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Sunday, 27 November 2011

 Newsletter 0368



International Stars play in local Brisbane competition


Back L to R - Abdul Manan, Shafqat Ahmad, Asim Ali, Sabahat Mahmood
Front L to R - Hussain Dar, Asad Rauf, Aleem Dar, Ali Dar

With the international cricket season starting this Thursday at the Gabba, cricket buffs were being treated to a little bit of cricketing superstardom on the southside of Brisbane over the weekend.

The number one umpire in cricket Aleem Dar and his Pakistani counterpart Asad Rauf, are both in town to officiate at the Gabba in the first test between Australia and New Zealand.


However they also took the opportunity to play in the local warehouse competition turning out for Macgregor on Saturday.

Dar is in Brisbane with his family, and he and his son Ali played in a local match at Tingalpa.


This is the second time that Aleem Dar has played for Macgregor, and it is an opportunity he relishes.


“I’ve always played cricket, and I always like to get back and have a hit and bowl when I can,” Dar said.

“Umpiring is a very different set of skills and I enjoy it immensely, however when I can grab a bat or ball and have a go, that also keeps me enjoying the game.”

Dar has officially been rated the number one umpire in the world for the last three consecutive seasons by the International Cricket Council (ICC).


Asad Rauf is also on the elite umpire’s panel and is considered a top three umpire in the world.

The two umpires are being hosted by Brisbane City Council LNP candidate for Moorooka, Ms Yasmin Khan, and her family.

Srebrenica Massacre

Parliamentary address by Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton


I rise to support the motion put forward by the member for Melbourne Ports which utilises the words of the decision of the International Court of Justice. The Moreton electorate is home to many Bosnians who survived the horrors of the war in former Yugoslavia. As former refugees they have resettled to make a new life for their families in Brisbane's southern suburbs, a long way from the violence that shattered their lives in the early 1990s.

Up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, mostly men and boys, were slaughtered in the Srebrenica massacre over five days of horror in July 1995. Thousands of women and girls were removed from their homes, raped and assaulted by Serbian soldiers, with lingering life-shattering consequences. Sixteen years after the war the victims are still slowly and methodically being identified through painstaking DNA analysis.


In Bosnia-Herzegovina more than 200,000 Bosnian Muslims were systematically murdered. The then US Assistant Secretary of State, Richard Holbrooke, called these acts 'the greatest failure of the West since the 1930s'. In response, NATO forces began bombing Bosnia‐Herzegovina on 30 August 1995‐and that is not that long ago.



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Hollywood comes to Makkah


In welcoming back the Hajjis and Hajjianis who have returned from Makkah and Medina we replay this oldie but goodie:


MFC to the rescue of Special School pupil


Jaden Dennis (pictured left with Ms Janeth Deen) is a young man who has spent his whole life in and out of hospital. He suffers from P36 syndrome which is a debilitating illness that affects his whole body. He often suffers from seizures. His mother Tanya is his full time career.

This is just one student who attends the Holland Park Special School which also incorporates the Xavier school for students with major disabilities. There are about twenty three students in this centre.

The school is short of the special equipment it needs in its work with these children. The Government does not fund the equipment they so desperately need. The school's P & C raised some of the funds for a walking frame for the use of the children. They were short of some of the funds. The Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) supplied the balance needed and the school is now in the process of ordering the frame.

Janeth Deen was given a tour of the facilities when she went to hand the cheque from MCF over to the school. She met the staff and children at the centre. The school has a beautiful environment with caring staff who are devoted to the children in their care. They are from all age groups and there are two Muslim children amongst their number.

It is not an easy task for the parents to have to take their children to the school. They need special equipment to move them in and out of the school as well as especially fitted vehicles. Disability equipment is highly priced and there is only limited funding from the government. The parents have to struggle to meet the costs.

MCF funds have helped several disability families who are struggling to supply every day necessities for their families as well as for the disabled member of their family.

Dizzying Dervishes give Brisbane audiences a whirl of a time


The Queensland Intercultural Society and the Queensland Education and Cultural Foundation and the soon-to-be-opened Resha College in Algester hosted some 300 people from a number of different communities to the Sufi tradition of the Whirling Dervishes and a Turkish orchestra at the Logan Entertainment Centre during the week.

The relentless and sustained spinning of the dancers had many of the uninitiated in the audience in awe of the ritual.

Meat for distribution


Muslim Aid Malaysia contacted a few Brisbane community organizations this week to help them distribute some 30 cartons of boneless beef (over 800Kg in weight) that would not fit into the containers going to Malaysia.

The animals were slaughtered during the recent qurban and is being held at a Gympie abattoir.

Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh and Me Janeth Deen are currently coordinating the local distribution.

Bald Hills Fun Day


The Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISOBH) will hold its Annual Multicultural Event at Masjid Taqwah (119 Telegraph Rd, Bald Hills) on Sunday December 4th.

The event will host children's’ rides, food and clothing stalls, sports competitions, henna/threading for ladies, information booths and an auction to name some of the key activities.

The event gives an opportunity for others to visit the Mosque and the local community, mingle with its members, participate in some fun activities, enjoy some tasty food with the aim of fostering understanding, tolerance and acceptance by connecting and building bridges with the wider community.

It is a whole day of activities starting at 10 am and finishing at 4 pm.




Mr Jaaved Khatree and Mr Dan Petrovic (pictured left), company director of Dejan SEO (http://dejanseo.com.au) were the keynote presenters at last week's Muslim Business Network (MBN) monthly meeting.

Mr Khatree spoke of the steps necessary to get a business online and Mr Petrovic explained the strategies for improving a website's Google rankings.

A door prize of a search engine optimization consultancy session by Dejan SEO worth $1500 went to a very lucky member of the audience on the night who tried hard to conceal his obvious delight at winning the prize.  

Forde Fund Raiser






Members of the local Muslim community attended a fund raising dinner at the Islamic College of Brisbane for State independent candidate, Mr David Forde.


Former Federal Liberal Minister and 4BC radio talk back host, Mr Gary Hardgrave was the Master of Ceremonies and Dr Mohamad Abdalla delivered the keynote address.


Retiring Queensland Minister, Mr Stephen Robertson, was presented with a gift in appreciation of his contribution to the community.

We (non-Muslims) are unknowingly being converted to Islam, says Cowan MP Luke Simpkins


BY eating snags from the supermarket on the barbecue this summer, you are unknowingly being converted to Islam, according to Federal MP Luke Simpkins.


In a speech to Federal Parliament yesterday, Mr Simpkins accused meat producers, including Harvey Beef, Inghams and Steggles of “deceiving” West Australians by not labelling their products as Halal food, inmycommunity.com.au reported.


“So when you go to Coles, Woolworths or IGA, or other supermarkets, you cannot then purchase the meat for your Aussie BBQ without the influence of this minority religion,” he said.


“By having Australians unwittingly eating Halal food, then we are all one step down the path of conversion, and that is a step we should only make with full knowledge and not be imposed upon us unknowingly.”


Harvey Beef was contacted by inmycommunity.com.au and declined to comment.


You can read the entire speech online Mr Simpkins starts speaking half way down page 74.


Source: Perth Now

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Turkey: Islamic Women’s Magazine Sparks Debate over Role of Fashion in Islam 


A new Turkish fashion magazine, featuring headscarf-clad models on the cover, hopes to attract stylish Muslim women, such as these women sitting outside a mosque in central Istanbul. “Âlâ” hit the shelves in July 2011, offering clothing advise, interviews with Muslim designers and businesswomen, travel tips and reporting (Photo: Jonathan Lewis)

The Turkish women’s magazine Âlâ first gained notice in the summer of 2011 by putting the most controversial piece of fabric in Turkey, the Islamic headscarf, on its cover. Four months later, Turkish secularists and traditional Muslims alike are still debating: Can fashion and Islam comfortably coexist?

The brainchild of advertising agency account executives Mehmet Volkan Atay and Burak Birer, Âlâ (Beautiful Lifestyle) targets Turkey’s growing number of observant Muslim women with a monthly selection of clothing advice, interviews with Muslim designers and businesswomen, travel tips and feature stories. It claims that its circulation has quadrupled to 40,000 copies since the first edition hit newsstands last July, and is widely reported by Turkish media already to have surpassed sales of Vogue and Elle.

But don’t tag it as an Islamic Vogue. Âlâ Art Director Esra Sezis asserts that that the notion of Islamic fashion contradicts the Islamic idea of women modestly covering their bodies. “[The magazine] is only meant to be a helping guide for conservative women -- where can they shop, what clothes can they combine,’” Sezis said in an August 20 interview with the Turkish daily Sabah. “[I]n short, there cannot be Islamic fashion; just details.”

In online social media forums, critics nonetheless claim that the glossy, high-end monthly tries to “westernize the idea of modest Islamic dress,” and tries to turn veiled women into the prototype of Vogue-reading, spend-thrift fashion victims; concepts contrary to Islamic ideals. The magazine features photos of both professional models and ordinary readers in Islamic garments.

“To try and squeeze modest Islamic dress into fashion patterns is as absurd as trying to squeeze Islam into a Western lifestyle”, writes journalist Aysegül Genç in the monthly Genç Magazine. “If this magazine, already contributing to ongoing degeneration, would like to minimalize the damage it will cause, it has to think as much about how to be a beautiful veiled girl as it has to find answers to the question of how to be a veiled girl with a personality.”




Muslims proud to be British? There's something to learn from the surprise 

Bemusement at the findings of Muslim pride in Britain stems from stereotyping about religious groups

The finding in Demos's report A Place for Pride that 83% of Muslims said they were proud to be a British citizen, compared with the national average of 79%, has been met with surprise in some parts of the press. Clearly many British citizens have both a strong religious identity and a strong national identity. Yet it also seems clear that many people see these identities as mutually exclusive. Why is this the case?

That 83% of Muslims are proud to be British does in fact make sense. Many British Muslims come from families that have sought the opportunity and refuge offered in this country. The Demos report suggests that "People who are religious are more likely to be patriotic than are those who self-define as atheists or nonbelievers"; 88% of Anglicans and Jews agreed that they were "proud to be a British citizen". Many British Jews have a family history of refugee status and it follows that this leads to a sense of pride in their British identity. People with a strong religious identity are also often part of a strong community, and benefit from the co-operation and collective goodwill that can come with this. Patriotism, the report suggests, isn't only concerned with Queen and flag, but also with community values.


The surprise at the findings of Muslim pride in Britain is rooted in a prejudice that leads people to believe that it is paradoxical for someone to hold both their religious and national identities as important.

There is a lot of misinformation about the British Muslim community. In 2009 the Gallup Coexist Index found that only 36% of the British public thought that British Muslims were "loyal to this country" as opposed to 82% of the British Muslim community. The surprise at the findings of Muslim pride in Britain is rooted in a prejudice that leads people to believe that it is paradoxical for someone to hold both their religious and national identities as important. Lazy caricatures of Islam as contradicting many of the rights and values that are seen as quintessentially British – particularly freedom and democracy – only exacerbate this problem.

So, how do we tackle the prejudice that leads to this view? We must start by challenging perceptions of faith groups that rely on broad stereotypes, and instead provide people with opportunities for meaningful engagement, where they can meet and learn about each other as individuals. The report quotes a student who participated in Three Faiths Forum's Undergraduate ParliaMentors programme, which gives young people the opportunity to work with students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs on social action projects, and to be mentored by MPs and peers.

The "people I worked with, neither of them had even met a Jewish person before. I found it quite daunting but it was good and it helped me in a way to understand who I am as well as to know more about Islam and Christianity. In the end, the things we sometimes fell out about were what we were doing on the project – not God."

Lazy caricatures of Islam as contradicting many of the rights and values that are seen as quintessentially British – particularly freedom and democracy – only exacerbate this problem. 

Finding out that the difficulties that come with working with others are often simply the usual interpersonal challenges is an important part of seeing others as individuals, not just a Muslim, Jew, atheist etc.

What we need are more opportunities for this humanising process. If we can find these while people work together on a social cause then this is all to the good. One of the clear implications of the Demos research is that public pride is linked closely with "social engagement, interpersonal trust and volunteerism". If we embrace opportunities to work with people of all faiths and beliefs then we can start to overcome the prejudice that leads to surprise that other people are also proud of Britain. We will, in turn, also give ourselves more reasons for civic pride.

The Guardian


The BBC- A positive reflection on British madrassahs 


Negative reporting on the goings-on in madrassahs in the UK isn’t hard to come by. It’s a breath of fresh air then to see an article on the BBC Asian Network on the accelerating ‘modernisation’ of madrassahs and the efforts being undertaken to reform their method of teaching Islam to young British Muslims.

From observing Criminal Records Bureau checks and teaching computer literacy to employing teaching staff who speak English, madrassahs are adapting to cater for the ever-changing needs of young British Muslims.

Read the BBC article here.

Mohammed Sarfaraz is one of the teachers working at the Victoria Street Mosque in Manningham. He said: "It's different to when we grew up when we could not understand Urdu very well. In my class we all speak English as it is the mother tongue of all the students.

"The benefits are that they learn quicker and they remember more, and at the end of the day what they learn, they can put to use in their everyday lives."

"Twelve-year-old Hamza used to go to another madrassa in Bradford, where he was taught in Urdu. But his parents found he was not learning anything, and moved him to Victor Street mosque.

"I'm now doing good because I can understand my teacher, what he's saying, I've grown up my whole life speaking English and I can't really understand Urdu."

Shaykh Abdul Wajid heads the teaching staff at the Victor Street Mosque. He said: "Our syllabus has changed and we teach our children through love. But it is not only in the classroom as we organise sporting events and take the kids out so they can form a better bond with their teachers."

Spokesman for the Bradford Council of Mosques, Ishtiaq Ahmed comments on the initiatives to ensure the safety and quality of Mosques in the city, "Most of the Imams and teachers have been Criminal Records Bureau-checked, or this process is under way. We work closely with safeguarding initiatives, but children being slapped or harmed in anyway is not acceptable - children should feel safe.


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