One-year old Leo Perrett
signed up for CresWalk2010 yesterday at the Kuraby
Community Hall determined to challenge the record of
brother Stan who has since retired from the
pram category at the ripe old age of five having
notched up three CresWalk wins in a row.
Queensland's Muslims and the ANZAC connection
On this Anzac day let us
remember the sons of the first Muslim families who
settled in Brisbane, for they too went to defend
ralia during World War Two. Four men we will
remember this Anzac Day were from the Ramah,
Kaus and Howsan families. For some reason,
they all chose the Air Force.
Madeen (Bobby) Howsan was a member of the Royal
Canadian Air Force. His squadron were instructed to bomb
a munitions factory in Germany which they did
successfully. However, the plane was hit in the rear and
caught fire. One of the crew went to check on the damage
and was catapulted out of the plane and landed in a
tree, and later became a prisoner of the Japanese. He
later told Madeen's mother that the plane was headed for
a French village but Madeen avoided the village and
headed for a park. He was incinerated in the plane with
the rest of the crew when it hit the ground. The village
in France has erected a memorial in honour of Madeen.
Madeen sacrificed his life to save the lives of so many,
representing his homeland Australia.
Colin Ivan Rahman Kaus joined the Royal
Australian Air Force when he was eighteen years of age.
He worked at first at Archerfield aerodrome in charge of
stores before being transferred to England as pilot in
bomber command. He rose to the rank of Corporal and left
London in 1945. On his return he worked in his father's
mattress factory which is still in the family today,
trading as the Mattress Factory.
Colin's brother William Bernard Kaus was in the
King's own squadron and was the navigator of the plane.
The mission of this group was to transport the spies to
destinations in war zones. Nancy Wake was one of the
spies they transported in Hudson aircraft that went as
low as 500 feet. They made in excess of fifty trips over
war zones. Billy Kaus received France's highest honour,
the Legion of Honour and also was awarded The Queen's
medal from England and Australia awarded him the
Distinguished Flying Cross. He left the air force in
1945 when the war ended. Bill then entered politics and
became the Liberal Party member for Mt Gravatt and held
that position for twenty years
Bill passed away on the 2nd December, 2003 at the age of
Adrian Keith Ramah was only seventeen when he
signed up in the Royal Australian Air Force. His
squadron was sent to New Guinea when the Japanese were
actively making their way to Australia. Adrian's
squadron were on the go all the time as air transport is
important in such a mountainous country. Adrian was
responsible for keeping the planes in good mechanical
order. Most Australian planes were DC3.
In New Guinea Australians suffered from Malaria, Dengue
Fever and Trench feet rot. This squadron moved through
many islands around New Guinea and were in Borneo when
the war ended. Adrian left the air force in 1945 and was
granted the first commercial licence to build a shop on
the Corner of Nursery and Logan Roads, Mt Gravatt which
he worked as a grocery store.
Adrian spoke for all the above men when he stated that
Australians were very patriotic at that period of time
and mateship was an important part of the Australian
culture. The men who joined the forces were dedicated to
saving their country and were willing to lay down their
lives, just as Madeen Howsan did. The Japanese were
determined to take Australia. Darwin was bombed in 1942
and Australia lost more people than the Americans did
when Pearl Harbour was bombed. Adrian said that
Australia was saved by the Americans as they had all the
up to date weapons and Australia had lost so many men
early in the war. Australians were overseas fighting the
war and it was the American forces that came to save
Australia, Britain was too busy defending their own
nation. He also said that the Australian forces proved
they were as good as the others in their courage and
determination, even though they had outdated weapons and
were often short of food.
Abdul Kaus family, the Howsan family and the Abdul Ramah
family can be proud of the sons that went to war to
represent their Muslim fathers and fight for their
country. Let us make dua for them, lest we forget.
African Soccer World Cup
With the World Cup a few
weeks away and many
Australians making their way
to South Africa, CCN will,
over the next few weeks,
bring readers, heading out to
the Rainbow Nation, up to
speed with the local
personalities and culture,
starting with Trevor Noah's
take on a couple of the
proudly introduces ..... Tanveer Ikram
Assalamu Alaikum Wa
Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu
I am writing to express my
feelings after joining
Islamic College as IT
Manager. I feel that I
possess the attributes
necessary to make the role a
My immediate plan is to
introduce new Information
Communication Technology (ICT)
subjects relevant to the
industry today, to improve
students' knowledge in the
field and update ICT
facilities at AIIC.
Having served in ICT field
for the past 12 years with
continued success in meeting
I can make a valuable
contribution to AIIC’s
educational projects and
initiatives. I have
initiative and loads of
drive. My personal motto is:
"Firm belief in Allah and
Never give up"
What I bring to this
position is a combination of
team leadership, strategic
ICT planning and development
skills that I have leveraged
to meet and exceed
I have developed and worked
on a software called
checkMySkill for the last 5
years which is currently
being used by Malaysian
Government to test the
knowledge of students in
various subjects in
different schools. I think I
can use my experience to
develop similar software for
In my previous career, I
improved performance and
motivation of teams to meet
At the end I just make dua,
that Allah help me to
fulfill my duties honestly,
in most efficient and
planned way to help whole
community and students of
AIIC in particular.
IT Manager, AIIC
Movie in development
Development Category: Feature Teaser: An
romantic comedy. Synopsis: An
romantic comedy about a boy
who agrees to an arranged
marriage although he is in
love with somebody else.
Director : Tony Ayres Writer : Osamah Sami,
Andrew Knight ProductionCompany
: Matchbox Pictures, Homerun
Asia Budget : $3.5 million StartShoot :
Desk of the Gold Coast Imam.....
Imam Imraan Husain
REVERT CLASSES - Our classes
are running every Saturday
between 11 am to 12.30 pm.
Please encourage reverts to
join our 'Basic Course'
which I am sure they will
benefit tremendously from
CHAPLAINCY ACADEMY - I will
be conducting a 1 hour
session as part of the Multi
faith course at the Academy
on Tuesday morning the 11th
May in the Academy’s Library
at 47 Dornoch Terrace, West
NURSING STUDENTS - I will be
conducting an educational
session regarding Islam to
the nursing students from
Gold Coast TAFE on Friday
the 21st May between 8.30am
to 9am insha Allah.
FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAM -
Re-commences on the 23rd
April after 'Isha. Please
attend and bring a pot /
plate of food to share with
NIKAH – I performed a
marriage ceremony yesterday
at the Gold Coast Regional
LECTURES AT KURABY – I have
been invited to lecture
along with other Imams at
the Kuraby Mosque on
Saturday 8 May after ‘Isha.
SCHOOL VISIT – Yr 11
students from St Hilda
School will be visiting our
Mosque on Wednesday 12 May.
It is part of the ongoing
educational program of
‘Awareness Islam” for school
TAFSEER QUR'AN – The
explanation of verses of the
Holy Qur’an will be
conducted by Mufti Zeeyad
Ravat every Friday night
after 'Isha Salat. 'Isha
Salat is at 7 pm.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
- Sunday 13 June 2010 stars
at 10 am until late at the
Gold Coast Islamic Centre
must do better
Paul Malone writes in the
RUGBY league as a sport had
an opportunity to make a stand for protecting the right
of its people to have different views without being
ridiculed for them.
But after Canterbury's
Mormon prop Ben Hannant was sledged several times in
references to his Mormon faith in Friday's game, it was
once again all too convenient to hide behind the
shop-worn adage "what happens on the field, stays on the
No sport, no workplace in
Australia, can permit so easily this sort of abuse in
League provides opportunity
every year to players of many ethnicities and religions
to improve their lives. It also has a chequered history
with how it treats race and religion and needs to do
more if it is to be widely regarded as an inclusive
Hazem El Masri was rightly smothered in love in his
But when El Masri and his
wife previously did a television interview, it led to
the first hate mail of his career, leading him to
conclude "a lot of people are hostile towards Muslim
people because of their ignorance ... they don't want to
Below mentioned is an
amazing website for the Holy Quran.
Just put the mouse on any
line and you will find the translation of that line or
you can click the translation in the top of the page in
the left corner for the entire Surah.
In the left side for this
website you can choose Surah (from all 114 Surahs).
Moreover, you can choose any
Aayah, can search by the page number and also you can
select the Qari whose recitation you want to listen
folk singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam will tour Australia
for the first time in 36 years in June.
Although he will be touring under the name he adopted on
converting to Islam, Yusuf, he is expected to play many
of his hits, including Peace Train, Father & Son, Wild
World and Moonshadow.
Born of Greek Cypriot and Swedish ancestry and raised in
London, he started writing songs and broke through with
his 1971 album Tea For the Tillerman.
After taking a break from music, special causes dragged
him out of retirement. In 1997 he performed at a benefit
concert in Sarajevo; in 2001 he sang a capella during a
live telecast for the victims of the September 11
When Cat Stevens last toured
Australia, he was the voice of a generation. His return
as Yusuf Islam 36 years on should put him before the
children of those on the Peace Train.
Promoter Paul Dainty, who
brought Cat Stevens here in 1974, has been courting the
folk icon since he returned to music several years ago.
Yusuf will perform at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on
June 16 and 18 and in mainland capital cities.
Dainty is confident Yusuf will draw a multi-generational
audience keen to hear folk classics including Father And
Son, Wild World, Moonshadow and Morning Has Broken.
"No one thought he would ever tour again but after
playing at the Royal Albert Hall in December, he got the
taste for it," Dainty said.
The promoter was confident of the demand because of the
huge amount of local online fan chatter about the
possibility of Yusuf touring here.
"About 70 to 80 per cent of
tickets sold here now are sold via the internet. I'm
putting two shows on in Sydney and Melbourne from the
get-go because we know from fans and their feedback and
waitlists for tickets there is strong demand," Dainty
On his return to pop four years ago, Yusuf said it was
his dream to tour again.
Tickets for Yusuf Islam concerts go on sale on May 6.
and Babies: All in a day's work for Brisbane
store, Siitra, held the grand opening of its new
store at 1/116 Compton Road, Woodridge during the week.
spoke with entrepreneur, businesswoman and mother of
five, Ms Nicky Allouche, to find out how she does
[CCN] How did the business start?
[NICKY] Siitra first
opened in Brisbane 3 years ago. In this
time, we have opened our Sydney store in
Punchbowl in late 2008 and our Gold Coast in
As a revert, I do not have
family overseas who can send me modest
clothing or hijabs.
I was getting tired of having
to shop only in Winter time when clothing
were long and covering but of course the
fabrics are totally unsuitable for
I starting to explore options
of getting items from overseas, but the only
way to get good prices was to purchase in
bulk.... from there Siitra was born.
[CCN] What types of goods does
Siitra specialize in?
We sell modern modest fashions. Huge range
of hijabs styles and designs. Traditional
clothing for the whole family. We are the
only retail stockist of the Ahiida Burqini
Swimsuit in Queensland. We also stock a
range of clothing from popular Australian
designer Blossom InStyle. We sell Islamic
DVD's and CD's. Just arrived - New range of
bukhoor burners and fragrances.
[CCN] Is it true that you are
planning to have as many stores as you have
I have 5 children who were all born within
five and half years, so it became the
running joke to ask if I was having another
baby each year.
It was after my fifth child had been born,
that I started to seriously consider the
idea of opening my own business, so I would
tell people that I was not having another
baby, that I was having a shop instead.
The first store had a lot of teething
problems to get up and running and when I
said I was having a shop instead of another
baby, I didn't mean for it to also take 9
months to eventuate.....
Funnily enough I have grown my business and
each year I have opened a new store,
although luckily enough the "gestation
period" is getting shorter.
[CCN] How did the
Opening Day at the new Siitra Boutique go?
[NICKY] We had a lucky
customer each hour who received their
purchase for free. We had many very happy
customers with one customers who was heard
from the carpark by another customer
joyously shouting. Congratulations to these
customers and thank you for your continued
[CCN] What doe the future hold for
[NICKY] I want to
continue to grow the Siitra brand and
develop our own range of clothing under the
[CCN] Who holds the fort when you
have to tend to family?
Mrs Jathun Rahim is our senior staff member
and Miss Fatima Ismail is our casual staff
[CCN] Good luck, Nicky. We look
forward to seeing what the stork has in
'store' for you in the years to come.
Mention CCN and get a further 10% discount off your
next Siitra purchase.
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Excludes further discount off already reduced items.
Travel Agent Takes Off
new Underwood-based Flight Star is a fully licensed and
accredited travel agency specialising in all forms of
travel and tours world wide (flights, accommodation,
cruises, tours and car hire, etc).
Fozia Ahmad has 12
years of travel agency experience and the South African
company that they are associated with in their Hajj and
Umrah sector has 25-30 years experience.
Visit their new offices or
call them for any bookings or inquiries.
"We have great rates for all
travel and tours anywhere in the world and our prices
are competitive with all the major travel agencies, and
our customer care surpasses them all," a spokesperson
for Flight Star told CCN.
With A Tangerine - Wanderlust
The very British Tim
Mackintosh-Smith, an Oxford
University classicist who
has called the Middle East
his home for 25 years, takes
us on a unique 75,000 mile
journey, through 40
countries, in the
700-year-old footsteps of
medieval explorer Ibn
This is the story of one of
the greatest journeys of all
time. In 1325, shortly after
the end of the Crusades, a
young Moroccan Muslim called
Ibn Battutah set out on a
pilgrimage to Mecca. It was
to become an odyssey from
one end of the known world
to the other. In all, he
travelled 75,000 miles -
more than three times the
distance Marco Polo covered.
In part two, Tim travels
through Turkey, the Crimea
and India. On his way, he
uncovers all that is weird,
wonderful and mystical in
the Islamic world. In Konya,
Tim watches an illegal
whirling dervish ceremony;
in the Taurus Mountains, he
meets the last of the
Turkoman nomads. He chats to
Tatars in Crimea, and the
Patriarch of the Orthodox
Church in Istanbul.
In Delhi, he searches for
insights into the
pathologically generous but
psychotic Sultan Mohammed
Shah. He watches a Muslim
magician performing the
Indian Rope Trick, and goes
to a ‘sacred jam session’ of
Sufi music, reliving Ibn
Battutah’s ‘hippy phase’.
Leaving Delhi, Tim meets a
hundred-year-old yogi who
does nothing but smoke
marijuana, shout expletives
and beat his devotees with a
brush. Will Tim receive one
of his unique ‘blessings’?
Next Week in CCN: PART 3
In episode three, Tim
explores the place of Islam today in Hindu-dominated
India and Communist China, and tells the story of the
glittering Islamic trade empire of the 14th century. Ibn
Battutah was accompanied on this leg of his journey by
African bodyguards, whose descendants still live in
Gujarat. Tim witnesses their extraordinary ritual, which
culminates in a fire-walking frenzy. He travels down the
coast to Calicut, once the hub of worldwide trade
linking Arabia to China.
After a brief diversion to Dubai to visit the ‘Ibn
Battutah Shopping Mall’, Tim makes for the Maldives,
where he explores IB’s claim that he had discovered the
secret of formidable sexual prowess.
Taking to the Maritime Silk Route, Tim heads to the
southern coast of China. He meets the members of a clan
who trace their ancestry back to Arab traders, and sits
in on an illegal Arabic lesson (the Chinese authorities
are quick to equate learning Arabic with Islamic
fundamentalism). In Guangzhou, Tim enjoys a Cantonese
feast of snakes, frogs, beetles and eels.
Ibn Battutah’s journey from one end of the world to the
other ended with an extraordinary meeting with a hermit
mystic in a cave in the mountains outside Guangzhou.
Will Tim find the cave, hidden in the forests of White
Newsletters and Updates
Bosnian Bulletin for Bosnian Readers in Bosnian
Muslims, we enjoy boasting
that we invented all sorts
of stuff. Like chemistry.
And sociology. And algebra.
And Nintendo. And
Some might be true… others are a bit of a
But one thing I’m confident that Muslims
invented is the word ‘head-butt’.
Where does the origin of this word come
Why, in prayer of course.
When the lines are too close together and
you have people out of sync it can cause a potentially
fatal hit when the ‘butt’ hits the ‘head’.
They banned this move in the UFC and
other mixed martial arts organizations because the
fighters complained that the move was too lethal.
possibly make this even more
fatal is if the person in
front loses his wudu at the
precise moment of the
head-butt. That’s probably
where the word knockout
comes from (which I guess we
invented as well).
Following last week's CCN in which the infamous
Simon Fuller video clip was shown, local Brisbane
resident, Mr Farooq Dudhia wrote the following email
to Channel Nine:
strongly believe that Simon Fuller's behaviour is
abhorrent and he should be summarily dismissed
without any compensation.
I have just watched the full and unedited version of
the video of the confrontation between Simon Fuller
and Mr Amr. As a Muslim who has lived in Australia
for 35 years and the only time I have been to a
court is on Jury Duty, I am appalled at the
behaviour of Simon Fuller towards an innocent
Muslim. It is this kind of behaviour that
marginalises Muslims and gives the Australian public
the wrong impression about Muslims.
I accept that it is the responsibility of the media
to bring stories of interest to the public, but the
way this is done has to be taken into account. In
the process of gathering the facts, the media should
not be selective and dramatise things. But
unfortunately, all the media does this. Until you
learn to convey stories with integrity and
credibility, you will not build bridges.
I will be truly disappointed with the Nine network
if they do not make an example of Simon Fuller and
air the story to show that Mr. Amr was provoked.
Update: Early this week Simon Fuller was
dismissed by Channel Nine.
New on ISLAM TV
AN EXCURSION INTO THE HEART
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The appearance of a young
Saudi prince, a grandson of
the king, in a mobile phone
advert has raised eyebrows
in his country.
Prince Abdullah bin
Meteb's lead role in a television
advert for Saudi Arabia's
second-biggest mobile phone operator
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), has
sparked a debate among diplomats and
Saudis alike on what it could mean
for the absolute monarchy, which has
always been secretive about its
"Why is a Saudi
prince on a television commercial?
And why did it have to be the
grandson of the king and not someone
else?" one Riyadh-based Western
But others say
rider, and his
in the Saudi
royal family in
recent years as
it becomes ever
died in 1953.
to the public.
The number of
is getting more
bourgeois in its
a Saudi analyst.
Nation's Navi Pillay demands women's rights from Muslim
African UN human rights
Navi Pillay (pictured
left) has called on
Muslim Gulf states to lift
restrictions on women and to
improve the position of
millions of foreign workers
in the region.
"Women in the
region are still unable to
fully enjoy their human
rights," Pillay, the UN High
Commissioner for Human
Rights, said on the first
stop of a six-nation Gulf
continue to hamper women's
right to shape their own
lives and choices, and fully
participate in public life
and be part of public
debates that influence the
direction of a nation," she
told a small gathering at
King Abdullah University for
Science and Technology north
of Jeddah yesterday.
On her first-ever visit to
Saudi Arabia, she said other
Muslim states in the world
have improved women's rights
via "dynamic interpretations
of Islamic traditions".
In those countries,
governments and Islamic
legal experts "demonstrated
that far from being
legislation was compatible
with Islamic jurisprudence
and, indeed, stemmed from
She cited the
practice of requiring women
to have a male guardian to
move around outside the
home, to appear in court and
often to engage in business.
Such rules are enforced most
commonly in Saudi Arabia,
where society is governed
according to an
interpretation of Islam.
It is also time
to put to rest
the concept of
"It is also time to put to
rest the concept of male
guardianship," Pillay said.
She also criticised the
treatment of about 12
million foreign workers in
the six countries of the
Gulf Cooperation Council:
Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar,
Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE.
Many are subject to illegal
practices such as
confiscation of their
wages, and exploitation by
job agents, she said.
Pillay singled out systems
which require workers to
have local sponsors.
"Some countries are
sponsorship (or Kafala)
system that rigidly binds
migrants to their employers,
enabling the latter to
commit abuses, while
preventing workers from
changing jobs or leaving the
country," she said.
"I wholeheartedly support
those efforts and call on
other states to replace the
Kafala system with updated
labour laws that can better
balance rights and duties."
latter to commit
changing jobs or
the situation of migrant
domestic workers "of
particular concern, because
their isolation in private
homes makes them even more
vulnerable to physical,
psychological and sexual
"Thus, it is of the utmost
importance that in crafting
and applying migration
maintain a human rights
approach to migration at the
front and centre of their
The rights chief pointed to
some improvements in the
region, including the
creation of national human
rights institutions, and to
an "encouraging level" of
governmental efforts to
bolster childrens' rights,
stop human trafficking, and
improve economic rights.
And she praised efforts to
expand women's education as
"not only fair" but also
good policy to improve the
community and national
wellbeing and prosperity.
But she said some countries
were tightening controls on
freedom of association and
expression, putting greater
pressure on activists and
the media who speak out on
human rights violations.
Hosted by the Saudi Human
Rights Commission, Pillay
made her speech at the new
university, lauded for
allowing men and women
researchers from around the
world to work side-by-side,
unlike the stiff controls on
gender mingling enforced by
outside the campus.
With entrance to the campus
tightly controlled, however,
few Saudis have ever been
inside and only about 30
students and faculty, mostly
non-Saudis, heard the
Pillay then visited the
Organisation of the Islamic
Conference in Jeddah, and
was to head to Qatar.
A leading Malaysian
admission that he drank
alcohol in his youth
triggered a debate yesterday
over whether many
politicians might be
privately consuming liquor,
which is illegal for Muslims
in the country.
a former law minister, was
forced to confront a whisper
campaign that questioned
whether he was morally fit
for public office after he
was chosen to contest an
upcoming special election to
fill a vacant parliament
The 59-year-old politician,
considered a potential
successor to Malaysia's top
opposition leader, Anwar
Ibrahim, acknowledged at the
weekend that he had consumed
liquor when he was younger,
but insisted he had since
It was a rare public
confession by a senior
political figure in
Malaysia, where Muslims
caught drinking can be
jailed, fined or whipped
under Islamic Shariah laws.
About 60 per cent of
Malaysia's 28 million people
are Muslim. The others are
ethnic Chinese and Indians
who follow a variety of
moves towards banning Muslim veil in public
(Reuters) - France is moving
toward a ban on wearing
face-covering Islamic veils
in public, with the
government set to examine a
draft bill next month amid
heated debate over women's
rights and religious
President Nicolas Sarkozy
spoke out in favor for a
complete ban on Wednesday,
and the relevant bill will
be presented to the cabinet
in May, government spokesman
Luc Chatel said on
Sarkozy believed that the
full veil, commonly referred
to as the burqa in France,
"hurts the dignity of women
and is not acceptable in
French society," he told
Chatel quoted Sarkozy as
saying that everything
should be done so that "no
one feels stigmatized
because of their faith and
The proposal has attracted
both fierce criticism and
praise in the home of the
largest Muslim community in
the 27-member European
Union. Almost 10 percent of
France's 62 million
population is Muslim.
Most French voters back a
ban, polls have shown, but
legal experts have warned
that it could violate the
France's highest court,
which advises the government
on the preparation of new
laws, said in March a ban
could be unlawful.
The idea of a ban was first
floated last year by mayors
who noticed more and more
women in their neighborhoods
covering themselves with
full veils. A parliamentary
commission was set up to
examine the proposal during
six months of hearings.
Since then, many feminists
from France's poor,
multi-ethnic suburbs have
spoken out in support of a
ban, saying it could help
young women who did not want
to wear the veil but were
forced to do so by their
partners or families.
Others, however, see the ban
as part of a rising
hostility against Islam and
its symbols -- from veils to
minarets -- and argue that
many Muslim women actually
want to cover up.
The debate has spread as far
as Afghanistan, where some
women's rights activists
expressed outrage at the
French proposal, saying they
disliked the burqa but women
should be free to wear
whatever they wanted.
The parliamentary commission
wrapped up its investigation
in January and recommended
that parliament pass a
face-covering veils, and
then vote the strictest law
possible to prevent women
from wearing them.
tourists in France will be
forbidden to wear the
full-face veil along with
French residents under the
Government's plan to ban the
garment in public places, a
minister said today.
"When you arrive in France,
you respect the laws in
force .... Everyone will
have to respect the laws in
France. That's how it is,"
Nadine Morano, a junior
minister for families, told
the radio station France
Hundreds of thousands of
visitors come to France each
year from the Middle East,
according to estimates from
the tourism ministry, and
veiled women are a common
sight in the luxury stores
on Paris shopping
Central's South Park
included a representation of
the Prophet Mohammed as a
character this week despite
a radical Muslim group's
warning that its producers
could be killed.
Mohammed appeared on
Wednesday night's US episode
of the cartoon with his body
obscured by a black box,
since Muslims consider a
physical representation of
their prophet to be
blasphemous. Last week, the
character was believed to be
disguised in a bear costume.
When that same costume was
removed this week, Santa
Road to Radicalism: The Man Behind the
'South Park' Threats
By all appearances, Zachary Adam Chesser
was the boy next door. He played football and was on the
crew team at one of the best high schools in the
country. He even studied Japanese. He was hardly the
sort of boy you'd expect would suggest on a radical
Islamic website that the creators of the edgy cartoon
series "South Park" will be targeted for death.
appearances, Zachary Adam
Chesser was the boy next
door. He played football and
was on the crew team at one
of the best high schools in
the country. He even studied
Japanese. He was hardly the
sort of boy you'd expect
would suggest on a radical
Islamic website that the
creators of the edgy cartoon
series "South Park" will be
targeted for death.
But Chesser also had a dark
side. He was a "loner," a
former classmate said, one
who frequently drew pictures
of Satanic figures in his
notebooks and had just a few
friends, most of them male.
"He was definitely sort of
weird," the classmate told
FoxNews.com. "He was very
into violent industrial
music, borderline Satanic
bands and stuff like that.
He had dark undertones in
Two years later, Chesser is
literally a changed man. He
now uses an alias and has a
new set of hobbies. He now
likes to be called Abu
Talhah Al-Amrikee, and his
primary interest in this
world appears to be Islamic
Last week, Chesser, 20,
posted a warning on the
following the 200th episode
of "South Park," which
included a caricature of the
Prophet Muhammad disguised
in a bear suit. The young
man, who just two years ago
was studying foreign
languages at George Mason
University, wrote on the
site that Trey Parker and
Matt Stone, the cartoon's
creators, "will probably end
up" like Theo van Gogh, a
Dutch filmmaker who was
murdered in 2004 after
making a film critical of
Hooper, a spokesman for the
Council on American-Islamic
Revolution Muslim as a
loosely-organized group with
such outrageous beliefs he
believes it may be a "setup"
to smear Islam.
"They say wild and
periodically," Hooper told
FoxNews.com. "There's a
strong suspicion that
they're merely a setup to
make Muslims and Islam look
bad. They say such wild and
crazy things that you have
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of our 6-week training program:
Please note that the following program is suitable for
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intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to
REMEMBER: NUTRITION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR
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TO DRINK YOUR WATER!
Weight training - Remember to increase the weight you
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yourself, eg. push-ups, tricep-dips, etc.
Training Tip: Ensure good posture and technique.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO STRETCH AFTER EVERY WORKOUT!
Walk/run for a minimum of 60mins. (10 mins. at a
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Combine strength and cardio training - Walk/run for a
minimum of 45mins.
then get straight into your weight training for the rest
of your workout.
Walk/run for a minimum of 45mins. Time to soothe and
relax your muscles. Do some laps in the pool if possible
or opt for a gentle exercise routine.
Similar to day 2. Increase your walking time by 5 mins.
or more if you feel comfortable and include some hills
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some mini-drills along the course, eg. stop and do some
step-ups on the curb, or tricep-dips on a park bench,
Upper body: try a boxing session with your training
partner or take on your boxing bag.
Lower body: If you've got stairs handy, run up and down
a few times (keeping your heart rate up) for a further
cardio blast! If you don't have access to any stairs,
try some walking lunges or some squats.
Try some yoga or gentle stretching after your morning
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