Sunday, 27 October 2013

 Newsletter 0468




l to r Catering by Ari Heber, Sultan Deen and Janeth Deen

As a new resident in Brisbane and a new member of the Forum of Christians, Jews and Muslims, this was my first "One G_D Many Voices" concert.  It was a delight on so many levels and I want to thank everyone who participated in organising, setting up, performing and catering this inspirational event.


Our MC, Reverend Heather Griffin set the tone of the night with her warm welcome and excitement about the performances to follow. The first act of the evening was a girls choir from the Australian International Islamic College, Durack.  


The girls were beautifully attired in their smart and modest school uniforms.  They shared with us a recital from the Koran, both in Arabic and English.  It was so appropriate for the night, being about G_D creating the world and valuing humans according to their piety and deeds.  


It was a message of inclusion of all humanity in G_D's care.The choir then sang in English.  It was a beautiful song about us sharing the same sun, the same moon so why can't we love each other. The chorus called us all to hold hands.  




Pupils of the Australian International Islamic College

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Hafez Kassem President, Muslims Australia - Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)


In the wake of the tragic bush fires and subsequent loss of property, we urge all Imams and Muslim societies to make prayer (Du’a) for rain and also raise funds for the victims.

Allah swt has commanded us to be kind and caring towards our neighbours, as Muslims, we have a duty to support our fellow Australians in their time of need. We should also encourage those capable in our community to join volunteer fire fighting services.

As Muslims we have always been known for our generosity and it is during times like these that we have to come to the fore and donate generously.

To show our community’s support for the fire relief campaign, it would be great if we can pool our collections into the account below and by midweek, we will make a public announcement of our community’s generous efforts In Sha Allah.

Please mark your donations: FIRE RELIEF and deposit in the following account:

Account Name AFIC Humanitarian and Refugee Account
Bank Westpac
BSB 032 010
A/C 218 472

Let us pray to Allah SWT for His Mercy and Protection for all humanity who are suffering from natural calamities and disasters.

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Iranian refugee Iman Shirinia of Lyons has just returned to Canberra after helping fight bushfires in NSW. Photo: Melissa Adams


Iman Shirinia is just one of many firefighters who have travelled across state borders to lend a hand at the NSW fire front, taking risks to help protect the lives and property of others.

But the story of how he got there spans years, crosses oceans and features hardships of his own.

Mr Shirinia fled his native Iran in 2010 as a refugee and travelled to Indonesia before boarding a boat for the treacherous journey to Australia – an act that would have had him labelled an “illegal arrival” under the Abbott government’s new terminology.

After being intercepted by Australian authorities, he spent about 20 months in detention centres where he struggled with depression and anxiety. He was admitted to hospital several times before being released into community detention in Canberra for about nine months.

The Lyons man smiles widely as he recalls when a caseworker called him to say he had been granted residency. ”I can’t describe it because after a long time, it was about 29 months of waiting, finally I found that I am free, I can do whatever I like. It was very good,” he said.

Mr Shirinia had worked in agriculture in Iran and wanted an outdoors job. After work experience within the ACT government, he was employed about three months ago on a seasonal basis at ACT Parks and Conservation.

He trained as a firefighter and left Canberra on Friday afternoon to help with back burning and directly attack the fires, working around Penrith, Mt Wilson and Mt Victoria.

Mr Shirinia said he was working with an experienced and supportive crew, so while he was sometimes fearful, he never felt his life was in danger. He has put his hand up to return to the fires this Friday. ”I really wanted to do something to help other people. I know life is a very short period and one of the things that gives meaning to our lives is helping each other,” he said.

”When we are doing a job and when we finish the job, I feel very satisfied about what I did because I can see the difference that my job and my work can do for the community and for other people.”

Fire services manager Neil Cooper said Mr Shirinia was a joy to work with and was one of the first staff members to volunteer to go to the fires in NSW. ”That’s pretty amazing. He’s actually in another country, his adopted country, in effect putting his life on the line to protect other people’s property,” he said.

ACT Parks and Conservation has 150 trained firefighters, with 24 expected to travel to the NSW fires on Friday.


Source: Canberra Times

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Andrews and Amath

THE head of a movement which opposes multiculturalism is rallying troops to target a Buderim church information event on Islam.

St Mark's Anglican Church will screen the documentary The Imam and the Pastor on November 2 at 2pm.

The screening will be followed by a forum discussion on Christianity and Islam with community worker Dave Andrews and community activist Nora Amath.

Mike Holt (pictured below right), the chief executive officer of Restore Australia, has circulated an email seeking people concerned about "creeping izlamisation" to attend the meeting with coordinated questions.

The Reverend Jeremy Greaves, the priest in charge of St Mark's, said he was aware Restore Australia planned to attend the meeting but hoped there would be no disruption.

"The whole purpose of the event is that we live in a world where there's lots of different religions and nationalities and unless we talk to one another, division is going to continue," Mr Greaves said.

"It's really an opportunity to get together and have a conversation and create a better understanding."
Mr Holt, a Vietnam Veteran who unsuccessfully stood for One Nation in the seat of Fairfax in the federal election, said he and his supporters wanted to ask "quite a few questions about Islam".

"They are going to have an imam there and I'm sure he's going to bring quite a few of his followers," he said.

He said he preferred not to outline the questions in advance, although he said he did have queries about the certification of Halal meat.

Mr Holt said six people had confirmed their attendance to him and he had instructed them to be respectful during the meeting. "We don't want any trouble," he said.

Mr Greaves said the only imam Mr Holt would see at the meeting would be in the film, a documentary about a friendship between two religious leaders in Nigeria.

The Imam and the Pastor screening and forum is open to all. Admission is $10, students free.

Ticket inquiries to 5445 2060 or 0428 315 763.

Source: Gympie Times

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Queensland’s Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes, announced at ECCQ’s 38th annual general meeting this week that Queensland’s new cultural diversity policy will shortly go to Cabinet for endorsement.


Elections for rotating open positions on the board of directors were also held. Serge Voloschenko OAM was re-elected deputy chair and Surendra Prasad was re-elected to the board. New directors on the board are: Anthony Lin, Yasmin Khan and Alton Budd.

Anthony Lin, the principal at Goodman Lawyers, is a commercial and litigation lawyer practicing in Brisbane for the past 14 years; Yasmin Khan, a community advocate for over 30 years, has served as Chair of the Islamic Women’s Association Management Committee and Alton Budd, President of the Gateway Community Group at Cannon Hill, founded the Australian South Sea Islander Research Association.

“ECCQ’s board comprises many areas of expertise and represents many communities in Queensland, including Fijian, Indian, Philippino, Greek, Taiwanese, Chinese, Russian, South Sea Islander, and Islamic communities,” said ECCQ Chair, Agnes Whiten.

“We look forward to an exciting year ahead and we will continue to engage with the Queensland Government to ensure cultural diversity policy underpins all policy areas such as employment, housing and health,” she said.

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Dear members of the Gold Coast Mosque community,

I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Imam Imraan for giving up his time to address the whole of Year 11 at TSS on the topic of ‘Islam in the 21st Century.’


The Imam delivered a 30 min lecture as part of the Life and Faith curriculum where we are exploring the contributions Islam has made to the world.


Within the lecture the Imam touched on some of the challenges facing Muslims in today’s world and gave a very interesting overview of Islam within Australia.

At the end he answered a range of questions from our boys on a diverse range of topics. We were also privileged to have the Imam perform the adhan and to recite the first chapter of the Qur’an.


Overall our boys very much appreciated the opportunity to raise their awareness of Islam and hopefully this is something we can continue to build upon.

I look forward to having the Imam visit TSS again next year or to maybe visit the mosque with a group of students.

Warmest regards,
David Ellis
Head of Life and Faith
The Southport School


Silkwood School visited the Gold Coast Islamic Mosque

On Friday, Class 6 from Silkwood School visited the Gold Coast Islamic Mosque. We have been learning about the Islamic culture at school and it has been fascinating to understand how important the religion is to many people all over the world. The Imam showed us around the Mosque and taught us about the worship times, about God (Allah) and His powers, the great Messengers of Allah, the direction in which all Mosques face and Qur‘an. We are very grateful for all the hospitality from Imam and the opportunity to learn more about the intricate and significant culture and thank the gracious Imam and all others at the Mosque for the chance to visit your Mosque.

Class 6 Student - Neeve O’Hara

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Jihad Dib has been the Principal of Punchbowl Boys' High School for the past seven years. This is a school that has seen significant improvement over a period of time in community participation as well as improvement in academic and social development outcomes. These recognised gains have resulted in the awarding of a National Literacy and Numeracy Award, a Director General’s Award and culminated in a visit to the school by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Julia Gillard.

In 2010 NAPLAN results, Punchbowl Boys’ High School was amongst the highest achieving schools in the nation and in 2011, Mr. Dib was recognized as the NSW Secondary Principal of the Year.

Mr. Dib has built meaningful relationships bound by intercultural and interfaith experience, developed a social service component to the school, opened the school for high level community usage and established the school as an excellent example of what can be achieved when the vision is the same for all stakeholders.

Mr. Dib is a regular presenter at a range of forums, and in all forms of media. He is vocal in his support of Public Education and community capacity building and is often called upon by government agencies for his input into educational and social issues.

In August of 2012, he was re-appointed as a Commissioner to the NSW Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW.

Mr. Dib is involved in an initiative that takes young people from all walks of life to trek Kokoda and Sandakan on a bi annual basis.

As recognition for his contribution as a positive role model, Mr. Dib was featured in a Department of Immigration and Citizenship publication 'The Australian Journey- Muslim communities’ and as a part of the SBS series 'Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl'.

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Arnoud van Doorn, former member of the Party for Freedom in Netherlands and a former antagonist of Islam, was one of the thousands who came to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

Van Doorn, who until the end of 2011, was a strong supporter of Geert Wilders, the Dutch leader who created the anti-Islamic film ‘Fitna’. The film that released in 2008 hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world and caused a lot of furore in Muslim nations.

Earlier this year, van Doorn declared in public that he had embraced Islam. In his quest to produce another anti-Islam film, he took to learning more about the religion that he strongly advocated against. He read and learned in depth the Holy Quran and Islamic teachings and later became spiritually inspired by Islam.

Van Doorn had come to Saudi Arabia earlier this year to perform Umrah. He expressed his feelings while performing Hajj; he said that his eyes were filled with tears of joy ever since he arrived in Makkah. He added that he was living the best moments of his life, reported Akhbaar24.

He said that he found in Islam what he was lacking and searching for in his previous life. He went for Hajj to ask Allah for forgiveness and to pray that Allah erases his past sins. It is his wish to live in Al-Madinah close to the Prophet’s mosque; however his family and work hinder him from fulfilling his wish.

Van Doorn is planning to produce a film that defends Islam and shows the truth.

Source: Al-Rasub

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Jackie Long debates the niqab with a panel including writer Shalina Litt, activist Sahar Al-Faifi, writer Douglas Murray, Islam lecturer Khola Hasan and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.


Channel 4 News this week has broadcast a number of programmes on the niqab as part of a public debate on the subject sparked by the ban imposed and later revoked by Birmingham Metropolitan College a few weeks ago.

C4 News aired a debate between three niqab wearing Muslim women, Shalina Litt, activist, writer and molecular geneticist Sahar Al-Faifi and the director of Seeds of Change, Fatima Barakatullah, and three people who are opposed to the niqab, Douglas Murray, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Khola Hasan.

The debate prompted some heated exchanges between the participants. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, known for her disdain for veiling, said those who wore the veil wear it “to shut yourself off as if the rest of us are infections” and that women who wear it are taking Muslims "back to the dark ages".

When a member of the audience quoted the Charter for Human Rights and said it was her human right to express herself in this way Douglas Murray replied "There is something ludicrous about women (wearing niqab) talking about human rights".


C4 presenter, Jackie Long, revealed results from a specially commissioned ComRes poll which shows 56% of people surveyed disagree with the veil being worn in public. 55% support a ban on wearing it in public, 81% support a ban in schools, hospitals or courts and 76% of people said they are not sure how to relate to a woman wearing the veil.

More than half of those surveyed think it is demeaning and although people feel unsure about the niqab rather than in any way threatened or nervous about it, 71 per cent disagree with the claim that wearing it can be empowering.

Source: Engage




Ahead of a Channel 4 News debate at East London Mosque, Fatima Ghazi, a doctor in London, says: "Muslim women have enough common sense to realise the niqab can be a barrier to communication."




Sanjida Khatun, 19, says the government should not dictate what she wears, and that the niqab allows her to be free from the confines of fashion.




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Islamic movements should not partake in politics! A controversial proposition, many passionately agree whilst others strongly oppose. Where do YOU stand? Should Muslim countries remain secular and keep religion out of the state?



This Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia ISRA debate took place on Friday 25 October in Parramatta, Sydney.


CCN will bring you the recording of the debate after the post production becomes available, insha'Allah.

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GOLD COAST: 2018 will be a very exciting year for Southport and the Gold Coast – not only will they be celebrating Southport’s Centenary but this is the year the Commonwealth Games comes to town.


Rob Molhoek MP has initiated a Towards Twenty18 project for 2018. In a few weeks’ time, 20,000 Towards Twenty18 books will be delivered in the Southport electorate.


The Islamic Society of Gold Coast has volunteered to deliver 500 books for the day.


They need car-loads of 3-4 people to deliver these books. If you can help, contact the Imam, Imraan Husain, by email imrhus1@bigpond.com or SMS him at 0411 037 016..

The plan is to start around 8am on Saturday November 9 and wrap up around lunch time at Broadwater.

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Unit for rent

Day rent of a 2 bedroom self contained unit. Just bring your clothes. Behind Harbour Town 4th floor, lift, walk to Harbour Town. Suit Muslims. Three minute to the Mosque. Many halal outlets in the area. Contact 0418737621 Bookings minimum 2 days.


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Sunday Meets the Leadership THINK TANK



Got any news/events from your State?


Email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org

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Dear CCN,

To all you wonderful women and men who donated exquisitely beautiful eastern and Islamic clothing for asylum seekers in Detention Centres, Thank You.

The response has been outstanding.

Clothing has now been distributed and will be worn for Eid this week inshaAllah.

I have received in excess of 420 exquisite outfits; shoes; handbags and dress jewellery both mens' and womens'.

I'm sure these will be received with joy and gratitude.

Thank You again for your support in making this effort outstanding.

Naseema Mustapha


Hajj restroom rantings



SAUDI ARABIA: Anyone who’s been blessed to go for Hajj will know that most people they visit impart well-meaning advice and sometimes warnings of what to expect.

“Don’t complain.” No matter what happens everyone says complaining can just make things worse. During Hajj one should see every difficulty as a trial that must be endured with patience.

Surprisingly, unglamorous bathroom facilities take the top spot in the warning list. The restrooms in Jeddah, Azizyah, Mina, Arafah and Muzdalifah are known to cause much restlessness among hujaaj, long before they board their flight.

Saudi Arabian lavatory ratings are dismal, especially since conditions progressively get “worse” as your trip takes you from one place to the other.

Nevertheless “adequate” tips and tricks have been formulated by hujaaj of the past. Safety pins and elastic bands can go a long way in holding everything in place, that is, only if one has the half hour necessary to take advantage of these gadgets before answering nature’s call.


CII Broadcasting (Sakeena Suliman)

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 Genius Muslim Girl Makes Record 


The promising girl plans to major in either neurobiology or neuroscience, and hopes to become a scientist in order to study how the brain works.

NEW JERSEY – A Nigerian Muslim girl, whose name has been buzzing in the headlines lately as a promising talent, has reserved a place among “The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers” list.

“If you are passionate about what you do, and I am passionate about many things, especially math and science, it will work out well,” Saheela Ibraheem, who lived in Edison, New Jersey, was quoted as saying in The Best Schools website, which announced her title.

The young girl, only 16, has made it to headlines earlier this year when she was accepted into Harvard University, making her among the youngest students ever to attend that school.

Making a record in the US, Saheela was accepted at 13 other colleges, including prestigious MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago.

In the end, Saheela chose Harvard, based on her seven-year-old brother’s advice who wants to go to Harvard one day as well.

Saheela believes the key to success is knowing what you love to learn as early as possible, a knowledge she says she came to at age five.

Known as polite and humble, the Muslim prodigy said that her Nigerian parents, totally supportive of the young scholar, sometimes taught her subjects the schools didn’t offer.

The teen is also interested in languages, and knows Yoruba, Arabic, Spanish, and Latin, in addition to English.

Offering a role model to her colleagues, Saheela, who dons the Islamic veil, or hijab, plays softball, soccer, and the trombone.

She also sings in the school choir and serves as president of the school’s investment club.

The promising girl plans to major in either neurobiology or neuroscience, and hopes to become a scientist in order to study how the brain works.

Despite her activities, she said her number one priority was her family.

“I try my best in everything I do,” Saheela said, confirming that there is nothing special about her brain.

“Anyone who’s motivated can work wonders.”

Source: OnIslam

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Taxpayers foot £350k legal bill for Muslim pubic hair battle  


UK: A top judge has criticised the "astonishing" £350,000 cost of a legal battle over a Muslim couple's right to shave their disabled daughter's pubic hair for religious reasons.



The Telegraph


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SANHA: Comedian’s abuse of Halaal logo no laughing matter



SOUTH AFRICA: All that has been exchanged between local comedian, Simmi Areff, and the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) so far are lawyers’ letters. The NGO threatened Areff with legal action last week instructing him to hand over the promotional material for his upcoming debut solo show, Strictly Makrooh, so that it can be destroyed.

The stand up has used SANHA’s certification logo and parodied it to read “HAHA-laal” instead of halaal in his online marketing for the show on November 22. The acronym on the logo reads “Simmi Areff National HAHA-laal Authority” and its Arabic text has also been changed to read “haha-laal”.

The logo has appeared on promotional posters alongside a shocked looking Areff, mike in hand and his beard being shaven. The title Strictly Makrooh appears in bold above the image. Makrooh is a disliked or offensive act and even though it is not haraam Muslims are encouraged to avoid makrooh acts. There is reward for abstinence from makrooh acts.  


CII Broadcasting (Sakeena Suliman)

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Islam takes root in South African township




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Muslims in China fed pork sold as Halal beef



CHINA: Earlier this month, police in Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province, seized more than 20 thousand kilograms of pork being sold off as halal beef products. The pork had been treated with chemicals such as paraffin wax and industrial salts to make it look like beef.

Taiwan’s Want China Times reported that the factory sold between up to 2,000 kg to local markets. A police statement revealed that the factory processed the pork at night and sold it as beef for between 25 and 33 yuan (between S$5.10 and S$6.70) per kilogram the next day.

Six other workshops were found to be producing the fake beef, and police have seized their meat as evidence.

This news has infuriated many Muslims in the region who bought the meat believing it was halal. Islam forbids Muslims from eating pork and other unislamically slaughtered meats.

Scandals like this are not at all uncommon in China. Earlier this year the Medical Daily said that 904 people were arrested for “meat-related offences”.

According to China’s public security ministry. more than 22 meat products were found to have E. coli levels that “seriously exceeded standards”.

Source: Cii Broadcasting

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Brunei could see more capital punishment as Sultan plans to introduce sharia law


Sultan of Brunei Prince Hassanal Bolkiah intends to introduce sharia law to Brunei in the next 6 months 

BRUNEI: The leader of a moderate Muslim organisation says the the introduction of sharia law in Brunei could mean there will be more capital punishment.

The Sultan of Brunei plans to enforce the tough Islamic penal code in phases over the next six months.

Punishments under the Hudud code, which applies only to Muslims, can include stoning to death for adultery, severing of limbs for theft and flogging for violations ranging from abortion to alcohol consumption.

The director of the Islamic Renaissance Front, Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, told Radio Australia's Asia Pacific program he believes the new laws will lead to the erosion of personal freedoms and women's rights.

"This what is going to happen to Brunei, and we have heard about the Saudi sharia law, about Hudud, about how this one lady, a maid, who was being beheaded because she thwarted an attempt by her employer to rape her and inadvertently killed her employer," he said.

The decision to change the law will make Brunei the only east Asian country to do so at a national level.

Brunei currently practices a brand of Islam that is relatively conservative compared to its Muslim neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia, banning the sale and public consumption of alcohol and closely restricting other religions.

But sharia has been a rare point of contention in a land where the Sultan's word is unquestioned, with disquiet among many Bruneians that the concept is out of step with the affluent country's laid-back ethnic Malay society.

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkaih, who is one of the world's wealthiest men, recently gave a speech about the new law saying "by the grace of Allah, with the coming into effect of his legislation, our duty to Allah is therefore being fulfilled".


I guess it would cement his authority over his citizens and it will give him the power, like, my decree is basically a decree by God and I'm actually voice of God on earth or something like that

Dr Musa


Dr Musa say that the Sultan's reasons for implementing the change is political.

"I guess it would cement his authority over his citizens and it will give him the power, like, my decree is basically a decree by God and I'm actually voice of God on earth or something like that," he said.

He says that the current climate in the Islamic world, referring to the actions taken during the Arab Spring and ongoing political tensions in Egypt and Syria, have motivated the change.

Dr Musa is not the only critic of the introduction of sharia law in Brunei.

The deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, Phil Roberts, called the legal change "rights-abusing, abhorrent, and absolutely unjustifiable".

There are concerns that the laws will not fit in with the country's largely Malay culture.

Tuah Ibrahim, the driver of a boat taxi in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, says he thinks the two are incompatible but sharia can be acceptable if proportionate to the crime.


I can't imagine our country turning into somewhere like Saudi Arabia

Tuah Ibrahim

"I can't imagine our country turning into somewhere like Saudi Arabia," he said.
Neither of east Asia's two other Muslim-majority countries, Malaysia and Indonesia, impose sharia criminal punishments.

The Indonesian special region of Aceh does.

Nearly 70 per cent of Brunei's people are Muslim Malays, while about 15 per cent are non-Muslim ethnic Chinese.

Brunei already has a dual system combining civil courts based on British law as the sultanate was a British protectorate until 1984, with sharia compliant courts handling marital, inheritance and other low-key issues.  

Source: Australia Network News

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Rihanna told to leave Abu Dhabi mosque over 'improper' photo shoot


A statement from Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque said the singer compromised the 'sanctity of the site' by posing for photographs


ABU DHABI: Wearing a headscarf and with her body almost fully covered, Rihanna portrayed herself as a bad girl gone good this weekend.

But it has emerged that the pop star was asked to leave Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque after posing for photographs.

Mosque officials said they asked the pop star to leave the compound after she turned her visit into a photo shoot opportunity, which was considered to be at odds with the sanctity of the site.

Although Rihanna dressed conservatively in a head-to-toe black jumpsuit with her hair covered, the photographs were said to have been taken in an area normally off limits to visitors.

The statement from the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, published today in local Abu Dhabi newspapers, did not mention Rihanna by name but instead alluded to a "singer".

It said: "In the event of behaviour that violates the moral codes of access to the mosque, or other visit regulations – such as taking inappropriate pictures, posing in ways that are improper in the context of sacred place, talking loudly, or eating – the violators are directed in a polite manner that reflects the civilisational and tolerant attributes of Islam.

"Here, the Centre refers to a recent incident, involving a singer who came for a private visit to the mosque, at a gate that is not reserved for visitors, without prior coordination with the Centre's management and without identifying herself."


The Independent

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During the Middle Ages, when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, Arab scholars and historians translated most of the works of the Greek scholars, thereby preserving some of the greatest intellectual achievements that are the cornerstone of Western civilization.


For the next few weeks CCN will offer an English word that has, as its origin, the Arabic language:


English Arabic Origin Arabic Meaning
 candy  qand cane sugar
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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


The Americas' First Muslims


Over 1.2 billion Muslims recently celebrated Eid-al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, or Tabaski as it is known in West Africa. Very few among them will have a thought for the hundreds of thousands of enslaved West Africans who, during almost four centuries, practiced Islam in the Americas. Although they left significant marks of their faith, cultures, and traditions, the Africans who first brought Islam to these shores have been mostly forgotten.


Muslims were among the very first Africans to be introduced into the Americas. They arrived as early as 1503 mostly from Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria. Among them were teachers, students, judges, religious and military leaders, pilgrims to Mecca, and traders. The United States, where Senegambians represented almost 24 percent of the Africans, probably had the largest proportion of Muslims in the Americas, even though their actual numbers were higher in Brazil.


Many Muslim were literate, reading and writing Arabic and their own languages in the Arabic script. From North Carolina to Georgia, from Brazil to Trinidad and Jamaica, they wrote letters, excerpts from the Qur'an, prayers, autobiographies, and other manuscripts that are still extant today.


Some Muslims who knew the Qur'an by heart wrote their own copies. Among them was Ayuba Suleyman Diallo, whose portrait opens this post. Part of the religious elite in Senegal, he was kidnapped and enslaved in Maryland in 1731. He wrote three copies of the Qur'an once in London after being freed in 1733 thanks to a letter in Arabic he wrote to his father asking to be redeemed. One copy, 223 pages long, has just surfaced and was auctioned off on October 8.

In Georgia, Bilali Mohamed wrote, in Arabic, excerpts of an eleventh century Islamic text; and Brazilian Muslims operated underground Qur'anic schools. Sufism (the mystical side of Islam)was overwhelmingly present in West Africa and so too in the Americas where its influence can be seen in the Muslims' writings and practices.

Forgotten by the general public and, for the longest time, ignored by scholars, the Muslims are now the subject of several studies and the increasing interest in their story can be seen in the re-edition of three early books: Prince Among Slaves (1977 and 2007), African Muslims in Antebellum America (1984-1997) and Servants of Allah (1998-2013).


Terry Alford's Prince Among Slaves retraces the life of Ibrahima abd al-Rahman, the son of the ruler of the theocracy of Futa Jallon in Guinea, who spent 39 years enslaved on a Mississippi plantation before sailing to Liberia.


In 1831, Omar ibn Said, a Senegalese teacher enslaved until his death in North Carolina wrote his autobiography in Arabic. It has been re-translated and commented in 2011 by Ala Alryyes. The 1854 Biography of Mahommah Baquaqua, which follows him from Benin to Brazil and to the U.S. has been annotated and contextualized by Paul Lovejoy and Robin Law.

Allan Austin's source book, African Muslims in Antebellum America, gathers historical documents about Muslims in the United States and Jamaica. Joao Jose Reis' s Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia presents the largest slave uprising in Brazilian history.

Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas details the religious, social, and cultural lives of individuals and communities in twenty countries in the Americas. As I discovered when researching this book, religions such as Vodun in Haiti; Candomble in Brazil; the saraka tradition in the Caribbean; and Palo Mayombe in Cuba have integrated Islam and the Muslims in their rituals.


In the American South, enslaved women gave saraka (from the Arabic sadaqa, freewill offerings) to children in the form of rice cakes like their coreligionists continue to do in West Africa; and the early blues owes a lot to Islamic-influenced music and the call to prayer.

As enslaved men and women and as Muslims in Christian lands, the West African Muslims faced daunting obstacles to maintain and express their faith; but their story-recorded by themselves, slaveholders, travelers, and others-adds fascinating, detailed, unique and invaluable information to our understanding of the African experience in the Americas.



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KB says: I prepared this dish for a dear friend's surprise 'Moharu' yesterday. There was more than a sprinkling of TLC added here, and next week, insha'Allah, I will let you know what the other sisters thought of it.



[Editor]: Before a wedding a 'Moharu' is held where the 'sisters' of the groom's mother give thanks for being invited, by feeding her sweets, and giving her presents..

Chicken Kiev with Almonds



4 chicken fillets
¼ cup oil
3 tab. lemon juice
2 tab. ground almonds
¼ bunch dhania/coriander leaves
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon pepper
2 tsp. green chillies
2 tsp. crushed cumin
1/2 tsp. ginger garlic mix
¼ cup yoghurt



1. Liquidise the oil, lemon juice, ground almonds and coriander leaves together.
2. Add the remaining ingredients with the exception of butter.
3. Cut the fillets in slices (like schnitzel) and flatten with a mallet
4. Marinate chicken fillet for a few hours.
5. Place a small piece of butter in the middle of each fillet, roll and secure ends with a tooth pick.
6. Place in a pot and cook until the chicken is done.

7. Garnish with almonds and fresh coriander


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


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Q: Dear Kareema, I have a group of mates I work out with every other day and we’re looking at a couple of team challenges we can engage in now that the warmer weather is here. Any suggestions?

A: Why not get together every weekend for a day at the beach or park.


Take the family along and get everyone involved for some great fun.


Beach volleyball is always a hit with my kids and extended family.


It’s ideal for cardio and muscle building and comes with bucketloads of fun (which everyone will be happy to do again and again).


So too is beach cricket.


Running on the soft sand is not as easy as it seems and really targets the big muscles through the legs, etc. It’s an all-round workout with heaps of squatting and lunging, also requiring lots of teamwork.


And with all the diving and running, you’re sure to be toned in no-time at all, providing you keep it up of course.







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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Mula Nasruddin and his wife, Toon Toon Begum celebrated their 25th marriage anniversary.

They had become famous in the city of Lahore for not having a single conflict in their 25 years of married life.


Media gathered at the occasion to find out the secret of their "happy going marriage".

An ABC TV corespondent was very curious to know the secret and asked Mula Nasruddin:

"Sir. It's amazingly unbelievable. How did you make this possible? "

Mula Nasruddin: "We are a happy couple since marriage, thanks to our honeymoon trip to Shimla."

ABC TV: "Sir, tell us about it so that all couples can also be happy like you."

Finally Mula Nasruddin agreed to reveal the 'secret of the happy marriage'.

"For our honeymoon," recalling his old honeymoon days Mula Nasruddin said, "We had been to Shimla (a hill station). The day after we both went for a horse ride. My horse was pretty okay but the horse on which my wife was riding seemed to be a crazy one. On the way that horse jumped up suddenly, making my wife topple over. Recovering her position from the ground, she patted the horse's back and said "This is your first time".

She again got on the horse and continued with the ride. After a while, it happened again. This time she again was calm and said "This is your second time" and continued.

When the horse dropped her a third time, she just took out a revolver from her purse and shot the horse dead !!

I shouted at my wife: 'What did you do you crazy woman. You killed the poor animal.
Are you mad?

She gave a silent look and said: 'This is your first time!!!'

That is it. We are happy ever after. "

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Is there a special diet I should follow while trying to get pregnant?



Following a healthy eating plan before pregnancy is a positive step towards a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

If you are overweight, reducing your weight by even a modest amount (5-7%) can help you to conceive, especially if you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

It is recommended that you follow the Dietary Guidelines for Australians, in particular:

  •    getting enough folate, iron and calcium and

  •    avoiding  high doses of caffeine.

Physical activity is also important before and during pregnancy.

Ask your GP or Obstetrician for advice on an appropriate physical activity program.

An Accredited Practising Dietitian can help you to plan and implement a healthy pregnancy eating plan.

Need an answer to a question on nutrition?

Send your question to Fathima Abdoola at  fathima.abdoola@uqconnect.edu.au

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

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If anyone withdraws himself from remembrance of (Allah) Most Gracious, We appoint for him an evil one, to be an intimate companion to him. Such (evil ones) really hinder them from the Path, but they think that they are being guided aright!

Surah Az-Zukhruf 43:36-37


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0400 796 416

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3735 7052

6.30pm for 7pm

24 November



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26 January 2014


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Gold Coast Mosque, 144 Allied Drive, Arundel

0416 212 541

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22 March 2014


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Topic: SeekersCircle - Etiquettes of the Seeker
Commences: 7:30pm Friday 18 October. Every Friday for 10 weeks
Venue: Multi Faith Centre (N35), Griffith University, Nathan Campus


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
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The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for approximately 1/2 an hour each day. All brothers and sisters are welcome.


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Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


VENUE: Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wednesday 20 November

Commencing at 6.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



For more information and RSVP:

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

Tafsir & Islamic History Classes

VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest

Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 8:15pm

All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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