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Sunday, 1 January 2012

 Newsletter 0373



AFIC highlights of 2011


In a press release, Muslims Australia (AFIC) listed its achievements over the past year in education, submissions to senate and parliamentary enquiries, hosted overseas delegations and inter-faith activities, publications, donations, burial grounds, Mosques and prayer facilities, halal businesses, political engagement and its 2011 Annual Congress.


For the full report click here.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque Lights Up


San Francisco-based obscura digital developed the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque projections project, conducted for the
2011 United Arab Emirates National Day. forty-four projectors with a combined brightness of 840,000 lumens  covered the 600 x 351 ft high surface area of the architectural landmark of Abu Dhabi. The three dimensional mapping created a series of bright, stylized architectural projections that illuminate the façade, four minarets and twelve domes
of the mosque.

The show featured illuminated designs mirroring both historical imagery and the artistic styles found in the structure
and decoration of the mosque. Projected depictions include palms, pentagonal geometry, gardens of paradise, the qibla wall, the mehrab, architectural motifs, night skies and cycles of the moon, and humanity depicted with the earth.


A Forum for Muslim Moderates?


ModerateMuslims forum provides "all moderate, open-minded and reform-focused Muslims around the world, in general, and also those in the United States of America, in particular, an opportunity to collaborate in order to encourage and sustain moderation, peace and tolerance within Muslim communities and all across the world. You will be allowed to express your opinion, whatever it is, provided you do not pose ad hominem attacks, adhere to general norms of courtesy and do not promote extremism, violence and bigotry."

To tune in, send a blank email to moderatemuslims-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and then respond to the confirmation request you will receive.


"Don't miss all the fun and action going on over there!"

BENAZIR BHUTTO The Movie Trailer



The CCN Classifieds


Wanted – Rental Property
A young Muslim couple who are students is looking for a rental property from mid-February. They only have public transport available. Looking to rent within the suburbs of Upper Mt Gravatt, Mt Gravatt, Holland Park, Wishart, Kuraby, Eight Mile Plains, Stretton, Runcorn, Underwood, MacGregor, Sunnybank Hills, Sunnybank, Calamvale, Algester and Browns Plains and close to public transport. Responsible and Tidy.

Steady income assures rent payable. References available. Rent guaranteed.
If you have a Granny Flat, Unit, Townhouse or Separate Living within your home that would be suitable please contact or SMS me on 0424141623. One year lease can be signed. No shared facilities please other than a laundry. Must have own kitchen and bathroom. Must be able to occupy mid-February. Unfurnished preferred.

If you know of anyone who may have something suitable, Muslim or Non-Muslim, please pass on this information.

Aussies share Islamic fashion online


A growing number of Muslim women in Australia are blogging about Islamic fashion to connect with other like-minded fashionistas.

They say they are not only helping change negative stereotypes about Muslim women, but are finding an increasing following online and elsewhere.

'Hijabi Fashion Week' takes place anywhere and everywhere. The participants are Muslim women from around the world.



Christmas day violence condemned


The president of Muslims Australia (AFIC), Mr Ikebal Patel, in deploring the recent attacks on churches and other places of worship in Nigeria during the recent Christmas celebrations, commented, “The perpetrators of these atrocities can not be believers of any religion and the authorities in Nigeria needs to apprehend and bring to justice not only those who committed these acts but also the people and groups behind the planning of these cowardly acts."


Nigerian Catholics were burned to death in their cars on Christmas Day as they were leaving Christmas mass. Boko Haram Islamists took credit for the Christmas Day attacks.

"The world during recent times has seen more than enough suffering, death, and destruction due to natural causes such as tsunamis, hurricanes, earth quakes, floods, bush fires and the like. These are unavoidable events and unfortunately humanity will just have to accept the power of nature in unleashing its fury from time to time and in locations of its choosing. But death and destruction brought about by humans on each other for political, sectarian or religious reasons just does not have any place in the modern world.

Mr Patel urged the prosperous nations of the world to direct more of its aid funds towards uplifting the living conditions of the poorest of the world, but more specifically to the education of the disadvantaged so that the cycles of poverty can be broken and the ignorant can be empowered in their own rights rather than being reliant perpetually on those who are interested in making mischief in their communities.

Wedding Rehearsal | All-American Muslim



The World's Most Influential Muslims in 2011


There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world's population, or more than one-fifth of mankind.


The Muslim500 publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

The 2011 lists the world's most influential Muslims who have impacted on their community, or on behalf of their community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. The impact can be either positive or negative. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists forming popular culture.

Over the coming weeks, CCN will publish a personality selected from the list:


No. 1

H.M. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
King of Saudi Arabia & Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques


King Abdullah is the most influential Muslim in the world. His global influence comes from being the absolute king of the most powerful Arab nation: it has the two holy cities of Mecca and Madina, which millions of Muslims visit throughout the year; its role as the world’s main exporter of crude oil and refined petroleum products ensures its central international role in politics and the world economy, and its huge da’wa network makes its influence felt in all Muslim countries.


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
The king has significant influence in the global Muslim community through his custodianship of the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Mecca is the main pilgrimage site for 1.5 billion Muslims. Each year approximately 4 million pilgrims perform the Hajj. In addition to this approximately 10 million pilgrims (including Saudi residents and GCC citizens) perform the umrah, ‘the lesser Hajj’.

Controller of World’s Largest Oil Reserves
He reigns over a land of massive crude oil reserves—Saudi Arabia has approximately 20 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves— making him a key player in the global petroleum industry.

Head of World’s Largest Da’wa Network
King Abdullah is also head of the most extensive da’wa network of missionary Muslims in the world, promoting the Salafi brand of Islam. Salafism is historically rooted in Saudi Arabia, and owes its global spread to the financial backing of Saudi Arabia.

Reformer & Philanthropist
The king has proven his domestic influence in Saudi Arabia through his ability to enact multiple landmark reforms to fight fundamentalism, corruption, balance the Saudi budget, tailor the education system, address women’s and minority rights, engage in interreligious diplomacy as well as tackle problems in the justice system.

He has:
•• Granted women the right to vote in municipal elections
•• Spent over $60 billion in benefits to Saudi citizens—including housing and jobs, while introducing a minimum wage of $800 per month

•• Opened the largest women-only university in the world, with a capacity of 12,000 students
•• Presented a $10 billion endowment to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
•• Issued a royal decree allowing only the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars to issue fatwas (religious edicts)
•• Increased the representation of minorities in Saudi governance including increased Shi’a representation in the Shura Council
•• Transferred authority of educational administration to the education establishment instead of religious leaders
•• Convened a global interfaith summit in 2008 and subsequently issued the Madrid Declaration, which calls for tolerance between religions and a culture of peace
•• Been the first Saudi monarch in 51 years to address the UN General Assembly and the first reigning Saudi monarch to have met with a pope, Pope Benedict XVI in November 2007
•• Donated hundreds of millions in cash and relief materials for many devastated areas worldwide and pledged a $1 billion donation towards the reconstruction of the Palestinian coastal territory during the Israeli war on Gaza .


The Arab Spring
•• Although there have been small demonstrations in Saudi Arabia, they have been rejected by the Salafi majority and by the perception that the King was already reforming at a pace compatible with Saudi society.
•• Unveiled a 130 billion economy incentive plan inside Saudi Arabia.
•• Hosted Ben Ali and called for revolt against Gaddafi.
•• Arguably the biggest bulwark for stability in the Arab World.
•• Supported the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Tens of thousands give inspiring pledge to Allah in Homs, Syria [Dec 2011]



Around the Muslim World with CCN


Qur’an teacher jailed for kicking and slapping children in lessons

UK: A Qur’an teacher who kicked and slapped children was jailed for 10 weeks on November 23.

Sabir Hussain, 60, admitted four charges of assault. He was caught on a hidden camera hitting four pupils aged between 10 and 13 in his role as a volunteer religious tutor at Keighley’s Markazi Jamia mosque.

Muslim leaders, education bosses and police welcomed the sentence – saying pupils in faith schools should enjoy the same protection as mainstream ones and the punishment sent a clear message such behaviour was not acceptable in British society.

Despite claims that Hussain was “firm but fair” and only intended to “chastise”, District Judge Sue Bouch underlined that his young charges were “small and vulnerable” and had been seen on the Channel 4 footage “flinching away” as he stalked around the room.

She originally intended to jail him for 26 weeks but reduced it to 16 weeks due to his early guilty pleas and then to 10 weeks, of which he will serve half, after reading a glowing series of references from ex-pupils.

Hussain launched an immediate appeal against the sentence but his application for bail pending the crown court hearing was refused by Judge Bouch, sitting at Bradford Magistrates’ Court.

Hussain, who has lived in Britain since 1967 working in the mill and textile industry, needed an interpreter for the proceedings, hugged his daughter and gave her a sign of blessing as he was led away, telling her: “Don’t worry. What’s happened has happened.”

Hussain was teaching the Qur’an to a class of 16 boys in 2010 when he was filmed (between July and December) by a hidden camera by an undercover team working for the Channel 4 Dispatches programme Lessons in Hate and Violence broadcast last February.


The sentencing and conviction of Sabir Hussain is a timely reminder that actions which violate these principles cannot be tolerated.


Those entrusted with a position to teach our children should uphold that responsibility and strive to protect their students, not take advantage of their vulnerability and violate that trust 


Police criticised the documentary team for not alerting them sooner, claiming some of the attacks could have been avoided had Channel 4 not waited until February to air the footage.

However, a Channel 4 spokesman said: “The authorities were aware of child protection concerns at this mosque going back ten years. It is likely that child assaults would have continued had our investigation not brought this to light.”

A recording made on December 2 and December 12 resulted in four charges of common assault against persons unknown, which Hussain admitted.

Defending barrister Shufqat Khan said: “He is a caring and compassionate man.”

Khan said he accepted the force used was not reasonable. “But it’s a very different case from someone’s gratuitous use of force against vulnerable people.” The UK’s Muslim umbrella group called the Hussein’s conviction a “timely reminder” of the importance of the health and safety of children entrusted in “Islamic educational setting.”

A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) told The Muslim News they “regard it as a priority that the professionalism and regard for the health and safety of children that characterises mainstream schooling should operate without fail in Islamic educational settings. “The sentencing and conviction of Sabir Hussain is a timely reminder that actions which violate these principles cannot be tolerated. Those entrusted with a position to teach our children should uphold that responsibility and strive to protect their students, not take advantage of their vulnerability and violate that trust.”

The MCB does not believe that the abuse of children in madrasah and mosque-based education is “a widespread phenomenon” in Britain and “we believe that the vast majority of British mosques hold the health and safety of children to be of utmost importance, following true Islamic teaching and British law.”

Source: The Muslim News



Muslim leaders boycott breakfast over surveillance program

New York (CNN) -- A prominent group of Muslim leaders on Friday made good on a pledge to boycott New York City's annual interfaith breakfast with Mayor Michael Bloomberg (pictured left) in protest of a controversial surveillance program.

The move stemmed from a series of news reports that raised questions about the nature of a Central Intelligence Agency partnership with the New York Police Department, pointing to the alleged surveillance of Muslim communities in New York.

The Associated Press reported that following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the city, the CIA helped the NYPD build intelligence programs used to spy on Muslims, adding that a CIA officer was involved in intelligence collection in Muslim communities.

The reports said police have used informers to monitor sermons during religious services, while gathering intelligence on taxi cab drivers and food-cart vendors, who often are Muslim, in New York.

"These tactics, without due process, without evidence of crime, we believe (are) unconstitutional and unlawful. That's where the shock comes from," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.





Muslim professor a first for university

UK: Celebrated theologian Professor Mona Siddiqui (pictured left) has become the first Muslim to teach at Edinburgh University’s School of Divinity.

She took up her post as professor of Islamic and inter-religious studies at the University on December 1 The mother of three told The Muslim News: “The most important thing for me is to continue with my teaching and research in Islamic Studies.”

“I also hope that having Islamic Studies present in the Divinity School will lead to new kinds of conversations and collaborations as well as more challenging engagement with the public,” she added.

Siddiqui started her academic life with a BA in Arabic and French, which led eventually to a PhD in Classical Islamic Law.

The Professor has taught for the past 15 years at Glasgow University, where she also served from 2002 to 2005 as head of the department of theology and religious studies.

In 2006, she was appointed Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding, and served as a Senate Assessor on the University Court.

Prof Siddiqui is currently Chair of the BBC’s Scottish Religious Advisory Committee, a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Islam-West Dialogue, Chair in Island and Citizenship at the Universities of Tilburg and Utrecht 2010-2012 and Visiting Professor at the Angelicum University in Rome 2011.

Siddiqui, 48, moved to the UK from Karachi, Pakistan, with her family aged 5.

She was appointed OBE in this year’s Birthday Honours for services to inter-faith relations.


Source: The Muslim News



Read an Interview with Prof. Mona Siddiqui


Bowl belonging to the Prophet Muhammad arriving in Chechnya


A video of a bowl belonging to the Prophet (pbuh) arriving in Chechnya and their amazing treatment and reaction to it


Acknowledgement: Muslim Village


Jail sentence French burqa wearer

PARIS:  Hind Ahmas (pictured left) faces two years in prison and a fine of £27,000 after refusing to accept the legitimacy of a court which ordered her to spend 15 days working for free and learning about French values.

She was summoned to appear in court but the 32-year-old was barred from her own trial because she would not take off the garb in the court building.

After being sentenced in her absence, she spoke on the steps of Meaux Criminal Court in Paris to confirm she would not abide by the jurisdiction of the magistrates.


‘I’m not doing it,’ she said. ‘It’s the judge who needs citizenship lessons, not me.’


She had already been fined £105 in September for wearing the banned veil in public on three separate occasions in the Paris.

Ahmas has launched a pressure group, Do Not Touch My Constitution, with Kenza Drider, 32, aa fellow niqabi who intends to run for president.


Ahmas’s lawyer, Gilles Devers, will appeal against the fine on the grounds that the new law was unconstitutional. He is prepared to exhaust the French appeals process before taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights, he said.

France’s law makes it a criminal offence for anyone to hide their face in public, including streets, shops, restaurants and behind the wheel of a car on a public road.

Since France announced its ban in April, Belgium has swiftly followed suit. Women wearing niqab there, do not face fines, rather automatic seven day prison sentences. In Italy, the right wing Northern League have resurrected a 1975 law against face coverings resulting in the issuing of fines in the North. The Italian government is currently drafting anti-niqab legislation, as is Denmark and Austria. The Netherlands and Switzerland are actively pushing for bans and it has been debated although sidelined in Britain.


Sources: Metro (UK) and MuslimMatters.org



Somali hip-hop band fighting al-Shabaab for hearts and minds


Somalia: Shine Ali doesn't scare easily. If he did, he would not be with his band in a basement studio in Nairobi, rapping lyrics that challenge the Islamist rebels who control much of his homeland, Somalia – and whose reach extends deep into the Kenyan capital.

Ali is well aware of the risks he is running. Three years ago, members of the al-Shabaab group broke into his home in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood and shot him.

"They said, 'Your message is anti-jihad. You are telling the youth to give up jihad,'" the 29-year-old says in halting English. Ali edges down his baggy checked shorts, pulls up his hooded sweatshirt and shows a scar on his right hip. He has another one on his left arm.

"When they shot me, I knew that if I stopped the music, they would win but if I continued, my power would win."

Ali is a founding member of Waayaha Cusub, an 11-member hip-hop group that includes Somalis, Kenyans, an Ethiopian and a Ugandan.

The band is, in its composition, a defiant challenge to the al-Qaida-linked rebels of al-Shabaab and to the thorny political realities of the Horn of Africa.

He started Waayaha Cusub, which can be translated as New Era or New Dawn, in 2004. They have produced several albums since then as well as making waves with the 2010 song No to al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab, which means "youth" in Arabic, controls much of south and central Somalia where its fighters enforce a harsh form of sharia law: they carry out beheadings and cross-amputations and in some areas have banned musical ringtones on mobile phones, as well outlawing films and football.

Waayaha Cusub's songs are recorded in Nairobi but find their way home on pirated CDs, and through the radio and internet. As well as calling for peace and condemning al-Shabaab, the band deal with traditionally taboo subjects such as Aids and clan rivalries.


The Guardian



Prince Ali urges FIFA to agree on hijab rules

FIFA vice president Prince Ali Al Hussein (pictured left with FIFA president, Sepp Blatter), has proposed that football’s governing body agree on “general principles” for the use of the hijab in the game at the meeting of the Executive Committee in December.

FIFA banned the hijab covering a women’s neck in 2007 claiming safety concerns and to uphold its ban on political and religious symbols.

The Jordanian prince’s proposals will ensure “the safe use of hijab in the game,” satisfy “cultural customs” of female teams from Islamic countries and meet FIFA rules of inclusion, a statement from the Asian Football Confederation said Tuesday.

Leaders and sports officials in Islamic countries have criticized the ban, saying it discourages women from football.

In June, Iran’s team forfeited a 2012 Olympic qualifier against Jordan because it wouldn’t play without the hijabs.

Hussein’s proposal could be boosted by the fact that FIFA allowed the England team to wear poppies on their shirts when they played Spain on November 12.

World football governing body had initially rejected requests from the British government to allow England and Wales to wear poppies.

A spokesman for FIFA has earlier insisted that “FIFA’s regulations regarding players’ equipment are that they should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages. Fifa has 208 Member Associations and the same regulations are applied globally, and uniformly, in the event of similar requests by other nations to commemorate historical events.”

However on November 10, FIFA announced it is to permit the England and Wales team to wear the poppies on black armbands and observe periods of silence.

Source: Muslim News



Ice mosque in Sweden

Sweden’s Muslims are planning to build an ice mosque in Jukkasjärvi, the Lapland home of the country’s renowned Ice Hotel.

Swedish Muslim Association Head, Mahmoud Aldebe, said that the mosque would be an opportunity to open dialogue with non-Muslim tourists.

“It would be a new way of seeking dialogue between different cultures and religions .It’s not actually such a controversial idea. It has been received well with everyone we have spoken to,” said Aldebe.

Each winter, Ice Hotel founder Yngve Bergqvist, oversees the sculpting of a giant 5,500m2 complex, using ice cut from the local Torne river.

The first ice building was built in 1989, with the first guests staying the night in 1992. Now about 25,000 guests travel from across the world to stay in the hotel, from its opening at the start of December to its closure in April.

The hotel includes an ice church (pictured right), where around 150 couples are married each winter.

“We have visitors from all over the world, and many come from places like London or Saudi Arabia. We thought it might be a fun idea, seeing as we already have an ice church,” said Bergqvist.

He said that it was already too late to build the mosque this year.

“We are looking into it and it was overly ambitious to believe we could get the project under way this year. We shall see what the future will bring,” he added.




First phase of Makkah project to be ready in four years, says governor
MAKKAH: The first phase of a massive project to develop Makkah and the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah will be completed within four years, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced on Wednesday.

“The completion of the first phase will coincide with the completion of the new Haram expansion project,” the governor said while presiding over a meeting of the executive committee of the Development Authority for Makkah and the Holy Sites.

He said the giant Makkah development project would change the face of the holy city by setting up an integrated transport system including trams and ring roads and developing underdeveloped residential districts in various parts of the city.

The meeting discussed executive measures to implement various projects and how to remove the obstacles facing some projects. Prince Khaled said the King Abdullah project would bring about an unprecedented development of Makkah and the holy sites.

More than 7,000 real estate units will be acquired and demolished in Makkah in 2012 to make way for the expansion of the Grand Mosque and the development of the holy city.

“About 3,000 of these new units worth more than SR40 billion will be appropriated as part of the King Abdullah project,” said Mansour Abu Rayyash, chairman of the real estate committee at the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He said another 4,000 houses would be demolished for the construction of the parallel road from the western side of the Grand Mosque. “About 1,300 real estate units will be demolished after their value is evaluated for the construction of the second ring road while the remaining 2,700 houses will be demolished to make way for the first ring road and other development projects,” he said.

Abu Rayyash explained real estate units that would be seized for the second ring road were those lying at the extension of the road joining the Al-Biban area and Al-Kaaki bakeries. “The real estate in this area is very expensive and the value of the houses may range from SR15 billion to SR20 billion,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prince Khaled presided over the signing of an agreement between Al-Balad Al-Amin Co. and Duroub Development Co. for the development of the old path to the holy sites. It is part of the project for the development of the holy sites.

The project includes construction of shopping centers, prayer places, public toilets, medical services, car parks and other support services. “The new project will provide excellent service facilities in Mina and Aziziya and contribute to sustainable development,” said Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar, who is also chairman of Al-Balad Al-Amin, adding that the project would cost about SR6 billion. “This is the first joint project between Al-Balad Al-Amin and the private sector,” he said.

Source: Arab News



In Morocco, 20,000 Imams Trained to Teach HIV/Aids Awareness, Compassion


The taboo topic of HIV, particularly how to prevent it and treat it, rarely surfaces in public ways in Muslim societies, but religious leaders across Morocco are trying to change that. Ray Suarez reports





Youngest and first Arab woman Nobel Peace Laureate


The youngest and first Arab woman ever Nobel Peace Laureate was presented with her Laureate medal on December 10 in Oslo City Hall for her role in the uprisings in Yemen.

Journalist and human rights activist Tawakkul Karman is one of three women who were announced as 2011 winners on October 7, alongside Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee.

Previously there have been only 12 female winners of the award.

Karman is also the second Muslim woman to be awarded the prestigious title, after Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi received the award in 2003.

In March 2011 Karman was one of ten women awarded the International Women of Courage Award, given by US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Karman rose to prominence during the Yemeni protest movements earlier this year. Her speeches and interviews lambasted President Saleh’s regime for human rights violations, corruption and lack of legitimacy, and she has repeatedly called for the revolution to be non-violent.

The 32-year old mother of three co-founded the human rights group Women Journalists without Chains (WJWC) in 2005.

Speaking during her acceptance speech, she dedicated the award to the Arab women. “I see the great number of Arab women, without whose hard struggles and quest to win their rights in a society dominated by the supremacy of men I would not be here.” She also dedicated the prize to other women, “whom history and the severity of ruling systems have made unseen, to all women who made sacrifices for the sake of a healthy society with just relationships between women and men, to all those women who are still stumbling on the path of freedom in countries with no social justice or equal opportunities, to all of them I say, Thank you. This day would not have come true without you.”

She is a member of the central committee of Al-Islah, the largest opposition party in Yemen and which is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood. She has acted independently of her party at times and stressed her loyalty to the revolution on issues such as negotiating with the Saleh’s Government.

In its official statement on October 7 the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, “In the most trying circumstances, both before and during the ‘Arab spring’, Tawakkul Karman has played a leading part in the struggle for women’s rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen.”

The committee added that it, “hopes that the prize to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman will help to bring an end to the suppression of women that still occurs in many countries, and to realise the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent.”

After the announcement Karman travelled to New York where she held a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on October 19, to exchange views on the situation in Yemen which remains volatile.

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of six international prizes awarded every year by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The other five prizes are for excellence in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and economics.

While the prizes are often awarded to a single individual, the last time the Nobel Peace Prize was divided equally between three people was in 1994 between Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. The recent winners include imprisoned Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo in 2010 and US President Barack Obama in 2009.

Source: The Muslim News

The Inbox


Salam CCN,
In your letter section (CCN0372) in the one about making a doco with Indians in Australia it says:
"Ideally we'd like to find a driver who owns his own taxi or works for a small, indecently-run company, so that discussing filming may be easier and more flexible than by going through the major companies."
This really is funny and I can't think what they would have meant...

[Editor] We will leave our astute readers to make what they will out of this faux pas.

Dear CCN readers

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many readers for the continuing support and friendship that has been shown to my family and I throughout 2011. It was also a year of a continuation of many join ventures across the community, not least fundraising activities that included my Lions Club of Kuraby and organisations such as Crescents of Brisbane, ICQ and the general community for the victims of natural disasters and also community projects.

I wish you all a safe and peaceful end to 2011 and may 2012 bring prosperity, health and greater world peace.


David Forde
Independent Candidate for Stretton

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

This week CCN recommends


  Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism:

Spiritual and Ethical Affinities 


  Reza Shah Kazemi, H. H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Hamza Yusuf Hanson,

H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali  



Forging a interfaith dialog between traditions that typically stand at odds, this groundbreaking book explores the scriptural and spiritual tenets of Islam and Buddhism in relation to one another, creating a basis for comparison and analysis of the two traditions.


Written by eminent scholars, this discussion juxtaposes foundational principles and practices by linking underlining principles and fostering a mutual appreciation between followers of both religions.


This interfaith volume discusses metaphysical traditions and philosophical studies born of Islam and Buddhism, places them in context with each other, thus encouraging understanding, and providing a point of reference for continued learning and cooperation.


Forging an interfaith dialog between traditions that typically stand at odds, this groundbreaking book explores the scriptural and spiritual tenets of Islam and Buddhism in relation to one another, creating a basis for comparison and analysis of the two traditions .


The discussion juxtaposes foundational principles and practices by linking underlying principles and fostering a mutual appreciation between followers of both religions. This interfaith initiative focuses upon metaphysical and ethical aspects of Islam and Buddhism, placing them in context with each other, thus encouraging understanding, and providing a point of reference for continuing and deepening reciprocal respect and collaboration .


In their respective introductions to this book, H.H. the Dalai Lama states that the book helps demonstrate that Islam is indeed a 'path of salvation'; while leading Islamic scholar of jurisprudence, Prof Mohammad Hashim Kamali, asserts that on the basis of this book one can argue that Buddhism is an authentic 'deen' or religion.



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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: A very healthy high protein dish if you are watching your weight. You could use any flavoured tuna but I prefer the mustard. Use the ones in brine or spring water if you watching your weight and remember to drain out the liquid.

Easy Tuna Bake


2 cans of tuna
1 green pepper finely diced
1 large onion finely diced
¼ cup olive oil
10ml lemon juice
3 eggs
5 ml lemon pepper
½ cup of cheese
2 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp garlic flakes
½ cup milk
1 cup sifted chana/besan flour
1 tsp baking powder
Salt to taste
Chopped spinach (optional)

1. Beat together eggs and milk and add remaining ingredients.
2. Set half the mixture in an oven proof casserole dish, layer with the chopped spinach and top with remaining half of the mixture. Sprinkle with slivered almonds, sesame seeds or poppy seeds or a mixture of all of the above, dot with butter and bake at 180degrees until light brown.
3. Cut into squares and serve hot with a sauce or lemon wedges as an entrée or with salad as a light lunch.


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Send in your favourite recipe to me at kbcooks@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be my "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, will aqua exercise really get me results?

A: Definitely. Although, it’s hard to determine how many kilojoules exactly you’ll burn in the water as everyone differs.


However, you can bank on ditching upwards of 1500KJ an hour (which is equivalent to a large piece of cake).


So it certainly pays to keep fit while staying cool!







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Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, my wife and I want to travel to India next year and although we are both travelling on an Australian passport my wife was born in Pakistan, will this be an issue?






A: You will both need to get a visa when you travel to India.


As you both have Australian passports the process should be easy, but as your wife was born in Pakistan, there maybe a bit more work to do.


Currently what you need to do is apply online to the Indian embassy here in Canberra to lodge your visa applications.


From previous experience, the earlier you do this the better, as it can be a long process.


The process for your wife's visa will just take much longer, unfortunately it could be up to six months. 


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Mula Nasruddin wanted to go ice fishing. He had read several books on the subject, and finally, after getting all the necessary equipment together, he made his way out onto the ice.

After positioning his comfy stool, he started to make a circular cut in the ice.

Frighteningly, from up above, a voice boomed, "There are no fish under the ice."


Startled, Mula Nasruddin moved farther down the ice, poured himself a large coffee, and began to cut yet another hole.

Again, from the heavens, the voice bellowed, "There are no fish under the ice."


Mula Nasruddin, now became very concerned so he moved way down to the opposite end of the ice, set up his stool, and began again to cut his ice-hole.

The voice rang out once more, "There are no fish under the ice." Mula Nasruddin, stopped, looked upwards and said, "Is that you, Lord?"

The voice replied, "No, this is the Ice-Rink Manager."


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