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Sunday, 18 September 2011

 Newsletter 0358









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Australia gets new Grand Mufti


ANIC AGM underway

At the annual general meeting  of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) held in Melbourne yesterday (Saturday), Dr. Ibrahim Abu Muhammad was elected the new Mufti of Australia.


Dr Muhammad replaces Mufti Fehmi Naji El-Imam AM as the Grand Mufti of Australia.


Dr. Muhammad is a leading authority in Islamic Finance in Australia, he holds a Masters Degree from the College of Usuluddin and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (gained with high distinction) from Al-Azhar University.


Dr. Muhammad has published several works, including the recently published second edition of his book “Invitation to Contemplate”, which has been translated into English and French.


A scholar, a writer and thinker, Dr Muhammad was born in  Egypt and his PhD thesis was based on ways of making peace a reality through Islam.

Also present at the meeting was Malaysian Deputy Secretary General and Member of State Parliament Dr Syed Azman.


(left to right) Imam Isa, Imam Syed Asadullah Tariq, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Muhammad, Imam Abu Eid and Imam Dr Shabbir Ahmed

Get Well Soon, Zeinab Ali. Our thoughts and Duas are with you


A Facebook page reflects the sentiments of the community over the tragic accident in Kuraby during the week in which 15-year-old Zeinab Ali of Kuraby was left with life threatening injuries when she was hit by a 4WD while walking along the footpath in Beenleigh Road.


She has received serious head injuries and is at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.


The two other girls walking with her, a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old, were not injured but were taken to the Mater Hospital for observation.


Police are appealing for witnesses to contact the Forensic Crash Unit on 3364 3311 or Crime Stoppers.

Eid celebration at Arthur Gorrie prison


On Saturday 3rd September the Islamic Council of Queensland organised an Eid celebration at Arthur Gorrie Prison for the Muslim inmates.


ICQ was represented by its president, Mohammed Yusuf, and Farad Yusuf and Gulam Hussain.

The prison management put together several activities of sports and fun for the inmates on this special occasion.


Goss Bros contributed $1000 towards the BBQ and sweets which were supplemented by other dishes provided by ICQ.

On this occasion Mr. Yusuf also handed over 100 copies of the Qur’an and prayer mats which were donated by the Algester Mosque.


Arthur Gorrie Prison currently has about 105 Muslim inmates of whom 81 are Indonesians.

Trust Fund for Eye Gaze technology for Dzenan

By Janeth Deen


The Australian Government announced it was formulating a New National Disability Scheme on 10 August 2011. This scheme is being fine tuned at present and still has to be passed by all the states and then go through parliament. If it is then passed, it will not be brought in until 2014. What a blessing it would be to the disabled if it was in existence, as one part of the scheme covers people who may have been the cause of the accident, who are not now covered by insurance. Yes, some insurance companies may cover them, but not all.

Mr. Dzenan Nuhovic and (left to right) Mr. Nedzad Nuhovic,

Mrs. Mirsad Turkanovic Nuhovic,

Ms Janeth Deen and Ms Sabrina Khan 

We have many families in our community with disabled members. They are often cared for by devoted parents or children, who have sacrificed time, money and effort to look after them. Love is what drives them to give up so much. The disabled person needs this love. care and devotion as the disability makes them vulnerable.

In our community, one such family comes to mind. The Nuhovic family came to Australia due to the war in Bosnia. The father was in a concentration camp, and later escaped with his family to Norway. From there they were accepted into Australia and looked forward to starting a new life. They arrived in 1998 and were happy to be free. They even started a small take away business, although they only lived in a rented house.

On the 16th October, 2000, the middle son, Mr. Dzenan Nuhovic, who had one month before celebrated his 23rd birthday, was involved in an accident at Sunnybank Hills and suffered severe head injuries, which made him a quadriplegic. What is more, the judge decided his inexperience was the cause of the accident and no compensation was given. The lives of the members of this family changed dramatically as a result of this accident. The son was hospitalised for over two years in the Royal Brisbane Hospital, and then, due to the insistence of the parents, was released into their care.

Eleven years ago, Dzenan could communicate with the world, over the last eleven years, he was robbed of this ability. However, hope is on the horizon, thanks to the technological age. Speech pathologists in this country have now been given the chance to trial the eye gaze system, which operates by the pupil of the eye linked to a special computer programme. Dzenan has been tested and shows signs of responding to the new technology. The speech pathologist, case workers and the disability department are all excited with the results and feel he will, in time be capable of communicating in some way, with the help of the eye scan system. The parents are praying that he will be able to tell them how he feels, what he needs and so on.

The trials of the three different makes of this technology are in progress and the cost of technology will depend on which computer will suit the young man. The cost could be from $20,000 to $30,000. Janeth Deen was at the home when one of the trials was in progress. She later met with the case worker from Speak Up for You, the speech pathologist, a lawyer, Ms Sabrina Khan, and the parents to ascertain the mechanism for setting up a Trust Fund in order to raise monies to purchase a suitable system for Dzenan, who will turn 34 on 20th September.

The Muslim Charitable Foundation has donated $2,000 towards the newly formed fund. The Southern Star has interviewed the family and the fund will be announced in the next addition. One of the clauses of the trust deed is that should the young man's condition deteriorate to the extent that the machine is no longer suitable for him, the machine would then be passed on to another person who could use it.

The money will go into a trust account in which the parents and Janeth Deen are trustees, until the required amount is raised. The bank manager is waiting for permission from head office to publish the name of the bank and the account number in the media. He advised Janeth Deen to be the contact on 0435 086 796 and the address is to be Janeth Deen, PO Box 517, Sunnybank, 4109. She will then notify and donors of the bank and account number.

Any support, no matter what the amount, would be beneficial and greatly appreciated.

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Brisbane Somalian community respond to the Horn of Africa Famine

By Abdi Hersi


Food distributed in the refugee camps in Kenya which now host hundreds of thousands of Somali drought victims. 

The Horn of Africa region has been parched by the worst drought in 60 years. Somalia which has already been wracked by decades of conflict is the worst hit country in the region.


The United Nations now estimates that 12.4 million people are facing severe food shortages and are in desperate need of aid. The most affected areas of Somalia are in the south, particularly the regions of Lower Shebelle, Middle and Lower Juba, Bay, Bakool, Benadir, Gedo and Hiraan, where the


UN says an estimated 310,000 people now suffer from acute malnutrition. US officials also stated that the famine in Somalia has killed more than 29,000 children for the past 90 days.

Watching on television screens the calamity unfolding in this troubled Muslim nation, the Brisbane Muslim community responded generously and quickly to the plight of their Muslim brothers and sisters in Somalia. The Somali community in Brisbane in partnership with the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) sent a cash donation of $50,000 to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya where thousands of people fleeing from hunger and starvation are coming every day


This project is implemented by Muslim Aid Kenya which has distributed emergence relief food of approximately 40 tones comprising of 160 sacks of sugar, 700 sacks of rice, 340 sacks of maize and 4200 boxes of cooking oil. The distribution of this relief food was a success and there were about 1500 beneficiary families in the Dadaab and Dagahley refugee camps in Kenya. Each of these 1500 families received 5kg rice, 5kg wheat flour, 5kg sugar, 5kg cooking oil, tea bags, etc.


Dadaab is located at the northern part of Kenya near the Somalia and Kenya border and is now the biggest refugee camp in the world. More than 166,000 Somalis have fled the country since the start of the year, with more than 100,000 of those leaving since May.


According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), about 1,400 people reach the overcrowded Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya each day.


The reasons why people are fleeing are mainly the difficulties associated with the fact that much of the country's most desperate areas are no-go areas for the Aid ageneses.


Many of those arriving in this camp had to walk long distance without food and water. In this journey, some of the children, the weak and old people die on the way, as they face hunger and malnutrition for days and sometimes weeks.

The root causes of this famine disaster is understood to be poor harvests, stemming from a lack of rain, on-going fighting, destruction of crops and poor infrastructure which all have led to serious food shortages and increasing risk of disease and death.


With the drought in Somalia officially declared as famine, more and more aid and assistance will be needed by the people of Somalia for the foreseeable future.


(left to right) Members of the Somalian Fund raising committee with Imam Imraan Husain (5th from right) and Mr. David Forde (2nd from right): Abdirisak Laad, Abdi Hersi, Sherif Farah (front), Yusuf Roble (back), Abshir Elmi (back), Mohamed Darman, Osman Shale and Ahmed Jarmal . 

The Somali Community in Brisbane appeals to CCN readers to generously donate to this disaster in order to alleviate the suffering of these people.


Should you wish to donate please contact brother Abshir Elmi, Imam of Moorooka mussalah on 0421856825 or Abdikariim Seeraar on 0401614205.

ICQ's YEAR project gets off the ground


Community leaders, Imams and Queensland Police Service representatives attended the launch of the Youth Empowerment Against Radicalisation (YEAR) project at the Islamic College of Brisbane on Wednesday.


The workshops, jointly funded by the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) and the Attorney-General’s Community Resilience Building Program, will be held over the coming months starting with the first in the series on 15 October.


ICQ president, Mr Mohammed Yusuf and project coordinator, Mr. Yunus Rashid, introduced the rationale behind the workshops to the different cultural community leaders and Mr. Steve Kennedy of the QPS anti-terrorism unit explained strategies for addressing the issues that were likely to arise from these workshops.


In his keynote address Imam Uzair Akbar of the Holland Park Mosque expressed his support for the initiative and the role that Imams could play in stemming the tide against radicalization.


Members of the community were called on to express their views on the subject. 


For further information on this project Mr. Yunus Rashid on 0402 023 550 or email him at yunusrashid@hotmail.com.

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Mr. Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton and Dr Damir Arnaut Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina are inviting the public to join them for a relaxing afternoon in the park, to discuss Federal initiatives, community issues and consular questions.

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WA school pupils put on exhibition


Al-Hidayah Islamic School held its first Islamic Exhibition earlier this year.

Each class took the responsibility of making posters, Islamic props and sculptures with detailed explanations.
These were exhibited in class and outside the classrooms. Each class had student speakers to explain to the parents and visitors about the theme of their exhibits.

The aim for the exhibition was to bring Islam into the curriculum through Literacy and Numeracy and give students the opportunity to showcase their understanding of the subject. The students had the opportunity to practise collaborative learning and cooperative skills while putting together this exhibition.

Not only was Islamic history researched, but it came alive with 3D props. There were props depicting Nuh’s (AS) ship, Prophet Mohammed’s (SAW) cave with the spider’s web, the Kaabah and its Hajj rituals and procedures and Salah props with explanations, amongst many others.

The interactive white board was used to show historical footage of Islam. Some 90 parents attending the event and Bentley Primary sent their year 5/6 boys and girls to see the exhibition. The students of Al-Hidayah School were keen to share Islamic knowledge with the visitors from Bentley Primary.


4/5 Boys presenting their Hijra project

Amira and Kaisah's cave project.

Ibrahim shows us what to say after we eat.

Muhammed explains the prophet's Hijrah.

Ayesha and Noorhane's glittering mosque.

Salma and Noura's stunning display on Yusuf

Zainab and Ashya's story about Nabi Ibrahim

Salma, Layla & Hayfa with the story of Ismail


Muslim Aussies reflect on 9/11


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ABC's Compass


The programme this week examined the deep and enduring social, religious and cultural implications of 9/11 from an Australian perspective. This special edition of Compass looked at the ongoing repercussions and legacy of "9/11" through the experiences of Australians directly and indirectly affected.


Selected extracts from the transcripts:


Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Engineering student, University of Queensland
As some-one who was quite young when September 11 happened, there is a clear demarcation between like post 9/11 and pre 9/11. And I was 10 years old when it happened. But I think the main thing was that before 9/11, nobody really knew what Islam was. Nobody really knew what Muslims were.

As a kid when we would fly to Sudan I would go up to the pilots cockpit and we would get signatures of the pilots and they would give us chocolates and little planes as gifts. But after 9/11 that sort of thing just never, would ever happen. And people now know the name Islam or Muslims but they don't really sort of understand what it's about still.


Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor, The Australian
One of the very difficult things for a liberal society like Australia to come to terms with, is the fact that the extreme Islamist interpretation, while it is rejected by a majority of Muslims has a place in mainstream Muslim life.

The Catholics who blow up abortion clinics are utterly rejected by all other Catholics. The Islamists who take violent action in the name of Jihad generate significant minority support within the broad Islamic community. They also generate support from some Islamic governments, notably Iran, parts of the Saudi government, parts of the Pakistani state apparatus.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied
When I see the coupling between Islam and violence I get really upset because I sort of think well, where is that coming from? It's coming from a tiny minority of people who've decided to use a religion as a political tool, and decided to warp it for the rest of the world essentially.

I can understand how that would make young people angry. Like it makes some of my Muslim mates pretty mad that people automatically assume that because they're Muslim they must be violent.

Dr Halim Rane, Islamic Research Unit, Griffith University
I think that there is, perhaps for a significant minority, there perhaps is some strong anti western sentiments among Muslims. I think that that is changing though. Going back ten years or more the proportion was a lot higher. That is certainly on the decline. Support for groups like al Qaeda and leaders like Bin Laden has been on the decline for the last several years, and continues to be so.


Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor, The Australian
I think the word "multiculturalism" no longer has an agreed meaning. And so the question is am I opposed to the word or to the reality on the ground? I think in South West Sydney there is a very difficult, rather toxic interplay of three difficult factors: The rise of Jihadist ideology amongst a minority; the rise of serious violent crime amongst a certain generation of Muslim immigrants and their sons; and the rise of a pattern of anti social behaviour which has a strongly misogynist tendency. Now in so far as any of that finds any comfort in the word multiculturalism then that's an absolutely bad thing.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Engineering student, University of Queensland
When people talk about the fact that multiculturalism has failed, I ask them who are you to say that multiculturalism has failed? I am a young person who you know, was born in Sudan, have heritage that is Egyptian and Turkish, grew up on the south side of Brisbane, want to travel around the world and I'm telling you that I don't think it's failed.

All my mates are from all around the world. I've got pretty much every single continent is covered and that for me is what multiculturalism is about. They can ask me about Ramadan and I can ask them about Christmas and Lent, and that's what multiculturalism is about. It's not about what our so called leaders are saying that it's failed or it's not. Europe is often touted as an example, but Europe is totally different from Australia.

Dr Halim Rane, Islamic Research Unit, Griffith University
I am concerned that there are some communities where multiculturalism has perhaps allowed people to not engage as much with the wider society and remain insular. And I think that that's detrimental because I think for the wider society when they look at those communities there's probably a sense of suspicion and concern and perhaps some anxiety when they see large groups of people seemingly practising norms and values that they perhaps perceive to be different from those practised by the wider society.

Greg Sheridan
There are so many good things about diversity. It's right to celebrate them, but it's not enough in the debate simply to say "Hey guess what, I like Islamic food or I like Chinese food and I once went to a mosque and so everything's fantastic." That level of simplistic platitude is just not enough to cut it anymore in the post 9/11 world.

Greg Sheridan
I'm broadly a supporter of interfaith activities. But I think most western government activities which travel under the rubric of counter-radicalisation have been a waste of money or indeed counter-productive.

Dr Halim Rane, Islamic Research Unit, Griffith University
Look I think the Cronulla riots demonstrated to me that there was a lot of kind of nationalistic, even sometimes paranoia about others, ethnic and religious others. And I think that lead to a lot of ignorance and some prejudices as well among certain segments of the society.

However I'm someone that has spent a lot of my life at the beach, and the beach culture is everybody goes there, this is a public space. Everybody enjoys it and minds their own business.

Unfortunately in places like Cronulla you had groups of young Lebanese men going around annoying people. And people could only take that for so long before they get fed up and there's a backlash.

Dr Halim Rane
The death of Osama Bin Laden has been, I suppose, a positive development in that I think that it would probably decrease the morale of these various terrorist groups who subscribe to his particular ideology. Couple that with the emerging trends in the thinking of Muslims over the last several years, I think that allows less and less space for those terrorist groups to operate and it also allows for them to have less and less support in the broader Muslim world and in Muslim communities.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Engineering student, University of Queensland
Things like the youthquake in the North East Africa and the Middle East just prove that young Muslim people are willing to take action and willing not only to read history but to rewrite their history.

We have grown up in a post 9/11 world. How we deal with that remains to be seen. But I have no doubt that we will deal with it on our own terms.


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Afghan Boy Memorized Quran in Just 8 Months

Irfanullah, a 6 year old boy from Afghanistan has managed to memorize the entire Quran in 8 months.


KABUL: According to Hamidullah Noruz, head of the council of Ghazni Province in Aghanistan, the child prodigy started memorization of the Quran’s verses when he was 5 years old.

He noted that the council has requested Afghan president to provide an opportunity for the child to continue his studies in one of the Islamic countries.

Nasrullah, his father, said that he has memorized the verses at Dar-ol-Hoffaz School under the supervision of Bakht Mohammad, Quran reciter of the country.

Although the war in Afghanistan has not ceased completely, there are various centers actively holding Quranic courses for the youth and children.




UK Muslims condemn 9/11

UK: Prayers were said for the September 11 victims at mosques throughout Britain.

More than 50 Muslim community groups united to show their condemnation of the terrorist attacks which occurred ten years ago on Sunday.

Imams throughout Britain gave special sermons at Friday prayers remembering the victims of the 9/11 attacks as well as other people affected by terrorism.

The British Muslim groups which came together for the anniversary have said the 9/11 attacks were counter-productive to the terrorists’ aims.

“Those who seek to divide society have failed. Indeed their destructive actions have only brought communities closer together.

“Ten years on from the 9/11 attacks our communities are growing stronger and more resilient. Communities have come to together to find common ground and resolve differences.”

This is the first time such a diverse group of Muslim community organisations have come together.

Dilwar Hussain from the Islamic Society of Britain said: “Terrorism is an evil that no Muslim should feel the need to defend, or make excuses for.

“Terrorists are not ‘on our side’, they are in fact our opponents.”

The groups involved acknowledged that the last ten years had not been easy.

They said that was partly due to other incidents, like the 7/7 London bombings, as well as conflicts which were prompted by the 9/11 attacks.



Those who are in the habit of misusing the name of religion, misquote some of the text and I felt that it is my duty to go to the text, so they can understand that Islam has nothing to do with the killing of innocent people in the world
Shahid Raza

The Imam of Leicester Central Maulana Shahid Raza reminded worshippers that terrorists had been quoting passages of the Quran out of context.

After prayers he told Sky News: “Those who are in the habit of misusing the name of religion, misquote some of the text and I felt that it is my duty to go to the text, so they can understand that Islam has nothing to do with the killing of innocent people in the world.”

After the sermon, young Muslims spoke to Sky News about their feelings that the community had had a difficult ten years in the aftermath of 9/11.

Umar Razaq told me it’s frustrating that they keep needing to make the same point: “It annoys me that I have to make the point to my friends, walking around with a beard and people look at you differently and you have to constantly remind them that we’re not the same, we’re not all terrorists.”

Another Nazir nagi told Sky News: “when someone sees a Muslim dressed in traditional clothes they get stereotyped as a terrorist and it’s completely wrong as not all Muslims are terrorists and not all terrorists are Muslims.”

Sky News



Paris ban on Muslim street prayers comes into effect

A ban on saying prayers in the street, a practice by French Muslims unable to find space in mosques, has come into effect in the capital, Paris.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant has offered believers the use of a disused fire brigade barracks instead.

The phenomenon of street prayers, which see Muslims spreading mats on footpaths, became a political issue after far right protests.

France is home to the biggest Muslim minority in Western Europe.

By some estimates, as many as six million French people, or just under 10% of the population, are Muslims, with origins in France's former North African colonies.

Their integration has been a source of political debate in recent years, and earlier this year France became the first EU state to ban the wearing of the Islamic veil in public.


The new ban came into force at midnight (22:00 GMT) on Thursday, in time for traditional Muslim Friday prayers.

Speaking earlier this week to Le Figaro, Mr Gueant said about 1,000 people were using two streets in the capital's multi-ethnic Goutte d'Or district for prayers.

He said an agreement had been reached with two local mosques for the state to rent out the disused barracks on Boulevard Ney with floorspace of 2,000 sq m (yds) for three years.

To encourage believers to use the new space, prayers would not be held inside the existing mosques for the first few weeks.

He said he did not believe force would have to be used to impose the ban because dialogue was "bearing fruit".

The minister said similar problems with street prayers existed in two other cities, Marseille and Nice.

Responding to Mr Gueant's plan, Mohamed Salah Hamza, an imam in the Goutte d'Or, said preparations at the barracks were behind schedule, and he feared a "climate of anarchy".

"We are not cattle," he was quoted as saying by France's TF1 News.

Far right protests at the "Islamisation" of the Goutte d'Or district began last year and in December the leader of the French National Front, Marine Le Pen, accused Muslim fundamentalists of using prayers for political ends.

She controversially compared the practice to the Nazi wartime occupation of France.


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FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’

The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”

At the Bureau’s training ground in Quantico, Virginia, agents are shown a chart contending that the more “devout” a Muslim, the more likely he is to be “violent.” Those destructive tendencies cannot be reversed, an FBI instructional presentation adds: “Any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law; a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah.”


These are excerpts from dozens of pages of recent FBI training material on Islam that Danger Room has acquired. In them, the Constitutionally protected religious faith of millions of Americans is portrayed as an indicator of terrorist activity.

“There may not be a ‘radical’ threat as much as it is simply a normal assertion of the orthodox ideology,” one FBI presentation notes. “The strategic themes animating these Islamic values are not fringe; they are main stream.”

The FBI isn’t just treading on thin legal ice by portraying ordinary, observant Americans as terrorists-in-waiting, former counterterrorism agents say. It’s also playing into al-Qaida’s hands.





Mahinur Ozdemir MP – a story of hope and courage
Blog by Osman Karolia


Mahinur Ozdemir is a young Belgian Parliamentarian of Turkish heritage who fought incredible opposition to become the only member of any European parliament to wear the hijab. She also observes her five prayers, speaks five languages and has achieved an impeccable academic record. Today Mihnur is more popular than ever and has been an inspiration to a whole generation of Muslim women across the western hemisphere to wear the hijab and to also seek an education.

Ozdemir has defined the absence of an Islamic culture containing European elements as one of the main causes triggering xenophobia and Islamophobia, especially against the Muslim minority living in Europe, and has urged European Muslims to embrace the societies where they live which she thinks will accelerate the integration of Muslim immigrants in Europe.

“That would also pave the way for non-Muslim Europeans to have a closer look at Islam and get to know European Muslims better,” Özdemir told Today’s Zaman of Turkey in an exclusive interview. She also expressed her hope that such an initiative accompanied by the expansion of tolerance in Europe would decrease the risk of religious confrontation “because it would result in providing people who have prejudices against Islam with a greater knowledge of the subject,” she emphasized. Özdemir underlined that just as Islamic principles have been introduced into different societies, some cultural aspects of these societies which do not contradict the basic pillars of the religion have also had an effect on how Muslims interpret Islam.

A Belgian Muslim of Turkish origin, Özdemir said that she has encountered many Christian deputies in parliament who are keen to find answers to their questions on Islam and has had several conversations with her non-Muslim colleagues on the matter. “As a devout Muslim, which is visible because of my headscarf, they ask me questions about Islam,” she said, defining these conversations as a humble platform for cultural and religious dialogue.

Özdemir was the first headscarved deputy of any of the parliaments in Europe and was elected to the Brussels regional capital parliament in June 2009, an event which kicked off a controversial debate on secularism, the Muslim minority’s political rights and the political engagement of European Turks.

This is all from a girl from an immigrant family who dared to dream, who valued and excelled in her education, who is proud of her faith and who views the hijab as a symbol of liberation and not oppression. This is not written to encourage us to all become parliamentarians but rather it’s to motivate us all regardless of race, belief or gender to have a go, to put in the hard work and to make a difference.

Mahinur is not in parliament to exclusively serve any minority group but seeks to serve all Belgians. In Australia there are a number of Muslim parliamentarians in different states including one Muslim member of the Federal parliament. Like Mahinur they all serve all Australians and all are a voice of tolerance and reason. Despite the fear mongering the election of Muslims to parliaments across Europe, Australia, Canada and the US Congress has not led to upheaval or rebellion. Instead it as a remarkable example of integration by Muslims and acceptance by the societies in which they live. In this spirit in almost all 57 countries in the Muslim world once can also find many non Muslims represented in their respective parliaments.

I am an optimist with tremendous faith in the triumph of the human spirit and this will not be hijacked by those who seek to bring violence and discord regardless of who they are.

Mihnur’s is a very real story of commitment, perseverance and courage. I leave you with one of her quotes.

“I will work against unemployment and towards allowing the Hijab to be worn in the workplace and in schools. I would like to point out that with or without Hijab, my view of the problems in this country and finding solutions to them and helping others will be the same. I cover my hair, but not my ideas, and the Islamic headscarf will in no way be an obstacle to my political activity. It should not be a controversial issue and I would advise those criticizing the Hijab to do away with the injustice that obscures their vision. Efficiency alone is what matters, not the Hijab!”

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[Editor] A reader wrote to CCN, in response to the ABC's Compass programme to which we provided a link to in CCN356, that we should point out to CCN readers that "either this man (who is featured as coming from a Muslim background) is not a Muslim or he does not know much about Islam and he is giving his Islamic credit all to Freemasons."


The programme might have given the wrong impression to new Muslims that "it is okay to be a freemason and a Muslim and while we may share some similarities overall it's a very different society. Their leader is a most worshipful grand master and that is promoting shirk."


The writer adds:


"I thought it's fair to bring it to your attention that this can affect our aqeedah as we have a much better system which we can follow and a (far better) system than anything that's man made ..... otherwise we could also become Christian and Buddhist Muslims too."


"The way your article (appeared) in CCN (gave the impression that you were) promoting the freemason club and (that) it's okay for the Muslims to accept it."


"I personally don't believe all the readers of CCN are astute and it's a responsibility of Muslim Media not to cause any ambiguity and show the article the way it is to be shown with the right intention."


The piece was certainly not included with the intention of promoting the ideology of Freemasons but to show the incongruity of the position that the couple in the documentary were adopting. We trust that our writer's welcome feedback clarifies the position for any of our confused or impressionable readers.

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Tea With Arwa: One Woman's Story of Faith, Family and Finding a Home In Australia


Arwa El Masri


Arwa El Masri on Hazem, love and Islam

Love sometimes appears in the most unexpected places. For Arwa El Masri, wife of rugby league star Hazem El Masri, it arrived with a jolt the moment she looked into her future husband's eyes.

"I have always believed in love at first sight, but I never thought it would happen to me," says Arwa. "But that's what it was like. I knew the very first time our eyes met that he was the one, the person that my soul fitted to. It was such a supernatural feeling.

"And to have that certainty consume you is a little frightening, but also very beautiful. It was something so powerful that I couldn't resist it, even though I tried."

Meeting and falling in love with Hazem in 1997, when he was a rising football star with the NSW Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league team, is an integral part of Arwa's life, now the subject of a deeply personal memoir, Tea With Arwa.

The youngest of three daughters in a Palestinian family dislocated by the Israeli occupation of their homeland, Arwa came to Australia in 1985 seeking a new life and a new home.

More than a decade later, she found both and a sense of completion when she met Hazem, a migrant from Lebanon.

"In Hazem, I found my home," she says. "And it was thanks to my new country that I found my soul mate.

So meeting Hazem is bound up with the ideas and emotions of a new beginning and a new sense of belonging, both for me and for him."

However, Tea With Arwa is much more than a love story. It is also the story of a young woman's faith.

Arwa, 34, tells of her feelings about being a Muslim woman adapting to life in a Western culture and about how, at 23, she decided to follow her deeply held spiritual beliefs and wear the veil.

"Taking the veil is a very personal decision," says Arwa. "Not all Muslim women wear one and that is their choice. But I chose to wear it because it was right for me as a sign of my respect for Islam and for myself."

Wearing the veil or hijab, says Arwa, is an expression of modesty meant to shield a woman from unwanted sexual advances.

"It is a representation of a woman's right not to be seen as a sexual being only and a refusal to be judged on physical attributes alone," says Arwa. "For me, it is as much a feminist statement as a religious one."

She says that taking the veil changed the way many people viewed her. "It didn't change the people who know me, but people in the street looked at me differently," she says.

"And, when they spoke to me, it was delayed, simple English, as though they assumed I couldn't understand and had just arrived from overseas.

"I never let those moments deter me. I'm still the same person, with the same morals, respect for others and respect for myself.

"I wrote this book in the hope people would read my story and realise we are not so very different, that we all share a common humanity," says Arwa, who weaves her story with her family's favourite Middle Eastern recipes.

"Regardless of our religion, we are all looking for the same things: family, love and belonging. Those are all feelings we share."

Tea With Arwa: One Woman's Story of Faith, Family and Finding a Home In Australia by Arwa El Masri, is published by Hachette Australia, $35.


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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: We've become very much an avocado-a-couple-of-days family recently with "the man-of-the-house" convinced that it is doing wonders for his skin tone. He snacks on a mixture of Aromat and avocado with crisp bread and says it also helps him keep off the chips and desert cravings in the evenings. Just for variety I prepared him this salad and he found it both refreshing and tasty. I hope you do to!


Avocado Salad


Avocado Mix

3 avocados cubed
1 onion finely sliced (water to be squeezed out)
1 green apple cubed
1 green chilli sliced
1 tomato finely cubed
1 grated green mango (optional)


1 Tab salad cream
2 Tab mayonnaise
1 Tab condensed milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon juice
A drop of green food colouring

Pour the dressing over the Avocado Mix and refrigerate before serving on a bed of lettuce.


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 Final week of our CRESWALK training program:

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!



DAY 1:
Walk for a minimum of 60 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate pace, 45 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool down / slow pace). PLEASE REMEMBER TO STRETCH AFTER EVERY WORKOUT!

Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
It’s time to train smart not hard, so make sure to push your boundries without doing any damage. Go for a 45-60min jog/run OR walk if you feel more comfortable. Try increasing your walking time by 5-10 mins.

DAY 3:
Back to the pool for a cardio session (swimming or aqua) while soothing the muscles.

DAY 4:
Today we’re back to strength training – grab your weights and challenge upper and lower body. Remember to use your own body weight as well (push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc). Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.

DAY 5:
Time to pound the pavement.. Head out for your jog or walk. Your goal should be to beat the time / distance you set earlier in the week!

DAY 6:

DAY 7:

PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or who are not already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.






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The CCN Chuckle


Zaiboonisha, the community gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the town's morals, kept sticking her nose into other people's business.

The community was fearful of Zaibinisha's vicious slandering but feared her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused Mula Nasruddin of being a womanizer and a philanderer after she saw his old donkey hitched to a post in front of the town's only, shall we say, house of ill-repute.

She emphatically told Mula Nasruddin (and several others) that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing!

Mula Nasruddin, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away.

He didn't explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.

Later that evening, Mula Nasruddin quietly hitched his donkey in front of Zaiboonisha's house, walked home .... and left it there all night.


Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.


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15 October


Picnic with Bosnian Ambassador

22 October

Indo Oz Multicultural Festival

23 October

Eid Family Night

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11 and 12 November

Amnesty Human Rights Conference

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International Food Festival

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6 May 2012



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Jewellery Making for scholars

29 September

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Girls Game Night

Inspiration talk, pizza, BBQ, fun and games

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.

Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Rd, Woodridge
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Love ur Body




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The Quran Pen Reader

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Colour - Style - Shine.

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25 September



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29 September


Jewellery Making

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1 October



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15 October


Kuraby Mosque OPEN DAY: "Building Bridges of Understanding"

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Michael's Oriental Restaurant

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7 November




11 and12 November

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Dreamworld 2011


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27 November



Islamic New Year

6 December



Day of Ashura

6 May 2012


International Food Festival

Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque



All Day




Muslim Events Forum (MEF)


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IWAQ.Offices, 11 Watland Street, Springwood





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Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates:

Wednesday 14 September (cancelled)

Wednesday 16 November


Metropolitan South Regional Office
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