the most of the month of Ramadan (Week 6: FINAL)
compiled a series of articles to assist CCN readers with
maximizing their benefits during the month of Ramadan.
This week the focus is on is on Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid is
a day of celebration, a joyous day, a day we are
rewarded for our deeds. The Prophet (PBUH), his
companions and leading Islamic scholars all encourage us
to enjoy the day. The Eid series comprises:
Eid – a joyous day, a day of celebration – The
Prophet (PBUH) described Eid as a day of merriment and
joy. This article outlines the concept of Eid and
contains pronouncements of the Prophet (PBUH) and
scholars on enjoying the day. Scholars encourage us to
let our children appreciate and understand that Islam is
not a religion of don’ts – it also encourages
celebration and merriment on the appropriate occasion.
Whilst you are expected to show compassion towards the
grieving and ill, this article emphasizes that Eid
should not be a day for emphasizing/rekindling
condolences to family and friends of those who have died
more than three days before Eid. The article also
discusses the concept of visiting cemeteries on Eid day
– whilst this is permitted, scholars encourage you to
visit the cemetery before or after the day of Eid and
focus Eid on enjoyment with your family.
Qualities of Eid – Hammudah Abdalati outlines the
various characteristics of Eid.
Previous Week 1:
Ramadan the month – what to do, what to pray and how to
Previous Week 2:
Fasting rules – who should fast, exemptions, rules on
fasting, what to do if you miss or break a fast
Previous Week 5:
what to pray in the last ten days of Ramadan; and
Youth Spiritual Night- An Uplifting Experience
By Riyad Rahimullah
Imam Akram Buksh
imparts words of wisdom
150 young Muslin brothers and sisters came to
Kuraby Mosque last Saturday the 12th of
September (23rd of Ramadan) for the youth
spiritual night organised by FAMSY (Federation
of Australian Muslim Students and Youth).
The night kicked off at 10pm with an inspiring
talk from Imam Akram Buksh, Imam of
Kuraby Masjid. He spoke about the fruits of
having iman and the importance of unity amongst
Muslims. He said we could ‘move mountains’ if we
were all united. Thereafter many joined the
beautiful qiyamul layl prayers where the Quran
at length was recited in salah.
There was a midnight sausage sizzle which
continued till about 1am. Thereafter our youth
either engaged in personal ibadah or rested
until Mufti Zeeyad Ravat delivered his
encouraging talk before suhr. He spoke about
powerful role models of justice in our Islamic
history such as Umar ibn Kattaab (R.A.), the
taabi’ee Shurayh AlQab, Salahuddin Ayubi and
Alamgir Aurangzeb. The spiritual night ended
with suhr and fajr prayers.
The FAMSY youth spiritual night got youth from
many different backgrounds together and mixing.
Zaahid Hurst, 15, noted that there was indeed a
lot of socializing at the sausage sizzle.
But socializing wasn’t the
only benefit. Osama El-Mezin (20) observed that “this
sort of night motivates the youth to come to the mosque.
Instead of being somewhere else at night, like coffee
clubs, we’re at the Mosque, in an Islamic environment…
there’s a lot of fitnah nowadays”.
The timing of the night was also highly
important. Umar Batchelor, President of FAMSY,
said “The night was done in Ramadan, a time of blessing
and spirituality and a time to increase in taqwa
- that was basically the intent behind it - to impart
that onto youth, to increase their spirituality in
Ramadhan and the last ten days.”
Furthermore, Umar Batchelor said “the youth need to
engage with the Imams, ant this was an opportunity for
the Imams, in this case, Imam Akram and Imam Ravat, to
engage and interact with the youth.”
Insha Allah we can expect more important events in the
future for our youth.
Umar Batchelor said “FAMSY is an
organisation that focuses on developing the youth and
students and we’re hoping to have various programs in
future looking from the leadership perspective and
Huddling around a
smoking barbeque on the cold nights
Ramadan Hamper Drive
By Muna Ibrahim of IWAQ
Mr. Alhabsi with IWAQ
staff handing over hampers to distribute
One of the main focuses of
our activities during the month of Ramadan was to ensure
that the Ramadan hampers entrusted to us was distributed
to those in need.
There was a huge amount of
contribution from the community and from charitable
bodies of the United Arab Emirates.
It is pleasing to report
that by the Grace of Almighty Allah, we were able to
distribute more than 200 hampers and this included some
There is still the idea that there are no needy people
In fact, we have found that
there are many people who are in desperate need and
these include those from refugee backgrounds as well as
those who are on pensions that barely meet their needs.
With the increase in prices,
some have had to go without many things just surviving
on basic needs and this is heart wrenching to see.
We would like to acknowledge the generous contribution
of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan Foundation,
Sharjah Charity International, Muslim studies
students at Runcorn Heights State School, valued
members of the community who contributed generously
among whom those who wish to remain anonymous.
We would also like to
acknowledge those who helped in packing and
distribution. We ask Allah to reward you all generously
for helping those in need.
The Management Committee and staff of IWAQ would like to
take this opportunity to wish you all Eid Mubarak and
ask Allah sincerely to accept your fasting, prayers and
Rice bags to be
distributed with the hampers
Emergency Earthquake Appeal
By Haroon Deen
Readers will be aware of the disaster that has recently unfolded in Indonesia.
The place where the earthquake struck causing damage, loss of life and injuries
to thousands is an area that has a 99% Muslim population.
We ask you today to please give generously towards helping out our fellow
Muslims during this disastrous time that has come during this holy month.
The Muslim Charitable Foundation is coordinating this effort and will ensure the
funds raised reach the victims of this calamity.
A member of the Muslim Charitable Foundation will be taking collections so
please give generously.
MCF Emergency Account (for emergency relief funds);
Name: Muslim Charitable Foundation Emergency Fund
BSB: 124 155
Account No: 2089 7395
Bank: Bank of Queensland
CCN congratulates Idris and
NasreenJangda on the birth of their daughter,
Little Aaminah was born at the Sunnybank Private Hospital and
arrived a few weeks early than expected. Both mother and baby are
This makes Ismail and
FatimaJangda grandparents for the third time and
and CatijaOmar for the fourth time.
for Queensland multicultural events
Government Media Release
Cultural diversity will be celebrated right across Queensland in the coming
year, after $700,000 was set aside by the Bligh Government for multicultural
festivals, events and community development projects in 2009-10.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said applications would be
accepted for the 2009-10 round of Multicultural Assistance Program (MAP) grants
from 11 September 2009 and will be open for two months.
"The Multicultural Assistance Program (MAP) is a key component to the Queensland
Government's Multicultural Policy, Multicultural Queensland - making a world of
difference," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"This program allows community organisations and local governments to apply for
grants to help them stage multicultural festivals and cultural celebrations that
foster positive community relations right across the state.
"The grants, which are administered through Multicultural Affairs Queensland in
the Department of Communities, also help fund community development projects and
help improve access to services."
Ms Palaszczuk said the 2009-10 MAP grants reinforced the Bligh Government's
ongoing commitment to multiculturalism in Queensland.
"With almost 18 per cent of Queenslanders born outside of Australia, we have a
great opportunity to host events and activities which capture and celebrate the
rich cultural diversity that exists in our state," she said.
"Queenslanders will be familiar with several popular MAP-supported festivals,
including the Paniyiri Greek Festival in Brisbane, the Australian Italian
Festival in Ingham and the Caboolture Multicultural Festival.
"The Griffith University's Multi Faith Centre's Training Program for Interfaith
Understanding and Dialogue is also an example of how the grants program supports
community relations projects that encourage social cohesion and harmony.
"I encourage all organisations and community groups to think about how they
could make a difference in their community through a MAP grant."
For further details on the Multicultural Assistance Program, including funding
categories and information on how to apply, visit
Multicultural Development Association (MDA) is offering clinics on submission
writing to assist organizations with practical guidance in writing your
flyer for dates and details.
By Sydney-based solicitor Foezullah Dewan
As the world and its
cultures become more and more enmeshed through
immigration and trade, it is exciting to watch how often
one culture takes in aspects of another as its own.
One of the most obvious
examples of this is food. Take the popularity of
hamburgers and Frankfurters in the western world. Both
are German foods. So, when a German butcher from
Frankfurt thought a sausage resembled his Dachshund dog,
the Hot Dog was born.
And money is just as
susceptible as food to cultural exchange. And, in
Australia, very recently, Shari‘ah compliant finance is
showing that it, too, is gradually insinuating itself
into the financial landscape.
Much of the positive regard
now being focused on Shari‘ah compliant finance has come
from analysis that shows how sturdy this form of lending
was in withstanding the Global Financial Crisis. In
London and New York share markets are down one third
from their highest levels, but the Dow Jones's Islamic
financials index rose 4.75 per cent in the last
September quarter and lost only 7 per cent compared with
the previous year.
Islamic finance has not only
shown that it can tough it out when there is a crisis of
confidence, but investors are now starting to realise
that it is also well positioned to grow substantially –
faster, in fact, than other banking products, at 15 to
20 per cent a year.
A recent forecast in the
Economist estimated that Islamic assets under management
have a worth of $US700 billion ($1000 billion)
worldwide, and, according to a Moody’s Investors Service
Report, the total value could exceed $4 trillion by
This is very exciting for a
system of lending that has been around since the time of
the prophet Mohammed, and entered the modern financial
world as a small banking experiment in villages of rural
Egypt at the start of the 1970s.
The University of Brunei
Darussalem (UBD) has, through the Australian Federation
of Islamic Councils (AFIC), its Scholarship Programme
for PhD studies.
The UBD Doctoral Scholarship
Programme is designed to attract world class doctoral
students with academically outstanding achievements.
The UBD Doctoral Scholarship
Programme is part of UBD’s ongoing international
recruitment strategy and aims to position UBD as a
regional leader in leading higher education research.
For the academic year 2009/2010 the UBD
PhD Scholarships are open for the fa number of courses.
One of these programs was at Algester Mosque in Brisbane
on Friday 11 September. Over 150 people from Algester's
Muslim community came together to share an Iftar meal in
a friendly social atmosphere.
QTICC director Mehmet Korkmaz and Mosque
representative Abdurrahman Deen talked about the
importance of sharing and brotherhood in Islam and the
significance of Ramadan for Muslims.
Following the breaking of fast Muslims with different
ethnic backgrounds had time to socialize and make
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is a search engine developed to "create a safe and clean
environment for Muslims to search the World Wide Web".
"Using ImHalal.com will
prevent you from “accidentally” bumping into explicit
content. If you deliberately go looking for explicit
content you might find what you are looking for after a
while and that’s why we advise those people to use
alternative search engines since ImHalal.com isn’t
designed for those purposes."
Company CEO, Sardeha,
"ImHalal.com is not a
dictatorial search engine which believes in censorship,
we want people to be able to continue their online
search”. And no political or religious censorship has
been implemented or will be implemented in the future."
"If you go searching for
“Pamela Anderson” for example, you know who “Pamela
Anderson” is and you know exactly what kind of results
will be fetched. Even though our filters will filter
about 95% of all explicit content about “Pamela
Anderson” we advise our users to use ImHalal.com with
discretion. You’re in charge of your own actions."
The Minister for Immigration
and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has welcomed the
passage of the Australian Citizenship Amendment
(Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009
through the Parliament this week.
The changes detailed in the Bill will implement the
recommendations made by the Citizenship Test Review
Committee last year.
A key finding of the Citizenship Test Review Committee
was that some disadvantaged and vulnerable migrants
could not sit and pass a citizenship test due to some
form of incapacity. The committee found that these
people did not have a pathway to citizenship under the
The changes will provide an exemption from the test for
people who have a permanent or enduring physical or
mental incapacity which means they are not capable of
meeting all the legal requirements for conferral of
These changes were necessary to ensure that there is a
legitimate pathway to citizenship for these most
vulnerable and disadvantaged migrants. To further
support clients who have difficulty passing the
citizenship test, a small group of people will be
eligible to undertake a citizenship course due to be
introduced later in the year.
Other changes will result in a requirement that children
must be permanent residents before they can be eligible
for citizenship. This requirement will prevent people
under 18 and who are in Australia unlawfully, often with
their families, or who are about to be removed from
Australia with their families because they have
exhausted all their migration options, from applying for
citizenship and prolonging their stay.
Amendments to the Act will add two special residence
requirements for certain people who are not able to meet
the general residence requirements for Australian
citizenship due to their international travel
People who are out of the country for 90 days or more in
the year before applying for citizenship are currently
ineligible to become citizens.
In 2007, the previous Government also changed the
residence requirement for citizenship from two years to
four years and removed certain discretionary residence
provisions leaving a small group of people significantly
It means people such as elite athletes who spend months
out of Australia due to their sporting commitments will
be eligible for citizenship within two years of becoming
a permanent resident rather than waiting a full four
years, provided they have been a permanent resident for
two years before their application with at least six
months physically in Australia and have their
application supported by a recognised national peak body
such as the Australian Olympic Committee or Tennis
The second special residence requirement will enable
people engaged in particular kinds of work such as
international airline pilots or cruise ship crews, which
require them to travel frequently outside Australia, to
be eligible for citizenship.
Under this requirement the person will still need to
have lived in Australia for four years but the special
residence requirement will enable them to be absent from
Australia for more than 12 months during the four-year
The special residence requirements will provide clearly
defined criteria for eligibility and leave no room for
ambiguity while still providing a pathway to citizenship
where there may not otherwise be one.
The special residence requirements aim to strike the
right balance in facilitating Australian citizenship for
those who are unable to meet the general residence
requirement due to the nature of their occupation, yet
who genuinely ‘call Australia home’ and wish to
formalise that relationship by becoming Australian
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HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge
By Omar Issadeen
Last year Sameer
(right in picture) and I (left in picture)
completed Queensland’s biggest cycling event,
the Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle
Challenge with 8000 other participants in aid of
the Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia.
This year we are hoping to get a few more
Muslims involved to participate in the event.
Anyone who considers themselves moderately fit
and has a working bike should be able to finish
the 100km ride before noon on the day of the
I am going to do the
following training rides in preparation for the event
and I recommend you join me if you want to take part.
Tue 22nd or Thurs 24th
25km (0530 to 0630am)
Sunday 27th Sept
Kuraby to Victoria Point
Sunday 4th Oct
Kuraby to city and back
Sunday 11th Oct
Southbank to Southport
please contact me on 0424 787 608 (Omar) as soon
as possible as entries close on the 28th of
September. The cost to enter is $65.
The hard working
Op-Shop Team (left to right): Kim and Rodney
Smith and Wilma Bothwell (foreground)
Yesterday morning (Saturday)
the Queensland Muslim Welfare Association handed out
hundreds of items to the local community to mark the end
The items were made up of
clothes, toys and food donated by Muslims to the Op-shop
"It's to show that local
Muslim people are doing their part to help those people
in the community who need it," Janeth Deen, president of
the organization, told the local Albert and Logan News
earlier in the week.
The give-away ran from
8am-noon with hundreds of people attending throughout
the Muslim World with CCN
We have a lot to learn
Faisal Al Qasim, Special to Gulf New
There is no doubting the
fact that Arabs and Muslims
are sadly the most
regressive people in the
world, according to the
Human Development Reports
supervised by renowned
Muslim and Arab scholars,
and released by the UN and
other similar reports. In
other words, the term
'Muslim' has been linked, in
the minds of the people of
the world, with violence,
terrorism, anarchy, chaos,
poverty and backwardness.
There are of course certain
exceptions to this rule, but
Even Pakistan, a nuclear
power, is at risk of
becoming a failed state, due
to poverty, corruption,
internal fighting and
political mismanagement. And
when it comes to Turkey,
seen as an exception in the
Muslim world, the
secularists there consider
themselves closer to the
West than to the Muslim
world. They also ascribe the
progress achieved by their
country in many fields to a
secular approach, rather
than the influence of Islam.
I have heard top Turkish
scholars, thinkers and
politicians say that they
prefer to be at the
rearguard of the Western
world than at the vanguard
of the Muslim world.
Husband Muhamad Noor
Che Musa sits next to Wook Kundor
shortly after their 2006 wedding / AP /
The Associated Press
107-YEAR-OLD Malaysian woman
says she is ready to marry
for the 23rd time because
she fears her drug addict
husband might leave her for
a younger woman.
Wook Kundor made headlines
four years ago when she
married Muhammad Noor Che
Musa, a man 70 years her
junior in northern
Terengganu state, with
pictures of the couple's
wedding splashed across
But Ms Wook is now looking
for new love as she fears
that Mr Muhammad, 37, who is
undergoing voluntary drug
rehabilitation treatment in
the capital Kuala Lumpur,
will leave her once the
programme ends, she told the
"Lately, there is this kind
of insecurity in me,'' the
paper quoted her as saying,
showing a photograph of the
centenarian wearing a Muslim
"I realise that I am an aged
woman. I don't have the body
nor am I a young woman who
can attract anyone.
"My intention to remarry is
to fill my forlornness and
nothing more than that.
She added that she felt
lonely without her husband
by her side to celebrate the
coming Muslim festival of
Eid al-Fitr next week.
Ms Wook said she planned to
visit Mr Muhammad on the
second day of Eid if her
neighbours were willing to
drive her to the capital.
Mr Muhammad, who was a
lodger in Ms Wook's house,
had previously said it was
"God's will'' that the
couple fell in love.
Exclusive: I Can Keep
Fasting In Ramadan Even When I Am Playing – Fredi
explains how he makes the
seemingly impossible a
reality during a certain
month each year...
be tremendously fit is a
must for all professional
footballers: a demand that
leads some Muslim players to
forgo the duty of fasting
during Ramadan, preferring
to fulfill their obligation
when the football season
ends. However, for Sevilla’s
Freddie Kanoute, this is not
The former Tottenham Hotspur
striker believes it is
possible for a modern
footballer to remain in peak
physical condition during
the holy month.
The likes of Kanoute, along
with Real Madrid's Mahamadou
Diarra, Lassana Diarra, and
Karim Benzema, are the talk
of football world as doctors
work around the clock to
formulate a routine in order
to keep them hydrated during
the fasting process.
And as Spanish tabloids
splash headlines about the
fasting month and debates
rage about whether players
should even be allowed to
fast and play during Ramadan
- Kanoute insists he just
wants to get on with it.
“I try to respect my faith
and follow it as best I
can,” Kanoute told Goal.com.
sometimes harder to keep the
fast because here in the
south of Spain it is very
hot, but I can do it, thank
“There are many Muslim
footballers who people just
do not know about in England
in Spain, France and in many
other leagues too. But
having faith and practicing
Ramadan is not something
they wish to tell the world
“Personally, having faith
helps my football and
football helps me to be
healthy and strengthens me.
There is no conflict because
people who know about Islam,
they know that fasting
empowers and does not weaken
1. Beat butter and castor sugar until light
2. Add coconut
3. Fold in sifted flour, cocoa, baking
powder to make a soft dough
4. Pat the dough into a greased baking pan
5. Bake at 180degrees for approx 15 to
20mins until light brown
6. Remove from the oven and immediately
slice into rectangular or square chocolate
7. Smear melted chocolate over it and wait
for it to cool before removing the chocolate
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
The rigorous exercise and diet
regimes favoured by the famous from Madonna to Elle
MacPherson can do more harm than good says
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
1 The bare
minimum The UK government recommendations suggest 30
minutes of moderate activity (including strenuous
housework or gardening) at least five days a week (or
150 minutes a week) to stay healthy. However, this won’t
help you lose weight or get noticeably fitter. “You need
to do 60 to 90 minutes a day of these activities to
start losing weight,” says Dr Emma Ross, an exercise
scientist at the University of Brighton.
this way Taking 10,000 steps a day will benefit your
health, but you need to tot up at least 16,000 steps a
day of walking, including faster bursts, to lose weight.
3 Up the
ante Follow targets set by the American College of
Sports Medicine (ACSM), which are widely accepted by
experts, by exercising three to five times a week for
20-60 minutes at 55%-80% of your body’s maximum
capacity, calculated according to your heart rate. “This
should be mostly aerobic activity, with a few strength
and resistance sessions,” Ross says.
4 Short on
time? The ACSM says 30 minutes of higher-intensity
exercise (that’s 80% of your maximum aerobic capacity,
at a level where you puff and sweat) is as good as an
hour at a less taxing workload of 60%.
While it is a
misconception that it’s better to work out at a low
intensity if you want to lose weight, according to Dr
Emma Ross there is nothing wrong with exercising in the
“fat-burning zone” setting on gym equipment, which is
usually 50%-60% of maximum effort. “Settings on exercise
equipment are never going to be accurate for everybody,
as we each have our own metabolic rate and maximal heart
rate,” she says. “My advice is to work out five days a
week doing high-intensity activity [eight out of 10 on
an effort scale] and some lower intensity work, such as
that on a fat-burning setting [six out of 10 in effort].
University of Queensland, 323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia
Fiqh Made Easy
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 7pm to 7.50pm
Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 8pm 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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