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Sunday, 20 May 2012

 Newsletter 0393




More than 500 men and women turned out at the joint United Muslims of Brisbane/Kuraby Mosque event held at the Islamic College of Brisbane  last night (Saturday).


Leading up to the keynote talk by Sh. Yusha Evans of the USA were Sh. Abu Hamza from New South Wales and two young, new found local talents who entertained the audience with a couple of nasheeds they composed together.


After a break for dinner, Mr Hussin Goss led the auctioning of frames to collect monies for the Syrian appeal.

Master of Ceremonies for the night, Mr. Khalil Gerard John, kept a very packed programme rolling along well into the night.


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Footy Show with the Auburn Warriors U9's footy team




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By Amal Awad 

I look forward to seeing The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen's latest attempt at lampooning other cultures, which is released today. I will watch with interest not because I'm convinced it will be much of a film but because, as an Arab Muslim, I'm curious about how we are portrayed in modern cinema.

Judging by the trailer and early reviews, Cohen delivers your garden-variety Arab dictator, all beard and attractive female guards. Arab-American comedian Dean Obeidallah has, somewhat controversially, already called it a modern-day ''blackface'' - he's not opposed to mockery of Arabs in general, but he takes aim at the mean-spiritedness of poking fun at a race when there is no participation from the people themselves. I take his point.

I'm all for political and social satire, but in a world where Arabs and Muslims are consistently relegated to the role of cab driver, convenience-store owner, terrorist or tyrant, the yawn factor has well and truly set in. Where there is humour, it seems primarily to be at our expense.

I nearly fell off my chair when, a few years ago, Adam Sandler attempted to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with toilet humour in You Don't Mess with the Zohan. I approached with caution but because I loved Billy Madison I was willing to reserve judgment. Rob Schneider as a member of Hezbollah could have been funny. Unfortunately it was not. Arabs were, once again, the underdogs - primarily a subject of disdain or pity in all of Sandler's cartoonish buffoonery, and terrorists, too.

Conversely, I nearly burst with excitement when I came across an independent film called Amreeka a couple of years ago. Written and directed by Palestinian-American Cherien Dabis, it told the tale of a Palestinian Christian woman moving to the US from the West Bank. It didn't spew political drama or point fingers; it told humorously a sweet and empathetic story about facing life's challenges with courage and heart.

I sat in a near empty cinema in tears, amazed that I was finally seeing something of my own life on screen. Yet the typical one-dimensional approach to the stereotypical Arab is not confined to cinema.

Arabs are increasingly and successfully expressing themselves through creative works. These are not attempts to "dispel the myths" and "humanise" Arabs and Muslims. We are already human - living, breathing, yearning like everyone else but using, at times, a slightly different rule book. We are simply telling our stories.

And while characters who happen to be Arab or Muslim are few and far between, it is they who will make a difference to how we're perceived.

Liz Lemon mistakenly thinking her Arab neighbours are terrorists on 30 Rock, when they're really preparing an audition tape for The Amazing Race, is funny and well-intentioned, but it's still all about shattering misconceptions.

We have some way to go.

Hollywood, take note - the Arabs are coming. We're happy to poke fun at ourselves; can you let us in on the joke?


Amal Awad is a Sydney editor and author of Courting Samira.

Source: Brisbane Times


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Pakistani Shabbir Ahmad, with daughters Khadijal, 9, and Zahra, 5 , at the University of Queensland, is studying for his second doctorate.

Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen Source: The Australian

PAKISTAN has become the top growth market in the struggling international education industry, even though revenue from its neighbour India fell almost $1 billion in a single year.

New Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal that Australia's fourth-biggest export industry is turning to new markets to counter a $2.2bn loss of revenue last year.

Experts say some of the new students are attracted to Australia by the prospect of working or even claiming refugee status.

Earnings from the top 12 markets all fell last year, topped by India, which slumped by 37 per cent, but Pakistan bucked the trend, with revenue rising 15 per cent to $253 million.

The Philippines was the only other significant market to record an increase, with earnings rising 13 per cent to $205m. All other top 25 markets experienced declines.

Revenue from Pakistan has risen steadily, more than tripling over the past five years. Earnings from the boom-bust Indian market have almost halved in two years, collapsing from a 2009 peak of $3.1bn.

Shabbir Ahmad, a PhD economics student at the University of Queensland, said fellow Pakistanis were being lured to Australia by the availability of scholarships from both countries.

Dr Shabbir, who is studying for his second doctorate, said he had come to Australia because the leading academics in his field -- efficiency and productivity analysis -- were based here.

He said while his family had been denied public health and schooling in Australia, the overall experience had been positive. "As far as the academic environment goes, I'm very happy, and people are very welcoming," he said.

However, international education researcher Alan Olsen said the growth in the Pakistani market was in vocational training, not top-end higher education.

Mr Olsen said that while the number of Pakistani students had increased by about 1200 last year, private vocational students had claimed about 1000 of them.


As far as the academic environment goes, I'm very happy, and people are very welcoming.

Dr Shabbir Ahmad

International Education Association of Australia executive director Phil Honeywood said some colleges had moved staff to Pakistan to help meet the demand.


He said most Pakistani students came for genuine educational purposes, but significant numbers were here for work and residency opportunities in a peaceful country.


"It's dangerous in Pakistan," said Mr Honeywood, a former Victorian tertiary education minister.

He said many Pakistanis studied for business diplomas at private colleges at a cost of about $9000. This gave them advance standing in university degrees, which in turn conferred the right to work for two years in Australia after graduating.

Mr Honeywood said some students had an ulterior motive of seeking refugee status.

He said they had better chances of success if they settled in as students and "worked out the lay of the land" instead of high-stakes strategies such as applying at the airport -- and risking deportation -- or coming by boat.

Overseas students feature in the caseload of the Refugee Review Tribunal, which examines unsuccessful applications for protection visas. Last month, the tribunal effectively upheld an application by a Pakistani student who had sought protection after a year in Australia, claiming he would face danger in his home country as a minority Shi'ite.

But in March the tribunal knocked back an appeal by another Shi'ite who had applied after 17 months on a student visa, claiming to have been attacked twice in Pakistan. The tribunal questioned the "well-foundedness" of his fears, given the substantial delay in his application.

Mr Honeywood said some Pakistani students arrived with harrowing stories of abuse by the Taliban, but he was aware of contrived applications such as students converting to Christianity in Australia and then seeking refugee status on religious grounds.


Source: The Australian


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Mother’s Day came early to Brisbane's Wisdom College as it was time for the students to say thanks and turn the tables and look after their Mums. Wisdom College laid out a special morning tea for Mother’s day. All the mothers and grandmothers from the school were invited and it quickly turned into a full house. Set out with a lovely garden backdrop, it turned into a lovely place for the Mums to be spoilt.


Each class prepared the food for the morning tea and there were a lot of junior MasterChefs running around cooking up a treat. On arrival, the Mums were escorted to their table which were beautifully decorated by the students. The senior students became waiters for the day, and served the food to the Mums.


Each class prepared poems and songs for the morning, and there were many teary eyed Mothers by the end of the heartfelt presentations. Afterwards they were even pampered by some of the middle school students and walked away creamed, coloured, and massaged, and hopefully a little more relaxed. To top it off they also received a Mother’s Day gift made by each of the students.


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 By Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim Winter)


It’s no mystery that people like Khalil Dale are drawn to the religion’s ultimate simplicity.



The discovery recently in Pakistan of the body of Khalil Dale, a British aid worker, has reminded his friends of his exceptional courage and heroism.


We all lived in awe of his fearlessness. Once when he was working in Afghanistan, a colleague of his was shot in the head while sitting next to him in his car; but Khalil didn’t hesitate to accept a second posting there. In countries where even journalists couldn’t operate, Khalil was eager to serve.


At the time he was appointed MBE, he was reportedly the only Westerner working in all of Somalia.

For many non-Muslims, though, there’s a puzzle. Why was this saintly and fearless hero a Muslim? He defied every conventional stereotype of what a Muslim ought to be.

White, highly qualified and self-evidently compassionate and caring, Khalil was a living challenge to standard Islamophobic sentiment.

For us Muslims, Khalil was a significant figure in a whole movement: the modern British turn to Islam.


Perhaps because it seems so counter-intuitive, this important development in our country’s religious history is only occasionally noticed. And because of a combination of British diffidence and the fear of prejudice, many British Muslims do not publicly announce their faith. These are the so-called “submarines”. I know practising Muslims in senior academic posts, in the House of Lords and in journalism, whose Islam is a closely guarded secret. I even know a Catholic priest and theology professor who is a closet convert to Islam.

In the nature of things one cannot guess at the number of such people. But those whose conversion is known were the subject of a revealing Swansea University report last year. There have been, it seems, a hundred thousand British conversions to Islam in the past decade, compared with sixty thousand in the 1990s. Despite the shock and horror of the 9/11 atrocities, Islam is thriving.

Here’s another puzzle for the Islamophobe: the typical convert is a young white female. Women account for three quarters of new Muslims in the UK and increasingly seek a high-profile role in Muslim communities. Last year the head of America’s main Muslim organisation was a white female convert.

British society is so diverse that there are, as the Muslim author Michael Wolfe puts it, “a thousand and one roads to Mecca”.

But this is one of the few possible generalisations. On the whole one struggles to find a pattern. When asked who converts to Islam and why, I usually have no answer. British society is so diverse that there are, as the Muslim author Michael Wolfe puts it, “a thousand and one roads to Mecca”.

Khalil’s road was, like all the others, unusual. He watched the Iranian revolution in 1979, although still outside the faith, and sympathised with what he saw as a believing people’s revolt against a cruel Western-backed autocrat. Working in northern Kenya, he became friends with the imam of a small mosque and began to feel something of the peace and serenity that so many new Muslims experience. The call to prayer from the little minaret had a unique spiritual appeal. As Liam Neeson, wrongly reported earlier this year as having converted to Islam, put it: “It just gets into your spirit, and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing.”

When Iran’s revolution turned sour, Khalil turned against it and never showed sympathy for fundamentalist movements, which he believed to have little moral or spiritual value.

There is a different type of convert in some deprived areas, where the problem of failed relationships, drink and drugs have reached crisis proportions for many young people. Here Islam spreads as a kind of ultimate cold-turkey treatment. In Australia, for instance, Islam is spreading fastest among Aboriginal populations, which have often been decimated by alcohol abuse.

We need to tell the Muslim world that the West is not only interested in invasions and support for corrupt regimes, but allows a religious freedom that puts many Muslim countries to shame. No less loudly, we should be telling Westerners that we refuse to be judged by the behaviour of our fundamentalists.

More common, though, is the spiritual wanderer who finds his way to Islam having rejected Christianity because of the complexity of its belief system. “Ultimate truth should be ultimately simple,” a Catholic convert told me last week, and it seems that many churchgoers are bewildered by the doctrine of the Trinity. Islam’s simple monotheism, in an age with little time for theology, clearly has an appeal.


Is joining Islam a rejection of one’s previous identity? In some sense every conversion entails that. But for many it also involves a reconnection with aspects of Britishness that have been lost to globalisation. My ancestors, for instance, were Congregationalist teetotallers and, in a sense, my conversion joined me strangely to strict ancestors who “took the pledge”.

Where is our movement going? For Khalil, Islam was not a movement at all, but a private love for God that enabled him to give his life in service to others. Yet at a time when many Muslims and non-Muslims alike believe in an inexorable “clash of civilisations”, the convert occupies an overlap zone between two worlds and inevitably shoulders a political responsibility.

We need to tell the Muslim world that the West is not only interested in invasions and support for corrupt regimes, but allows a religious freedom that puts many Muslim countries to shame. No less loudly, we should be telling Westerners that we refuse to be judged by the behaviour of our fundamentalists. We have found Islam to be a path to God in an age of uncertainty and moral decline. Here we stand; we cannot do otherwise.

Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim Winter) is the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge

Source: 1st Ethical


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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 Muslim500 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. 21

Dr Amr Khaled
Preacher and Social Activist


Amr Khaled has been a televangelist to the Islamic world since 1998. Khaled was described as the ‘world’s most influential Muslim television preacher’ by The New York Times Magazine, and ranked as the 13th most influential person in the world by TIME Magazine in 2007. He communicates through his TV shows and web campaigns using Islamic ethics as a way to inspire, foster community development, tolerance and inter-cultural relations.


Popular Media Figure
Part of Khaled’s influence derives from the fact that he appeals to the common person. He holds a degree in accounting, and has no formal religious education; wears suits and ties, not flowing robes; and has a clean-shaven face except for a trimmed moustache—everything you do not expect from a Muslim preacher. His everyman appeal has lead to immense popularity. Khaled’s television shows are broadcast by four Arab satellite stations but air primarily on Saudi-based religious channel Iqraa. Khaled’s speeches are published online, on bestselling cassettes and CDs. His website is translated from Arabic into nearly twenty languages and it rivals Oprah Winfrey’s in terms of traffic. His videos have racked up 26 million hits on YouTube, and he boasts over three million followers on Facebook.

Voice for Muslim Youths
Amr Khaled is a pioneering Muslim preacher and effective social activist who is revered by many as the leader of a revival in the Muslim World, but his influence stems largely from the fact that he engages young people. Youths in the Middle East and North Africa face disproportionate challenges, such as unemployment and social exclusion—obstacles which make it difficult to compete with development in other areas of the world. Faith is important to young people in the Middle East, but they do not connect with the majority of preachers whose teachings do not speak to the problems in their lives. Khaled is credited with the launch of the first “Muslim reality TV show” Mujaddidun on Dubai Television, where 16 young participants from all over the Arab world compete over who can make the most morally conscious contributions to their societies.

Community Development
Khaled’s goal is to encourage community development in the Muslim World by its own people with religious faith as the guiding inspiration—something he believes should be linked to interfaith dialogue, tolerance and moderation. The break up of communities is something Khaled sees as responsible for the malaise in the Muslim World, and something he believes puts the future of young people in jeopardy. One program he has launched to realize this objective of community development is Life Makers, which has a stated goal of producing a renaissance for the Arab and Muslim Worlds.


The Arab Spring
•• Amr Khaled marched with the protestors in Tahrir Square and supported the revolutions that took place in the Arab World.



The reasonable among us must be heard and our voices
must come out clearer than the voices of the extremists.  



Amr Khaled


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Dear CCN
I would just like to thank you for your photos and story on our International Food Festival.


May Allah reward you for getting the news out to the Muslim community.


I have always tried to encourage our people to do more for the community and CCN is doing just this.



Hussin Goss

President Islamic Society of Gold Coast


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Aquatics Pool the star of the Olympic Park

The swooping curves of the London Olympics aquatics centre, the three-pool swimming and diving complex designed by Zaha Hadid Architects the firm of one of the most famous and creative architects in the world at a cost of £253m was described as "nuts", "fantastic" and "delicious". A British Muslim, Zaha Hadid, was born in 1950 in Baghdad.   

Leading architects Amanda Levete and Piers Gough and critic Charles Jencks gave their verdict on the key venues of the London Olympic site. They were blown away by the beauty of the Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome – but left deeply underwhelmed by the main stadium


The walk to the poolside, past artfully placed rows of holstered hairdryers, is an architectural experience in itself. The corridors run at acute angles, a Hadid trademark, and the esoteric geometries of the changing rooms are not what you would expect from a municipal swimming baths. But that is what this facility will become after the Games.

"Oh wow, this is spectacular," said Levete as she entered to see the blue pools glowing under high-wattage lights, the ceiling swooping like a swimmer's dolphin kick and rakes of temporary seating soaring up on both sides. The building is so huge it makes the 50-metre competition pool look like a local swimming bath half the size.

"Without question, the aquatics centre is the star building," she said. "It is a spectacular expression of its sport, resolved in its form and beautifully detailed."

"Bloody hell!" said Gough as he gazed up at the wave-like ceiling. "The way the roof spans all the way is just nuts and fantastic. It is delicious."



Source: Adapted from The Guardian


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Norwin defends 7th-grade textbook

Kansa, USA: Norwin administrators are defending a middle school social studies textbook that a local pastor called "an Islamic Trojan horse" in requesting that the district revise its curriculum involving the religion.

In an administrative report this week, Superintendent William Kerr said the textbook is "an acceptable reference for the seventh-grade global studies course of study."

The book, "myWorld History: Early Ages," is one of several used in seventh-grade social studies "to teach comparative religions in a nondevotional, instructional manner," according to the district.

In March, The Rev. Bruce Leonatti of Zion Lutheran Church in Circleville told the school board that the book "promotes Islam over Christianity and Judaism" and "denigrates Christians."

Leonatti said he plans to present a second report to the district about two textbooks under consideration for purchase because he disagrees with how they describe the Muslim aspect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Leonatti, who formerly taught history at Duquesne High School and in Ohio, contends the social studies text is riddled with errors. He said he's involved with "ACT! For America," whose mission is to "give Americans concerned about national security, terrorism, and the threat of radical Islam, a powerful, organized, informed and mobilized voice," according to its website.

The book's publisher, Pearson Education, "reaffirmed its commitment to a balanced and accurate coverage of world religions." The "myWorld History" program is used in thousands of classrooms nationwide, a spokeswoman said.


....there are no errors or misrepresentations in the textbook at issue....

William Kerr

Kerr states in the report that "there are no errors or misrepresentations in the textbook at issue which are significant enough to render it unusable as a curricular resource."

"I believe the board has been very supportive of our teachers and administrators and concur that the administrative report brings closure to this topic," Kerr said.

As part of the administrative review, the district asked a second pastor, the Rev. Clifton J. Suehr, to review the book. Suehr is pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Irwin and president of the Norwin Ministerium.

In his report to the district, SueSuehr called the book "well-written and enriching" and "well-suited for middle school-aged youth."

"Without using inflammatory language, a historical overview is presented in an even-handed manner," Suehr wrote.

Leonatti said he believes a conflict of interest exists because Tracy McNelly, assistant superintendent of secondary education, is a member of Suehr's church and helped to review the book for the district.


Without using inflammatory language, a historical overview is presented in an even-handed manner.

Rev. Clifton Suehr

But Kerr said there is no conflict of interest and "no validity to any conspiracy theory."

"(Suehr's) credentials are exceptional," he said. "Why not reach out to a very well-respected and well-known community member here in Norwin?"

Kerr said the district will address curriculum issues as they arise.

"Whatever time it takes, we'll take the necessary time to do any comprehensive review," he said.

The district's focus should remain on teacher quality and the effectiveness of how they instruct, he said.

"Norwin isn't going to have any curriculum or textbook that's going to be harmful to students," Kerr said. "We are here in this case to teach about cultures. Part of culture is religion and tradition. We have made every effort to teach comparative religion in a nonbiased, nondevotional way."

Some passages taken from "myWorld History: Early Ages"

that The Rev. Bruce Leonatti objects to:

• "Religious toleration also helped the Arab Muslim Empire expand."

• "The Arab Muslim empire was generally tolerant towards Jews and Christians."

• "As the Arab Muslims build their empire, Islam spread peacefully both inside the empire and to the lands beyond its borders."

• "Mobs of Christian peasants turned on those Jews who would not convert to Christianity."

• "Medieval Christians would not tolerate even minor differences in beliefs."

Source: Tribune

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Sheikh Al-Sudais named head of the Presidency for Two Holy Mosques

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, imam and khateeb of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, (pictured left) has been appointed head of the Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques with the rank of a minister, a Royal Court announcement said yesterday.

Al-Sudais, a learned Islamic scholar, replaces Sheikh Saleh Al-Hosain, who had requested higher authorities to relieve him from the position. Sheikh Al-Sudais is known for his melodious Qur’an recitation that has inspired Muslim faithful across the world.

“We have accepted the request of Sheikh Saleh Al-Hosain to be relieved of his position as head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques because of health reasons and appointed Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais in his place,” Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said in a royal decree.

Born in 1382H in Riyadh, Al-Sudais memorized the whole Qur’an when he was 12 under the supervision of Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Firyan. He graduated from the Faculty of Shariah in Riyadh in 1403H.
In 1404H, Sheikh Al-Sudais was appointed imam and khateeb of the Grand Mosque.


Sheikh Saleh Al-Nasser, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh (present mufti), Sheikh Saleh Al-Atram, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jibrin and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Dawood are some of his teachers. He was also closely associated with former mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Binbaz.

In 1404H, Sheikh Al-Sudais was appointed imam and khateeb of the Grand Mosque. In 1408H he received his master’s degree from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. He worked as a lecturer at the College of Shariah in Umm Al-Qura University, which awarded him a doctorate degree in 1416H.
Sheikh Al-Sudais used to deliver lectures on various Islamic topics such as Islamic faith, jurisprudence, Qur’an commentary and Hadith at the Grand Mosque. He also gave Islamic rulings on various issues presented by pilgrims during the Haj season.

He has delivered several lectures inside and outside the Kingdom. During the past two years he visited India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Britain. He has published several research papers on various topics including a message to Muslim women.

Last year, Al-Sudais visited the Higher Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies in Malaysia where he gave a lecture on Islamic civilization in the backdrop of modern challenges. He said Islam was facing challenges from within and outside the Muslim community.

Source: Arab News.

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Lady Gaga show stopped in Indonesia

Lady Gaga will have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following protests by Islamic organizations and lawmakers, who said her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt the country’s youth.

National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar, responding to the pressure, said that the permit for her June 3 “Born This Way Ball” concert had been denied.





Globe and Mail


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US military college taught that Islam is America's enemy

The Guardian, the BBC and the Daily Mail last week covered the news that an optional course taught at a US military college in Virginia contained teaching material which instructed officers that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam’, that Islam is the enemy of America, and that Hiroshima style attacks against the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Madinah could be envisaged.

From the Guardian:

“A course for US military officers has been teaching that America's enemy is Islam in general and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following second world war precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima.

“The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the material. The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it, too, was critical of Islam.

“The teaching in the military course was counter to repeated assertions by US officials over the past decade that America is at war against Islamic extremists, not the religion itself.

"They hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you, unless you submit," the instructor, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. The college, for professional military members, teaches mid-level officers and government civilians on subjects related to planning and executing war.

“Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war plan, that the Geneva conventions that set standards of armed conflict, are "no longer relevant".

“He adds: "This would leave open the option once again of taking war to a civilian population wherever necessary (the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki being applicable to the Mecca and Medina destruction decision point)."

“His war plan suggests possible outcomes such as "Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation ... Islam reduced to cult status".


........completely nutty stuff that would disgrace the wilder fringes of the blogosphere.

Mark Mardell

“A military service record summary provided by army human resources at Fort Knox, Kentucky, shows that Dooley was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from the US military academy at West Point, New York, in May 1994. He has served tours in Germany, Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. He has numerous awards including a Bronze Star medal, the fourth-highest US combat award.

“In what he termed a model for a campaign to force a transformation of Islam, Dooley called for "a direct ideological and philosophical confrontation with Islam", with the presumption that Islam is an ideology rather than just a religion.

“He further asserted that Islam has already declared war on the west, and the US specifically.

"It is therefore illogical" to continue with the current US strategy, which Dooley said presumes there is a way of finding common ground with Islamic religious leaders, without "waging near total war".

“The course on Islam had been taught since 2004…It was offered five times a year, with about 20 students each time.”


What does seem rather surprising is that all those commanders, captains and colonels must have sat through the course and not felt the need to tell someone that something rather weird was going on.

Mark Mardell

Mark Mardell, the BBC’s North America editor, adds that, America's top military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has condemned the course as "totally objectionable". General Dempsey said the course “ran counter to our values of appreciation for religious freedom and cultural awareness" and was "just objectionable, academically irresponsible".

The BBC states that "...not surprisingly, Gen Dempsey has ordered a full investigation into what other US military schools might be teaching about the religion.”

The investigation to be undertaken in light of this revelation is not without merit given a former incident involving FBI training manuals which portrayed offensive and inaccurate information on Islam and which seemed to suggest that infringing Muslim civil liberties in counter-terrorism efforts was justified.

As Mark Mardell comments on the BBC, “As far as I can see this is not intended in any sense as a rather sick academic exercise in stretching the bounds of what could be thought. It is actually what the officer teaching it believes.

“In other words: completely nutty stuff that would disgrace the wilder fringes of the blogosphere.

“What does seem rather surprising is that all those commanders, captains and colonels must have sat through the course and not felt the need to tell someone that something rather weird was going on.”

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

This week a CCN reader recommends


Salmon Fishing in the Yemen



Paul Torday


Dr. Alfred Jones is a henpecked, slightly pompous middle-aged scientist at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London when he is approached by a mysterious sheikh about an outlandish plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen.


Dr. Jones refuses, but the project, however scientifically absurd, catches the eye of British politicians, who pressure him to work on it. His diaries of the Yemen Salmon Project, from beginning to glorious, tragic end, form the narrative backbone of this novel; interspersed throughout are government memos, e-mails, letters, and interview transcripts that deftly capture the absurdity of bureaucratic dysfunction.


With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters—including a weasel-like spin doctor, a missing soldier and his intrepid fiancée, and Dr. Jones’s own devilish wife—Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the whimsical story of an unlikely hero who discovers true love, finds himself first a pawn and then a victim of political spin, and learns to believe in the impossible.


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KB says:  This week Sameera Docrat Surtee shares a recipe with us that is very different from the traditional red pasta sauce and the pesto that I would normally make from basil.


After watching MasterChef this week I am going to try my hand at making my own fresh pasta which may be the only improvement to this perfect recipe.


Mediterranean Styled Penne Pasta with Coriander Pesto


Step 1

1 bunch coriander
3 cloves of garlic
3 green chillies
3 Tb ground almonds
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup water

Liquidise altogether and set aside.

Step 2

In a large pot heat 2 tab of olive oil and sauté the following for 2 minutes

1/2 Spanish onion, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 green pepper, sliced
1 green chilly, sliced


1 tsp ground garlic
1 Tb Italian herbs
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed cumin
1 Tb lemon juice

Step 3

When onions are translucent add 250g sliced mushrooms. Toss for a few minutes, until almost done, then add the pesto and simmer for 5 minutes Stir in 1/2 tub sour cream (300g tub) When heated through and sauce begins to bubble, remove from heat.


Step 4

Add the following and mix well.
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
1/4 cup semi dried roma cherry tomatoes
375g penne pasta, boiled and drained
Splash of extra virgin olive oil



Before serving top with cubed Danish feta cheese and fresh coriander leaves.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I need a bit of a boost as I’m feeling a little ‘out of sorts’ because I’ve been slacking off
on exercise due to the colder mornings and evenings. What do you suggest I do?

A: Rebuilt or re-boot your fitness over the next few weeks by starting with 60sec mini-sessions straight away,
and slowly build from there. If it’s too cold to head outdoors then do what you can indoors, eg. skip for a
minute, do the plank for some killer abs, sit tight (use a gym ball while watching tv), do some sit-ups and
tricep dips while the ads are on, etc. Keep it simple but be creative and have fun while you’re at it.
Don’t think about doing an hour of exercise at a time – short, sharp bursts will have you feeling better
and fitter in no time.







My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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Jalalluddin had just finished reading the book "Man of the House."

He stormed into the kitchen and walked directly up to his wife, pointing a finger in her face, he said,

"From now on I want you to know that I am the man of the house and my word is law. I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I'm finished eating my meal, I expect a scrumptious dessert. Then, after dinner, you are going to draw me my bath so I can relax. And when I'm finished with my bath, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?

Jalalluddin's wife replies, "The Muslim funeral services would be my guess."


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You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves... 

Surah Al-Imran 3:186


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Two there are who are never satisfied -- the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.   
                                                                                                                      Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī


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UMB & Kuraby Mosque BBQ 20 May Palestinian Fund Raising Dinner 20 May Harmony Day Runcorn Heights State School 25 May Family Fun Night - AIIC 26 May Seminar by Ml. Ashrafi 27 May A Journey of Health 20 & 27 May Ladies Spa Day 10 June Muslim Business Network 12 June Welcome to Australia Walk Together 23 June Public Lecture by Imam Afroz Ali 16 & 17 June Ladies Retreat with Dr Haifaa Younis 6-8 July Sheikh Jabbar AlKauthar Lecture 14 & 15 July


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20 May


Palestinian Widows & Orphans Dinner Fundraiser


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0433 182 520

5.30pm for 6pm start

20 May


Unity in the Community BBQ

United Muslims of Brisbane & Kuraby  Mosque

Svoboda Park, Kuraby

0412 386 839


20 May


Journey of Health: Women's Health Day


AMYN Islamic Centre

0415 355 896

All Day

26 May


Family Fun Night

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, Durack

3372 1400


27 May


Journey of Health: Children's Health Day


AMYN Islamic Centre

0415 355 896

All Day

27 May


Seminar: Moulana Ashrafi

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque

0433 552 409


3 June


Annual Quran Competition

Islamic Council of Qld.

Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha

0450 908 786

9.00am to 1.30pm

10 June


Spa Day

Sister's House

AMYN Centre

0449 268 375


12 June


Year End Tax Minimization Seminar

Muslim Business Network

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 191 675


16 June



Lailatul Mehraj

16 & 17 June

Sat & Sun

Public Lecture: Imam Afroz Ali

Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

1. Kuraby Mosque

2. Algester Mosque

0401 972 865

1. After Isha

2. After Maghrib

16 & 17 June

Sat & Sun

Moonsighting Workshop

Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

IWAQ Offices, 11 Watland St, Springwood

0403 295 127

10am to 2pm

5 July



Lailatul Baraat

6-8 July


Ladies Retreat with Sister Haifaa


Savannah Hotel, Broadbeach

0426 821 411

All day

14 & 15 July

Sat & Sun

Worst of the Worst: Lecture by Sheikh Jabbar

Alkauthar Institute Brisbane


0414 470 985


21 July



Start of Ramadhan 

15 August



Lailatul Qadr

19 August



End of Ramadhan   

20 August




25 August



Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

2 September


Soccer Tournament: Unity Cup 2012

Ahmed Essof

Acacia Ridge Indoor Sports, 1391 Beaudesert Road

0415 323 548

All day

9 September



Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


26 October




26 & 27 October

Fri & Sat

Eidfest Dreamworld


0418 722 353

All day


NB: The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib.

Therefore, except for lailatul mehraj, lailatul baraat and lailatul qadr – these dates

refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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The Heart of the Ihya: Prophetic Character

The Salaam Institute presents an inspiring weekly course.

A 10-session weekly Seekers Circle Globally Accessible Program with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Imam Afroz Ali.

This SeekersCircle will cover the Book 20 of Imam al-Ghazzali’s Ihya ‘Ulum ud-Deen, known as the Heart of the Ihya.

WHEN: Every Friday beginning on 18 May 2012 for 10 weeks.
TIME: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
VENUE: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood

Males and Females welcome. Refreshments provided.


More information


 As-Salaam Institute of Islamic Studies

Free Monthly Tafseer Class

Telecast Live from Sydney

The Immense Ocean by Imam Ahmed Ibn Ajiba al Hasani

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012, then every second Saturday of each month
Time: 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue: IWAQ Office, 11 Watland St, Springwood
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about the course click here


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


Tafseer lessons (half an hour)
Mondays and Wednesdays every week after Isha salah at Bald Hills Masjid,


All are welcome


Kuraby Mosque Tafseer & Taalim


Tafseer and Taalim for Ladies only - Every Tuesday @ Kuraby Mosque  11am to 12.30pm – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665

Classes for teenage girls - 7pm to 8:30pm – Every Thursday evening – Contact Apa Layla on 0405 968 665


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Metropolitan South Regional Office, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 24 May 2012 (cancelled)
Wednesday 17 October 2012


Commencing at 5.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au


Tafseer Workshops
with Mufti Ravat


Thursday nights from 7.30 to 8.15pm and than after Esha



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Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH)

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

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