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Sunday, 14 February 2010

 .Newsletter 0275



Arte Family Honours

A morning tea was held on Wednesday Citipointe Church to thank and acknowledge the efforts of individuals and organizations who helped the Arte family after their son, Salman Arte,  fell into the Bulimba Creek after a heavy rain and was washed away. The subsequent search involved many agencies and volunteers before his body was finally located.


The Arte family are extremely appreciative of the efforts to locate him by those involved.

The ARTE family presented plaques in memory of Salman to volunteers for their outstanding performance, enthusiasm and dedication to duty during the course of that search process.


Among those that were acknowledged included:

• Queensland Police Service (QPS)
• United Somali Association of Queensland inc
• State Emergency Service (SES)
• Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS)
• Queensland Fire Service (QFS) Water Response Team
• Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ)
• Australian Muslim Youth Network
• Citipointe Church Brisbane

Also, gifts and donations for the Arte Family were received from Citipointe Church, Wishart Community and the Australian Muslim Youth Network.


Imam Uzair Akbar (Imam Holland Park Mosque) presided over the event.


Government appoints community liaison officer to local Indian students


The Bligh Government has appointed local Indian community leader Umesh Chandra (pictured left) as liaison officer to Queensland's Indian student population.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mr Chandra's appointment was part of a whole-of-government effort to support the State's 20,000 Indian students.

"Umesh Chandra is well-respected in Queensland's Indian community, and he'll play a key role in our engagement strategy with the local Indian community," she said.

"We want to use his standing to ensure that Queensland's Indian students know they can count on the support of the Bligh Government.

"This is about sending out a very clear message that Queensland is a safe and welcoming place for Indian students.

"They make a tremendous contribution to the State's cultural and economic life, and I want to assure all Indian students and visitors to Queensland that they're welcome here."

Mr Chandra is President of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)(Qld), Publisher of the Brisbane Indian Times and Vice-President of the Federation of Indian Communities in Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk said the appointment of a community liaison officer was first raised by local Indian community leaders.

"The Bligh Government will continue to work closely with Queensland's Indian community," she said.

"Queensland will hold a third roundtable this year to ensure that the Government is doing everything it can to support the State's Indian student population.

"Police and education authorities will continue working together to ensure Queensland's Indian students are getting all the support they need."


Muslim Radio Stations

One Legacy

One Legacy is a radio station founded by American Muslims to provide daily insight and discussion on topics of spirituality, relationships, parenting, politics, civil rights, fitness, health and the arts. OneLegacyradio.com can be downloaded as an application on an iPhone, Blackberry or Android, providing listeners with a daily dose of Islamic teachings on everything from weight loss to relationship advice at any time of the day. It even tackles contentious topics, such as the radicalization of Muslim youth.


Radio Islam

Check out Radio Islam's Website for 24hrs Live Audio Streaming of Islamic Programmes, Audio Podcasts of various On-Air Highlights and listen to topics ranging from Hijab; Salaah Awareness to Current Affair; Muslim Reverts etc. Radio Islam broadcasts live out of Johannesburg, South Africa. Visit www.radioislam.co.za.


Westpac to embrace Islamic finance market


Westpac Banking Corporation plans to boost its exposure to the rapidly expanding Islamic finance market, by offering a commodity trading facility intended for overseas investors operating under the Sharia principles of Islamic law, The Age reported.

The move by Westpac comes at a time when the Australian government is believed to be placing a new emphasis on Islamic financing, which prohibits the earning of interest, instead focussing on profit sharing based on the buying and selling of tangible assets such as property, under the principles known as Sharia law.

Trade Minister Simon Crean is today set to launch a study outlining opportunities for Australia's financial services sector to increase involvement in investment and banking markets that comply with Islamic law.

This follows urgings from a government-backed taskforce last month that tax rules be overhauled to ensure that Islamic financing products be given equal treatment.

All the major banks now provide Islamic-style banking products for retail investors.

The global market for Islamic financial services, which has been propelled by surging oil prices, is estimated to be worth close to $1 trillion, and the issue of sukuk - the Islamic alternative to conventional bonds - is worth greater than $50 billion each year

Business Spectator


The French burqa ban: culture clash unveiled


A French parliamentary commission’s recommendation to ban the burqa, or full veil, from public places such as buses, banks and hospitals, is the most recent skirmish in an ongoing culture war between Islam and the West. But the importance of the potential ban - and the firestorm of debate it has generated - goes far beyond setting sartorial boundaries for the Paris Metro. It also highlights competing views on how best to fight back against radical Islam, the interpretation of the faith that seeks to bend 21st century life to the medieval norms enshrined in sharia law.

By recognising the burqa as not merely an article of clothing but, in the words of French lawmaker Andre Gerin, the “tip [of] a black tide of fundamentalism,” France has signaled that it takes the threat of radical Islam seriously.

Moreover, unlike the Americans under Barack Obama, the French have framed the debate not merely in terms of security, but in terms of fundamental values. In June last year, in a speech to both houses of Parliament, President Nicholas Sarkozy flatly declared that "the burqa is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience." By contrast, in his Cairo address to the Muslim world barely three weeks earlier, Obama took more or less the opposite position. “I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal,” he said. Although Obama was referring to the hijab, or headscarf, the French and the Americans are poles apart in terms of the broader principle - whether to take a stand on religiously mandated attire for Muslim women.


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 Saving Sarah Hamoudi     


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Roster Planner

The Islamic Women's Association of Queensland has put out a call for a roster planner.

The position is 30 hours per week, permanent part-time from Monday to Friday.

You must be well organised, good with people, have an understanding of the different cultural needs and a good communicator.


More information


Post Crisis Reforms: Points to Ponder

Judge Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani's presented an in-depth Economic Paper with an Islamic viewpoint  at the World Economic Forum 2010 held in Davos during Jan 26-31.


Mufti Taqi Usmani is one of the World's leading Islamic scholars. Mufti Usmani has written over forty books ranging from Islamic law, economics and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). For over forty two years he has been a leading lecturer at Darul Uloom in Karachi which was set up by his father the late Mufti Muhammad Shafi, Grand Mufti of Pakistan.

He has studied and graduated with distinction from Karachi University and obtained an MA in Arabic from Punjab University and is widely respected across the world. He is the chief editor of the famous monthly magazine Al Balagh (Urdu) and is a regular feature on many media platforms. Mufti Taqi Usmani is one of the most influential religious leaders in the world today and is often called upon to respond to common issues facing Muslims across the globe.

For this 93-year-old, it’s Never Too Late to Memorise Quran 

SHARJAH - Illiterate or not, Fatima Mohammed Ali, Emirati, is the first 93-year-old woman to have participated in a Holy Quran Award in the whole world.

The mother and grandmother of 120 children, Fatima started her journey with the Holy Quran at the age of 80, and has memorised many chapters of the holy book.

“Although she is pretty old, she never misses a lesson of Quran at the mosque early in the morning every day,” Ahmed Musa, one of Fatima’s grandsons, told Khaleej Times.

“She is even more keen to fully memorise the holy Quran than her young kids, seeking God’s blessings and paradise in the hereafter.”

Based in Khor Fakkan of the emirate of Sharjah, Fatima started participating in the Sharjah Quran Award since it was open for all ages to enhance her memorisation and encourage her grandchildren to learn the holy Quran by heart.

“My grandmother does not read or write. However, listens to the cassettes and receives help from her grandchildren, particularly 23-year-old Badr, who has always been very close to her,” Musa said.

“Badr, who is studying law, patiently teaches her the Quran verse by verse after she moved to his house, following a gruesome accident that claimed five members of the family.”

Musa said his grandmother was a furious woman before memorising Quran. “She has become more tolerant thanks to the holy Quran. She 
even refuses to go outside her house unveiled.”

Meanwhile, the second edition of the Al Hassawi Holy Quran Award, which is part of the Establishment of Quran and Sunnah Award, Sharjah, saw the participation of many other old women aged between 61 and 66 competing.

As many as 900 contestants participated in the two broad categories of the competition - one for competitors below 16 years old and one for above 16.

Kajeel Times

Are 'jihad satires' an insult to Islam? 

Why did the suicide bomber cross the road …? It doesn’t sound like the start of a particularly amusing or constructive gag. But two new British shows (a musical and a film) attempt to provide both the punch line for this joke, and a justification for telling it.

Welcome to the year of the 'jihad comedy'. For 2010 sees the opening of two highly controversial shows – Jihad! The Musical, and the film Four Lions - both of which take the deeply unfunny topic of suicide attacks, and attempt to give it a humorous twist.

Jihad! The Musical opened in London on January 8. Billed as a "satirical romp about the war on terror", it includes songs called "Building a Bomb Today", "I Wanna Be Like Osama", and "Axis of Freedom". The plot involves a man from Afghanistan who ends up in a terrorist sleeper cell in the West.

The website for the show paints it as some kind of satire on the media, claiming that the intention is to highlight "stereotypes, politics and big business, and the love affair between terrorism and the media". This is, of course, a bit of a media cliche in itself: The 'satire on the press' justification has been trotted out countless times by those using ‘offensive’ material in entertainment.

Either way, Jihad! The Musical doesn’t seem to have hit the mark. "You can't help feeling that the show doesn't so much satirise the war on terror as trivialise it," wrote theatre critic Michael Billington in The Guardian. "By portraying all media figures as ruthless go-getters and terrorist plotters as clumsy geeks, it simply gives continuing life to cartoon images. If the show is offensive, it's mainly because it's not very good."

Four Lions, released later this year, sounds more promising. Written and directed by the anarchic British satirist Chris Morris, the dark comedy follows a hapless gang of wannabe suicide bombers, as they plot to bomb London.



Maktoob News




'Jihadist Comedy': New feature film "Four Lions" debut from Brass Eye's Chris Morris, premieres at the Sundance film festival.


Australian Muslim Newsletters


The Al-Ghazalli Newsletter of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• Night of Remembrance - Sisters Only
• Mizaan Living - Kayaking
• The Creed of a Muslim

• International Deen Intensive Retreat 2010
• Donations for Ansaar Project
• Qur'an Recitation - Beginners Reading & Writing
• Arabic Language Program 2010

• Essence of Islam
• Introduction to Islamic Jurisprudence

• Foundations Diploma in Islamic Sciences 2010

• Crescent Sighting - Rabbi ul-Awwal
• Mizaan Ecology - Newcastle
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project

Free Tickets Still Available


Free tickets are available for the Queensland Bulls vs Victorian Bushrangers match to be played at The Gabba on Saturday 20 February, commencing at 2.15pm and finishing 9.45pm. Gates open at 1.15pm.

As a result of an exciting partnership between Queensland Cricket and ECCQ, and Queensland Cricket’s strong commitment to multiculturalism, Queensland Cricket has given ECCQ free tickets for this exciting game.


If you would like tickets for the game send an email to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org stating how many you require.


he Australian Journey: Muslim Communities - DIAC publication

Adapted from Australian Journey - Muslim communities


The Australian Journey – Muslim communities, a new DIAC publication, is characterised by contributions of Muslims from all over the world who have made Australia home.


In this, and following issues of CCN, we highlight one of the successful Muslims in Australia from the report and their thoughts about what it means to be both a Muslim and an Australian.

Kamal Hamidani

Emergency Services (NSW Ambulance Service)

Kamal grew up in Algeria, North Africa, where he trained
to become a nurse. He moved to London where he worked as a chef and met his wife. Both Kamal and his wife moved to Newcastle 10 years ago to be close to his wife’s mother.
He is now working as a Patient Transport Officer for the
Ambulance Service of NSW.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Ambulance Service of NSW thoroughly supports and encourages cultural and religious diversity.

Kamal Hamidani

Around the Muslim World with CCN


 Ban on Muslim Scholar Lifted


The U.S. Department of State has lifted a ban that prevented Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States for the past five years.


An order signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reverses a July 2004 decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to revoke the visa of Ramadan, a respected scholar and author who was due to begin teaching at the University of Notre Dame that fall.


“We welcome this move by the Obama administration to permit a respected scholar and voice for religious moderation to enter our country,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “This is a step toward beginning to repair the damage to our image among Muslims worldwide.”

Tariq Ramadan visited Brisbane in 2008 (see CCN174).



 Fatwa forbids Facebook


DUBAI - A prominent Egyptian cleric has issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims to use Facebook, blaming the popular social networking site for rising marital infidelity and divorce, Daily News Egypt reported on Sunday.

Sheikh Abdel Hamid al-Atrash labelled those using Facebook “sinners” and said the site “endangers the Muslim family”, the newspaper reported, citing an interview in London-based daily Asharq Alawsat.

"It's an instrument that destroys the family because it encourages spouses to have relations with other people, which breaks Islamic sharia law,” Atrash, former head of the fatwa commission at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, was quoted as saying.

"While one or other of the spouses is at work, the other is chatting online with someone else, wasting their time and flouting the sharia.”

Atrash went on to say: "While they (social networking sites) permit the spread of Islam, they allow people forbidden love and relations. That is why whoever uses such websites must be considered a sinner.”

The fatwa comes days after a study by Egypt’s National Center for Social and Criminological Research (NCSCR) that found one in every five divorces in Egypt is caused by extra-marital affairs started on Facebook or other social networking sites.

Maktoob News


 U.S. Muslim Religious Council on Body Scanners


WASHINGTON, Feb. 10: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today supported a statement by a prominent group of Muslim scholars that full-body scanners being introduced in airports worldwide violate religious and privacy rights.

In a February 9 statement, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) asked that scanner software be altered to produce only an outline of the body and urged Muslim travelers to avail themselves of alternative pat-down searches. (The term "fiqh" refers to Islamic jurisprudence. SEE: http://www.fiqhcouncil.org).

PR Newswire



 House overwhelmingly says 'End ban on teachers wearing religious dress'

Taghrid Elmeligui, math teacher at a public high school in McMinnville, is one of a few Oregonians currently allowed to teach while wearing a head covering.


USA: With a strongly favourable vote in the House on Wednesday, Oregon is on its way to becoming the 48th state to permit teachers to wear head scarves and other religious dress in school.

The 51-8 vote on House Bill 3686 is the first decision toward repealing Oregon's 87-year-old ban on religious garb. Oregon, Nebraska and Pennsylvania are the only states that prohibit religious clothing.

If approved, the Oregon law would take effect in 2011. Before that, the state's education and labour agencies would hammer out rules designed to protect students from religious coercion while allowing observant Muslim women, Sikhs and Orthodox Jewish men to teach in Oregon classrooms.

The repeal now goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, says he personally favours the law but can't predict the vote.


Taghid Elmeligui (pictured left) is now permitted to wear her hijab because it reflects her Egyptian culture. Her students say she is an exceptional math teacher whose dress does not interfere with their own spiritual beliefs, nor their learning of math





 Cape to Mecca Cycle   





A group of South African men have embarked on a cycle journey through Africa to Mecca to perform their pilgrimage.


"The motivation to undertake this journey stemmed primarily from the desire to travel and Africa was always the destination for us," said a member of the group. "There is so much about Africa we don't know and this is one of the things we would like to explore and share with you all."


Their Facebook page will record their progress.






 Hijab... American Experience

WASHINGTON – Sara Uddin smiles as she adjusts her black hijab after performing Friday

(left to right) Sara Uddin and Jasmin Ullah

"I do not want them to see me as abnormal. I want them to know I am a normal person with a hijab rather than a rebel," says Jasmin.

prayers with scores other Muslim girls and women.


Now it is time to go out again, and Sara is always ready for any questions, stares or even negative misconceptions about the small piece of cloth that covers her head.

"I want to defeat all stereotypes with my hijab and the only way to do it is to speak out about it," she told IslamOnline.net.

Sara, 22, has been wearing hijab for nearly 4 years now.

"When I first wore it I was in high school in San Diego, California, and it was great. The place is so much diverse there and people are exposed to different cultures and different faiths," she recalled.

"But when I came back to Washington I did notice a couple of stares from the non-Muslim community, I knew they might not be the same."





 Muslim bus driver stuns passengers by stopping bus mid-route and praying in the aisle


LONDON: A BUS driver stunned passengers by pulling over mid-route and beginning to pray in the aisle.

The driver, a Muslim, stopped the bus without warning before removing his shoes and, using a fluorescent jacket as a prayer mat, beginning to chant in Arabic.

Passengers said they feared the driver could be preparing for a terror attack, The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK reported..

No one was able to get on or off the vehicle during the five-minute prayer session.

Passenger Gayle Griffiths complained to Transport for London about the bizarre incident on the bus in London, England, this week.

Mother-of-one Miss Griffiths, 33, boarded the bus a few minutes earlier on her way home from work.

She says that she even feared at the time that the driver might be a fanatic planning to blow up the bus.


Left engine running


"I have done the journey a million times before but I was in a hurry to get home to pick my little girl up from school," she said.

"We had just picked up and let off people at a bus stop and moved off again when the driver stopped the bus very suddenly.

"He got out of his cab, leaving the engine running, and walked towards the middle exit door.

"He laid out a fluorescent jacket on the floor and I thought that somebody must have been sick and he was covering it up.

"I didn't really think much of it. But then he took off his shoes and began praying. I was gobsmacked and quite bewildered.

"I thought it would all be over in 30 seconds but it went on for over five minutes."

Transport for London said it had apologised to all the passengers for the delay to their journey and said all Muslim drivers are being reminded that they should pray during statutory rest periods rather than hold up services.

"As diverse employers, TfL and the bus operators provide suitable prayer or quiet rooms at garages and other key locations for staff who wish to practise their faith," a spokesman said.

"We have asked London General to remind drivers who have a requirement to pray to use these facilities during their rest periods."

Daily Telegraph


The Inbox


Hello CCN,

I would appreciate if you could help me find female physiotherapist. I vaguely remember one fem physio who had advertised in the CCN a few months ago, but I am unable to find her even though I have trawled many issues of CCN.

Thank You
K. K.


Editor] If any CCN readers can assist with this request please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

 Dear Editor

Assalamu Alaikum

There was a story in this week's CCN regarding Daniel Streich, the Swiss politician who opposed minarets, becoming Muslim. Given that a Google search on the story reveals not one main stream newspaper verifying the story, I'm a little concerned about it's validity. I'd recommend keeping an eye out on further developments of this story in the coming weeks. It might be just one of the many myths that exist on the internet. I hope that I am wrong though.



[Editor] We have done extensive searches for mainstream sources to verify this story but also to no avail.

Dear CCN Editor


I am about to join an MPhil program in Religion and Philosophy at UQ St Lucia on scholarship.


I am writing to you from Pakistan and will be, inshaAllah, reaching Brisbane on March 9 along with my husband and an infant son.


Could you please help me find some temporary accommodation with some Muslim family etc. or anything you consider reasonable for approximately 2-3 weeks.


We wish to have some place in hand when we arrive in Brisbane so that we can directly go there from the airport. Meanwhile we will look for some accommodation near UQ campus.


Since we do not know how much time it will take to arrange for our housing there we cannot afford hotel stays etc for too long and therefore look forward to some Muslim family renting out a place for a few days.

Amana Raquib


[Editor] If any CCN readers can assist with this request please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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


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This week

 Shaukat Dhedhi


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man


 John Perkins



Confessions of an Economic Hit Man reveals a game that, according to John Perkins, is "as old as Empire" but has taken on new and terrifying dimensions in an era of globalization.

And Perkins should know.

For many years he worked for an international consulting firm where his main job was to convince LDCs (less developed countries) around the world to accept multibillion-dollar loans for infrastructure projects and to see to it that most of this money ended up at Halliburton, Bechtel, Brown and Root, and other United States engineering and construction companies.

This book, which many people warned Perkins not to write, is a blistering attack on a little-known phenomenon that has had dire consequences on both the victimized countries and the U.S.


Memorable Quote:I have found that people warm to you very quickly if you open your eyes, ears and hearts to their culture.


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KB's Culinary Corner


Mango Ice Cream


2 cups long life milk
4 eggs
250 ml Cream
1 can condense milk (395g)
1 can mango slices (425g)

1. Beat milk and eggs.
2. Heat the mixture but do not allow mixture to reach boiling point.
3. Add fresh cream.
4. Add liquidised mangoes leaving some for the topping.
5. Add enough condense milk to sweeten.
6. Place in an ice cream machine or alternatively pour mixture into a mould and freeze.
7. Before serving, drizzle with the mango puree and top with chopped macadamia nuts

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Dear Kareema, I remember you saying that we should be mindful of the following: diet 70% and exercise 30%. I'm trying very hard to stick to it and was wondering if it is better to eat first and then workout or vice versa?






If you're trying to lose weight, it's better to get moving before your meal. Bearing in mind that you should have a small snack (piece of fruit) about an hour or so before your workout. Never exercise on a completely empty stomach (you may be left feeling dizzy).

Our satiety hormones are sensitive to weight loss and exercise, so working out may help regulate your appetite.


Next time try eating after your gym session and see if it works for you... Remember to choose healthy options and watch your portion size.

Breakfast should be your biggest meal, this will kick start your metabolism and get you off to a great start for the day.

A recent 3 month study (Queensland University of Technology) showed that people who exercised and then had breakfast, reported that the food was more filling and kept them full longer than when they began the program.



My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Mula Nasruddin went to his lawyer and said, 'I would like to make an Islamic will but I don't know exactly how to go about it.'


The lawyer smiled at Mula Nasruddin and replied, 'Not a problem, leave it all to me.'

Mula Nasruddin looked somewhat upset and said, 'Well, I knew you were going to take a big portion, but I would like to leave a little to my family too!'


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