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Sunday, 8 January 2012

 Newsletter 0374



A Southern Star in the Southern Star?

4 Jan 2012 Southern Star, LIAM PARSONS

The organiser of one of Brisbane’s biggest cultural festivals will contest the election in one of council’s most culturally diverse wards.

Queensland Eidfest president Yasmin Khan has announced plans to run for the council ward of Moorooka for the LNP.

She said Lord Mayor Graham Quirk approached her with the idea about two months ago. ‘‘It was completely unexpected since it’s never been talked about. But I felt the timing was right and the ward was right.’’

Ms Khan, who was born and raised in north Queensland, works as a consultant for a medical firm and is the co-founder and president of charity group I-care.
As a first-generation migrant on her mother’s side, she said she was well prepared to represent the people of Moorooka.

‘‘ I think it’s great (Cr Quirk) has made a concerted effort to seek people from diverse backgrounds to represent the council because at the end of the day, we’re there to represent the community,’’ she said.

‘‘If we represent a diverse multicultural community surely your representatives have got to be diverse and multicultural as well.’’


The Moorooka ward covers Acacia Ridge, Archerfield, Coopers Plains, Moorooka, Nathan, Salisbury, Tarragindi, and parts of Rocklea and Sunnybank


Contact Ms Khan at PO Box 239 Acacia Ridge 4110, or email moorooka@candoteam.com

Access and Equity Discussion paper - Invitation to comment


Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, announced the establishment of an independent panel of eminent community leaders to conduct an inquiry into Australian Government services to ensure they are responsive to the needs of Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Inquiry Panel is examining the Australian Government's Access and Equity Strategy and Framework which applies to all Australian Government policies, programs and services.

The strategy seeks to promote fairness and responsiveness in the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of Australian Government services for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Access and Equity Inquiry Panel will provide advice and recommendations to the Australian Government on how existing services are provided and how they could be improved.

The Panel is seeking submissions on the responsiveness of Australian Government services to Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse population. A paper containing questions for communities and clients is available here.


Some questions for consideration:

1. What Australian Government services do you and your community use most (for example: employment, health, welfare)?
2. Have you or your community found it easy or difficult to use these services?
3. In your experience, do Australian Government services adapt to the needs of people from your cultural or language background?
4. If you or your community have had problems, what were they? Did they get resolved?
5. If you or your community have had good experiences, what services worked best for you? Why do you think they worked so well for you?
6. What are the best ways for the Australian Government to tell you about its services and how to access them?
7. Are there ways Australian Government services could be improved to help you or your community access them better?
8. Most Australian Government services have standards about how they deliver services to you. Do you think there should be specific standards to make sure culture or language doesn’t make it harder for people to get the help they need?


Queensland Muslim response

A group of community leaders from Queensland's Muslim community are meeting to put together a submission that reflects the sentiments and opinions of the local Muslim community. If you would like to attend the workshops and participate in developing a response contact Dr Mohamad Abdalla at M.Abdalla@griffith.edu.au. The first meeting is scheduled for Saturday 14th January.


Report by the AMYN Team


The AMYN camp was amazing this year. More than 50 Muslim youth from all corners of the globe met together at the AMYN centre on Saturday 24th December to set off for a weekend adventure of a life time!

They soon arrived at their destination, tucked in the heart of the Gold Coast hinterland, the camp called Bornhoffen, the venue of this year's AMYN camp.

The happy campers experienced three days packed full of activities, from bush-walking in the wilderness to swimming in cool streams to soccer and volleyball tournaments. The evening came alive with Islamic charades and roasting marshmallows around the camp fire.

The camp's aim was to foster brotherhood and friendship among the Muslim youth, and to inspire them to become excellent members of the Muslim community.

Shaikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel shared some valuable and uplifting advice and pearls of wisdom for the youth.

More pictures of the amazing adventures can be found on: http://Facebook.com/AMYNweb

Watch for more fun and inspirational activities in 2012!

http://www.AMYNweb.com and http://Facebook.com/AMYNweb


AMYN would like to thank all the organisers, volunteers, participants and well-wishers.

Balls of Steel Australia, Series 2 - Comedy Channel


Hosted by The Chaser's Craig Reucassel, the anarchic Balls of Steel Australia sees guest comedians and comedy characters performing stupid, dangerous and ill-advised stunts in an attempt to impress a studio audience and to lay claim to the title of having the biggest "balls of steel".

"Reucassel will be joined in each episode by a rotating door of fearless performers who show the audience a recording of their daring stunts. Craig’s pranksters are always keen to prove themselves, whether it be by performing death-defying stunts, holding their nerve during hidden camera set-ups, or behaving stupidly in the presence of celebrities. At the end of each episode, the audience uses their keypads to vote for the winner of the coveted Balls of Steel Australia trophy."


Local Muslim comic, Nazeem Hussain, appears in the first episode airing on 31 January on The Comedy Channel..

Watch the trailer.

The All American Muslims Debate


Guests and audience members share their opinions on the controversial cable show about Muslims living in America.


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Newcastle Mosque Attack


A Mosque in the Newcastle area, a coastal city north of Sydney, has been attacked in a brazen incident caught on security footage. Although no significant damage occurred, worshippers at the Wallsend Mosque, are now fearful of further attacks. CCTV capture from Newcastle Mosque Cameras.



THE NSW government and Jewish community have condemned an attack and issued a call for "community harmony''.

NSW Citizenship and Communities Minister Victor Dominello appealed for help in bringing the offenders to justice.

"Attacks on places of worship whether those places are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or other are unacceptable in a society that values religious freedom and social tolerance,'' he said in a statement.

Two unidentified men attacked the Wallsend mosque minutes after a group of children had finished a scripture class on Monday evening, The Newcastle Herald reported.

Seven people were trapped inside when one man with a large tattoo of a cross on his neck attempted to gain entry.

He kicked open the fence gate, hurled an object at the mosque's front door and then kicked the front door.



Attacks on places of worship whether those places are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or other are unacceptable in a society that values religious freedom and social tolerance 


Victor Dominello

Both men tried to knock over the front fence before one of them shouted what appeared to be abuse.

Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, said religious bigotry had no place in Australia.

"We strongly condemn attacks on all faith groups, whether it be mosques, churches or synagogues,'' he told AAP today.

Mr Dominello said he had asked the Community Relations Commission to offer its assistance to police.

He said they could "liaise with the mosque and local community representatives to determine steps that can be taken to promote community harmony going forward".

A website for the Newcastle Muslim Association states the local Muslim population has grown significantly during the past five years and the mosque can no longer accommodate prayer sessions, forcing the association to hire the adjacent Masonic Hall.

"We are also experiencing major difficulty with parking and in recent times, this has caused a negative impact on the surrounding neighbourhood," the website states.

The association has paid $1.45 million for an 8800sq m block of land to build a much larger mosque at an additional cost of $5 million.

It will be located about five minutes' drive from the current mosque, the website states.

Source: news.com.au

No Contradictions Between the Koran and the US Constitution


Library of CongressJefferson probably purchased this translation of the Koran in 1765 from the office of the Virginia Gazette. At the time, Jefferson was engaged in his law studies at the College of William and Mary, so it is likely that he purchased the book as an example of Arabic law, as his textbooks suggested. Jefferson cataloged the book in his section on Religion,ând where it shared the shelves with early Greek and Roman mythology and the Bible.

A marriage made in heaven, the religion of Islam and the American Constitution share no inherent contradictions. They actually embody the same universal ideals of justice, fairness, and equality. This was the conclusion of a recent fatwa, Arabic for a religious decree, issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, or FCNA.


The FCNA is the highest religious institution responsible for issuing opinions on a wide range of Muslim practices. Notable is the almost total lack of media attention given to this document.


While the opinion, "Resolution on Being Faithful Muslims and Loyal Americans, is a welcome step, American Muslims still face unprecedented hurdles that thus far have precluded them from being accepted as equal citizens. Islamophobes of all types will discredit the religious opinion and may in fact twist it to imply the "creeping of Islamic Sharia."


The core lie underlying the recent rise of Islamophobia is the claim that Muslims' loyalty to their faith makes them untrustworthy Americans. Baseless and meritless at its face, this claim is now forcefully challenged by a statement of far reaching implications.

The recent reality TV series "The All-American Muslim" had the grand objective of showing several Muslim families living their lives as Muslim and as Americans, struggling to reconcile their faith's commandments with the constraints of temporal demands.


Identity with one's religious group first, one's nation second, is not a Muslim monopoly. Any good Christian or Jew must believe the same thing, I would argue.

The fatwa, is in part, a response to what the FNCA calls "erroneous perceptions and Islamophobic propaganda" that has been built up for a decade following the 9/11 attacks and subsequent terrorist plots by adherents of al-Qaida and other extremist groups.


The FCNA group, consisting of Islamic scholars who meet several times a year to draft opinions on issues of concern to American Muslims, made the document public in Virginia in September of 2011. "


As a body of Islamic scholars, we the members of FCNA believe that it is false and misleading to suggest that there is a contradiction between being faithful Muslims committed to God (Allah) and being loyal American citizens," the fatwa declared.


"Islamic teachings require respect for the laws of the land where Muslims live as minorities, including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, so long as there is no conflict with Muslims' obligation for obedience to God. We do not see any such conflict with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The primacy of obedience to God is a commonly held position of many practicing Jews and Christians as well."



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. 2

H.M. King Mohammed VI
King of Morocco


The King is Amir al Mu’minin, or Commander of the Faithful. King Mohammad VI of Morocco is lauded for his domestic reform policies and pioneering efforts in modernizing Morocco and countering terrorism.


He tackles issues of poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion at home, and has improved foreign relations.


King Mohammad VI is an influential leader, mainly due to his position as the only legitimate contender for the Islamic Caliphate, for his control of the network of Muslims following the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence, and as a leading monarch in Africa. 


Contender for the Caliphate
As successor to a 400 year-old dynasty, King Mohammad VI’s lineage makes him the only legitimate contender for the Islamic Caliphate. The Alaouite Dynasty links back to the Prophet Muhammad. King Mohammad VI possesses the only authentic claim to an Islamic Caliphate, if one were to be established. Indeed, the Moroccans never recognized the Ottoman Caliphate on the grounds that the Ottomans were not descended from the
Prophet Muhammad.

Control of Maliki Network
Morocco is home to the oldest university in the world, Al-Karaouine. This university is the center of the Maliki school of jurisprudence. This school bases its rulings on the Qur’an and Hadith but also predominantly derives its practices from the work of Malik ibn Anas (711-795 CE) and his texts, the Al Muwatta and Al Mudawana. Since early in his reign, King Mohammed VI has implemented the Mudawana family law code that gives rights to women in divorce and property ownership, as well as citizenship to children born from non-Moroccan fathers. He has also commissioned the Islamic Affairs Ministry to train women preachers, or Morchidat, who are now active chaplains to Moroccans across the globe.

Huge Influence over Muslims in Africa
King Mohammed VI leads the largest African monarchy, with a population of 32 million. Besides political links, Morocco maintains strong spiritual ties with Muslims all over Africa. Morocco is the site of the tomb of a highly revered Sufi sheikh, Mawlana Ahmed Ibn Mohammed Tijani Al Hassani Al Maghribi (1735-1815 CE), the founder of the Tijaniyya Sufi order, whose shrine attracts millions from across the continent. Morocco is also recognized as a source for the spread of Islam through West Africa.
Thus, King Mohammed VI exercises vast amounts of power and influence over Muslims in Morocco, throughout Africa, and the rest of the world. He leads one of the most stable constitutional monarchies in the region, which is also the centre of a moderate, flourishing Muslim culture.


The Arab Spring

Responding to demonstrations in the country, King Mohammed VI proposed a series of changes to the country’s constitution. Both the prime minister and the parliament would gain powers that were previously the reserve of the King. These proposals were overwhelmingly passed (98% in favour) in a referendum (73% turnout) on July1.
•• He is the big winner of reform and evolution — not revolution
— in the Arab Spring; no one was killed in Morocco.

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Saudi women win victory in lingerie shops

Saudi Arabia: A new law which bans men from working in lingerie shops in Saudi Arabia is being hailed as a significant victory in the campaign for equal rights.

The law will give women in the closed desert kingdom an opportunity to work in shopping malls for the first time.

Ibrahim Al Mugaiteeb from Saudi Arabia's Human Rights First Society says men selling women underwear is un-Islamic, but that did not stop religious clerics fighting against the change.

"This is the hypocrisy of some religious people who interpret the rulings of Islam, otherwise you would think they would be fighting for that," he said.

"No man should deal with a woman about her underwear.

"The march has started - realising full rights for women in Saudi Arabia. I don't think anything can stop it now."

Since King Abdullah took over in 2005, Saudi Arabia has seen progress in women's rights.

Women will vote in the 2014 municipal elections and are now allowed to attend university, but there is a long way to go.

Women still cannot drive and are governed by guardianship laws.

Eman Al Nafjan, 33, is living in Riyadh with her husband and three children. She teaches English, is writing her PhD and blogs about women's rights.

She, like many of her friends, buys her lingerie overseas.

"I have several friends who only buy their lingerie when they leave the country. I have had friends who've had the guy behind the counter make inappropriate comments about their bra size, about things like that.

The changes to the law mean some of the 28 per cent of unemployed Saudi women will now have jobs and be able to support themselves.

Ms Al Nafjan says there is still a great deal of opposition. The Saudi Arabian Grand Mufti railed against it at last Friday's prayers.

"Last Saturday we had a member of the highest Islamic council, he gave a Friday sermon about how this is very dangerous and we shouldn't go through with it," she said.

"It's very significant. It's going to cause social change to have women working in the malls. It might seem like nothing to people in the West, but it's still a responsibility and it's still an opportunity to show society that women are just as responsible and capable as men."

Ms Al Nafjan says she is enjoying buying her underwear from women.

"The other day I was in the mall and I didn't need any lingerie or anything, but I just stood at the door and I was so happy to see them. It's a fantastic change," she said.

Source: ABC News



Muslim Women For Jon Stewart 2012

US: Buried in the "controversy" over Bradley Cooper's selection as People magazine's most recent Sexiest Man Alive is a little known fact:


If you had polled American Muslim women the winner would have been -- wait for it -- Jon Stewart.

Every Monday through Thursday, thousands of Muslim women across the country eagerly tune in to Comedy Central to watch The Daily Show -- ok, let's be real -- we're really tuning in to check out Jon.


With his great hair, fine Armani suits, intelligence, and deadpan delivery, what's not to love? Plus, he speaks truth to power, often on social justice issues and current events that impact minorities, including the American Muslim community.

He gets it.

Look, sometimes it's tiring being a Muslim in America. Like all other Americans, we're suffering through the recession, worried about job security, our mortgages and whether we'll be able to afford health insurance. But, unlike other Americans, we can't escape the bad news by turning on the TV because whenever we do that there's YET ANOTHER opportunist saying something crazy about us!

So it's a relief to know that, regardless of how the day's events are spun on cable news and by politicos, we can come home after a long day at work, take off our heels, slip into something more comfortable and -- spend the night with Jon.

While the cable news brings fringe groups into every American's living room, thereby inflating their sense of self-importance and expanding their impact, Jon Stewart exposes their prejudices and shrinks them down to their real -- itsy bitsy -- size.

He's been on the right side of every faux controversy involving Muslims, from Park51 to calling out politicians and pundits who use Islam or Muslims as a wedge issue or to score cheap election year political points. He did it again most recently in a segment discussing Lowe's decision to pull its ads from the TLC show All-American Muslim after the show became the target of a boycott campaign by the fringe group, Florida Family Association. Their problem? The show features "ordinary folk while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to the liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish."

With a baffled look on his handsome face, Jon asked, "Why would you be upset to learn that there are non-Jihadi Muslims?"




While the cable news brings fringe groups into every American's living room, thereby inflating their sense of self-importance and expanding their impact, Jon Stewart exposes their prejudices and shrinks them down to their real -- itsy bitsy -- size.

Within minutes of the segment airing, half of our Muslim girlfriends on Facebook posted the link with comments such as, "<3 Jon!!!," "Stewart 2012," "looooove," and "I <3 Jon Stewart... and my husband is ok with that!"

The scientists  He's been on the right side of every faux controversy involving Muslims, from Park51 to calling out politicians and pundits who use Islam or Muslims as a wedge issue or to score cheap election year political points.

But can Muslim women really love Jon Stewart, who is -- gasp! -- Jewish? Honestly, that makes it even better.


The Daily Show's Senior Muslim Correspondent Aasif Mandvi may be a suitable boy to bring home to our parents, but the element of forbidden fruit makes Jon all the sexier. (And, we suspect our moms might have a thing for Jon too.)

As we ring in 2012, we're putting it out there now: To avoid a Ryan Gosling type "he was robbed!" scenario for this year's People magazine's selection, skip the controversy and embrace what Muslim women already know -- Jon Stewart is America's Sexiest Man Alive!

Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi are the co-editors of the upcoming anthology, "Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" (Soft Skull Press).

Source: The Huffington Post



The World's Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Is In Critical Condition 

PAKISTAN: Arfa Karim Randhawa, the Pakistani girl who stunned the world by becoming the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional and was received and awarded by Microsoft owner Bill Gates in 2005, is fighting for life at Combined Medical Hospital (Lahore) for the last seven days. She is in a state of comma and is on ventilator.

The 16-year-old Arfa, also recipient of many other awards, is a student of Lahore Grammar School's Paragon Campus in her second year of A Levels. On December 22, she suffered fits and was admitted to the hospital. She is unconscious since Dec 28. Arfa Karim was born in 1995 at Faisalabad.


At the age of 9 years, she became the youngest MCP in the world — MCP involves building programs into broader systems for business. Arfa was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in the USA when she was only 10 years old. In August 2005, Arfa Karim also awarded the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology by then Prime Minister. She also received the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award, again in 2005 by then President of Pakistan.

Arfa Karim is also the recipient of the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance. It is to be mentioned here that Arfa is still the youngest recipient of that award. She also represented Pakistan on various international forums. She was invited by the IT Professionals of Dubai for a stay of two weeks in Dubai. A dinner reception was hosted for her there, which was attended by the diagnostics of Dubai including the Ambassador of Pakistan.

During that trip, Arfa was presented with various medals and awards. She also flew a plane in a flying club in Dubai at the age of 10, and received the first flight certificate. In November 2006, Arfa was invited by Microsoft to be a part of the keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers conference held in Barcelona. The theme of the conference was "Get ahead of the game" and Arfa was presented as a true specimen of being ahead of the game. She was the only Pakistani among over 5,000 developers in that conference. Arfa's father Col (R) Amjad Karim Randhawa has appealed to the public to pray for her swift recovery.




More Moroccan women propose to men

MOROCCO: Analysts in Morocco attribute the rise in the number of women proposing to men to a campaign that wants to promote principles of gender equality. In conservative societies, it is always expected of men to take the initiative as far as marriage proposals are concerned and girls who decide to reverse the situation are likely to be criticized for breaking a long-standing tradition. The remarkable rise in the number of women proposing to men in Morocco has shed more light on the phenomenon and drove many to analyze the reasons for its prevalence.


“I proposed to my husband,” Naeema al-Mansouri told Al Arabiya.

Mansouri recounted the time she met the woman that later became her mother-in-law and offered to marry her son.

“We were in a wedding and I met her there. Another woman asked her how her son was and she said he found a job and was looking for a wife. I told her that I can make a good wife for her son and that I am good at cooking and household chores.”

The woman, Mansouri added, told her that she likes her and that she has no problem with her marrying her son, but said he has to decide when he gets to see her.

“I met him and he liked me. He said he would marry me provided that we live with his mother who would feel lonely if we lived away from her. I agreed and now she is like a mother to me.”

Hend, a woman in her thirties, first proposed to her future husband jokingly. “I told him I am willing to bring a bunch of flowers and ask him to marry me,” she told Al Arabiya.

Hend added that he asked her whether she was serious and she told him that “the man who refuses to divorce his wife when she asks for it is not a man and so is the man who refuses to marry a woman when she asks for it.”

“Of course I am a man,” he replied then went to visit her parents with their family.

Hassan al-Haithami, editor-in-chief of the Justice and Development Party’s website, does not mind marrying a woman who proposes to him as long as she has all the traits he needs in a wife.


If a woman proposes to my (son) and he agreed, I will disown him forever

Rukaia Zayed

“There is nothing wrong with a woman asking a man to marry her. These are feelings and you cannot control them and decide who says what. There is nothing insulting for a woman to do that. In fact, I find it very brave,” he told Al Arabiya.

Rukaia Zayed, a housewife and a mother of four, disagreed to this breach of traditions.

“If a woman proposes to my (son) and he agreed, I will disown him forever,” she told Al Arabiya.

Zayed explained that in this case she will discover what a weak personality her son has and how indifferent he is to the social and family norms in which he was brought up.

For sociologist and university professor Abdul Samad al-Dialmi, the rise in the number of women proposing to men is part of a female campaign to promote the principles of gender equality.

“Moroccan women are proving that they will not surrender to spinsterhood and that she has the right to tell a man if she likes him and wants to marry him because they are equal,” he told Al Arabiya.

Dialmi objected to regarding this action on the part of women as too daring and argued that society has to admit that this is one of women’s rights.

Abdul Razek al-Jay, professor of Sunna at Rabat University and member of the Scientific Circle for Islamic Studies, said that men are usually the ones who propose to women because this is what tradition has always dictated, yet there is nothing wrong with it from the religious point of view.

“Prophet Mohamed’s first wife Khadija was the one who proposed to him, yet this has not been part of the Sunnah because it is not socially common,” he told Al Arabiya.

Jay explained that Islam is the religion of equality and that is why it is the woman’s right to propose to a man if she finds in him the traits she seeks.

“The only problem would be if the woman proposes to the man because of how rich or handsome he is and without paying attention to his morals. She will in this case have fallen into the trap of imitating Mexican and Turkish soap operas that have lately invaded the Arab world,” he concluded.

Source: altmuslimah

The Inbox


Dear Editor,
Assalamu alaikum

I am getting married in February and would like the contact number of someone who would be able to come to the Northside to do my bridal Mehndi.

[Editor] If any CCN reader is able to help, please email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and we will forward on the details to R.E.

Dear Editor,
I am regular reader of CCN. I refer to a letter asking a Taxi company for interview. I have a taxi company in country VICTORIA called Ararat Cabs Pty Ltd. Please visit www.araratcabs.com.au for more information.


I have 3 Indian drivers, two Pakistani, one Turkish, 4 Australians. All are happy, working with each other in a Multicultural happy team, day and night shifts without any issue. Our local community has no hatred at all toward us and drivers. One Sikh driver even wears a turban all the time. Our 3 Muslim drivers have beard. My background is Pakistani Muslims


Our local Ararat City Council is very kind with the ethnic community especially promoting Multiculturalism. We have established a small society in this town called 'Ararat Islamic Welfare Assoc. Inc. Council has offered us a building for our community needs and as a small Islamic Centre in town where we pray, meet and hold community events.


We are AFIC and ICV members. We are close to Grampion National Park where is a wonderful Indian restaurant called 'Spirit of Punjab'. In our small town we have two Indian restaurants. Our centre is located on Western Highway to Adelaide (200km from Melbourne). Should you travel to Adelaide please stop in Ararat. Ask the Information Centre for the Islamic Centre key, open the Islamic Centre, have a rest, pray and then continue your journey toward Adelaide.

You can pass this information to Niamh Linnie, Researcher, Cordell Jigsaw Productions. They may be interested in if they are planning to visit Victoria.


Manzoor Ahmad Mian


Dear Editor

Salaams interesting about the (Saudi) King (in last week's CCN).

I think you omitted that he and his family are responsible for destroying Islamic history and spreading extremism and intolerance. For reasons that I have a desire to visit the holy places please do not disclose my name.

Name Withheld

Dear Editor

Jazakallah I've had a great response from CCN readers and have found a place. Thank you for placing my ad and congratulations on being such an effective communication channel!

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KB's Culinary Corner


KB says: Everybody raved about this. It's a light and tasty starter that leaves room for what comes next, and the combination of zucchini, chicken and  onion is an excellent one. And I particularly liked the richness that the almond meal gives to it.

Zucchini and Chicken crumpets


1 ½ cups grated zucchini
1 cup shredded cooked chicken – see note below
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup almond meal
1 tsp aromat/salt seasoning
¼ cup grated onion (water squeezed out)
¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs – add salt, pepper and chilly flakes.
1 tsp green chillies
¼ cup flour
Olive or vegetable oil for cooking

1. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, shredded chicken, egg, and butter or margarine. Stir in seasoned crumbs, grated onion, and seasoning. Mix well.
2. Shape mixture into patties. Dredge in flour.
3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot. Fry patties in oil until golden brown on both sides.

Note on chicken preparation

Braise cubes of fillet chicken in olive oil or ghee with 1 tsp green chillies, 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste, ½ tsp cumin, salt and white pepper until chicken is cooked. Cool and then shred.


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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, I’ve been seeing my physiotherapist regularly for treatment over the past
6-8 weeks to ease my sore back. He’s given me the all clear for exercises which involves no
rotation through the torso. Which are some safe one’s I can do while I’m at the gym?

A: Start nice and easy and build up strength as you go. Don’t do any of the fitness classes as yet.
I’d start with mini-circuits using the rower, bicycle, treadmill, etc. These are great for cardio fitness and core strength with no rotation involved. Be sure that you have great posture throughout, and be mindful of your back at all times. Keep your physio updated with each visit and keep challenging yourself as you get stronger.






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Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, when we travel overseas we are always concerned about taking lots of money over, what do you suggest is the best way to take money overseas? 






A: There are a number of options in taking money overseas. Firstly you can take cash, remembering that there is a $AUD10 000 limit in taking money outside the country. Cash is obviously easiest to handle, but it also has the highest risk in case it is stolen or lost in luggage. You purchase local currency, which you can buy at the airport, or just take over a major currency that is easy to change ie. Australian Dollar, US Dollar or UK Pound or Euro.

Another option is the old favourite travellers cheques. You can buy these from many different currency exchange places or banks. It is similar to a normal cheque, except they are your money. You can cash them at hotels, money exchange, or banks, and sometimes shops take them also. They are quite safe, as you have to usually present your passport when you cash a travellers cheque. Always keep a record of your cheque numbers in a different place in case they get lost.

You also can take a cash passport, which you can buy at places like Travelex or even Australia Post. This is like a debit card, you put an amount into your cash passport and then you can use the card like a normal visa card, you can withdraw local currency at ATMs, but you can only use the amount of money you have put into the account.

Finally, you can take over your own credit card and use it overseas. To be safest, it is best to take a combination of those options, as you don't want to be stranded overseas if you lose all your money. Don't forget though that when you use any cards overseas you will be charged fees so take that into account also.  


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