as an activist lawyer in South Africa, was
thrown out of the first-class seats on a train at
Pietermaritzburg station in the capital city of Kwa-Zulu
Natal (as it has become).
It is Amla's home
Pietermaritzburg city centre contains a statue of the
The Indian communities
also produced their own parties, and in some cases
activists of the ANC - until recently the speaker in
parliament was an Indian woman respected for her
integrity and admired for her courage in supporting the
ANC in its underground years.
Nevertheless Amla grew up
in an essentially inward-looking society somewhat
reluctant to enter the new mainstream.
He has played his part in changing all that.
Every community needs an
inspirational figure capable of lighting the path
Makhaya Ntini has
demonstrated the untapped capacity of the black
Ashwell Prince proved that
he was as tough as a trekking Afrikaner, as durable as
any desert nomad. But the Indians also needed to break
through in the sporting arena.
Sportsmen can become
national, and even international, figures in months.
Ask JP Duminy.
Amla belongs to a younger,
bolder generation that had not been involved in all the
palaver and patronising and repressing; a generation
committed, expressly or by implication, to the ideas
advanced by Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, Martin
Luther King and the other giants of the era; a bunch
that wanted to live in a mixed and united nation, where
a person was judged only by the content of his
A group that wanted to
cross the great divide.
all the turbulences of the period, with its desperation
to find brown-skinned players worthy of advancement,
Amla's rise was orthodox even as his background was
Born into an affluent
family whose roots lay in the state of Gujarat, he was
reared in a middle-class home and sent to a highly
regarded cricketing and academic school, Durban HS,
previously the alma mater of Lance Klusener and Barry
His parents are doctors
and Ahmed, his older brother, is a fine batsman in his
own right, albeit one held back for a time by the
hotness that often affects youth.
Nowadays Ahmed is so well
respected that he captains the provincial team.
In short, the Amlas are
intelligent, professional, serious but not solemn, and
keen on cricket.
Evidently the parents are
also enlightened because they did not discourage their
younger boy from trying his luck in cricket.
Previous generations of
Indian parents might have pointed him towards a "proper"
And so it came to pass that Amla took his place in a
powerful batting order and a successful, jovial and
cosmopolitan national aide.
South Africa and Amla
performed magnificently in 2008, drawing a series in
India, beating England and overcoming the Australians on
their own patch.
Throughout, the team
displayed the tenacity of a spider and the spirit of a
Scottish regiment responding to the bugle.
Amla played his part,
calming nerves, unfurling numerous sweet strokes off the
back foot, supporting his colleagues.
He is a son, a Muslim, an
Indian, a fine batsman and a worthy member of a South
Africa team that represents not the poverty of life but
The four rallies organized
by Justice for Palestine against the Israeli attacks on
Gaza and held over four consecutive Saturdays at Queens
Park, Brisbane succeeded in raising
$9213.50 in donations.
money has been forwarded to
Australian People for Health, Education and Development
the overseas humanitarian aid agency of the Australian
Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
APHEDA was created in 1984 as the overseas aid agency of
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was established to contribute
directly to countries and regions of the world where men
and women workers are disadvantaged through poverty, a
lack of workplace, denial of labour and human rights,
civil conflict and war.
APHEDA has been engaged in
a number of projects in Gaza.
Catching up with Family in the US
Yusuf Omar, recently arrived in LA where he is spending
the semester as an exchange student, writes home
from California after seeking out relatives
You asked about my visit to the family up in
Norco. They live in a rare part of California known
as horse town. Everyone there has horses. The drive thru
even has a horse part!
Anyways they are VERY American country and very Indian at the same
time. It’s a crazy mix! They don’t speak much English
but the little they do is in an almost strong country
They owned horse which they bought in the auctions for $1! They
showed me the receipt to prove it.
Their source of income - breeding pigeons and parrots in the
backyard (this is the one family I’m talking about).
The one uncle there (your 2nd cousin) I made good
friends with because he reminded me SOOOO much of Uncle
Chooper. He had goofy like features and was very funny.
Before doing this parrot business he was actually part
of the assembly line for BOEING 747’s! He had some
interesting stories to tell.
We then went to another household for lunch where we ate really
nice Burmese food (most of these people were raised or
had spent a large amount of time in Burma). The food was
excellent, a traditional soup which you mixed various
I then fell asleep on a sofa due to jetlag.
The kids of these households (my 3rd cousins) were real
farm kids. I thought it was brilliant, better then
growing up in the city in many respects.
All these households kept large German Shepherds. Not to protect
them from other people like in South Africa, but to
protect their livestock from wild dogs (there is a name
for these dogs but I can't remember it - they look like a
mix between a fox and a wolf).
At the end of day I was amazed at how they had kept their
traditional Indian roots and maintained a strong Islamic
culture in probably the whitest areas you could find in
the world. I felt bad that I couldn’t talk to them in
good-rati (excuse the spelling!!!- that’s just a
sign of how much I've lost my Indian roots).
I can't wait to meet the rest of the family but to be honest this
household doesn't seem in a rush to do ANYTHING at all.
Lots of love
Brisbane's support of
Zimbabwe Food Relief
The Food Relief Program in
Zimbabwe that was carried out last year by the
Majlisul Ulama of Harare was made possible largely
through the huge donations from the Brisbane Muslim
community which was collected and sent to Zimbabwe
442 families in 5
different areas were fed from these funds and almost 8
tonnes of food was distributed, helping to alleviate
some of the suffering of the poor.
The local organizers of
the collection, Hanif and Shaheena Omar express
their heartfelt thanks to all the Muslims in Brisbane
who contributed towards this relief effort for Zimbabwe.
LONDON (Reuters Life!) -
British singer Yusuf Islam released a charity song on
Monday for which all proceeds will be donated to a
United Nations agency helping refugees in Gaza.
Islam -- who changed his name from Cat Stevens when he
became a Muslim -- will donate the money made from "The
Day the World Gets Round" to the United Nations Relief
and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Save the Children to help
families in the Gaza Strip, UNRWA said in a statement.
The song, which was originally recorded by the late
Beatle George Harrison, features Islam on vocals and
Klaus Voorman, known to many as the fifth Beatle, on
Islam said he hoped the music will "help remind people
of the immense legacy of love, peace and happiness we
can share when we get round to looking at mankind's
futile wars and prejudices, and start to change our
Israel's three-week Israeli in Gaza killed 1,300
Palestinians, including 700 civilians.
The war, which began on December 27, tentatively ended
on January 18 when Israel and Hamas began separate
ceasefires. Israel says it launched the offensive
because of rocket fire by Hamas into Israel, which has
killed at least 21 Israelis since 2001.
UNRWA said it has provided over 50,000 civilians refuge
in over 50 improvised shelters, mostly in its school
buildings, and has been a focal point for aid supplies.
It is also playing a leading role in recovery response
as well as providing on-going education, health relief
and social services. This includes providing schooling
for over 196,000 children and food aid to over 750,000
Building on the success of
the first Boys Weekend Away a second outing is
planned for 13-16 March at Bornhoffen near Nerang.
The cost of $100 includes
accommodation, food and transport and is an opportunity
to have some fun, get to know people from other
communities, play sports and get in some outdoor action
like canoeing and abseiling.
Contact Imam Akram (0431
672 263) or Mohamed-Junaid (0403 113 123) for more
information or to book your place.
'Significant' part of Slumdog Millionaire profits will
return to slums
ambitious plan to pump “significant” profits from the
film Slumdog Millionaire back into the Mumbai slums
where the film is set has been revealed by Danny Boyle,
the film’s director.
Boyle said investors, who are set to benefit from
millions in box office profits, were planning to meet in
London next week to discuss how much money to put into a
special fund and how best to distribute the cash.
“We want to set it up as soon as possible. What
absolutely mustn’t happen is that the money disappears,
or people think this is a PR stunt,” Boyle said.
Boyle and Christian Colson, one of Slumdog’s producers,
revealed the plan after mounting criticism of the film’s
alleged financial exploitation of its child stars and
its portrayal of Indian slum life.
I want to offer my sincere thanks to Crescents of
Brisbane for their support at the Citizenship
Ceremony on Australia Day at the Runcorn State
School. It was much appreciated by the 80 new
Aussies and their friends and families.
i also want to record that Ms. Shaima Khan from Al-Nisa
received an Australia Day award from Graham Perrett
MP for service to the community.
President: Kuraby Lions
Readers' Book Club:
You are what you read!
Would you like to see the cover of
your favourite book on our book shelves below?
Q: Dear Kareema, I find that the soles of my feet
ache during particular exercises. Are you able to
A: FEETNESS FIRST! It's great that you're listening to
your body and trying to find ways around some discomfort
caused during exercise. Aching feet is common when you
start a new workout, particularly one with fast
directional changes. It sometimes happens when breaking
in a new pair of shoes as well. Try an inner sole for
With yoga or balance workouts where you are bare feet,
be conscious of your alignment, spread your toes where
possible and distribute your weight evenly over your
feet depending on the poses.
With a cycling class, while peddling, you need to learn
to push at 3 (ball of foot), scrape at 6 and pull at 9
(heel of foot).
Considering that each foot is made up of 33 joints,
100-plus ligaments and 26 bones, they deserve to be
taken care of. If they're not strong and properly
aligned, the repercussions may echo through your body.
You need to learn to lift your arches, spread your toes
and centre your weight over the entire foot, this will
help all your muscle move better. Your spine will then
stack as it should, your core will engage and your
posture will improve!
TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET AND STRENGTHEN THEM THROUGH
All questions sent in are published here anonymously and
without any references to the author of the question.
KB's Culinary Corner
Pakistani Murghi Pilau or Chicken Pilau
in by Shaima's Mum
50 grams of ghee or cooking oil
1 big onion –finely cut
2 bulbs of garlic – ground
3-4 green chillies – finely cut
2.5 inch ginger – finely cut
1.5 kg chicken cubes (or meat of choice)
1.5 teaspoon turmeric
1.5 teaspoon red chilli powder
1.5 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup yogurt
1 lemon – juiced
1 pinch of saffron
350 gram Basmati rice – soak rice for 30
mins in cold water
1.5 cup extra hot water
1. Heat oil in a large shallow pan, fry
onions till golden brown. Leave aside some
fried onion to garnish.
2. Add garlic, ginger, chillies, turmeric
and stir into paste, for four minutes.
3. Add chicken and stir for five minutes.
4. Add all remaining dry ingredients.
Combine yoghurt and lemon juice.
5. Add yoghurt mixture into pot of chicken
6. Cover with lid and cook on low heat until
chicken is cooked.
7. Add rice into pot, with 1.5 cup water.
8. Let it cook on low heat (15-20 mins
9. To serve, remove chicken pieces, spoon
out the rice and then place chicken on top.
Sprinkle onion and saffron if desired.
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The CCN Chuckle
Mula Nasruddin is
riding his camel down a country road when he spots his
friend Jalalludin standing in the middle of a huge field
He pulls up his
camel over to the side of the road and notices that
Jalalludin is just standing there, doing nothing,
looking at nothing.
Mula Nasruddin gets off his camel, walks all the way out
to Jalalludin and asks him, "Ah excuse me Brother
Jalalludin, but what are you doing?"
Jalalludin replies, "I'm trying to win a Nobel Prize."
"How?" asks Mula Nasruddin, puzzled.
"Well I heard they give the Nobel Prize to people who
are out standing in their field."
University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive,
Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh
Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of
'Gardens of the Righteous'
Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland
Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm
Fiqh Made Easy
Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 6.30pm to 7.35pm
Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 7.45pm to 9pm
Sunnah Inspirations is a
non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim
social support and supplying information to
Muslims and non-Muslims. They have
been doing various activities around
Australia, and have organised Da'wah
information stalls at various universities
in Brisbane. More info can be found on
their website above.
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