Sunday, 22 June 2014

 Newsletter 0502 



(l to r) Ali Ghafoor, Yaseen Sarfudin, Tahir Abdool Gaffoor, David Forde, Shane Johnson and Mustafa Ally on their way to the finish. Nabil Casoojee and Hamid Kassim were the other two members of the teams.


Two teams of four (DATSIMA and COB2014) started out on the 100km Oxfam charity trailwalker from Mt Glorious to Mt Coot-tha on Friday 20 June


The gruelling and bruising rugged terrain was covered in 33 hours by the two teams through the day and night, ending yesterday (Saturday) evening at Mt Coot-tha's JC Slaughter Falls rather worse for wear.


In addition to already raising $3000 for Oxfam, one of the outcomes from the participation of these two teams is to raise funds for a six month sustainable development Vocation Education and Training project, for 45 displaced women in the Babussalam Refugee Camp, Syria.


A spokesperson for the teams thanked the many who have already donated to the cause as well as their support crews of Bilal and Taufan, and Nazima and Riyaad.


If you would like to donate to the project in Syria, please consider donating: $20 or $50 or $100 or any other amount (big or small).

Bank Transfer:

Account Name: Muslim Charitable Foundation

Bank: Bank of Queensland
BSB Number: 124155

Account Number: 20897392
For reference: Trail/Your name (and the letters 'RR' if you require a tax receipt)

For further information call 0402 026 786.







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FROM just six years of age, Madina Inayat (Yeronga State High School Year 11 student) helped support her family financially by making carpets in Pakistan.

The experience has made the teenager passionate about education and helping others.

Ms Inayat, now living in Woolloongabba, had moved from Afghanistan to Pakistan with her mother and seven of her siblings at the age of four after her father died.

“There were more options for working ... and we (knew) some people in Pakistan,” she said.

Ms Inayat, 19, said while living in Pakistan she had to choose between going to school and supporting her family, so she and her siblings worked.

“You don’t want someone else to be feeding your family, right? So we were making carpets and rugs,” she said.

“You could have an education or support my family. If one of us didn’t work, we couldn’t support our family.”

Ms Inayat said it made her appreciate education and volunteering.

“Here I get the opportunity to get my education and I’m really passionate about it, I love education,” she said.

“I like helping and volunteering.”

Since arriving in Australia almost three years ago as a permanent resident, Ms Inayat, who speaks seven languages, went to Milpera State High School, where she learnt English, and she is now in Year 11 at Yeronga State High School.

Ms Inayat was recently awarded a Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs award for her commitment to volunteering.

Yeronga State High School special education services head Jessica Walker said Ms Inayat was an inspirational young woman.

“Madina was a good choice for the Award because she certainly fits the criteria of being dedicated to the advancement of the status of women,” she said.

“She is generous in giving her time in a variety of community events that champion women’s rights.

“And she is a wonderful role model for other young women through speaking up about the inequality she sees and setting a path forward to change people’s perceptions about the importance of women throughout the world.”

Ms Inayat volunteers for the Queensland Program of Assistance for Survivors of Torture and Trauma:working with Youth Voice Brisbane, running events, including preventing racism and bullying.

She also helps organise events through the Multicultural Development Association, helps new migrants at Milpera State High School and also at Yeronga State High School.


Source:  Courier Mail

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Jadzia Clifford-Pugh a Venturer Scout of 2nd Toowoomba Scout Group has been chosen to be fully sponsored to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Japan in 2015.


Jadzia was one of two Venturer Scouts in Queensland to be fully funded to attend the event.


She was chosen by Darling Downs District as a representative of both Queensland and the Darling Downs.

The Darling Downs Regional Commissioner Michael Brown said that Jadzia was chosen from a number of other Venturer as she embodies the spirit of Scouting and is a good example to others. T


he process included a number of Darling Downs Commissioners placing in nominations and discussing who would be the best representative. Jadzia shone through with her personality and leadership making her the obvious choice.

Mr Brown noted that none of the candidates were nominated, the funding became available and we were asked by the Queensland Branch Commissioner to choose who would be the best person to send.

The World Scout Jamboree and tour of Japan is from the 18th July to the 13th August 2015.

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Two family’s! and chosen from 3 different teachers. Their parents must be proud!


(l to r) Saud Alamri YR5, Muhummed Loder YR3, Ibrahim Loder YR1, Malik Almalri YR2, Sadeem Alamri YR3


Teachers: Miss Aoife Doran, Mrs Naseema Khan, Mrs Bandhana Kumar





(l to r) Ozdoghan Mehemt (yr1), Hussain Hage-Hassan (yr2), Misha Mehmet (yr4), Ramadan Mohamed (yr6)

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VICTORIA: Victorian council has approved the construction of a $3 million mosque in the regional centre of Bendigo despite fierce opposition from local residents.


More than 200 protestors packed a City of Greater Bendigo meeting on Wednesday night, heckling councillors, and calling on them to reject the plans.

The proposal for the $3 million mosque, which includes two prayer rooms, a shop and a community sports hall, received more than 400 letters of objection, with more than half of them based on religious grounds.

Bendigo Councillor Elise Chapman says many residents are worried about an "influx" of Muslims in their area.

"This isn't about racism. This isn't about bigotry. It's genuine concern," she told SBS.

Council documents show the majority of complaints related to concerns over the influence of Islam, citing the threat of terrorism, the introduction of Sharia and the dilution of "Christian values".

But Ms Chapman says safety concerns were among the objections, citing a 2011 case that came before the Melbourne County Court in which a young woman was raped by a group of young men at Flora Hill.

“I've received numerous pleas from women about their safety. The people are concerned,” she said.

A campaign on Facebook to "stop the Mosque in Bendigo" has so far attracted more than 7,000 likes.

The page features photographs of the Bendigo councillors who approved the plans, labelling them "traitors".

"We are all brainwashed and told how great multiculturalism is. We are told it creates diversity… [but] multiculturalism further divides people”, one commenter writes.

"Islam will bring forced marriages, acid attacks on women, bashings of local white men, loss of local jobs to Muslim refugees. It will create a shortage of housing for locals … and unwanted competition securing a rental property."

The project also received about 40 letters of support.
Bendigo Mayor Barry Lyons said in a statement there are many conditions on the permit to ensure the impact on neighbours was acceptable.

"Now a decision has been made, the applicants can move forward with the next stage in the development process," Mr Lyons said.

Councillors voted seven to two to support the $3 million development, which is funded by the Australian Islamic Mission. The mosque would offer two prayer halls, a minaret and a sports facility.

Opponents say they’re now preparing to go to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to fight the plans.

Many are angry at what they call a lack of community consultation.

Previously the council had said there were circumstances in which consultation does not occur, for example when "it is not possible to hold a reasonable conversation between the parties involved".

Director of Planning and Development for the City of Greater Bendigo, Prue Mansfield, says community opposition to this kind of project was not uncommon.

"As usual, with developments of major activity centres like churches people are concerned about parking, they're concerned about traffic and how people will get to the site."

Dr Seyed Sheriffdeen, from the Australian Islamic Mission, says the mosque is needed.

"When we build a mosque or church, we build a bigger venue where it can cater funerals, weddings, and community gatherings … There are churches that have space for 500 or 1000 people but maybe five people end up going to mass every week. So a similar thing applies to other places of worship. And when we build a venue, we make sure it caters for future needs."

Source:  SBS

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SBS aired the first of a four-part documentary entitled Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl, which was pulled from its schedule earlier this year following revelations that one of its participants has exaggerated his story about incarceration.

The documentary on the Lebanese community premiered on Thursday at 8.30pm.

Tony Iffland, SBS Director of TV said: “Through Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl we want to contribute to the national discourse about what it means to be Australian today and hope that these stories shine a light on a community that is resilient and a rich part of Australia’s diverse multicultural story.


“SBS has a 30 year history of presenting national and international award-winning documentary programming and we believe that Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl is a series that tells a compelling narrative about the settlement of the Lebanese community in Australia in the 1970’s and their journey in multicultural Australia. Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl gives people whose account has never been heard a place to tell their story about what it means to them to be Australian.”



This is the untold story of how the Lebanese community overcame the odds and found their place in multicultural Australia. This is a community that has been besieged by events beyond their control. But they have emerged stronger than ever with a resilience and strength that will carry them into the future. It is the story of how the Lebanese community overcame the odds and found its place in multicultural Australia.

This four-part documentary series hears from community leaders, police, families and individuals, as they combine to tell the compelling and dramatic story of a proud and resilient community, under intense pressure and scrutiny.

Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl begins in the 1970s when large numbers of Lebanese migrants flooded into Australia. Many were traumatised by civil war; all were desperate to build a better future. Over the coming decades, these new Australians struggled to establish a life in their adopted country. Domestic and global events were against them. The Gulf War, September 11 and the Bali bombings, all alienated them from some of their fellow Australians. The traditional Lebanese family unit was fragmenting under the pressure and a small minority turned to crime. Things reached a terrible climax when these tensions, inflamed by the media, erupted in the Cronulla Riots.

Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl is the inside story, told by those on the ground, of the succession of challenges that beset the Lebanese community, a community which is, ultimately proud and resilient.





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It was the story of an unlikely war hero; a Muslim woman, in her late twenties, who sacrificed her life as a British secret agent that caught the attention of Executive Film Producers Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe. Five years on and the story of Noor Inayet Khan has been made into 60 minute docudrama film by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF).

The film “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayet Khan Story” has already premiered across several cities in the U.S. over the past few months and this week it crossed the Atlantic and was premiered in London at the Tricycle Theatre.


The story, re-told through the narration of Academy Award winning actor Helen Mirren and including interviews with experts and reenactments starring Grace Srinivasan, will be broadcast nationwide in the U.S. on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) on September 9 this year.

Depictions of Muslims

Speaking to Al Arabiya News, Alex Kronemer explains that there are: “literally thousands of movies and documentaries about WWII and that seldom do we see Muslims depicted in any context.” In their search, for unsung WWII Muslim heroes, they stumbled on multiple stories of Muslims who provided shelter to Jews or supported allied forces. The story of the first female radio operator of Indian and American heritage, sent into Nazi-occupied France, was particularly alluring because of the “inclusive humanity” she represented.


In order to remain authentic in the depiction of the Noor Inayat Khan character, Kronemer and his team meticulously consulted with most published books relating to Noor and had access to many private letters, journal entries, and other documents. Kronemer goes on to explain: “We engaged an international group of scholars and two family members as we further researched her life and this story. We took a particular focus on Noor’s spiritual life, and looked at how her father’s religious and spiritual teachings that had a big impact on her later life.”

Stumbling on difficulty

But in accessing records from the French authorities, the team stumbled on difficulty as Michael Wolfe explains in an interview with ToledoFavs: “The French activities during the Second World War are shameful — and they are ashamed of it even today...they don’t like to discuss the subject much … because the French government essentially collaborated with the Germans.”


Noor’s decision to join the war effort is all the more intriguing given that she was raised in a pacifist Sufi household. Khan’s father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, was one of the leading spiritual figures of Sufi Islam across Europe and in 1914 being the founder a Sufi order in London. According to Wolfe: “In the 1910s and 1020s, Western philosophers and politicians and historians and many other educated people were looking for answers outside the Western tradition. There was an idea that the Western tradition was in need of rejuvenation, of cross-pollination, and there was a great influx of teaching and practices from India.”

Whilst the contributions of many Arab and Indian fighters during World War II remains limited in the public domain, the story of Noor Inayet Khan is one of the few if not, the only, to have gained traction in recent years. The largest volunteer force in history to support the efforts of WWII were composed of 2.5 million men and women from the Asian subcontinent.

In September 1944, Noor was executed at the age of 30 in the Dachau concentration camp, Germany. Her final word to be recorded before she was killed by firing squad was “Liberte.” For her bravery, she was posthumously awarded the George Cross in in 1949. Recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron commended Noor for her “bravery,” “indomitable courage” and “inspirational self-sacrifice.” Earlier this year, the Royal Mail commemorated her achievements by featuring her portrait on first class stamps.

When the docudrama airs on national television in the U.S., the story of Noor Inayet Khan will potentially reach an audience of millions, many of whom would have not previously known of the war heroine. For the filmmakers, the release of the film comes at an important time when mistrust of Muslims and Islamophobia is a heightened issue across America and the use of storytelling is an important tool to help build understanding of differences. Following the national broadcast, the film will be made available for grassroots dialogues that promote interfaith understanding.

Source:  Al Arabiya

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The new My Mosque App that is proving to be hit with users

A new localised Mosque App has already had over 10,000 downloads since it was launched recently.

The My Mosque app is the brainchild of Amjad Ali, Ismail Mulla and Majid Iqbal who came up with the idea in 2012.

It took them over 18 months to develop the app which is available on both Apple and Android devices. The resulting App allows users to access up to date information of their local mosque including prayer times, news and events.

Amjad said, “We don’t think there are any apps out there for users that allow them to access so much information at the click of a button.

“Many mosques already have updates going out through an e-mail and text message service but this app takes things to a whole new level.

“It has proved extremely popular within a short space of time and we are hoping to develop it further in the coming year.”

The App has already been launched in South Africa as well as the UK. There has also been interest from users in America.

Mosques are able to send out notifications to all their subscribers regarding different programmes, events, fundraising, funerals, Eid, Ramadhan notices or even daily reminders.

You then receive these as text alerts on your mobile and can then review them from the Notifications tab in the App.

Ismail said, “As well as prayer times users are able to access a qibla direction (prayer direction) feature and an ‘Ask Imam’ section.

The Ask Imam feature allows users to send their questions directly to their local Masjid for the Imam or Scholar to review and answer.

All questions will remain anonymous, hence you are now able to ask your personal

questions without having to speak face to face with your imams or scholars and benefit from their spiritual guidance.

“All mosques need to do is simply log on and register. And people can simply download the app.

“Whether you are travelling or not, My Mosque will list the Masajid nearest to you, their location and distance from where you are.

“You then simply subscribe to a mosque of your choice to receive all its information.

“Presently we have had over 12,000 downloads and over 180 mosques have registered with us.” Added Ismail.

There are plans now for the app to also cater for live streaming of events at mosques.

For further information you can log on to mymosque.org.uk.

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Hurry final days! Everything must go before 25th June! Extended trading hours for this weekend! Come in and see us. We will be open from 9am till 6pm everyday this week!

After 10 years in the Lighting industry, Lighting Direct in Underwood is shutting its doors to the public. The team at Lighting Direct would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued customers and the community at large for their ongoing support over the last ten years. Your support has been greatly appreciated by us and whether you came by for a small bulb or a quick chat, it was always a pleasure to see and serve you all. Lighting Directs last trading day will be the 25th June 2014.

Thank you all once again from the Hussein family of Lighting Direct.

Lighting Direct will continue to trade via our online store and for any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at sales@lightingdirect.com.au.

Massive range of crystal chandeliers, modern and traditional pendants, fans, downlights, outdoor lighting and a huge variety of floor and table lamps. All stock must be cleared. Prices never to be repeated! Hurry only available until 25th June. Don't miss out on your great bargain!

Showroom located at 38 Kingston Road Underwood. Open 7 days. Call us on 3341 9001 or visit our website at www.lightingdirect.com.au.

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Source: Huffington Post


Next week in CCN: Another of the 10 Muslim Women you Have To Know

Rab'ia al-Adawiyya (Iraq, 717-801 C.E.)

Rab'ia was an eighth century Sufi saint who set forth the doctrine of "Divine Love."


Rab'ia was born into a poor family, orphaned at a young age and was eventually sold into slavery.


One night, while her owner witnessed her bowing in prayer, a lamp hung above her head without support, so he freed her.


When asked why she walked down the street with a bucket of water in one hand and a lit candle in the other, she replied, "I want to set fire to heaven with this flame and put out the fire of hell with this water so that people will cease to worship GOD for fear of hell or for temptation of heaven.


One must love GOD as GOD is Love." She is widely considered to be the most important of the early Sufi poets.


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Saleh Kamel $2bn ($2.19bn) Saudi Arabia                  

Saleh Kamel is synonymous with Islamic banking and finance.


Born in Taif, Saudi Arabia, Kamel, 71, grew up in Makkah and attended Riyadh University and went on to work at the kingdom's Ministry of Finance.


He left public office to start Dallah Establishment in the early 1960s.


By the early 1980s he established the AI Baraka Investment & Development conglomerate, a holding company for many Islamic banks and financial Institutions operating according to Islamic principles in various diversified business activities all over the world.


Kamel built an empire through his government contracting ventures in Saudi Arabia. Kamel owns a majority stake in Dallah Albaraka Group, a holding company that has various Islamic banking operations, with real estate, construction and manufacturing business segments.

Source: ArabianBusiness

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Dear Editor

The recent milestone that resulted in the 500th edition of CCN, is indeed a significant achievement to be proud of.


I am aware of the tremendous effort and hours of dedication you put in each and every week. CCN is informative, sometimes serious, other times light-hearted, with a strong focus on community activities.


For me, CCN is now in serious competition with overnight football results – which to check first!

Keep up the good work and looking forward to the next 500.

David Forde



Well down on your 500th issue of CCN.


It's not easy to do this week in and week out . We can't image what it takes to do this.


May Allah reward the whole team. It is a great tool for the Muslim community to get their news out


Thank you from the auctioneer himself Hussin Goss, the Goss family and Goss Bros Refrigerated Transport.


Hussin Goss

Asalaamuilakum Dear Editor


Masha'Allah! 500 is amazing.
Allah reward you and your team....



Dylan Chown

Salaams CCN Readers


I have established some charity works in Pakistan since 2010, including the following:

1. Free Medical Clinic providing free treatment to Madressah and other local students from primary and secondary schools. The residents of 5 nearby villages benefit from this clinic. We also cover surgery costs for the operations for small children with hernia and heart problems. The clinic is managed by a full-time MBBS qualified doctor and three other staff.

2. We continue to care for and support the rehabilitation of those in need. We provide transportation and pay for Cesarean Section for those women who need medical attention and cannot give birth at home due to medical complications

We need further funds to purchase an ambulance and to continue all these projects.

I would appreciate your support from Zakat or Sadaqah, or other money donations.

Should you wish to make a donation through direct deposit, please find below my bank account details. Please make sure you put a reference to donations for Pakistan.

Suncorp Bank
Name: H Bhutto
BSB: 484-799
Account number: 042564998


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Bosnia writes new story at World Cup


Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic, front left, is congratulated by a teammate after scoring his side's first goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014 

BRAZIL: It truly is a horrific thought that not even the giant Maracana Stadium, filled to the brim with 74,000 people high on life and football, could fit all the dead from the Bosnia war. But their presence — in hearts, in memories — was felt as the young nation they never lived to enjoy made its World Cup debut, the 77th country to plant its flag on football's biggest stage.

"This is why we came, to remember," Adnan Filipovic said as he filed into the stadium with his parents, his voice breaking with emotion. "All those people are coming with us to this game."

When the 1992-1995 war made refugees of the Filipovics and so many others, never did they think they'd one day see Bosnians teamed together, in Brazil of all places, giving two-time world champion Argentina and its superstar Lionel Messi a tough bone to chew.

The morning of Sunday's match, Filipovic prepared by looking at photos of the conflict on the Internet, to remind himself how far he and Bosnia have come and why this warm Rio de Janeiro night was such an important milestone. The conflict killed more than 100,000 people, turned half of the country's population of 4.3 million into refugees and left a legacy of poverty, high unemployment and never-ending political strife.

"We're all looking for some closure here. I think that's really what it is," said Filipovic, who was 11 when his family fled Banja Luka, in northern Bosnia, in 1994. They wound up in the United States, in Augusta, Georgia, and built a new life.

"In these things there is never a winner, there is no 'victory.' I don't even know what victory is — until today. I know for our flag to be in Maracana is — I don't how else to define it — some kind of victory."




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Sri Lanka shaken by religious violence

SRI LANKA: Police use tear gas and enforce curfew in two coastal towns to end fighting between Muslims and Buddhists.

Sri Lankan police have fired tear-gas and enforced a curfew in two coastal towns popular with tourists in an attempt to end clashes between Muslims and Buddhists that threatens to set off wider religious violence.

The police said on Sunday they were widening a curfew in Aluthgama to the neighbouring town Beruwala, a predominantly Muslim area, after violence threatened to take hold in the region.

According to the AFP news agency, the two groups attacked each other with stones in fighting over the weekend - the latest in a series of religious clashes to hit the island nation.

A police spokesman said trouble began when a group led by Buddhist monks tried to march in an area with a sizeable population of Muslims, who are a minority in the mainly Buddhist country.

"The curfew was declared to bring the situation under control," the spokesman said.

"The curfew was extended to a neighbouring area to prevent an escalation of clashes."

"Several Muslim-owned shops have been burned and homes attacked," a resident in Beruwala told AFP.

"Some Buddhists are deliberately targeting Muslims. But unfortunately police have not been able to protect the minorities," Hilmy Ahmed, spokesperson of Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, told Al Jazeera.

"A petty feud between two individuals has been allowed to take a religious tone. The extremist Buddhists led by Bodu Bala Sena attacked Muslims and are still in the area despite curfew."

There were no reports of arrests but dozens of people were said to have been injured.

Appeal for restraint

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is in Bolivia attending the G77 summit, has called for restraint with the promise that the government will not allow anyone "to take the law into their own hands".

"An investigation will be held for law to take its course of action to bring to book those responsible for incidents in Aluthgama," he said in a Twitter message.

The latest unrest came weeks after Muslim legislators asked Rajapaksa to protect their minority community from "Buddhist extremist elements" blamed for a recent spate of hate attacks.

Muslims make up about 10 percent of Sri Lanka's 20-million population.

Nationalist Buddhist groups, including the Bodu Bala Sena, accuse religious minorities of having undue political and economic influence on the island.

Videos posted on YouTube have shown mobs led by Buddhist monks throwing stones and smashing a Christian church in southern Sri Lanka in January, and attacking mosques while police looked on.

Senior Buddhist monks have also been caught on video threatening violence against their moderate colleagues who advocate tolerance.

Rajapaksa, who is a Buddhist, warned monks in January last year not to incite religious violence.

Source:  Al Jazeera

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Republicans Taunt US Muslim Reporter

TEXAS – Aspiring to a special coverage of Republican Party’s annual convention in Texas, young American Muslim reporter Heba Said said was ridiculed and called “Islamist” by the delegates at the convention only for donning an Islamic headscarf.

“I attended the convention as a reporter hoping to tell readers about the panel discussions I attended, but I discovered a cult-like hatred that is simply disgusting,” Heba Said, a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington and the opinion editor of the school paper, The Shorthorn, wrote in her column.

The 22-year-old Muslim reporter said that she was targeted, mocked and faced discrimination for her Islamic attire at Texas GOP convention that ended a week ago.

Applying for media credentials to attend the convention, the Muslim reporter aimed to tell her readers about the experience of sitting during panel discussions with delegates.

Yet, the senior student's dream was shattered, turning into a nightmare of racial abuse.

“As I walked through the halls, people stopped in their tracks and frowned and shook their heads at me,” Heba wrote.

“Panelists threw the word “Islamist” around as if it were perfectly OK, and one man even asked if I felt alone at a meeting.

“I was referred to as “you people” and “y’all Muslims” more times than I can count.

“The worst part was the way delegates looked at me, as if I were something to fear when I approached them,” she added.

The Muslim reporter's complaints were rejected by Texas GOP chairman.

“I did not observe any of this,” Steve Munisteri, Texas GOP chairman, told Yahoo News on Saturday, June 14.

“I never heard a single anti-Muslim statement, and I never saw any anti-Muslim activity.”

The Republican leader said that this year's meeting drew 10,000 participants, and that everyone was expected to “treat their fellow delegates and guests with respect and civility.”

“Is it possible that some knucklehead said something that was mean-spirited to somebody? Sure,” he said.

“Would the state party ever condone that? Absolutely not.”



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World Cup 2014 opens doors for Brazil to welcome Muslim fans



BRAZIL: SAO PAULO: In a rundown Sao Paulo street, squeezed between a graffiti-covered sports bar and a dilapidated unisex hairdressers, lies a little haven of Islamic tranquillity.

Here, while Brazil is rushing to be ready in time for next month’s Fifa World Cup, staff at the Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil (Fambras) are calmly preparing their own warm welcome for the 600,000 foreign football fans expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Fambras has several initiatives to “help dispel prejudice and ignorance of Islam”, said Ali Hussein El Zoghbi, the federation’s Brazil-born vice-president.

A written guide has been produced as well as a smartphone application, a cuddly bearded mascot called Salaminho (Little Salam) and a hotline to advise visitors on how to observe Islam while in Brazil.

June 28 marks the start of the knockout stages of football’s grandest showcase and for a growing number of Brazil’s residents, it also marks the likely start of Ramadan.

Although still a small minority among Brazil’s estimated 202 million people, the Muslim population is on the rise after an influx in recent years of refugees from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

There are no reliable figures for the number of Muslims in Brazil. Mr El Zoghbi estimates the country is now home to about 1.5 million Muslims, the largest concentration of which can be found close to Iguazu Falls. With tens of thousands of Muslims expected to visit Brazil during the World Cup, the country’s 80-odd mosques can expect to be in high demand this Holy Month.

“We expect around 50,000 Muslim fans to visit for the World Cup, mainly from Iran, Nigeria and Algeria, but also from countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia and the Gulf region,” said Mr El Zoghbi, sitting under a framed photograph of Mecca and flitting between Arabic and Portuguese.

“We see this as a great chance not only to welcome Muslims, but also to spread the positive word of Islam to non-Muslims.”

The 28-page booklet, Muslim Fan Guide — Salam Brazil, is written in English, with a French version in production. It details everything from prayer times and mosque locations in each of the country’s 12 host cities to information about Islam in Brazil. Helpful phone numbers, including the UAE Embassy, are also included.


Six of the 32 nations in next month’s tournament are from countries where Islam is significantly present, said the tourism ministry.

Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Iran, Ivory Coast and Nigeria all have large Muslim populations. Nations such as France and Germany also have Muslim players, including Franck Ribery and Mesut Ozil.

“In some of these countries — Iran is a good example — football is a national passion like it is in Brazil,” Mr El Zoghbi, whose father moved to Sao Paulo from Lebanon in 1949, said. “We have contacted all 32 teams and told them we are available to help in whatever they need.”

André Lara, Mr El Zoghbi’s Brazilian colleague at Fambras, sips an Arabic coffee as he details the plans further. The federation will visit the base hotels of each of the six countries before the teams start to arrive. There, hotel staff will be briefed on the workings of Ramadan and any special requirements that may be expected of them.

As well as printing 65,000 guides, Fambras will launch its smartphone app on Sunday. It will include a compass to locate the direction of Mecca and a list of halal restaurants in each of the host cities.

A 12-hour daily phone service — in English, Arabic, Spanish, French and Portuguese — will also launch before the tournament starts.

A branded “Salam Bus” will travel around the country distributing a wide range of books in several languages, added Ahmed Khalaf, an Egyptian who works at Fambras. The bus will carry the slogans “Conheco o Islam” (Know Islam) and “Islam é Paz” (Islam is peace).

“I have lived in Brazil for four years,” Mr Khalaf said. “The situation is different as the Muslim here is in the minority, but the most important thing is still to make sure your religion is the most important part of your life. For instance, I make all my prayers, even if I am on the metro. People take an interest and ask me questions, but it is never a problem. People are open-minded.”

Source:  The National


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Muslim Stars to Shine in Brazil World Cup



BRAZIL: As Brazil prepares to host FIFA World Cup football tournament that would run from June 12 to July 13, 2014, dozens of Muslim players have been listed to take part in this summer's international games.

Here are some of the names of Muslim stars participating in the international tournament.


This is aimed to be presented in a series, so we will have other names in the next batch.

Edin Džeko
Born in March 1986 in Bosnia's Sarajevo, the Manchester City striker has began his career as a midfielder in the youth team of Željezničar where he was recognized as one of the most talented boys in the blue team.

In November 2009, Džeko became Bosnia’s first UNICEF ambassador.

The Bosnian footballer was named top scorer of Group G in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as his 10 goals granted his country Bosnia qualification for the first time in history to the FIFA World Cup (Brazil 2014).

Dzeko will play for Bosnia in the World Cup 2014.

Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil is a German footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German national team since 2009.

The 25-year-old talented player gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award, which is awarded to the tournament's best player.

At the age of 24, Özil became the youngest sportsman to figure in the Berlin museum.

Sami Khedira
The Real Madrid midfielder, Sami Khedira, was named by Germany to play in World Cup 2014.

Born in April 1987, the German footballer is currently playing for Real Madrid and the German national team.

In 2010, the Muslim player moved from VFB Stuttgart to Real Madrid, signing a contract until 2015 with an undisclosed fee.

Karim Benzema
Playing for the Spanish Real Madrid and the French national football team, Karim Benzema, 26, was named as a forward player in the French squad travelling to Brazil 2014.

At the age of 19, the Muslim striker was ranked as top goal-scorer in all European leagues in 2007 with 11 goals so far.

He stole the limelight in 2005, when he made his first debut with the Lyonnais and scored a spectacular goal that gave him a foothold in the French national team at the age of 17.

Hailing from Algerian family, Benzema helped the Lyonnais maintain Ligue 1 title for 2005, 2006 and 2007.

His impressive performance at the UEFA Cup 2007 drew interests from European heavyweights Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC and Inter Milan.

Mamadou Sakho
Hailing form a Senegalese family, the 24-year-old Muslim defender will play for the French world Cup squad.

The French footballer plays as a central defender for Premier League club Liverpool and the French national team.

In 2003, Sakho started his professional career after joining club Paris Saint-Germain, at the age of 12.

By 2007, the French defender signed his first professional three-year contract. In the same year he made his first league debut against Valeciennes in a 0–0 draw, becoming the youngest player ever to captain a Ligue 1 club.

Source:  OnIslam




There are now 101 Muslim football players in this years world cup in Brazil. There are 32 countries competing for the world cup and each country has a squad of 23 players.


This is a run down by continent....

Source:  TopIslamic


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An explanation: Algeria's kneeling goal celebration after scoring against Belgium



BRAZIL: Algeria opened the scoring in their match against heavily favored Belgium with a Sofiane Feghouli penalty in the 24th minute before Belgium came back to win 2-1. After sealing the unexpected lead, Feghouli and several of his teammates ran to the corner flag and celebrated by kneeling down together.

The subdued celebration contrasts with the dances and general craziness we've seen from others at the World Cup, but it's been a customary goal celebration for Muslim players, like the Algerians, for some time now.

What they did was a Sujud — a prayer position in which the forehead, nose, hands, knees and toes all touch the ground — which delighted Muslim fans on social media. Chelsea's Demba Ba is a well known practitioner of the Sujud as a goal celebration and it was even added to FIFA 14...

BBC pundit and former England player Gary Lineker had to apologize in 2012 when he described a similar goal celebration by joking that the players involved "ate grass." Lineker later said, "I'm sorry but I'm not aware of every player's religion."

Maybe now that it's been done at the World Cup, the increased exposure will help prevent others from making a similar mistake.



Source:  Yahoo

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KB says: 13-year old Leiya Bookhan is my Chef-of-the-Week with these tasty dumplings which she surprised her Mom with during the week.





250g cake flour
5g salt
20ml baking powder
20g butter
125ml of cold water


1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt.
2. Grate the butter into the flour and with light hands mix the butter into the flour to resemble bread crumbs.
3. Add the water to make a soft dough.
4. Form balls and drop into your curry (I used sugar beans curry) which has enough liquid and is boiling. You could also place your dumplings in a lamb, chicken or vegetable curry)
5. Cook for about 15mins with lid closed.
6. Serve immediately.
7. The texture should be soft like bread


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, I tend to do most of my workouts at home during the colder months and was hoping you can help me out with a few warm up exercises as I normally go for a run and then come back home to complete my workout.

A: Skipping is one of the best ways to get your heart rate up, so pull out that old skipping rope and get jumping.


Try step ups out on the veranda if you don’t have any stairs inside.


Mountain climbers is a good starter too…


The aim is to keep it simple and build from there, so don’t think too much about what you’re doing, just stay safe through your technique and keep your eye on the prize – results!





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Mula Nasruddin is on his final question for 'Who Wants to be a Billionaire', and has one lifeline left, 'Phone A Friend', and the question was

"Which bird does not make a nest?"

1: Sparrow
2: Swallow
3: Blackbird
4: Cuckoo

Mula Nasruddin is not sure, so he calls his  best friend, Jallaluddin.

Jallaluddin answers, "Brother, it's obviously a cuckoo, 100%" and Mula Nasruddin wins.

Later Mula Nasruddin calls his friend, "how did you possibly know that answer, my friend?"

"I must say you've got more brains than I have given you credit for!"


And Jallaluddin replies: "Well, I am no fool, a cuckoo lives in a clock na!"



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Glory to Allah, Who created in pairs all things that the earth produces, as well as their own (human) kind and (other) things of which they have no knowledge.
Surah Ya-Sin 36:36


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