Sunday, 16 February 2014

 Newsletter 0484




An increasing number of young Australian men and women are now crossing over and converting to Islam.

A Current Affair takes you inside the family homes where everything is changing.


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The Muslim community of Queensland is proud to be participating in the World's Greatest Shave




THE GOAL: $10,000






Join us outside the Kuraby Mosque (1408 Beenleigh Rd, Kuraby) on Friday 14 March at 1:30pm and have your hair shaven or trimmed! 


Support various Muslim community representatives who will also have their hair shaven. 


You can also participate on the day! Donate any amount to the Leukaemia Foundation and have your hair shaven (or trimmed). Remember to bring along family and friends! 


FACT: According to the Leukaemia Foundation, more than 3200 people are expected to be diagnosed with a form of leukaemia this year - equivalent to eight people every day. 


We all know someone who has been affected by some form of cancer, and it is very important that we as an Ummah support any initiative that aims to improve the wellbeing of humanity. By donating to this worthy cause, we will be assisting with groundbreaking research that will hopefully lead to a viable cure for leukaemia, Insha Allah.


URGENT REQUEST: If any Community Representatives are willing to have their hair shaven or cut short on the day, please contact Muhammad Khatree on 0401 972 865.


For further information about this initiative, please contact Yusuf Khatree on 0401 246 228 or Muhammad Khatree on 0401 972 865.





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The 40ft container, organized by Mr. Salah from Arabesque and packed with over 20 tons of goods, left the Gold Coast Mosque on Monday morning (10 February) headed for Syrian refugees in a Jordanian refugee camp.


The efforts of the Afghani youth, who worked relentlessly packing the container, was particularly acknowledged by the Islamic Society of Gold Coast.

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Dr Mustafa Ally and Prof Shahjahan Khan of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) were amongst the speakers at the Seminar on Peace, Inter-religious Dialogue and Culture held over Thursday and Friday at the University Toowoomba and hosted by the USQ Multicultural Centre.


Amongst the other speakers were Mr Wayne Briscoe, Executive Director, Cultural Diversity Queensland, Queensland Government, Cr Paul Antonio, Mayor, Toowoomba Regional Council, Dr Lucas Misseri, National University of Córdoba, Argentina, Most Rev Robert McGuckin DD MCL JCL, Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, Dr Brian Adams, Director, Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University, Professor Robert Gascoigne, School of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary), Venerable Wu Ping, Pure Land Learning College, Toowoomba, Mr Alan Grummitt, Consul General ad honorem of the Philippines, Dr Marcus Harmes, USQ, Mr Evan Reichelt, Chaplain Coordinator, USQ, Dr Krzysztof Batorowicz, Director, USQ Multicultural Centre, Emeritus Bishop William Morris, DD, Fr. Brian Sparksman, Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, Professor Tracey Rowland, Dean, The John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne, Mr Brian Kilmartin, Honorary Council of the Republic of Poland, The Hon. Robert Cavallucci, MP, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Rev. Gerard Hall, Associate Professor, School of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Dr Sandra Carroll, Australian Catholic University and Professor Sarva Daman Singh, Director, Institute of Asian Studies, Brisbane.

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Ayaan Mohamed, 25, is set to undergo a facial reconstruction at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital. Photo: ednahospital.org


The long wait for a Somali woman left horribly disfigured when she was shot in the face as a child is almost over.

Ayaan Mohamed, now 25, suffered horrific facial injuries as a result of the attack during Somalia's brutal civil war.

In addition to cosmetic disfigurement, Ms Mohamed has difficulty eating and drinking and is unable to close her right eye.

She will arrive in Brisbane next week to undergo reconstructive surgery, thanks to the generosity of local Rotary clubs, donors and medical experts in the Queensland capital.

And she will be accompanied by the former foreign minister of the autonomous territory of Somaliland, Edna Adan Ismail.

Mrs Ismail founded the Edna Adan University Hospital to help combat infant and maternal mortality in her nation and has taken an active interest in Ms Mohamed's plight.

"(I sincerely appreciate) the medical treatment, which is being offered to this young woman who sustained this injury when she was two years old," she said.

Wesley Hospital medical services director Luis Prado said the hospital would cover the costs of Ms Mohamed's hospital stay, theatre and other costs.

“Mrs Ismail's tireless humanitarian work, the donations made and the community spirit shown by people here and overseas have combined to help achieve this outcome to bring Ms Mohamed to Brisbane,” Dr Prado said.

“Many of the Wesley's visiting medical specialists and staff are generously volunteering their time and skills to assist.”

Brisbane's High-Rise and Mitchelton Rotary clubs raised the money for Ms Mohamed's trip to Australia.

The surgery, expected to take place on February 22, has been a long time coming.

The Wesley Hospital and Rotary had offered to bring Ms Mohamed to Australia for the complicated surgery free of charge last year, but the then-Gillard government denied her a medical visa last March.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison finally approved the visa last month, after a second visa application was made in October.

Source: Brisbane Times

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Leena Suleiman is a US blogger.


Leena Suleiman was surprised by people's reaction when she dressed like this


IT TOOK a while for Leena Suleiman to realise people were suddenly noticing her more. What had the Muslim woman done? She had covered her hijab with a hat and scarf. But what happened next surprised even her.

I took off my hijab. By adding more layers. A knit hat and scarf around my neck to be exact.

I didn’t understand what was happening at first. People started talking to me more. Women would speak to me like I knew them since forever.

Men looked at me like I was actually approachable. And I was made to feel like I was actually from this planet.

Maybe I was finally fitting in? Maybe I was no longer self conscious about my unique dress code and a face lacking makeup?

But then it became fishy. The Muslim taxi drivers who would almost always say “Assalamu Alaikum,” ask me where I’m from or if I’m single, or not allow me to pay for the fare became cold and dry. I would simply give the address, and the only dialogue thereafter was at time of payment. It was puzzling.




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A father who allegedly let his 12-year-old daughter marry a man 14 years her senior believes he has done nothing wrong, a court has heard.


The father, who was arrested on Wednesday, is the third person to be charged in relation to the widely-condemned wedlock.

The 2013 marriage was allegedly between a 12-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man in the NSW Hunter region.

Police say the 26-year-old man became involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with the girl and this week charged him with 25 counts of sexual intercourse with a child between 10 and 14 years of age.

A bail application for the man was on Wednesday adjourned at Sydney's Burwood Local Court until February 24.

The girl's 61-year-old father was charged on Wednesday with procuring a child for unlawful sexual activity and being an accessory before the fact to sexual intercourse with a person between 10 and 14 years of age.

The Raymond Terrace Local Court, where the father unsuccessfully applied for bail, heard the man was of the belief he had done nothing wrong.

His solicitor told the court the man believed his daughter was a very mature and strong-willed woman.

He thought her partner was about 18 to 19-years-old, the court heard.

"He said `they're in love and it's a strong love' and at this point he's trying to be supportive of his children," the solicitor said.

The man is due to face Newcastle Local Court on April 9.

Meanwhile, the Islamic cleric who allegedly conducted the marriage has been stood down from his local mosque and had his visa sponsorship revoked.

Pakistani national Riaz Tasawar, 35, has been charged with solemnisation of a marriage by an unauthorised person.

The Islamic Centre of Newcastle, the mosque where Tasawar was the resident imam, on Wednesday said it had severed ties with the man.

"His employment has been dismissed, he is under strict bail conditions, he's not allowed to come to the mosque and he is going to appear in court," the centre's president Yunus Kara told AAP.

"So, the centre has got nothing to do with him," he said, adding that the mosque's management had decided to withdraw its sponsorship visa for the Pakistani cleric.

Mr Kara said the mosque and the Islamic community were shocked by the news of the marriage, which he says was done "very secretively" and without the knowledge of the centre's management.

He stressed the issue had been widely condemned by Australia's Muslim community as an "un-Islamic" act.

Mr Kara said he was concerned about the girl at the centre of the alleged marriage.

"What we worry about is the poor girl, a 12-year-old child, has gotten into such an unbearable situation," Mr Kara said.

Source: Nine MSN


THE Pakistani imam (pictured left) charged with conducting the alleged “marriage” of a 12-year-old girl to a 26-year-old man has been sacked from his mosque, an Islamic leader said.

Police arrested Riaz Tasawar, 35, on Monday outside Parramatta police station.

He was interviewed by police before becoming the first person in NSW charged with the solemnisation of a marriage by an unauthorised person since Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research records began in 1994.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine or six months’ jail.

Police allege Tasawar was the imam who proceeded over the “marriage” in the living room of the girl’s family home in the Hunter region on January 12. Tasawar had been the resident imam of a mosque in the region for the past four years but allegedly conducted the marriage in secret, without telling anyone from the mosque’s governing body, the Islamic Centre of Newcastle.


The centre’s president, who declined to be named, said while Tasawar remained “innocent until proven guilty”, his employment was terminated immediately.

Pakistan-born Tasawar was in Australia on an employment visa sponsored by the centre, which The Daily Telegraph understands is drafting a letter to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection over the matter.

Tasawar was bailed to appear in court on April 2.

It comes as the girl's Muslim convert father threw his support behind her “husband', who remains in custody facing 25 counts of having sexual intercourse with a child.

He said the only way the couple could be together — in the eyes of Allah —were if they were married and he respected his daughter's ``husband'' for not pursuing a relationship behind his back.

“They were in love, they were devoted to each other,'' he said.

Source: News.com



The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) issue the following press release on the subject (sic):

Australian National Imams council is distressed and expressed its dismay on the media reports alleging a 26 year old student had entered into a sexual relationship with a minor.


The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Salem expressed his shock and said ‘ that such behaviour is to be rejected and condemned from a legal and ethical prospective’ and any religion, school of thought or faith should not be held accountable for violations by its followers. Rather in reality it is individuals that commit those errors or violations of law so often. Therefore this matter should be dealt with by the proper authorities in a legal manner as with any other crime or transgression against the law.


ANIC would like to emphasis that many Muslim jurisdictions stipulate the age of majority as minimum age for marriage.


ANIC Media Spokesperson Sheikh Mohamdu SALEEM said ‘ In Lebanon Article 4 of the Family Rights Act which governs the Sunni personal status stipulates for the bridegroom to possess legal capacity for marriage to be at least 18 years old and for the bride to be 17’.


ANIC urges all Imams to exercise caution when dealing with foreign nationals approaching to marry the Australians.

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Ali Rezai from Shepperton, VIC : A 2013 Heywire Winner


I was born in Afghanistan.

From when I was very young my mother told me that we were at risk of being seriously harmed by the Pashtuns, because we are Hazara, and our way of practising Islam is different.

Each time the Taliban came to our village to recruit young men, I would see my father and brother flee to the mountains.

One day the Taliban came demanding our land.

They killed my father.

And we never found my brother.

My mother, my siblings and I fled to Pakistan.

I sold goods, like embroidered handkerchiefs, colourful scarves and ladies' purses on the streets of Quetta.

On several occasions I was beaten up by groups who target Hazara and other Shia.

I had no protection because I was an illegal.

The Pakistani police even stole the money I earned from my sales.

In 2010, just before Eid, I was on the street as many of my fellow Shia Muslims were returning from their prayers.

A bomb exploded.

I saw many dead Hazaras scattered on the street.

Every time I close my eyes that memory is forever etched in my mind.

I can still smell the burning flesh of the victims.

After that incident I had to get out.

I decided to make my way to Australia.

Much of the journey was terrifying.

I had to hide in the tropical jungles of Indonesia and ride on a rickety boat on the open sea.

When I finally arrived at Christmas Island I was confused.

I had no idea about the language, the food, the laws or how to dress in this place.

A group of us were interviewed and 15 days later I informed that I was successful.

Although I was accepted as a refugee, I felt I was part of the Australian society now.

I had a friend living in Shepparton.

He called me and encouraged me to come there.

I was excited, thinking most people would be of Afghan background.

I also knew there was a mosque there, so I could thank God for his mercy in allowing me to survive this far in my life.

However, when I arrived in Shepparton I was surprised how multicultural it was.

There were Australians, Sudanese, Italians, Greeks, Turks, Albanians, Afghans, New Zealanders and many more cultures, all living in the one area.

I have now adapted to life in Shepparton the "Food Bowl of Australia".

Now I am part of a multicultural soccer team; some are Christians while others are Muslims, and nobody cares about where you come from.

I feel like I belong here.


Source: Heywire ABC: Young regional Australians telling it like it is


Take a look at Ali's original Heywire entry here.

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The next QPS/Muslim Community Reference Group meeting is this Thursday 20 February from 7.00pm- 8.30pm [after Maghrib prayers] at the Upper Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt.

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From Friday 14 to Saturday 22 February Voter Registration Centres will be open throughout Australia to allow Fijians to vote in the 2014 General Election

In order to register Fijians must produce a valid Fiji Passport. For amendments and alterations to existing registrations, the current EVR (Electronic Voter Registration) card must be produced.

Note that your immigration status does not matter for Fiji’s Voter Registration (i.e. even if your Australian visa has expired or you are on a Bridging Visa, you are still eligible to vote).

Registration teams may travel out to any sufficiently large community of Fiji Citizens wishing to register. Contact the Qld Registration Team on 0450 493 335 or visit the website on www.electionsfiji.gov.fj or the Fiji High Commission website www.fijihigh.com for further details.

The possibility of a registration centre at Darra Mosque is being investigated if there are sufficient number of people wanting to register here. Contact Mohammed Yusuf on 0413 038 610 by Monday 17 February if you wish to register here.

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There are proportionally more female tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East than anywhere else in the world, according to a recent US study.

So why are so many Arab women getting into this field? Is it a sign of increasing gender equality or is it because careers in technology fit with traditional values?

Leana Hosea reports.


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Myth No. 5: Muslim immigrants in the West hold the same backward views that Muslims do in the Middle East and Pakistan

Actually, Muslims change their cultural views dramatically when they emigrate. For example, 62% of American Muslims say that “a way can be found for the state of Israel to exist so that the rights of Palestinians are addressed” - - a rate barely lower than that of average Americans (67%), and vastly ahead of the miniscule response among Middle Eastern Muslims - - for whom between 20% and 40% agreed with that statement.

Similarly, 39% of American Muslims and 47% of German Muslims say they tolerate homosexuality, compared to single-figure responses in most Islamic countries – and those rates are rising with each immigrant generation. On these important questions, Muslim immigrants are converging with Western values fast. 

Next week: Myth No. 6


(Sourced from Doug Saunders' The Myth of the Muslim Tide)

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7. The Kharafi family $8.5bn ($8.6bn) Kuwait     

Kuwaiti family conglomerate the Kharafi Group, which has an annual turnover of around $5bn and is already active in 25 countries, is looking to Asia as its next target for investment, a senior family member told Arabian Business this year. “Asia is a growing market but it is high risk...


We are looking at a couple of opportunities there,” Bader Al Kharafi, a member of the executive council, told Arabian Business in an interview in the company’s headquarters in Kuwait City. “You can be an investor or run and manage the company.


We are looking at investments, maybe some private equity funds, those types of products where they have a good team... Transport, renewable energy and with what is happening in China we would definitely look at renewable energy. These are the sectors we think we could [invest].” The Kharafi Group has operations in 25 countries around the world, from Senegal to Botswana to Kazakhstan and The Maldives, and has more than 120,000 employees.


The family business has always had strong connections with Egypt, from power stations along the Nile Delta to contracts at Marsa Alam International Airport and the Red Sea’s Port Ghalib, one of the biggest marina resorts in the Middle East.



NEXT WEEK: The Number 8 richest Arab in the world.

Source: ArabianBusiness

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Dear Editor



I was wondering if you guys were thinking of adding a matrimonial section to your newsletter? You have a great section on weddings and I thought it may be helpful for the Brisbane/Gold Coast or Queensland Muslims in general.

Would be great if you could let me know :)

Ms M


[Editor-in-Chief] What do other CCN readers think of this suggestion?


Soweto Muslims

Mosque in Soweto


SOUTH AFRICA: Dawood Mndebele grew up in Soweto when the township did not have a Masjid. Now, thirty odd years later, there are three masaajid, 13 prayer facilities, madressahs, young black Muslims who are imams and aalims, and Islam has planted its roots and is steadily blossoming in his home township.


Mndebele, who is from the Soweto Muslim Shurah, a fledgling organisation – spoke of the real need for Muslims throughout Johannesburg – and in South Africa at large – to work together to see the fruits of this growth and to break the predominant misconception that Islam is an “Indian religion”.


“This thing of Deen being in isolation and in silos and this religion on colour lines has to end. We need much more partnership,” and this is what the development of the Shurah hopes to achieve.



For the first time ever in the history of South Africa, Soweto will be hosting an important gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat movement. This is seen as a “crucial event” in bringing together South African Muslim communities. The mini Ijtima or Jhor is set to take place on the 22-23 February at the Emdeni Secondary school in the township. The event is aimed at helping to tear apart perceptions about Islam and strengthen the Muslim community.



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Red Cross doctor in Austria rejects blood donations from Muslims

AUSTRIA:  A doctor working for the Red Cross in the Austrian city of Linz has caused outrage by criticizing a blood donation campaign by an Islamic charity, claiming that Muslims who come from Muslim countries have bad blood.

The IRG foundation has been campaigning for Muslims to donate blood, but the Red Cross doctor's claim that Muslims all at very least have Hepititus B left charity worker Aysun Ozdemir shocked.

Ozdemir personally spoke with the doctor over the phone on February 5, criticizing the comments and informing the doctor that illnesses have got nothing to do with one's ethnic or religious background.

Ozdemir also told the doctor that the IRG foundation is an Austria-based foundation for Austrian Muslims, and that she herself had been in Austria for 23 years since she was two years old, but the doctor reportedly ignored this.

IRG foundation chairman Murat Baser said that a similar campaign was run by the charity last year in Linz, and not only did it get Red Cross approval but it was also published on the website.

The director of the Red Cross in Linz, Christian Gabriel, said that there was no religious criteria for blood, with the only requirement being that the donor is healthy.

However, Gabriel did add that while all are welcome to donate blood on an individual basis, the Red Cross has recently been distancing itself from accepting blood from charities, as in many cases bad blood has been turned away.

Gabriel also said that the matter will be investigated.

Source: World Bulletin

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Herder refuses to "sell his soul" 


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Restaurant ordered to pay out £8,900 over false halal meat claim


Mohammed Tariq, trading standards officer from Garretts Green is pictured with the menu's from a Halal case at the 'Real China' restaurant in Star City


UK: A city restaurant has been ordered to fork out £8,910 in fines and costs after falsely claiming all the meat it served was halal.

There was no evidence The Real China, at Star City, was even selling halal meat when it was inspected by Trading Standards, a court heard.

It claimed all its meat was halal at a time when Muslims were celebrating Eid, it was told.

The occasion marks the end of Ramadan and means the festival of the breaking of the fast.

The Real China has ceased trading and has become Littleton Food Ltd.

However, it is still known by its original name and a business remains open at the premises.

Fan Zhang, aged 33, from London, the previous director of The Real China, pleaded guilty to two offences.

Littleton Food also pleaded guilty to two offences.

The restaurant’s poster read: “The Real China Birmingham produces halal dishes for its customers. All meat supplied is halal and is prepared separately under strict conditions.

“The Real China Birmingham appoint dedicated chefs to cater to halal requirements.”

However food was not prepared under strict conditions and the restaurant did not have any dedicated chefs.

The defendants appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court recently.

Zhang was fined £1,000 each for displaying a poster and certificate containing false information.


Littleton Food was fined £1,250 each for displaying a poster and Halal menu which contained false information.

Coun Barbara Dring, Birmingham City Council’s chairwoman of the Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “It is essential that food businesses ensure food is as described.

“In this instance the restaurant misled customers into believing all of the meat they supplied was halal when it was not.

“Trading Standards takes such breaches of legislation extremely seriously, and will take appropriate enforcement action to ensure customers are not duped.”

Source: Birmingham Mail

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Kurtha clad cameraman at Centurion cricket


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US envoy in Sudan reverts to Islam, forced to step down



SUDAN: The US charge d'affaires in Khartoum, Joseph D Stafford, resigned from his post after he converted to Islam, Sudanese local media sources said.


According to World Bulletin, Stafford told the foreign ministry that his resignation was made for "personal reasons" but Sudanese sources claimed that the envoy was forced to resign after he turned to Islam.


Sources said that Stafford has recorded visits to the headquarters of Ansar al-Sunnah in Sudan and established a close relationship with a number of Sudanese clerics through these visits.


The U.S. State Department has not made any statement to confirm or deny the news on Joseph Stafford.


After his resignation, Stafford published an article in the Sudan Tribune and said, "My wife and I have been very fortunate to meet so many wonderful people throughout Sudan who share a strong desire and willingness to improve their communities. We will always remember you and your compelling country, and I know you will continue your hard work for a better life, just as you say daily 'Fi Kulu Harakah Baraka' (Arabic for 'in every move there is a blessing')."


The U.S. has not appointed an ambassador to its embassy in Khartoum since 1998 and has kept its representation there at charge d'affaires despite Sudan's demand that it be upgraded.


Source: Ummid


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President Rouhani Donates To Jewish Hospital: Iranian Leader Gives $400,000 Interfaith Gift



IRAN: President Hassan Rouhani of Iran surprised Tehran's only Jewish hospital with a generous donation on Thursday, reports the New York Times. His brother personally delivered $400,00 to the Dr. Sapir Hospital and Charity Center, along with the message that "the Health Ministry would give more attention to hospitals that traditionally serve Christian and Jewish Iranians," according to the Mehr News Agency. Another news source, Tabnak, reported the amount as $200,000 but said a second installment would be coming.

A nurse said to the Times, "We are very happy. This is a good sign."

Tabnak quoted the message delivered by the hospital by Hossein Fereydoon as saying, "Our government intends to unite all ethnic groups and religions, so we decided to assist you.”

This is the second time that Rouhani has donated to the hospital, reported the Times of Israel. His actions stand in stark contrast with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, who notoriously denied the Holocaust.

Iran's Jewish community is the largest group in the Middle East other than in Israel, numbering about 25,000.

Earlier this year, Rouhani sent a personal New Year's message to Iran's Jews via Twitter, wishing them "a blessed Rosh Hashanah."

Source: Huffington Post

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Islamic School Among UK's Top 100


UK: After quarter a century of hard work, a British Islamic high school has been recognized as one of the top 100 schools in UK after achieving excellent GCSE results in summer.

“We were very pleased with our GCSE results in the summer which had gone up by 19 per cent from the previous year, but we didn’t expect this,” Mufti Javid, head teacher of Preston Muslim Girls’ High School, told Lancashire Evening Post on Thursday, February 6.

“We had no idea that we were in the top 100 schools in the country.”

The school received the good news when David Laws MP, the Minister of State for Schools congratulated them on achieving excellent GCSE results last summer.

“When I received the letter marked House of Commons I had no idea what it was. I was thrilled to read the letter and pleased to be able to pass on what it said to all of our parents, staff and pupils,” Javid said.

A letter to the headteacher from David Laws MP said the school was one of the top 100 performing non-selective state funded schools in England.

“Your school is clearly equipping its pupils for success in both further study and future employment,” the letter said.

“The results are a shining testament to the hard work and success of your staff, governors and pupils.

“I would like to offer my thanks to you and all at your school for your pursuit of the highest standards of educational achievement,” it added.

This achievement is not the first for Islamic schools in UK.

In February 2013, Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School was rated as the highest-achieving learning institutes in Britain.

In March, the school was shortlisted for ‘Secondary School of the Year’ by the Times Educational Supplement annual awards.

In May, the school was rated as “outstanding” following an Ofsted inspection, the first and only secondary school in the Borough to receive such an award.

In their report, inspectors praised “highly effective” teaching, a “culture of high expectations” and “exceptionally polite and considerate” students.

In London, the Tayyibah Girls’ School topped 22 schools in Hackney with a whopping 100 percent of all students achieving 5 + GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and Maths) a 17 percent improvement on its 2011 results.

Great Credit

The school officials praised the recognition as a “great credit” to the spirit of the school.

“This is a very happy and safe family school,” Javid said.

“I am exceptionally proud of all of our pupils and everything that they do.

“It’s nice to have our achievements recognized in this very public way and I know that our parents and the community will be delighted with the way the school has developed.”

He added that the achievement crowned years of hard work since the school opened its doors 25 years ago.

“The school has come a long way from its from very humble beginnings. It opened 25 years ago as an independent school and joined the state sector in 2011,” he said.

“Back then it occupied two rooms in an old mill building and had only a handful of pupils and two part time teachers. In those days the school had little money and only a few resources.

“It is amazing to see the transformation that has taken place. To be recognized as one of the top 100 schools it is a dream come true. Who would have thought it?”

British Muslims are estimated at 2.7 million.

There are 400,000 Muslim students in British schools, according to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).

About 7,000 state schools in Britain are faith schools – roughly one in three of the total – educating 1.7 million pupils.

Of the 590 faith-based secondary schools five are Jewish, two Muslim and one Sikh - the rest are Church of England, Roman Catholic and other Christian faiths.

Source: OnIslam


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


This week's CCN-Book-Of-The-Week is


Rwanda Yesterday


Patricia Bamurangirwa





Patricia Bamurangirwa was born in Rwanda in 1949. The outbreak of the civil war in the 1960s ended her education, and her family fled from Rwanda, first as refugees to the Congo and Uganda and later to Tanzania and Kenya. Deprived of an education and stable upbringing, Patricia has become interested in the reason behind the wars and violence Rwanda and its people suffered. She decided to write this book to set the record straight regarding the common myths about the history of Rwanda and its people.

This book is divided into three parts. Starting with the formation of Rwanda, it shows how the tribes, Banyarwanda Tutsi, Twa and Hutu lived in harmony under the rule of a king. It then examine Rwanda under colonialism, when the Belgiums devised an ethnic system that raised the Hutus above the Tutsis and laid the groundwork of the future tensions in the country. Finally, the last part examines Rwanda as it entered the period of the 1994 genocide when over 20% of the population was killed and the world stood by.

The book does not simply narrate events in Rwanda’s history, but seeks to provide some clarity on the cause rather than the effects of the current state of affairs. It is not a book simply about the genocide, but a look at how the country’s history has shaped the events of modern times. It is important to understand Rwanda’s successive periods of history, in order to understand today’s Rwanda, and this book presents a fresh perspective on the country and its people.                                                          

Source: Troubador

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KB says: There are hundreds of buttermilk rusk recipes that try to rival the much loved South African Woolworth's version. My sister's tried and trusted recipe is high up amongst the best.

Zuleika Methar's Buttermilk Rusks


4 cups nutty wheat flour or wholemeal flour
1 cup self raising flour
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. bicarb of soda
3 tsp. baking powder
¼ cup chopped almonds
1¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup sunflower oil
1½ cup jungle oats
2 tab. Sesame seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
2 tab. soomph or fennel seeds
250g butter
125ml of buttermilk (approx.)



1. Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
2. Melt butter, add oil and sugar and beat for approx. 2 minutes.
3. Add buttermilk to the oil mixture and fold into the dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Pat the mixture into a well-greased baking pan and cut into slices.
5. Bake at 180degrees until golden brown.
6. Then cool, cut again, separate each slice and place in a baking tray and bake at 100degrees for 3 to 4 hours, then switch off your oven and allow the rusks to crispen further.


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Q: Dear Kareema, I’ve lost about 7 kilos over the last 3 months and am now trying to tone my body, especially my upper arms. Any suggestions?

A: Great job, keep it up!


Stick with exercises that will isolate the triceps (back of the upper arm), and biceps (front of the arm).


Weight training combined with your cardio workout will help you tone even faster. So pick up some weights and include bicep curls and side raises, etc…

Try body weight exercises as well for great results. These should include tricep-dips, tricep push-ups and the like. Anything that isolates and challenges the upper arm.


Remember to mix it up and rest the muscles after weight training.








My Health and Fitness

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A very cranky Mrs Mula Nasruddin was arrested for shoplifting at a grocery store.

She gave everyone a hard time, from the store manager to the security guard to the arresting officer who took her away, complaining and criticizing throughout the process.

When she appeared before the judge, the judge asked what she had stolen from the store.

The lady defiantly replied, "Just a stupid can of peaches."

The judge then asked why she had done it.

She replied, "I was hungry and forgot to bring any cash to the store."

The judge asked how many peaches were in the can.

She replied, "Nine, but what do you care about that?"

The judge patiently said, "Well, Sister Nasruddin, because I'm going to give you nine days in jail -- one day for each peach."

As the judge was about to drop gavel, Mrs Mula Nasruddin's long suffering husband raised his hand and asked if he might speak.

The judge said, "Yes, what do you have to add?"

Mula Nasruddin said, "Your Honour, she also stole a can of peas.

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Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Forbearing. 

Surah Al-Baqarah 2:225


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The Prophets of Allah: Their lives and timeless lessons

AlKauthar Brisbane

Griffith University

Nathan Campur

0438 698 328



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Prophetic Medicine: Islamic cures for the whole body & soul


University of QLD

More Info

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Islamic Society of Toowoomba

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0421 081 048

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International Food Festival hosted by Kuraby Mosque

Kuraby Mosque

Islamic College of Brisbane

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Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


The weekly program schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tafseer
Wednesdays: Tafseer
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.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


Thursday 20 February 2014 Metropolitan South Regional Office 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22 May 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 21 August 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Thursday 20 November 2014 Mt Gravatt Police Station, 2132 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt

Commencing at 7.00pm (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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Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

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Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

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

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How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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

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