Sunday, 25 May 2014

 Newsletter 0498 



Michael's Oriental Restaurant

On Sunday, 18 May, Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) and Muslim Charitable Foundations (MCF), together hosted the 25 Seeds of Goodness charity fundraiser at Michael’s Oriental Restaurant, to raise funds for worldwide agricultural projects to eradicate poverty.

The afternoon's proceedings was compèred by Junaid Ally who entertained and engaged the audience through a delicious lunch spread.

Hafiz Muhammad Khatree recited and translated passages from the Holy Quran to start the function.

Muslim Aid Australia’s Chairperson, Madenia Abdurahman, welcomed the guests on behalf of the international and local charity organizations MAA and MCF respectively.


Secreatry of the MCF Board, Yusuf Khatree, delivered an informative and comprehensive presentation of his foundation's local and global activities since their founding in 2009.

The two organisations, MCF and MAA, officially joined hands by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to work both locally and globally for humanitarian aid and development.

MAA’s CEO, Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy, highlighted the importance of the MCF and MAA partnership, whilst also addressing the importance of trust, transparency and accountability.

World renowned expert, designer, and educator in the field of Permaculture, Geoff Lawton had the crowd in awe as he spoke about how it was possible to eradicate poverty through a uniquely sustainable method of aid and development called Permaculture. His successes in Jordan, where he and his team were able to green a portion of the desert using Permaculture techniques, brought home the fact that it was possible to grow food in almost any part of the world.

The much anticipated skills of local auctioneering Hussin Goss came to the fore when he helped take the funds raised that afternoon to over $40,000.

MAA Queensland's general manager, Riyaad Ally, told CCN: "I want to thank everyone who helped, participated and witnessed this historic cooperation between MAA and MCF and for bringing the possibilities of a truly sustainable initiative to our attention."

(from l to r) Jamal Rane (MCF), Janeth Deen (MCF), Madenia Abdurahman (MAA), Ismail Cajee (MCF), Farouk Adam (MCF), Sheikh Hassan El Elsetohy (MAA), Yusuf Khatree (MCF), Muhammad Quadan (MAA), Riyaad Ally (MAA)


MC Junaid Ally

Permaculture advocate Geoff Jamalluddin Lawton

MoU signing

Sheikh Hassan El Elsetohy

Hussin Goss and Farouk Adam

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The recent flooding and catastrophe in Bosnia has left more than half a million people displaced from their homes.


The Assistant Minister of Security in Bosnia, Samir Agic, says that up to 35000 people have been evacuated by helicopter, boat and trucks.


The situation in the country is dire and there is an urgent need for funds to help the needy.

A further complication as a result of the floods is the unearthing of landmines which are a further threat to the flood stricken population of Bosnia.

The Islamic Community in Australia has launched a campaign to raise funds for the flooded areas in the country.

All Muslims in the country are urged to donate urgently.

Donations can be sent to:
Mesihat Bosnian Islamic Council of Australia Inc
BSB: 062184
Account: 10160949


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Mr. Zulkeplee Othman is conducting research for his PhD at QUT to study how Muslims in Australia perceive privacy in their current Australian designed home, and how do they achieve privacy while maintaining modesty and hospitality in the modern Western society.


Othman would like to talk with participants about their home and how Islamic religion and culture affect their spatial and furnishing layouts. "I would also like to find out the level of satisfaction with your current home and spatial and furnishing layout with regards to privacy while maintaining modesty and hospitality, or if further actions or renovations are required, Othman told CCN.


You are invited to participate in this project if you are a Muslim, live in Brisbane or Queensland area, and fall within age range from 19to 65 years old. "I am particularly interested to talk with people who are working, studying at universities, have children, maybe extended families (parents or siblings) or housemates/flatmates living in the house, said Othman.


Email zul.othman@qut.student.edu.au or call 0408-711893 if you would like to take part.

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On Queensland Day (6 June), over 8,000 Queenslanders from all walks of life will welcome Queenslanders newest migrants at MDA's LUMINOUS Lantern Parade and concert in the Courier-Mail Piazza.

It begins with a colourful parade of captivating lanterns on the Cultural Forecourt. It winds its way through South Bank Parklands in a dazzling display of light before entering the Courier Mail Piazza for a free concert filled with world music and dancing, and headlined by Robert Forster of ‘The Go-Betweens’ fame, with world renowned Didgeridoo player William Barton and renowned Tibetan Singer Tenzin choegyal.

Go with your friends and family, and enjoy a taste of delicious multicultural delights on the forecourt before walking in the parade to the concert.

LUMINOUS has established itself as a bright, colourful and unique tribute to multicultural Queensland, becoming a signature event on Queensland’s events calendar as part of Queensland Day celebrations.

LUMINOUS is an initiative of MDA Ltd - in partnership with TAFE English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS), and Dealer Solutions.

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Susan Carland and Waleed Aly are exactly the type of people you’d want at your dinner party: intelligent, outspoken, engaging, charming, funny. Add Australian accents to that package and you’ve won me over in a second.

Independently of each other, married couple Carland and Aly often serve as the public faces of Islam in Australia. Aly, 35, is a broadcaster who hosts multiple shows on both radio and TV, covering news events ranging from politics to entertainment to sports. Carland, 34, is often called on by the media to write articles or give interviews discussing her academic work on the intersection of feminism and Islam. The duo’s friends jokingly refer to them as the “Muslim Brangelina,” and it’s easy to see why. They are young, good-looking, fashionably-dressed and charitable. Like Brangelina, except sans Hollywood and plus two upcoming PhDs.


Similar to what happened in the United States after 9/11, Muslims in Australia were treated to intense scrutiny, suspicion and racism. “We went through a real period of feeling quite under attack,” says Carland. She felt an expectation that Muslims were supposed to start managing themselves to make sure a September 11 didn’t happen in Australia, too. A year after 9/11, the Bali bombings killed 88 Australians, followed by the 2004 Madrid bombings and the 2005 London bombings, all Islamist attacks.

”That whole era right through to about 2007 was just intense. It really was this feeling of constantly being surveilled by whoever was manning the moral barricades of society,” says Aly. But Muslims in Australia are coming out of that period now, both Carland and Aly say — and they’re becoming much more creative. “We have hit a point of real evolution,” says Aly. Artists, comedians, novelists, athletes and academics are all starting to flourish, particularly in the Melbourne Muslim community the couple calls home.

While Aly has reached a point in his career where he is a media host who just happens to be Muslim, Carland more often speaks publicly about Islam, often on editor Scott Stephens’ website, Religion and Ethics for ABC Online. Stephens explains that Aly expresses his spirituality “by bringing his faith invisibly to bear on politics, ethics and matters of public interest.” He says the couple embody the “two great traditions within Islam; the “hardnosed, intellectual, critical” side, as well as the “deeply prayerful and hospitable” side.


“He’s simply one of the sharpest minds in the public sphere,” says Stephens, noting Aly’s sharp political analysis and “forensic” interview style. “He is just uncommonly intelligent.” Stephens says Aly is “idolized” by young Muslim academics because “he gives them faith that it’s possible to be a Muslim in public without always being subject to suspicion.”

While neither of them claim to represent all Muslims, they still receive hate mail from those who disagree with their opinions.

Still, they are both subjected to a particular brand of scrutiny in the public eye. Aly and Carland have been targets of backlash from within the Muslim community for not accurately representing the variety of experiences among Muslims in Australia. Aly actually stepped down from the Islamic Council of Victoria before his book came out in order to avoid seeming like he was representing others, yet while neither of them claim to represent all Muslims, they still receive hate mail from those who disagree with their opinions. Non-Muslims have lobbed criticism as well. Recently columnist Andrew Bolt expressed disdain for Aly, saying he’s used by the leftist media to persuade Australians not to fear Muslim groups at home and abroad.

Carland’s own perception of Islam took a unique journey. Her ancestors were on the first fleet of (non-indigenous) people who founded Australia, and Carland herself was born and raised in Melbourne as a Christian. She initially started looking into Islam out of “polite interest.” She recalls, “After getting past my knee-jerk reaction of ‘Oh no, no, evil, sexist, disgusting religion,’ the more I read, the more I felt: ‘There’s something there.’” She converted to Islam at age 19, despite her mother’s vehement objections.

Susan with Waleed and their children

Today Carland is finishing a Ph.D. looking at the way Muslim women fight sexism by using their religion in defense of feminism rather than as a hindrance to it. She is currently on leave from teaching gender studies, politics and sociology, with a focus on Muslim women and Muslims in Australia, at Monash University.

“She’s able to take stories of women in the Qur’an and make them applicable to men and women today,” says Saara Sabbagh, the creator of the Muslim women organization Benevolence Australia, who has been friends with Carland for twenty years. “She’s able to revive female scholarship in a way that hasn’t been done. Muslim women have not felt safe within their own faith in the sense that it has been interpreted by men for so long … Susan brings a reconnection to the divine for the modern Muslim woman. I believe she is going to be one of the most influential women in Australia.”

Susan brings a reconnection to the divine for the modern Muslim woman.

Soon after she converted, Carland’s friend tried to set her up with Aly. After meeting up with him she says she told him, “Listen, I wouldn’t marry you if you were the last man on Earth.” She laughs, recalling this now, 12 years into their marriage. Carland explains she was still dealing with turmoil in her family, and her mom had once declared she’d rather Carland marry a drug dealer than a Muslim. But once Carland realized she was comparing every man she met to Aly, she got back in touch and the two were married in February 2002. Her mom gave a loving speech at the wedding about how she always knew the two were meant for each other.


The son of Egyptians who moved to Australia in the 1960s, Aly grew up in Melbourne, and when he wasn’t immersed in music, he was playing sports. Ever the “think tank,” he explains that in Australia, sports transcend class and race. “If you were good at sport then you belonged,” he explains. “It was my social capital.” In 2002, his last year at university studying law and engineering, he began writing for mainstream newspapers across the country about Muslim-related affairs. He worked as a lawyer for a few years and published a provocative book arguing that ignorance from both Islam and the West was causing dialogue between the two to fail. His current Ph.D. work at Monash University is based in terrorism studies, and his dissertation tries to develop a social theoretical explanation for global terrorism.



Muslims in Australia are coming out of that period now — and they’re starting to flourish.

Carland & Aly

In 2009 Aly’s broadcast career took off and today he has a two hour radio show on ABC (Australia’s national public broadcaster) Monday through Thursday and a Sydney Morning Herald column, and hosts two TV news shows on Friday and over the weekend.

Two kids later, the couple still gives off a newlywed glow. Their personalities are complementary; Aly is the dignified and mellow calm to Carland’s frenetic and happy energy. They both have witty and engaging senses of humor, and even produced a Muslim comedy sketch show together for a few years, which ran on national television.

Yup. Perfect dinner party guests. Although be forewarned, you may have to cede the spotlight to this dynamic duo’s triple threat of charm, intelligence and spirituality.

Source: OZY

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By Dr. Aisha El-Awady  in the Saudi Gazette


ISLAM’s stance on what is permissible to eat and what is not is clear. There are strict rules when it comes to meat regarding what is allowed and what is forbidden.

The Islamic practice of slaughtering animals by means of a sharp cut to the front of the neck has frequently come under attack by some animal rights activists as being a form of animal cruelty, the claim being that it is a painful inhumane method of killing animals.

In the West, it is required by law to stun the animal with a shot to the head before the slaughter, supposedly to render the animal unconscious and to prevent it from reviving before it is killed so as not to slow down the movement of the processing line. It is also used to prevent the animal from feeling pain before it dies.

It therefore may come as a surprise to some to learn of the results of a study carried out by Professor Wilhelm Schulze and his colleague Dr. Hazim at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover University in Germany. The study attempted to compare pain in conventional (captive bolt pistol stunning) and ritual (halal, knife) methods of slaughtering sheep and cattle. Researchers found that Islamic slaughtering is the most humane method of slaughter and that captive bolt stunning causes severe pain to the animal.



Saudi Gazette

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The online May issue of the Arabic/English Al Wasat newspaper can be read here.

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The Logan Mosque is holding a fundraiser on 21 June to raise $100 000 for creating a 450 square meter area to be used for functions, ifthar programmes and room for more Musallies during Jumma and tharaweeh salaats.


The house on the adjoining property is also in need of repairs before it is ready to house offices for a full-time Imam and administration. The Logan City council has also given notice for more bitumen sealed car park areas.


Click on the thumbnail image above for more information on the dinner, contact persons and banking details.

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$25 000 has been received this week through donations from direct payments as well the pledge forms leaving a shortfall of $275 000 to be raised by mid-June this year.

Fund raising coordinator, Haji Abdul Rahman Deen, told CCN:


“Only with the support of the whole community can we achieve our target. Please keep the donations coming in and shukran for the continuous support from CCN and its readers.”


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Bachar Houli, AFL club Richmond's star muslim footy player visited ILIM college in Melbourne this week. He addressed the students and spoke about the balance in his life between practicing Islam and being a footy player.

Bachar held a training workshop after his speech to select students from the college to compete in the annual Bachar Houli Cup which is a footy competition between the Islamic schools of Melbourne.

Channel 9 TV crew recorded the training workshop to promote the competition.








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Wafic Said $2.6bn ($2.5bn) UK (Syria)               

Wafic Said may be a few millions worse off after the wedding of his daughter in Paris’ Palace of Versailles last year, but it’s unlikely that the nuptials will have made too much of a dent in the Syrian-born billionaire' s pocket.


Said, who has Saudi nationality but lives in London - is still best-known for Al Yamamah — the colossal Saudi fighter jets contract that is Britain’s biggest ever export deal.


Said is the chairman of Said Holding Limited, a Bermuda-based holding company with investments in Europe, North America and the Far East. The firm has a diverse portfolio of investments including fixed income, quoted equities, hedge funds, private equity and real estate. \


Said, who now splits his time between the UK, Paris and Monaco, started his career at UBS in 1963 before establishing a project development and construction management business in Saudi Arabia in 1969.


Over the next two decades his group took on some of the largest public sector projects in the kingdom and he became a billionaire through his connections with Saudi’s royal family, acting as an advisor and consultant on many major infrastructure projects.


In 1996, he donated £23m ($35.85m) to help establish the Said Business School at the University of Oxford.


Source: ArabianBusiness

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By Basma Sayedi    



To commemorate Women’s History Month, we collected photos of Muslim American women.


We’ve compiled thirty-two images. One for each day of March, plus another because no one month can contain the awesomeness of Muslim Women.

These images show the status and the importance of Muslim women in our society. Muslim women are liberated, educated, and play the most important roles in our society.

Update: The purpose and intent of this article is not to showcase the ethnic and racial diversity of Muslimahs. No one article can do that. We meant to express the diversity of the roles Muslimahs play in society and to begin to re-frame how they are thought about. Going forward we will make sure to be all inclusive.


(8) Dina El-Nakhal – Civil Engineer




Another from the collection in next week's CCN.

Source: Trivial Room: Your eye into Muslim America  

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Dear Editor



Ramadaan is in a months time and Zubaida and I are planning this years Iftar in Peshawar.

If anyone is interested in donating any amount, please either contact me on 0400142786 or Shamshaad on 0421326376.

Alternatively please deposit directly into my account stating who it is from and that it is for "Ramadaan Iftar"

My details are: Zuleka Latif
Bank --CBA
BSB --064117

Last year a package comprising of:

20 Kg wheat; 24 pack milk cartons; 5 kg ghee; 5 kg rice; 5kg sugar; 2 kg dates;
½ kg tea; 1 kg besen flour; 2 kg chana dhal; 3 kg beans

cost us $45 including transport and distribution, it could cost slightly more this year

Also on the agenda is iftar offered daily at a cost of $0.70 ,comprising a couple of rotis and a curry. These are offered at different venues, including a hospital at which we sponsor medical aid to the poor.

Last year we managed 200 meals a day and a total of 160 packages

If interested any amount is welcome as long as commitment is made by 16 June so that arrangements can be made and distributions can be done before Ramadaan starts (distribution is carried out by volunteers)

Jazakallha Khair


Assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barrakatuhu Editors of CCN,

Alhamdulilah, I always really enjoy getting the weekly CCN in my inbox and look forward to reading all the articles.

I noticed your letter to the editor this week, and in particular the invitation for readers to share their views in confidence, with the editor's response.


By no means am I intending to correct the editors or contributors, but simply to offer my opinion to the conversation as a member of the community of readers.

I have a similar question about the section which has profiles of American Muslim women, all of whom have diverse careers, outlooks and dress.

For me personally, I accept that Muslims cannot be forced to adhere to any act of worship - that is between them, in their hearts, and The Creator alone. But I was wondering if perhaps you could include some kind of brief description of who the sisters are, and perhaps a bit of encouragement to show how they practice Islam.


I understand that it is a struggle for many Muslims to uphold their religious practices in a secular culture such as ours, where not drinking, wearing modest clothing or adhering to daily prayers is seen as strange.


Perhaps for some sisters who are struggling with hijab, to see a picture of a Muslim woman who also doesn't wear hijab is helpful on their journey.


But I feel like just an image with no explanation is a kind of acceptance of, in my opinion, choosing not to follow a command of Allah.


Unfortunately hijab is a very external and obvious choice whereas not choosing to follow the daily prayers or pay Zakat is more hidden.


I also see your point that we shouldn't put our deeds on display for the community to see.


However as a mum to be I would really like to see more role models, particularly for young people to look up to, as proud to be practicing Islam as we have been instructed.

A suggestion as an alternative to this column would be interviewing Muslim sisters in the community - teachers at Islamic College or Madrassa, local businesswomen, organisers of not for profit organisations. Rather than showcase a picture of them, perhaps a short interview could be conducted with them which explains what they do, and maybe how they feel about being Muslim in Queensland.

Please forgive me for any negativity or mistakes in this message, and JazakAllahu khairon for the opportunity to engage with this topic.

Wa Salaam,
(Name Supplied)

Wa Alaikum Salaam CCN Editor

On behalf of the small (in comparison to Brisbane) South African community of Melbourne, I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big THANK YOU to you and your team for publishing the highly informative and exciting Crescents Community Newsletter. You are doing an absolutely amazing job. Keep it Up!

It reminds us of the good old days in South Africa when we used to wait for the Sunday Times Extra to come out for sale on Saturday nights. Our weekend is incomplete without reading your newsletter.

Once again Thank You and keep up the Great Work!!!

Was Salaam
Abdul Hameed


Not happy, Jan!



IRAN: A group of six Iranians who were arrested for filming a video tribute to the Pharrell Williams song 'Happy' has reportedly been released on bail.

One of the six arrested posted a message on Instagram, saying she had been released.

In the photo post, fashion photographer Reihane Taravati said she was glad to be released.

Police said the arrests had been made over a "vulgar clip" that had "hurt public chastity".

The YouTube video shows three men and three unveiled women dancing on the streets and rooftops of Tehran to the soundtrack of Pharrell Williams' song, 'Happy'.

On Tuesday, state-run TV broadcast what it reported as a video confession from the dancers.

In the edited video, the dancers were filmed from behind saying they were tricked into making the video.

"They told me they are making a feature film and they had a permit for it," one of the six said in the video.

Williams himself took to Facebook, posting a message condemning the arrests as unjust.

"It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness," the singer wrote on Facebook.

The 'Happy in Tehran' video clocked up more than 165,000 views on YouTube before police attention forced the video to be made private. However, the video has sprung up on other YouTube accounts.

Iranians at home and abroad expressed anger at the arrests, with many using the hastag #FreeHappyIranians to express support for the six dancers.

A few days ago, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani spoke out again against internet censorship (the president has an active Twitter account despite the fact that Twitter is banned in Iran.) On Wednesday, Mr. Rouhani gave his own response:



Source: SBS

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Islamic Finance in South Africa: Key challenges and innovative solutions



SOUTH AFRICA:  South Africa’s National Treasury wants to make the country the hub for Islamic finance in Africa.


The country has the most sophisticated and advanced financial, legislative and governance structures and regulations on the continent, and has the potential to be the economic superpower of Africa.


This gives the country a unique competitive edge over most African countries in actively capturing and promoting the Islamic finance industry. Within the country, Islamic finance has seen considerable development.

South Africa’s regulators have taken various measures to develop and promote the Industry including amending tax laws to create an equitable and level playing field for Islamic finance.


Proposed tax amendments were issued in May 2010. Section 24JA of the ITA, first introduced in the draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2010, set out the proposed legislation for Islamic financial products.


This section provided parity of tax treatment between Islamic finance products versus conventional banking products. Section 24JA of the ITA sets out the tax consequences of diminishing Musharaka, Mudaraba, Murabaha and sukuk.


CII Broadcasting

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DA sets record with youngest MP

SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town - Democratic Alliance Youth chairman Yusuf Cassim (pictured left) is set to become the youngest member of Parliament to be sworn in on Wednesday.

“Cassim will be 24 years, four months and 16 days old tomorrow, making him the youngest MP in South African history,” the party said in a statement.

“Cassim formed part of the DA's Young Leaders class of 2011. He became the SRC president at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2012, and the DA Youth federal chairperson in 2013.”

Cassim will overtake the record set by his fellow DA member Geordin Hill-Lewis, who at the age of 24 years and seven months became the youngest MP to be sworn in in 2011.
Source:  IOL

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Code of conduct drawn up for UK madrasas


Under code to be announced next month by Michael Gove, Islamic schools would ensure teachers were vetted by police 



UK: A voluntary code of conduct to regulate teaching in madrasas in Britain is due to be announced next month by the education secretary, Michael Gove.

Over the past decade, ministers from all parties have expressed unease at the inability to regulate teaching in the schools, which offer supplementary education outside of mainstream schooling. But they have held back partly due to the amount of regulation that would be required.

The plans have emerged as an Ofsted inquiry continues into claims of an attempt by Islamist extremists to take over as many as 21 schools in Birmingham, a charge that is strongly rejected by many in Birmingham. Gove has appointed Peter Clarke, the former head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command, to lead a Department for Education inquiry, one of four investigations being carried out.

The Labour MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, Khalid Mahmood, has argued for at least six years that stricter regulations are needed to protect children in privately run madrasas.

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board already promotes good governance in mosques and imam training institutions through a process of voluntary self-regulation, and the charity claims to have over 600 members.

There are as many as 2,000 madrasas known to local authorities in the UK and whose staff have undergone all the checks required to teach children in a safe and secure environment.

The proposed code would require madrasas to ensure that teachers are vetted by police, and that students are not subjected to corporal punishment. The schools would agree to adopt a syllabus that prevents fundamentalist teaching.

Madrasa has become a catch-all term for the teaching of Islam in schools linked to mosques or in private houses. A Whitehall official said madrasas would be offered official recognition if they agreed to sign up to the new code.

"The code will make sure that all teachers are CRB [Criminal Records Bureau] checked, and that no corporal punishment is dealt out," the official said. "The schools may also be required to teach a standard syllabus, because right now they can teach whatever they want. The syllabus will be supportive of the government's preventing-extremism strategy, so there will be no fundamentalist teaching.


The code will make sure that all teachers are CRB [Criminal Records Bureau] checked, and that no corporal punishment is dealt out.


The schools may also be required to teach a standard syllabus, because right now they can teach whatever they want.


The syllabus will be supportive of the government's preventing-extremism strategy, so there will be no fundamentalist teaching. 


DfE Spokesperson

"The incentive for the supplementary schools is that the DfE [Department for Education] will consider publishing their names on its website to give them a bit of prestige and differentiate them from the unregistered schools."

The former children's minister Tim Loughton had opposed further regulation, saying that to focus only on madrasas would appear discriminatory and could reinforce unhelpful stereotypes.

Ofsted is expected to publish its Birmingham inspection reports next month. It is understood that at least six of the 21 schools will be put into special measures that could lead to the removal of headteachers and governors.

Last week, Park View, the school at the centre of the controversy, issued a lengthy statement condemning the "entirely fictional" allegations made against it. It said the flurry of accusations had created a backdrop for the settling of political scores by disgruntled former staff.

There have been claims that some former teachers will not air their concerns due to gagging clauses imposed on them.

Gove is understood to be examining plans when Ofsted reports in June to remove several schools found to be failing from the control of the Labour-controlled council.

Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, blamed the crisis in Birmingham on the coalition's support for academies and free schools. "Michael Gove is trying to pass the buck," he said. "His record of allowing underperformance to go unchecked means … 1.5 million children are not receiving the standard of schooling we expect."

Source: The Guardian

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Apostasy case: Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey calls on British Muslim leaders to back the right to convert from Islam


UK: Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has called on leading British Muslims to support the right to convert from Islam to another religion after a court in Sudan sentenced a woman to death for apostasy.

The peer said it was “accepted doctrine” that Muslim converts should face the death penalty. He also said there were examples of ex-Muslims in Britain who had been forced to “almost go underground”.

“Isn’t there something fundamentally wrong with Islam at its core that it cannot allow people to change their religion?” he told The Sunday Times.

“It is accepted doctrine in Islam [that] you don’t convert and if you do the penalty may be death.” He added: “I want to hear Muslim leaders say ‘we allow Muslims to become Christians if they wish to’.”

Lord Carey spoke out after Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was sentenced to death by a sharia court in Sudan after refusing to recant her Christian faith. The sentence has been suspended as she is pregnant.


The Independent

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Phone minutes for Coke caps 


UAE:  To give labourers in the UAE a few extra minutes of happiness, Coca-Cola created the Hello Happiness Phone Booth -- a special phone booth that accepts Coca-Cola bottle caps instead of coins for a free 3-minute international phone call, helping them connect with their families back home more often.


The 5 machines were placed for about 10 hours from 21st March till 21st April 2014 in the workers' camps in Dubai. During this period they logged 134,484 minutes, that is roughly about 22,000 hours of calls.



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Immigrants must learn to be British, says Asian Tory


Culture minister Sajid Javid, the first Asian Secretary of State, says those coming to the UK must learn English and "respect our way of life"



Sajid Javid says voters have legitimate fears over 'excessive' immigration


UK: Immigrants must learn English and “respect our way of life”, the new Culture Secretary says as he criticises migrants who have lived here for years but still cannot speak the language.

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Sajid Javid says voters have legitimate fears over “excessive” immigration and are justified in wanting Britain to have more control over its borders.

Mr Javid, the first Asian Secretary of State, defends Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, against charges of racism but insists that only the Conservatives can deliver the reforms to European Union laws needed to cut immigration.


“People want Britain to have more control over its borders, and I think they are right,” Mr Javid, who is the son of Pakistani immigrants, says.

“People also say, when immigrants do come to Britain, that they should come to work, and make a contribution and that they should also respect our way of life, and I agree with all of that. It means things like trying to learn English.” The tough message on immigration, coming from Britain’s highest ranking Asian MP, who is also the Minister for Equalities, will provoke debate on controls to migration in a crucial week of elections.

On Thursday, voters go to the polls across the UK to elect MEPs for the European Parliament. Elections are also being held in 161 English council areas. Immigration is a key battleground in the current campaign and will be central to all parties’ manifestos in the run up to the general election.


The Telegraph


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



Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book

CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club


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KB says: Nasreen Abdullah served me this coconut slice with afternoon tea and I was not going to leave her place without getting this delicious recipe off her for our CCN readers. She was kind enough to oblige. 

Almond Coconut Bars




First layer
125g butter
1/2 cup sugar
±1 cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
Bake for 10-12 mins

Second layer
3 eggs separated
1 cup sugar
2½ tab flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
1 tsp vanilla essence



1.Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
2. Add sugar until mixture is thick and then add the yolks.
3. In a separate bowl sift flour; add coconut, salt, baking powder and 2/3 cup almonds.
4. Add to the egg mixture and fold in.
5. Pour over biscuit base evenly.
6. Sprinkle balance of almonds and decorate with chopped red and green cherries.
7. Bake at 180' for 20-25mins.
8. Switch off the oven and leave to crispen.
9. Slice into bars when cool. 


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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Q: Dear Kareema, will I lose weight with Pilates and Yoga classes?

A: You bet!


Pilates moves the body in a way that optimises circulation, improves digestion, and makes the body move more efficiently – all critical factors in weight loss. An advanced 30-min nonstop mat workout can burn up to 1256kJ, rivalling the kilojoule expenditure of a cardio gym session…

Yoga improves flexibility and aids in lengthening and strengthening of muscles, which in turn can help improve posture while working out which means you can challenge yourself more with every workout!






My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


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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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Jallalludin bought a new Mercedes Benz to celebrate his wife leaving him and was out on the freeway for an evening drive.


The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to open her up.


As the needle jumped from 100 to 140, he saw flashing lights behind him.


"There's no way they can catch a merc" he said and opened her even further to 160.


Then, reality set in "What am I doing!" he said, and slowed down and pulled over.


The cop came up to him, took his license, without a word, and examined it and the car.


"Its been a long hard day. This is the end of my shift and its Friday. I don't feel like more paperwork. I don't need the frustration nor the overtime, so if you can give me a really good excuse for your driving, that I haven't heard before, you can go."


Jallalludin thinks for a second and says: "Last week my nagging wife ran off with a traffic officer. I was afraid you were trying to give her back."

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We have not instructed the (Prophet) in Poetry, nor is it meet for him: this is no less than a Message and a Qur'an making things clear: That it may give admonition to any (who are) alive... 
Surah Ya-Sin 36:69-70


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Topic = Tafseer lessons
Venue = Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills, Qld 4036
Day = Every Monday | Time = After Esha salah | Period = approximately 30 minutes
Presenter = Mufti Junaid Akbar
Cost = free, and InShaAllah Allah will give great reward
Who can come = All brothers and sisters are welcome to attend
Please note that these recordings will be available for downloading from our website masjidtaqwa.org.au.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times


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

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Commencing at 7.00pm (Times may change throughout the year pending salat)



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How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

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