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Abdel-Magied in the EuroMarque Ferrari
dealership in Brisbane for a twelve days of
Abdul-Magied, 21, this year won the women of
influence "Young Leader" award for forming
Youth Without Borders.
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The Red Cross International Tracing Service aims to
reunite relatives across countries mainly when the
separation was due to war or disaster. At present we
are trying to locate the following person:
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If the above named is known to your community,
please ask him to urgently contact the Red Cross
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Thank you very much for giving your time to consider
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The Rotary Club of Logan is running an Arts Festival
at the Kingston Butter Factory over Friday 19th
April to Sunday 21st April. The theme is Peace
through Art, which replicates our Rotary 2012-13
theme of Peace through Service. It is to raise funds
for Literacy in Logan, especially amongst diverse
groups. The major beneficiaries are Smith Family -
Let's read Literacy Program; The Australian Literacy
and Numeracy Foundation; and the Pyjama Foundation.
We would like to invite you and your readers to be
involved in this endeavour, by enabling us to
provide performances and music from a diverse range
of multicultural backgrounds. Unfortunately, we do
not have the funds to remunerate the performers or
groups, but they would be serving a great cause
within our community through their participation.
They would be helping:
• To promote collaborative
action and cooperation between diverse groups and
organisations on issues of common concern and to
ensure their effective participation in matters
which affect them.
• To supportively encourage culturally and
linguistically diverse communities to develop and
deliver services which meet the social, cultural and
economic needs of their members.
• To encourage people from diverse cultures to
participate in the social, educational and economic
life of Australia and in any other activities
conducive to good citizenship.
Our website for this Fest will be live soon, and we
also encourage any artistic groups within your
communities to please submit works of art for show
and selling, and/or the Charity auction at the
Friday evening cocktail event (19/04/13).
Please get any interested performers or groups to
Bradford City fan in a hijab holds key to
the game’s future
the visitors’ Barry Bannan went to take a
corner, he was assailed by an overexcited
Bradford fan, attempting verbally to put him
off his stride.
Perhaps a choice observation was being made
about his height, maybe about his hair’s
copper hue, whatever it was probably as well
that the pitchside microphones did not pick
Not that there was anything unusual in such
behaviour: most fans reckon that the price
of entry to a football game these days
includes the right loudly to voice
disparaging comment about opposition
What was striking, though, was the identity
of the fan yelling at Bannan: she was an
Asian woman wearing a hijab. What is more,
she was with a couple of female Asian
friends, in a section of the Valley Parade
crowd dotted with Asian faces.
If it is possible that someone yelling at a
footballer represents evidence of social
progress, then this was the most encouraging
image of the season.
After all the
miserable racist vituperation that has
swilled around football recently, here was a
Muslim woman, comfortable in the middle of
an ethnically mixed crowd, engaging with the
game’s traditional possibilities. And in
doing so, clearly having the time of her
life. How pleasant was that to see?
The good news is that shouty Bradford woman
is not alone. For years it was to the game’s
shame that Asian people felt excluded from
immersing themselves in its glories.
Such was the sense of isolation, British
Asian men largely preferred to follow
cricket, while young Asian females would
never have felt comfortable at a match.
US: Hijab is
as American as bluejeans for Chicago human
rights attorney Shaz Kaiseruddin.
Born and raised in Wilmette, she wore a head
scarf as naturally as jeans from the age of
That's one reason Kaiseruddin launched the
American Hijab Design Contest last fall,
challenging designers to create hijab styles
that are as proudly American, and as open to
personal expression, as Levi's or Nikes.
"What we have here today is most women
wearing an Arab-style scarf on top of
American-style outfits," Kaiseruddin, 31,
said. "Arabs have their style of hijab,
Malaysians have theirs, Indians have theirs,
but we haven't come up with a Western or
American-looking style. I'm hoping to
cultivate the creation of a cutting-edge,
very American hijab style."
Kaiseruddin knew not everyone would welcome
her efforts. Conservative activist Pamela
Geller, executive director of the American
Freedom Defense Initiative, denounced the
contest on her blog Atlas Shrugs as "trying
to make the hideous fashionable." Geller's
supporters added vitriol in their comments.
perceptions: Plano group provides resources
for Muslim victims of domestic abuse
TEXAS: While the Texas Muslim Women's
Foundation is based out of Plano, its reach
throughout Islamic communities in
Dallas-Fort Worth -- and the state of Texas
-- is vast.
For the past eight years, the foundation has
provided general social services, interfaith
outreach and youth programs.
But one of its most essential services deals
with a serious issue that affects people of
all faiths -- domestic violence.
is very hard
for a Muslim
leave or to
of what her
role in the
In 2005, the organization's first year of
existence, referrals were provided for four
victims of spousal abuse. In 2012, the group
handled 155 cases of domestic violence
involving a total of 83 children. Last
month, the group opened a battered women's
shelter capable of housing up to 18 adults
and 22 children.
Hind Jarrah, executive director of the
foundation, said the organization gears its
services to the unique needs of Muslim
women, providing multilingual information
and counseling. The group also takes into
consideration requirements of the faith as
they relate not only marriage and
relationships, but daily life.
"Sometimes it is very hard for a Muslim
victim of domestic violence to leave or to
separate because of her concept of what her
role in the family is," Jarrah said. "There
is a misunderstanding of what role or what
rights the man has over the woman. ... One
of our clients one time was talking to us
and said, 'But he's my husband. He has the
right to beat me; that's in the teachings of
our faith.' We have a major, major
responsibility as an organization to try to
... make people realize that no way on earth
does your faith tell you that you have to be
beaten by your husband."
To this end, the organization also provides
educational resources relating to domestic
violence, including prevention workshops and
an awareness campaign that coincides with
the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"We are very proud that we have the support
of the religious leadership, and they come
to work with us," Jarrah said. "In their
sermons in the mosques, they tell the
people, you are mistaken. This is not the
teachings of the faith. Some of it is
cultural. Some of it is baggage that you
bring from your old homes. It is not what
the faith expects or demands or requires.
... That's in fact, against the teachings of
violence spiralling out of control in
Egyptian-American activist Mona Eltahawy was
arrested for attempting to cover an
anti-Muslim ad in the subway
US: On the
evening of December 27, an Indian immigrant
to America named Sunando Sen was pushed by a
stranger onto the subway tracks in New York
City and struck and killed by an oncoming
train. Sen had called New York home for
years, and after years of hard work and
struggle had recently managed to achieve his
lifelong goal of opening a small business of
his own, a copy shop in Upper Manhattan.
His roommate, MD Khan expressed shock at the
death of his friend, a soft spoken man who
liked to stay up late watching comedy shows
and listening to music: "He was so nice,
gentle and quiet… It's broken my heart."
The following day, the NYPD announced the
arrest of Erika Menendez, a 31-year-old
woman who had been spotted on security
footage fleeing the scene after Sen had been
pushed. Upon being detained and taken to a
112th Precinct police station for
questioning, Menendez confessed to Sen's
murder and revealed as her motivation a
desire to commit violence against Muslims.
As she told detectives:
pushed a Muslim off the train tracks
because I hate Hindus and Muslims… Ever
since 2001 when they put down the Twin
Towers, I've been beating them up."
was not a Muslim, but as a brown-skinned
foreigner living in the United States, he
was targeted and killed in an act of hate
which is the by-product of an ongoing
campaign of bigotry and demonisation against
Muslims living in America.
Muslim-Americans, as well as Hindus, Sikhs
and others who purportedly "look Muslim"
have been humiliated, assaulted and in many
cases murdered by individuals often
galvanised to violence by politicians and
media figures who have enthusiastically
engaged in public hatemongering against the
Muslim community in the country.
Anti-Muslim violence increases
The 9/11 attacks precipitated a surge in
hate crimes, but even as the events
themselves recede further into history, the
level of hatred and violence directed at
Muslim communities is paradoxically
increasing. Within the past month, in New
York alone, police have suspected racial
hatred as being the motive behind several
A Young American Woman's Journey to
Love and Islam
G. Willow Wilson
extraordinary story of an all-American girl's
conversion to Islam and her ensuing romance with a
young Egyptian man, The Butterfly Mosque is a
stunning articulation of a Westerner embracing the
When G. Willow Wilson - already an
accomplished writer on modern religion and the
Middle East at just twenty-seven - leaves her
atheist parents in Denver to study at Boston
University, she enrolls in an Islamic Studies course
that leads to her shocking conversion to Islam and
sends her on a fated journey across continents and
into an uncertain future.
She settles in Cairo where she
teaches English and submerges herself in a culture
based on her adopted religion.
And then she meets Omar, a passionate
young man with a mild resentment of the Western
influences in his homeland.
They fall in love, entering into a
daring relationship that calls into question the
very nature of family, belief, and tradition.
Torn between the secular West and
Muslim East, Willow records her intensely personal
struggle to forge a "third culture" that might
accommodate her own values without compromising the
friends and family on both sides of the divide.
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The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you will go.
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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m just getting started on a
healthier lifestyle and have been pushing myself hard
every time I work out. I’ve been feeling a little sore
initially but it seems to be consistent now every time I
work out. Anything I can do to alleviate this?
A: When you start working out, it’s natural to
want to make the most of your time to see results
The most common mistake is to let your enthusiasm lead
to overexertion, which can aggravate symptoms for
Your aim should be to challenge yourself without
Try incorporating the 10% rule – choosing one aspect of
your workout – whether it’s time, distance, or speed.
Aim to improve in that area by 10% each week. For
example, if you can do 10 push-ups, try doing 11 the
next week; if you run for 20 mins, try doing 22mins the
following week, etc.
Be sure to stay well hydrated as well and don’t forget
to stretch. Most importantly – HAVE FUN!
Mula Nasruddin, age 92, and Zeynepbegum, age 89,
living in Istanbul , are all excited about their
decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss
the wedding, and on the way they pass a chemist. Mula
Nasruddin suggests they go in.
Mula Nasruddin addresses the man behind the counter:
"Are you the owner?"
The chemist answers, "Yes."
Mula Nasruddin: "We're about to get married. Do you sell
Chemist: "Of course we do."
Mula Nasruddin: "Medicine for rheumatism?"
Mula Nasruddin: "Medicine for memory problems,
arthritis, and Alzheimer's?"
Chemist: "Yes, a large variety. The works."
Mula Nasruddin: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills,
Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"
Mula Nasruddin: "Everything for heartburn and
Chemist: "We sure do."
Mula Nasruddin: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and
Chemist: "All speeds and sizes."
Mula Nasruddin: "In that case, we'd like to use this
store for our wedding presents list."
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