Sunday, 5 January 2014

 Newsletter 0478




.....a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....



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"Hi, so we had an idea for a video, it was to Pray in Public and to film what reactions we would get. So, we decided to get a compass, do wudu, go out and pray sunnah (2 rakkahs) for Allah and to film what reactions we would get. Our intention was to show the world that Muslims are more peaceful then what they think. Almost everybody was so nice and respected us for being dedicated and faithful to our religion. Hope you guys enjoyed the video and SPREAD the LOVE! thanks! much LOVE"


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First female law firm opens in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA: The country’s first female law firm has opened its doors to protect women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, two months after its founder along with three other female lawyers were granted licenses to practice law in the traditionally patriarchal kingdom.

Now Saudi women can seek help, advice and legal aid from Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran (pictured left), the first Saudi woman lawyer who launched the female law firm in Jeddah.

Zahran told Arab News that her law firm is ready to fight for the rights of Saudi women and relate women’s cases to the court, a task which her male counterparts at times cannot understand or handle.

“I believe women lawyers can contribute a lot to the legal system. This law firm will make a difference in the history of court cases and female disputes in the Kingdom. I am very hopeful and thank everyone who supported me in taking this historical step,” Zahran said.

The lawyer also stressed that she is eager to work on labor cases and business disputes involving women but will work with both genders.

“Our activity is not restricted to cases involving only women. Saudi Arabia’s legal system treats men and women equally and a lawyer has the right to represent men and women,” Zahran told Al Arabiya News Channel on Thursday.

The launch was attended by a number of Saudi officials and members from the NGO community, including Mazen Batterjee, vice president of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.

Batterjee stressed the importance of Shariah law Saudi courts, adding that female attorneys should follow the restrictions of the court for hijab while presenting themselves before a judge.
Zahran’s father, Sheikh Mahmoud Al-Zahran, praised his daughter’s efforts.

“We are very proud of our daughter who stands firm for protection of women’s rights. This will help all women who couldn’t go and speak to male lawyers about their problems,” he said.

Zahran hopes that her firm’s example will lead to more female lawyers.

“This is a very positive step toward the Saudi court and justices as right now, we are four female lawyers who got the license, but I am hopeful that in future, the number will increase,” she added.

Bayan Zahran, Jihan Qurban, Sarra Al Omari and Ameera Quqani became the first female legal representatives in Saudi Arabia in October, when the country issues licenses, allowing them to change their status from legal consultants to attorneys, thus lifting the ban imposed on female law graduates to practice.

The initial plan of the justice ministry was to allocate licenses to family status cases, but the final decision did not impose any limits on fields of law practice.

Conditions to obtain the license are the same for men and women and include a university degree in law and three years of training.

Women in the ultra-conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia usually maintain a traditional place inside the household. Many details in the lives of Saudi women are closely regulated by Sharia law derived from the Koran.


This is a very positive step toward the Saudi court and justices as right now, we are four female lawyers who got the license, but I am hopeful that in future, the number will increase


Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran


Every adult woman is required to have a close male relative as her ‘guardian’, who is authorized to make a number of decisions on a woman's behalf, including the right to travel, to start a business, and study at university. Saudi women are prohibited from driving, and are required to cover themselves in public, among other restrictions.

Last October, Saudi women embarked on unprecedented protest measure, by defying kingdom's de facto ban on women driving by getting behind the steering wheel.

As part of the October 26th Women's Driving Campaign, around 60 women got behind their vehicles, some brave enough have even posted their experience on YouTube.

The declaration on the website oct26driving.com has been signed by over 11,000 women.

“Physiological science and functional medicine [found that driving] automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis,” Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al Luhaydan, judicial and psychological consultant to the Gulf Psychological Association, said in reaction to the issue.

He added that the women who drive give birth to children “with clinical disorders of varying degrees.”

Many Saudis have expressed their anger in Twitter, mocking the Sheikh’s “great scientific discoveries.”

Source: RT

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‘Fashionable’ Hijab Lures Indonesians

JAKARTA – Attracting a growing number of Indonesian women, fashionable and colorful Islamic headscarf is gaining ground in the southern Asian archipelago, seeing hijab not only as a religious commitment, but also a fashion statement.

"The hijabs are all cute and I can’t resist buying them,” Fani, a 29 years old employee of an insurance company, told Antara News on Saturday, December 28.

“Some of the hijabs I've bought I have not yet even worn," she said.

Like many Indonesian young women, Fani, who lives in Bandung city, West Java province, shares a love for hijab fashion.

Satisfying her passion, she spends Rp300,000 (around US$35) per month to purchase hijabs and accessories.

According to Fani, every month there are new, trendy hijabs being displayed in stores. Hence, she often spends one day a month to go hunting for fashionable hijabs in malls or shopping centers in her town.

Twenty years ago, Indonesian women only knew square-shaped headscarves, in either plain black or white.

Women used also to wrap their headscarves in a simple way, putting a safety pin to keep it intact.

Wearing headscarves was often associated with an unfashionable life.

This has all changes nowadays.

In modern Indonesia, hijab turned to be a fashion item, as Youtube viewers can find thousands of Indonesian women offering tutorials on how to fashionably wear hijabs.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations. Islamic fashion is part of a growing appetite for Shari`ah-related industries and assets, ranging from finance to halal food.

Modesty and religion are the cornerstones behind the fast-growing Islamic fashion industry, which is making a mark on runways from Indonesia and Dubai to Monte Carlo.

Shops no more

Over the past few years, the hijab sales have exceeded retail stores, with website and social media replacing them.

Apart from profits for manufacturers, the hijab trend also brings out new celebrities who gained fame due to their style of wearing hijabs.

Personalities such as Dian Pelangi, Hanna Faridl and Fifi Alvianto are well-known for their stylish and chic fashion while wearing hijabs.

“In the end, the importance of wearing hijabs is that it is not only a symbol of modesty, it’s about being able to put yourself in a positive state of mind and make the right decisions,” Fifi wrote on her blog, hijab-scarf.com, viewed by 4 million people.

“Modesty comes from within, and even a woman wearing a hijab can have a lack of it.”

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim state where Muslims make up 86.1 percent of Indonesia's 235 million population.

Source: OnIslam

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What’s the deal with British Muslims?
Blog by Ghulam Esposito Hayday



UK: I recently had the opportunity to spend ten days with a large group of international Muslims, the majority haling from North America. One the things that really struck me was their level of maturity when it comes to working together with Muslims and non Muslims who hold different beliefs and ideas on communal issues. The ability to put aside these differences for the good of the community really impressed me.

The main problem that inflicts British Muslims is this partisan cultural monolithic understanding of Islam imported from abroad. You’d think that mixing with other Muslims and becoming educated would eradicate this trail of thinking but it hasn’t. In some places, this problem is worse within the second generation of British Muslims.


I was once asked by BBC Radio 5 Live to analyse and critique the results from a live beat poll they conducted on the perception of Muslims and Islam. Their results demonstrated that a high number of 18-24 year old British non Muslims held extremely negative views about Islam & Muslims.

For too long, good hearted well educated practising Muslims have allowed thuggish Muslims or those who wish to do harm to Islam do our PR for us.

When I was asked to give my opinions, my first point was to allocate a portion of the blame to the British Muslim community itself.


For too long, good hearted well educated practising Muslims have allowed thuggish Muslims or those who wish to do harm to Islam do our PR for us.


We’ve also generally kept ourselves to ourselves and haven’t really benefited the people around us a group.


Of course, we have to recognise the reality that immigrant Muslims who came to Britain in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s had different priorities; to become financially stable. Engagement, education and Daw’ah wasn’t the priority.


They lived together in areas creating ghettos to make lives easier for themselves along with clinging to their culture since they held a belief that they’d return home one day. It hasn’t worked out this way and a consequence of this has resulted in a ‘them and us’ type of attitude, something that has carried over to the following generation. The second generation haven’t been able to associate with Britain.


There is an identity crisis and they really don’t know what to do. Many of them still reside in these pockets of majority Muslim areas shut of from the rest of the community, mixing only when it is absolutely necessary.




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Islam to become Ireland's second religion by 2043 


There are several large Islamic centres around Ireland, including this one in Clonskeagh, Dublin.



EIRE: ISLAM will become Ireland’s second religion within the next 30 years because of dramatic population growth and immigration.

The revelation came as construction work is expected to begin next year on Ireland’s largest mosque.

The Clongriffin centre, on Dublin’s northside, will be the largest Islamic religious complex in the State and will also boast a major cultural centre.

An Bord Pleanala earlier this year granted planning permission for the three-storey complex, which is earmarked for a six-acre site owned by developer Gerry Gannon.

Costing more than €40m, the mosque complex will be able to cater for more than 3,000 people and will feature two minarets, a prayer hall, a cultural centre, offices, bookshop, a library, a mortuary, a creche, a 600-seat events centre, school, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and apartment blocks.

The entire complex will be 5,573sqm in size and will be able to cater for 600 worshippers for Friday prayers.

Population statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office confirmed that Islam is now Ireland’s fastest-growing religion and, at its current rate of expansion, it is set to become the second religion in the State after Catholicism by 2043.

In 1991, Islam accounted for just 0.1pc of the Irish population. That soared to 1.1pc – a 10-fold increase – by 2011, when a total of 49,204 Muslims were resident in Ireland.


While there are indications the growth rate has slowed to 70pc between 2002 and 2006, a strong birth rate and immigration are expected to result in

Ireland’s Muslim population exceeding 100,000 by 2020.

However, figures are not available for the population breakdown between the Shi’ite and Sunni branches of Islam.

The latest Census figures also revealed that 84pc of the Irish population describe themselves as Catholic, down from 91.6pc in the 1991 census.

The second fastest growing religion in Ireland is Orthodox Christianity, where numbers have doubled in the space of five years, rising to 45,223 in 2011. This is almost entirely down to immigration from the former Soviet bloc states where Orthodox Christianity is dominant.

The Protestant religions accounted for some 5pc of the population, dramatically down on figures from 1900-1920. But the good news for the Church of Ireland is that its overall population in the Republic is increasing by its greatest rate for almost a century with 129,039 Church of Ireland members in April 2011, an increase of 6.4pc in just five years.

The number of Irish people with no religion, atheists and agnostics, increased by 400pc in Ireland between 1991 and 2011 to a total of 277,237. This group included 14,769 primary school-aged children and 14,478 of secondary school age. There were 4,690 children aged under one year who had no religion.

Source: Irish Independent

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The US should encourage Arabic language students, not criminalise them

US: In August of 2009, Nicholas George boarded a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. He was on his way back to university at Pomona College. While he was going through airport security, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent discovered Arabic language flashcards in his carry-on luggage.

He was pulled aside, detained and interrogated for five hours – two of which were allegedly spent in handcuffs.

"Do you know who did 9/11?" one of the TSA agents allegedly asked.
"Osama bin Laden," George responded.
"Do you know what language he spoke?"
"Do you see why these cards are suspicious?"

Nicholas George was released when it became clear that neither he nor his flashcards posed a threat to US national security. George went on to try to sue the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for violating his first and fifth amendment rights. Last week –more than four years after the incident – the case was dismissed.

In other words, it is legal and legitimate to detain and interrogate a traveller on the grounds of suspicion from Arabic language flashcards alone.

As an Arab-American who came of age post-9/11, I am frustratingly resigned to the well-documented fact that airports are often hostile places for Arab and Muslim-Americans. Watching my white father effortlessly glide through airport security while my brown mother is frequently "randomly selected" to be stopped, searched and asked to show the contents of her bag is evidence of this in and of itself. However, detaining a traveller for Arabic language flashcards brings this flagrant racism and criminalization of all things Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim (as the three are often conflated) to a whole new level.

Nevertheless it is hardly surprising. Since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the official declaration of the war on terror, it has become more and more common for high schools to offer Arabic language elective courses instructed along the lines of "know your enemy" rather than as a means to foster a cultural connection.


The Guardian


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


This week a CCN reader recommends

 A Rumour of Spring: South Africa After 20 Years of Democracy


 Max du Preez


Democracy in South Africa turns 20 on 27 April 2014. In A Rumour of Spring, Max du Preez investigates and analyses the progress and lack of progress the country has made during that time.


He considers the state of the ANC and the opposition, social cohesion and race, the media, the judiciary, civil society, the economy, poverty and unemployment, land, education, health, and South Africa’s standing in the world.


An honest and balanced account, the book tackles the questions asked by ordinary South Africans every day: How are we really doing? What is really going on in our country? How should we understand what is happening here?


Highly readable, accessible and entertaining – written in the style that has made Max du Preez so popular. It takes a balanced approach, looking at the good, the bad and the ugly, and explores South Africa on several levels, from the leaders in government to ordinary people on the ground.



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KB says: My aunt's recipe transforms plain old ordinary cans of baked beans into a sensationally spiced dish using her own unique sauce mix.

Chotikhallah's Baked Beans Medley



2 tab. ghee or olive oil
1 large onion grated
1 tsp. ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp. red chillies
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dhana jeeru mix (ground coriander and cumin seeds)
2 tomatoes chopped fine
2 tab peri peri sauce
½ tsp saumph
½ tsp mustard powder
½ tsp aromat
1 can butter beans, drained
1 can cannaleni beans, drained



1. Saute the onions in the oil/ghee until light brown
2. Add ginger garlic paste and spices and braise for a few seconds
3. Add the tomatoes and cook for approx 10 mins until the tomatoes are done and the water has evaporated.
4. Add the peri peri sauce and the beans and cook for a further 10 mins on a simmering heat.
5. Add a little water if the gravy is too thick.
6. Serve hot with roti or as accompaniment at barbeques.


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

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


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Watch your sugar intake as an overload of it could be doing you more harm than just packing on the kilos. It could be fast-tracking the anti-ageing process which means more wrinkles or sagging skin.

Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water (more if you’re active), include some herbal tea, etc. Try 5 smaller meals throughout the day.


Be sure to include some superfoods for the skin and body – All berries, antioxidant-rich salads, fish, nuts and seeds, etc.

Add fresh juices, some brown rice sushi, egg-white omelettes and turkey sandwiches to mix it up a bit. Think outside the square but keep it healthy and fresh.






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Jallalludin asks Mula Nasruddin: If I'm praying and a lion crosses in front of me, do I continue praying?

Mula Nasruddin: If the lion crosses and you still haven't broken your wudhu, continue with your prayer.

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Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn, From the mischief of created things; From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads; From the mischief of those who practice Secret Arts: And from the mischief of the jealous one as he practices jealousy.

Surah Al-Falaq 113:1-5


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The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.


Those who seek to deny a home to the migrant, to the African and the Muslim, risk their membership in the church. We will consider excommunication for those whose souls willingly dwell in the darkness and evil of intolerance and racism. Satan himself is a metaphor or a personification, for the collective evils of mankind. Today, these evils manifest foremost as racism, intolerance, religious persecution and bigotries of all kinds.


Because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!


~ Pope Francis, Third Vatican Council

December 2014


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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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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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


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