Sunday, 6 July 2014

 Newsletter 0504 



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Report by Maree Klemm, member of Believing Women for a Culture of Peace


(l to r) Sr Wendy Flannery, Coordinator of BWCP, Fouzia Peer, member of BWCP, Nora Amath, Chairperson of BWCP, Rev Garth Read, President of NIG, Farkhanda Chaudry, founding member of Interfaith Scotland, Ghizala Avan, a psychologist with many years experience in community development in Scotland and internationally


“Love, Pray, Eat”….. the reverse order to Elizabeth Gilbert’s best seller….. and the seventy people present at the Aspley Uniting Church on Sunday 29 June, the start of Ramadan, to hear from Glasgow-based Farkhanda Chaudry MBE, and Ghizala Avan of Interfaith Scotland and its affiliate Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, delighted in all three elements.

Brisbane-based multi-faith groups, Believing Women for a Culture of Peace and Northside Interfaith Group hosted the visiting speakers, briefly in Brisbane after facilitating a community cohesion process in New Caledonia. They were happy to have an opportunity to share their interfaith message and its power to influence community cohesion.

A sung 4-part greeting, based on religious affirmations from Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Jewish origins, exchanges of gifts, open sharing of the protocols of Ramadan and how we could all participate in the end of fasting at sunset, contributed to the accepting and loving ambience of the gathering.

Farkhanda spoke of the substantial influence and public voice which Interfaith Scotland has gained with various governance levels, as well as the wider community. The aims of the Interfaith Scotland council are to cultivate learning and dialogue among those with specific interfaith interests; to provide tools and pathways to bring this knowledge to other sectors and disciplines; and to promote education and awareness throughout Scotland. “Scotland interfaith Week” is a fine example of how much Interfaith Scotland has achieved since its beginnings more than a decade ago.

Ghizala’s resource Centre aims to remove the oppression of “cultural stereotypes”, especially the misunderstanding around the status of Muslim women. The Centre promotes the universal message of love – that we all have equal rights which are to be enjoyed through the diversity of our humanity. In her call to action to rid the world of violence against women, Ghizala quoted the UN Rapporteur for this action – that if the incidence of violence against women was regarded in the same way as an infectious disease, then the world would declare a pandemic and put in place emergency global resources to eliminate the “dis-ease”.

At sunset, all were invited to join those ending the day’s fast with dates and water, and to gather for prayer, in the room prepared for the purpose. A strong sense of spiritual connectedness and unity was strongly felt by the participants of whatever faith. The gathering concluded with a shared iftar meal and lively discussion of contemporary public concerns which faith communities are seeking to address, with very insightful responses from Farkhanda and Ghizala.

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Report by Rami Elmohandis of IMAGC     

Friday the 13 June was a very special day, and will be remembered for the purchase of what (insha'Allah) will be the 2nd Masjid in the Gold Coast.

The IMAGC finally settled on the property in Worongary. With the support and financial contribution of many people in our community and around Australia, we were able to pay a deposit of $185,000.00.

Insha'Allah during Ramadan we will be taking names of people who can volunteer with renovations (services), cleaning and any further financial support (which we still need to raise to complete the final purchase of the property. We will then aim to start the renovation to make it safe and suitable for prayer and other activities, then we can proceed to further expansion, and the following stages insha'Allah.

In the meantime, we will be working closely with council over the next few months to make it safe for the public and have all necessary regulations met to open the doors to the community Insha'Allah.

May Allah reward everyone who has made any kind of contribution to this project.

There is still a long way to go, but we want to make it available to the community as soon as we can, so if you think you can contribute anyway please let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us at info@imagc.com.au

Please continue to make du'aa for the success of this project.

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Local Brisbane mum, Faaiza Osman, has taken to blogging her recipes and "mum-related" ideas on her ModestMunchies website.


Here you’ll find baking and cooking recipes on her blog as well as some mummy related stuff, crafts, activities, home organisation tips and more.


Faaiza has created a free printable Ramadan Meal Planner which has proved very popular amongst her followers.


She also shows you how to make a Ramadan advent calendar.

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Mufti Zeeyad Ravat personally distributes Islamic College of Brisbane donations to Syrian Refugees with Al-Imdaad Foundation and Muslim Aid Australia in Jordan.


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Report by  Safeena Ahmad of Al-Nisa    


On June 21st, the new Al-Nisa Management Committee held their first fundraising dinner; Glitz and Glamour- A Night to Shine. Proceeds from the event were donated to Islamic Relief who work tirelessly to provide aid for less fortunate countries. In particular, the aim of the night was to raise as much money as possible to go toward the building of a large bore well in Somalia which will provide water for over 60,000 people.

You may not realise, but over 1 billion people in the world live without access to clean drinking water. In some Somalian villages, women have to walk up to 3 hours to collect water for their family. Due to the unfortunate water crisis, every 19 seconds a mother loses her child to water related diseases. This is a devastating statistic and we, Al-Nisa, wanted to do something to help this crisis.

Our team worked very hard to put on an enjoyable night for everyone in attendance. The event was held at the IWAQ Hall in Springwood, with a lovely three course meal, games, auction and sale items, and of course, great company. By the end of the evening, we raised $11,471 to donate toward the Islamic Relief water project in Somalia! Alhumdulillah!

Al-Nisa would like to thank all of its members, both active and founding, and various volunteers who helped on the night. We would also like to thank our major sponsors; Brisbane After Hours Doctors, Brisbane Diagnostics and IsStyle Events and Photography. Also a thank you to all our other sponsors and everyone who donated auction and sale items, as well as other essentials on the night.

Ramadan Mubarak from the Al-Nisa team. We wish you all a prosperous month ahead and look forward to sharing many successful ventures with you all in the future in-shaa-Allah!

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NSW: The Goulburn-Mulwaree Council in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands has rejected a development application for a Muslim cemetery in the town of Marulan.

The council had been considering the matter for 12 months and last night voted to reject the proposal.

The Al Mabarrat Benevolent Society wanted to build a 3,500-plot cemetery and prayer hall on the Hume Highway at Marulan.

The Goulburn-Mulwaree Council said it received about 100 submissions from the public, with many opposed to the idea.

A Sydney-based planning consultancy said it also received racist emails about the proposed Islamic cemetery.

Consultant Richard Smyth said concerns were raised about access to the site, but there has been some disturbing comments too.

"I've had some emails that I'd rather not describe to you," he said.

"I did a prayer hall in Earlwood back in 1998 and about 1,000 people turned up at the council meeting to object.

"The court approved it [the appeal] and since then it's settled in.

"With Annangrove we had about 4,000 objections from about 500 families."

Mayor Geoff Kettle said he fully supported the decision because the proposal failed to meet a number of conditions, such as suitable access to the site.

He said the application also failed to demonstrate the cemetery would not adversely impact the quality of groundwater and surface water run-off.

The council also approved plans for a brewery to be built on the former site of the Coles distribution warehouse in Goulburn.

Source : ABC News

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19 year old Oussama Abou-Zeid has been elected the Young Premier of Victoria.


He spoke to ABC News Breakfast about the bills he hopes to introduce during his week in parliament.


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Senator George Brandis (centre) and Sheik Mohamadu Saleem (right) met at Parliament House


Islamic leaders say they will do what they can to stop young Australians heading overseas to fight alongside extremists, after meeting with Attorney-General George Brandis.

Several clerics this morning met with Senator Brandis at Parliament House in Canberra to discuss the problem of so-called home-grown terrorism.

Senator Brandis says about 60 Australians are currently fighting in Iraq and Syria, with dozens more supporting them.

The Abbott Government says most do not want to return home, but claims those who do are likely to be up to "no good".

Senator Brandis told the senior Islamic leaders that they are important partners and he wants them to use their moral authority to stop young Muslims joining ISIS, or other militant groups, in the Middle East.

"In your communities in particular you have a especially important role as moral leaders, as charismatic figures, as authority figures, as religious leaders," he said.

"The issue here is not religion - the issue is extremism."

He confirmed security and intelligence agencies are still monitoring about 150 Australians here and abroad.

It comes as an Australian preacher, Musa Cerantonio (pictured right) who has emerged as one of the high-profile supporters of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq claims he is heading to Syria.

Social media and internet pose problems for authorities

Senator Brandis describes social media and the internet as two of the Government's biggest problems as it tries to combat home-grown terrorism.

The Coalition is introducing new legislation that will allow security and surveillance organisations to better track Australian jihadists and their associates online.

The Islamic leaders were briefed on the bills during the meeting.

Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem from the Australian National Imams Council says all Muslims are shocked that so many Australians are fighting overseas.


He says he wants to make sure the nation is protected from violent extremism.

"We really appreciate the fact that you have recognised the role of the imams in peace building in this country," he said.

"And of course we have discussed various ways of de-radicalising our youth.

"And we have been of course instrument in the past encouraging youth to engage positively, rather than negatively, in Australia."

Senator Brandis says the Government's legislation will help save young men from "radical ideology".

He expects the bills, which are largely based on the recommendations of a report from Parliament's intelligence committee, to receive bipartisan support.

"We've had this bizarre situation up to now that two agencies, in particular ASIS and ASIO, may perhaps in a hypothetical case be working together but powers exercisable by one were not exercisable by the other, although it's a joint operation," he said.

"So the effect of the legislation will be to break down those silos which have inhibited operability."

The Opposition has welcomed the meeting and says it will work productively with the Government.

But Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles says Senator Brandis should not have been the minister leading the meeting.

"To have the Attorney-General, the man who led the charge to amend the Racial Discrimination Act, which can only lead to greater prejudice to communities such as the Islamic community in Australia ... lead these discussions I think is extraordinary," he said.

The Coalition says it will continue to consult with Islamic leaders as it introduces the laws.

Source : ABC News


Media release on meeting with the Imams by Attorney-General for Australia Minister for the Arts Senator the Hon George Brandis QC


Remarks at meeting with the Imams by Attorney-General for Australia Minister for the Arts Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

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The MUSLIM EDUCATIONAL & SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCY in Zimbabwe has been feeding the fasting Muslims in 17 centres mainly in the southern and western parts of Zimbabwe for a number of years.


With the growth in the programme, the centres have been extended to include the towns and cities of Beitbridge, Gwanda, Renco Mine, Zvishavane, Shangani, Esigodini, How Mine, Victoria Falls, Hwange, Kamativi and Masaajid in Bulawayo.


To contribute to this year's programme contact Hawa Mahomed for more details on 07 3273 2786 (h) or 0425 557 861 (m)

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As more and more Muslims turn their smartphones into a resource to enhance their Islamic awareness, a South African Quraan Institute has released an app to make it easier to recite the Quraan on the go, with Tajweed.

The Hafiz Academy & Qur’an Literacy Trust of Cape Town which first released the colour coded Mushaf of the Quraan approximately 10 years ago, has now migrated the Mushaf online with downloads currently being offered on Android and Apple.

Director of the Institute, Dr Hafidh Reedwaan Ismail told Cii Radio’s Ulama In Focus that the process of developing the original Mushaf all those years back was a time consuming and meticulous one.

“When we were taught by the late Hafidh Shamshuddin Ibrahim in Salt River, he used to physically take a red pen and underline all those areas where we had to apply the Tajweed rules. So only if you studied to become a Hafidh, you would have that facility. Our idea was to make that facility to be available to Muslims throughout the world. And Alhamdulillah, Allah SWT guided us to come up with the colour coding concept where we use 7 different colours to represent each of the Tajweed rules, and Alahmdulillah we can very proudly say that the colour coded Quraan is available in all four corners of the world.”

It took Reedwaan a full year of slog in front of a computer to identify and colour code the Tajweed rules and compile the physical Mushaf.

Following a Haj trip about 4 years ago, when Reedwaan’s colour coded Mushaf sparked much interest and curiosity from international Hujaaj, it dawned upon the Hafidh that the project had to be taken online to make it accessible to a global Ummah.

This paved the way for the app, which Reedwaan said was relatively easy to put together given that all the hard work had been done years prior.

The app is now available both on Google Playstore as well as the Apple iStore where the first 10 Juz can be downloaded for free and the remainder for a small fee.

All proceeds from the download of the Colour Coded Tajweed Qur’an are earmarked for the Hafiz Academy where girls and boys are taught the memorisation of the Qur’an for free.

The Hafiz Academy has also produced a Tajweed App which includes interactive videos and a quiz.

Source : CII Broadcasting


[CCN] Search for Colour Coded Tajweed Quran in the App Store.

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Despite vocal protests and a social media campaigns from opponents, the Bendigo City Council last month approved plans for a $3 million mosque. 


In the Australian state of Victoria, two major political parties have thrown their support behind the construction of a controversial mosque that has divided a regional community.

Despite vocal protests and a social media campaigns from opponents, the Bendigo City Council last month approved plans for a $3 million mosque.

The development going to be done by the Council, which would include two prayer rooms, a shop and a community sports hall, recieved over 350 objections.

Deputy opposition leader James Merlino praised the Bendigo community for standing up against a small minority.

"We should rejoice in the fact a clear majority of councillors, seven out of nine, voted in favour of the mosque," Mr Merlino told ABC radio on Tuesday.

"We should rejoice in the fact the overwhelming response in the Bendigo community is to reject the intolerance and the racism of a very small minority."

Majority complaints seen in the Councils documents are related to concerns over the influence of Islam.

Matthew Guy, the Multicultural Affairs Minister, claimed that Muslims would (not) disrupt the lives of other residents.

"People in Bendigo who have this fear that 300 or so Islamic Australians who want to pray in peace are going to disrupt their lives is just plain wrong," Mr Guy told ABC radio.

"There is nothing to fear from the facility being approved."

Source : World Bulletin




An Open Letter to Elise Chapman – Bendigo Councillor


Dear Ms. Chapman,

I was greatly disturbed by your comments as quoted in The Age on June 20, 2014:
1. “Every day in the media there are cases of people being raped by Muslims … and there is no doubt a mosque would see more Muslims move to Bendigo.”

2. “Islam is not a race though and I am not racist.”

These comments should not only be cause for concern for Muslims, but any reasonable fair-minded Australian. You claim that there are cases of people being raped by Muslims in the media on a daily basis; such a childish generalization becomes all the more disturbing when made by a person of your position.

As well as noting that rape is categorically forbidden in Islam (having members of the Islamic centre in Bendigo to clarify such a matter yourself and your colleagues might be a good idea), please understand that generalisations may work both ways. As of writing this letter, the search for Nahid Almanea’s (a Saudi student studying Britain) murderer continues. It is supposed by Police that her Muslim dress made her a target, so much so that she was stabbed an alarming sixteen times. Based on your troubled reasoning, is it acceptable for members of the Muslim community to claim that all British people are hate-mongering murderers? I pray that you understand how imbalanced such an assertion is.

According to the same article, you further claimed that Islamic practices taught that any non-believers were “not worthy and should be killed”. Given your poorly researched readings of Islam, it may perhaps come as a surprise that the Qur’an permits men to marry Jewish or Christian women. If we were assume your comment to be valid, why would you then suppose that Islam permits such a practice? Islam is very much more nuanced than the uncivilized caricature which you presumably have in mind.

It displeases me to know that your readings of Islam do not extend towards what the religion offers with regards to kindness, charity and benevolent conduct. I am sure that your derisive comments and highly-selective readings of Islam will further contribute to anti-Islamic behavior in the community such as the recent incidents of vandalism which we saw at the Canberra Islamic Centre (CIC). Although you have mentioned that unemployment rates are four to five times higher than “Australian men.” This phenomenon has more to do with discrimination than it does with ability.

Finally, although you rightfully explain that such statements do not make you a racist, it does however make you a loud-mouthed bigot.


Suleiman Ali Baig


Source: Islam in Australia

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What really happened at the Cronulla Riots? Go beyond the media headlines with the SBS interactive experience: watch the documentary, explore the themes and delve deeper into this dark day in Australia's history.



"This Sunday, every Aussie in the Shire get down to North Cronulla to support the Leb and Wog bashing day.”

A text message sent to mobilise the rioters. As reprinted in the ACMA Investigative Report.


On December 11, 2005 a riot occurred on Cronulla Beach in Sydney's south targeting men of ‘Middle Eastern appearance’.

Phrases like “100% Aussie Pride” were scrawled in the sand while slogans such as “We grew here you flew here” became a new source of national shame. In the following days, Lebanese-Australian youth rose up, responding swiftly in a series of retaliations.

Leading up to these events, 270,000 text messages were sent and received to mobilise the rioters and those who retaliated.

This interactive documentary explores these events. A 60-minute video is the springboard to explore a wall of content that adds further depth and perspective to the themes that fuelled the infamous Cronulla Riots.

Watch the untold stories. Investigate the themes. Explore the riots in an entirely new, immersive way.

Watch the documentary.

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OPINION by Aftab Malik     

The controversy surrounding the recent decision of the Bendigo Council to approve the city's first mosque highlights the impossible situation in which Australian Muslims frequently find themselves.

There can be no doubt that mosques are not the centres of radicalisation so often depicted by bigots and fearmongers. Indeed, convicted terrorists in Australia and in other western countries have proven themselves to be religiously illiterate and antithetical to the kind of traditional Islamic learning promulgated in mosques and most Islamic schools. Recall that the former al-Qa'ida leader, Osama bin Laden, was an engineer by profession, and the current leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a qualified medical doctor. They waged a global war against non-Muslims and Muslims alike, not as religious authorities, but as autodidacts. Their minions are Muslim in name only; they betray everything that the Islamic faith stands for.

Mosques are only as good as the imams they employ. If these guides cannot connect with large numbers of their flock, young Australian Muslims will go elsewhere for religious instruction.

It is with good reason, therefore, that last year Australia's top Muslim cleric, the Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, argued that more mosques are the key to combating radicalisation.

Yet, most applications for the construction of mosques and Islamic schools are rejected by local councils. Some locals feel threatened by such institutions, others feel such structures are "out of place" and will clash in character and nature with the broader society, while others simply hold onto misinformed views about Muslims and of Islam. It is little wonder, then, that many Australian Muslims feel alienated from their society, when research confirms large proportions of mainstream society holding anti-Islamic sentiments.

Overwhelmingly, the majority of Australian Muslims feel that Islam instils universal values that are shared by Australians: they believe that their faith makes them better citizens. Yet, large swathes of Australian Muslims feel demonised and vilified, largely due to events that stem overseas, involving Muslims. So a polarisation within society creates distrust and fear. Only bigots and extremists on both sides of the spectrum thrive and gain in such an environment to the detriment of everyone else.

There is near consensus among academics that the process of radicalisation is triggered by many factors - some personal, others economic and political (the so-called "elephant in the room"), others still cultural and societal. Through their rhetoric, fringe demagogues encourage a climate of fear within mainstream Australian society, thereby exacerbating the hostile environment in which Muslims find themselves. And while these preachers masterfully manipulate social inequalities - real and perceived - to convince disenfranchised young Muslims that non-Muslims have an inherent hatred for Islam, global terror events involving Muslims confirm to the wider society their worst fears about Islam.

Australian Muslims feel that Islam instils universal values that are shared by Australians: they believe that their faith makes them better citizens

This toxic cycle - made worse by flagrantly irresponsible media reporting with its sensationalist headlines depicting Muslims as the enemy within - foments a public discourse driven, not by rational thought and empathy, but by emotion, myopia and panic. In order to arrest the spread of animosity and suspicion among Muslims and non-Muslims alike, partnerships are required. While Australian Muslims already feel they are under intense scrutiny, the Australian government needs to be sensitive to ensure that it is not perceived to be anti-Islam. Furthermore, moves need to be made to ensure that community leaders and mosques are consulted, engaged and valued as real stakeholders. The problem is that the Muslim community has its own internal challenges, not least being that mosques need to be more amenable and relevant to young Muslims and the wider public.

Ultimately, mosques are only as good as the imams they employ. If these pivotal guides cannot connect with large numbers of their flock, young Australian Muslims will go elsewhere for religious instruction. Increasingly, many turn to the internet for guidance, while others seek out fringe, charismatic individuals who are culturally relevant and linguistically conversant. Most radical Muslims that I have had the misfortune to meet in the UK over the past decade were initially disenfranchised by mosques because they could not understand their mother tongue - the first language of most imams. I have encountered the same tendency among many of the youth to whom I speak in Australia's unofficial Muslim capital, Sydney.

We also need institutions that nurture and better empower indigenous imams with the tools to navigate the challenges of modernity, and not simply regurgitate a textual understanding of Islam from overseas.

The Australian Muslim leadership needs to ensure that Muslim scholars and theologians are able to articulate theology in a meaningful manner and be bold enough to challenge the theology of hate that festers in the ghettos. It is a theology that hides behinds genuine grievances, and as such, is well camaflouged. It appeals to the disenfranchised because those articulating it are seen as the moral champions of causes that so few Muslim leaders publicly talk about. However, the more the Muslim community is able to acquaint themselves with traditional Islamic belief, the more they will be inoculated against such bizarre, putrid, literal readings of Islam that are seductively interwoven with conspiracy theories.

The Grand Mufti was right to say that more institutions need to be built, but I would simply add that we need the right kind. We need enlightened institutions with a curriculum that comprehends modern thought and that will attract talented students. Without such institutions, it is unlikely that a sophisticated understanding of the Islamic tradition can be fostered. We also need institutions that nurture and better empower indigenous imams with the tools to navigate the challenges of modernity, and not simply regurgitate a textual understanding of Islam from overseas.

A conversation is taking place among young Muslims, towards an indigenous form of Islam, something that is neither imported nor imposed by governments, but is anchored in Australia. A generational shift is in the making - I see it first-hand in Sydney. Still very much in its infancy, it needs leadership and guidance to take the Muslim community from being reactive, isolated and defensive, to being concerned with the advancement and wellbeing of society as a whole. There are visionaries out there trying to get this discussion moving, but they can't do it alone.

The outcome of investing in the youth now is the formation of an inquisitive, creative, articulate generation of Australian Muslims who will see no dichotomy between holding onto their faith and contributing to a democratic, secular state. They will be Australian and Muslim; it is within this community of believers that we might see the most potent force against radical Islam. I know that the future belongs to them, not to the radicals.

Aftab Malik is a UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Expert on Muslim Affairs and a Board Advisory member of the British Council's "Our Shared Future" project, based in Washington DC, which aims to improve the public conversation about Muslims and intercultural relations in the United States and Europe. He is currently serving as the Scholar in Residence at the Lebanese Muslim Association based in Lakemba, Sydney.

Source : ABC Religion & Ethics

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Sydney talkback radio host Michael Smith (pictured) has been told he will no longer be filling in on 2GB after making controversial comments about the Prophet Mohammed.

The former 2UE presenter made the comments on Thursday during his regular guest spot with 2GB host Ben Fordham.

Smith was discussing the recent controversy over a talk the Festival of Dangerous Ideas had booked - and later cancelled - with a Muslim activist, titled Honour Killings Are Morally Justified.

He compared the festival's invitation to Uthman Badar to asking the leader of the Ku Klux Klan to speak.

Smith said the founder of Islam was "a man who promoted the idea that it was OK to marry a six-year-old and consummate the marriage when the little girl was nine".

The broadcaster had been due to fill in for afternoons presenter, Chris Smith, from Monday for three weeks.

On Saturday he wrote on his website that 2GB program director David Kidd had called and cancelled the booking, telling him he could not "call a deity a paedophile".

Smith pointed out that he had made similar comments on 2UE in 2011, and had been acquitted of a complaint of inciting hatred and of factual inaccuracy by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Mr Smith said on his website he stood by his comments.

Source : ABC News





The Sydney-based Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) during the week released this response to Michael Smith's claims.


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Khaled A Beydoun     

Many forget that the first Muslims to celebrate Ramadan in America were African slaves.

(Last weekend marked) the beginning of Ramadan. Nearly one-fourth of the world will observe the annual fast and eight million Muslims in the United States will abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset during the holy month. A gruelling task at any time of the year, Ramadan this year will be especially daunting during the long and hot summer days (in the Northern Hemisphere).

Islam in America is rapidly expanding. It is the fastest-growing religion in the nation, and the second most practiced faith in twenty states. These demographic shifts prompted a prominent Los Angeles-based imam to comment, "Ramadan is a new American tradition." The cleric's forward-looking pronouncement marks Islam's recent arrival in the US. However, this statement reveals a pathology afflicting a lot of Muslim Americans today - an inability to look back and embrace the opening chapters of Muslim American history written by enslaved African Muslims.

Social scientists estimate that 15 to 30 percent, or, "[a]s many as 600,000 to 1.2 million slaves" in antebellum America were Muslims. 46 percent of the slaves in the antebellum South were kidnapped from Africa's western regions, which boasted "significant numbers of Muslims".

These enslaved Muslims strove to meet the demands of their faith, most notably the Ramadan fast, prayers, and community meals, in the face of comprehensive slave codes that linked religious activity to insubordination and rebellion. Marking Ramadan as a "new American tradition" not only overlooks the holy month observed by enslaved Muslims many years ago, but also perpetuates their erasure from Muslim-American history.

Between Sunnah and slave codes

Although the Quran "[a]llows a believer to abstain from fasting if he or she is far from home or involved in strenuous work," many enslaved Muslims demonstrated transcendent piety by choosing to fast while bonded. In addition to abstaining from food and drink, enslaved Muslims held holy month prayers in slave quarters, and put together iftars - meals at sundown to break the fast - that brought observing Muslims together. These prayers and iftars violated slave codes restricting assembly of any kind.

For instance, the Virginia Slave Code of 1723 considered the assembly of five slaves as an "unlawful and tumultuous meeting", convened to plot rebellion attempts. Every state in the south codified similar laws barring slave assemblages, which disparately impacted enslaved African Muslims observing the Holy Month.

Therefore, practicing Islam and observing Ramadan and its fundamental rituals, for enslaved Muslims in antebellum America, necessitated the violation of slave codes. This exposed them to barbaric punishment, injury, and oftentimes, even death. However, the courage to observe the holy month while bonded, and in the face of grave risk, highlights the supreme piety of many enslaved Muslims.

Ramadan was widely observed by enslaved Muslims. Yet, this history is largely ignored by Muslim American leaders and laypeople alike - and erased from the modern Muslim American narrative.

Rewriting the history of Ramadan in the US

Muslim America was almost entirely black during the antebellum Era. Today, it stands as the most diverse Muslim community in the world. Today African Americans comprise a significant part of the community along with Muslims of South Asian and Arab descent. Latin Americans are a rapidly growing demographic in the community, ensuring that Muslims in America are a microcosm of their home nation's overall multiculturalism.

In the US today, Ramadan dinner tables are sure to include staple Arab or Pakistani dishes. Yet, many Muslim Americans will break the fast with tortas and tamales, halal meatloaf and greens. Muslim diversity in the US has reshaped Ramadan into a multicultural American tradition. The breadth of Muslim America's racial and cultural diversity today is unprecedented, making this year's Ramadan - and the Ramadans to follow - new in terms of how transcultural and multiracial the tradition has become.

This Muslim American multiculturalism comes with many challenges: Namely, intra-racism, Arab supremacy, and anti-black racism prevents cohesion inside and outside of American mosques. These deplorable trends perpetuate the erasure of the Muslim slave narrative. Integrating this history will not only mitigate racism and facilitate Muslim American cohesion, but also reveal the deep-rootedness of the faith, and its holiest month, on US soil.

This Ramadan honouring the memory of the first Muslim Americans and their struggle for freedom and sharing their story with loved ones at the iftar table, seems an ideal step towards rewriting this missing chapter of Muslim American history into our collective consciousness.

Khaled A Beydoun is the Critical Race Studies Teaching Fellow at the UCLA School of Law.

Source : Al Jazeera

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He will play a 3pm game against the Panthers on July 19 with no food or fluids from 7am.

On that day he cannot even take water from the club’s on-field trainers.

Sonny Bill has spoken to dietitians and the Roosters’ sports science staff to carefully plan the next four weeks.

The Roosters train in daylight hours at least three days a week but may even adjust the schedule so SBW can train after sunset, such is his standing at the club.

Keegan Smith, the son of former coach Brian Smith, is the head of high-performance at Easts and is advising the champion forward on a diet that ensures he can maintain high energy levels.

It will include breads, cereals and other grain products, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and poultry, milk, cheese and yoghurt and lots of water.

The fact Sonny Bill is such a superb athlete with a magnificent physique will help, according to experts.

The champion forward is such a private person that he married in secret last year and will not comment on his personal life.

This is not the first time an NRL star has played while observing Ramadan.

Former goalkicking champion Hazem El Masri, another devout Muslim, did the same thing at the Bulldogs back in 2009.

“If you’ve got the will and belief you can achieve whatever you desire,” El Masri said.

“Ramadan is a month of sacrifice. A month of dedication. People think of it as only abstaining from food and drink but it’s more than that.

“It’s realising the position you are in. How lucky you are to have food and water to eat and drink.”

Ramadan Fixtures
Round 17 July 5 7.30pm v Sharks
Round 18 July 12 Bye
Round 19 July 19 3pm v Panthers
Round 20 July 25 7.40pm v Knights

Source : The Daily Telegraph

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SOME Mackay residents are going all day without food but there's no need to worry.

As Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, began on Sunday about 70 Mackay Islamic Society families began a month of fasting from sunrise until sunset.

But Mackay Islamic Imam Eshfaq Akbar (pictured) said Ramadan was about much more than fasting.

"Ramadan is a time of contemplation and reflection," he said.
"We want to put ourselves in the place of those who are less fortunate. It's very humbling."

While for most the idea of not eating for a day is mind-boggling, Mr Akbar said he felt fresher and lighter during Ramadan.

"It's easy when you have set your mind to it," he said.

"The only time when I get hungry is when smelling the food at night."
Mr Akbar said prayer was another important part of Ramadan.

"In addition to our daily prayers, we read all 77,439 words of the Quran during the month," he said.

The Bakers Creek Mosque is open daily for anyone wishing to learn more about Islamic faith.

Source : Daily Mercury

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Houssam Afiouni, owner of Balha’s Pastry in Sydney Road, says trade increases five-fold during the fasting month of Ramadan. Photo: Simon Schluter  

While most Melbourne shops are busiest at Christmas, Ramadan is the peak time for many traders in areas of high Muslim population.

This year the holy month, when Muslims fast from before sunrise to sunset, began on Sunday and ends with the feast of Eid al-Fitr on July 29.

The Islamic Council of Victoria says that fasting, prescribed in the Koran, focuses the mind on compassion, spirituality and good character, but also on social interaction.

‘‘Muslims are encouraged to share their food with family, friends and neighbours during the time they break their fast,’’ the council’ says.

Houssam Afiouni, owner of Balha’s Pastry in Sydney Road, Brunswick, said sales of his Lebanese cakes and biscuits increase five-fold during Ramadan due to the season’s emphasis on hospitality.

‘‘In Ramadan people buy a lot of sweets because they invite a lot of people to their houses,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a reward for fasting all day, from God. And if I invite my friend or family to break the fast at my place, the second day they invite me.''

A sweet that Balha’s makes for Ramadan is karabij - a semolina and pistachio cake topped with a fluffy natef (meringue) made with the roots of the shilsh al-halawa, or soapwort plant, and sprinkled with crushed pistachio.

Other popular Ramadan treats are knafeh - a two-layer semolina pastry with clotted cream in between; and basmah – a pastry shredded like steel wool and made with clotted cream and syrup.

Butcher Houssam Dannaoui, from Madina Halal Meats, also in Sydney Road, said Ramadan was also his business’s busiest time of year, with his sales doubling.

‘‘We’re absolutely flat out,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s like Christmas for 30 days. People buy all the best quality cuts – fillets, cutlets – of beef, chicken. Whole lambs. It’s like a big feast for them.’’

Mr Afiouni the baker said some Sydney Road businesses – particularly Lebanese pizza places – closed in the daytime during Ramadan, because fasting meant there were too few customers.

He said it’s a happy time of year. ‘‘After all day not eating, not drinking, by order of Allah, and then we break our fast, we find it like a big treasure to us to have that beautiful food, with the family, gathering. And after that we go to pray.''

The Islamic Council of Victoria called on non-Muslim co-workers to show understanding to Muslims who are fasting such as not scheduling meetings after 5pm, or not having day meetings that include lunch.

Council treasurer Eugenia Flynn said for Muslims it was a time of good deeds and being generous to others, and sharing a meal at iftar (the daily breaking of the fast) was part of that.

Source : The Age

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It is a month for prayer, charitable deeds and reflection. But, says Rana Asfour, perhaps we should also think about the unrealistic expectations placed on women in the next 30 days.


Today, Muslims all around the world mark the first day of Ramadan; a month-long abstinence from food and liquids that starts at the crack of dawn and ends at sunset. Those who are ill, diabetic, or travelling, as well as women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or menstruating will not be fasting.

This is the first time in over 10 years that I come face to face with Ramadan in an Arab country, having recently moved to Abu Dhabi from the UK. Growing up in Jordan as one of four children with parents who upheld the traditions of the month, my siblings and I looked upon Ramadan as a magical time. The fact that our neighbour’s house was adorned with strings of fairy lights, and ours seemed to be perfumed constantly with the mixed smells of food and burning incense served as a constant reminder that this month was a special one. The uninterrupted chanting of Qur'an verses emanating from the nearby mosque officiated the absolute solemnity of Ramadan.

With today’s hustle and bustle and everyone’s busy erratic lifestyle, it is not often that a family gets together to share a meal beyond the weekend. The arrival of Ramadan puts paid to that as people zoom off to be with their families for the break of the fast or Iftar. Mothers and grandmothers rush to prepare elaborate dishes to a guaranteed audience that is on time, hungry and appreciative. Tables are usually laden with enough dishes (most synonymous with Ramadan) to feed a small army seeking to camp in any backyard. This is a month renowned for being a spectacular time of culinary extravaganzas and elaborate, even exhausting, family gatherings – think Christmas Day replayed for 30 days.

That said, Ramadan is a particularly taxing time for women, not only for the time-consuming labour women have to put in producing meals on an empty stomach and deciding what to cook each day, but they sometimes have to do so while tending to children who are too young to fast or holding a full time job or both. Many daily chores from the ironing and tidying up to planning the next day’s meals, kids' activities and office meetings extend into the small hours of the morning leaving little time for worship and even less time for sleep.

Websites are abound with tips, aimed at women, on how to manage the Ramadan budget, how to worship, how to prioritise duties, how to organize the children and educate them on the virtues of fasting. They also advise how to prepare the kitchen for Iftar and Suhoor (the last meal before the dawn prayer announces the start of next day’s fast) in addition to list upon list of recipes as if the gist of Ramadan were that of a feast rather than a fast. Needless to say, none offer instructions on how men could lend a helping hand.


However, times are changing albeit slowly, particularly within the younger expat Arab communities living in the Arab Gulf States such as Abu Dhabi who tend to live away from family and relatives. With both partners working full-time, they are aware of the need to keep meals simple and nutritious concentrating on quality rather than quantity. Entertaining friends, in lieu of family, is restricted mainly to the weekend. Even so, in most cases women will still plan and cook the meal, out of tradition not religion, hopefully with male family members pitching in to do the shopping, or by lending a hand during the preparation of the meal or the cleaning up afterwards.


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Graham Perrett MP


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Source: Huffington Post


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

Sultan Raziyya (India, 1205-1240)

Sultan Raziyya was the Sultan of Delhi from 1236 to 1240.


She refused to be addressed as Sultana because it meant "wife or mistress of a sultan" and only answered to the title "Sultan."


As she solidified her power, she believed that appropriating a masculine image would help her maintain control.


So she dressed like a man and wore a turban, trousers, coat and sword. Contrary to custom, she appeared unveiled in public.


Sultan Raziyya was known for her belief that the spirit of religion is more important than its parts.


She established schools, academies, centres for research and public libraries.

Photo: Students of Sultan Razia Girls School in 2002.


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Taraweeh prayers at St Albans maximum prison in Port Elizabeth, South Africa




Source: CII Broadcasting

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Ramadan 2014 message from Prime Minister David Cameron




President Obama Ramadan's message to Muslims





President Zuma wishes Muslims peaceful Ramadan

"For Muslims worldwide, Ramadan is a time of deep introspection, a profound occasion for strengthening family and community bonds and also of increased generosity, charity and service to the most vulnerable in society. It is also a time for reflection through fasting and prayers.

"We wish our Muslim compatriots well, and commend them for their positive contribution to the development of South Africa and in promoting nation building. May this special time of reflection worldwide in the Muslim community contribute to peace, inclusion and harmony to the world,” said President Zuma.


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World Cup 2014: Algeria 'to donate $9m World Cup prize money to people of Gaza’



ALGERIA: First the Palestinian flag was draped from the team bus during the team's triumphant open-top bus tour of the capital, now it has been claimed that the Algerian national football team are to donate their entire World Cup prize fund to the embattled people of Gaza.

According to quotes attributed to Algeria’s star striker Islam Slimani, the team will give up all of the estimated $9 million (£5.25 million) they received as valiant losers in the round of 16.

Yet speaking at a reception in Algiers where the team returned to a hero's welcome yesterday, Slimani apparently said: “They need it more than us.” The announcement was reported by the Jordanian football writer Waleed Abu Nada as well as the Dutch daily newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

If true, the team could face accusations of bringing politics to bear in the world of sport. Yesterday, YouTube footage of the team’s open-top homecoming tour through Algiers showed at least one Palestinian flag flying from the bus by the team.





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China Bans Ramadan: Uighur Muslims Punished For Fasting In Holy Month



CHINA: The Chinese government has banned Muslims in the Xinjiang region from celebrating Ramadan, a traditional monthlong period of fasting and spiritual reflection.

A spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress, which promotes democracy, human rights and freedom for the indigenous Uyghur (Uighur) people, said authorities encouraged Uighurs to eat free meals, and inspected homes to check whether families were observing the fast.

Several government agencies and schools posted the ban notices on their websites, saying it was aimed at preventing the institutions from being used to promote religion. Similar bans have been imposed in the past on fasting for Ramadan, which began at sundown Saturday. But this year is unusually sensitive because Xinjiang is under tight security following attacks that the government blames on Muslim extremists with foreign terrorist ties, according to the Associated Press.

Violent clashes between Uighurs and ethnic Chinese has risen in recent years. In July 2009, conflicts between the Han Chinese and the Uighur erupted, killing nearly 200 people in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi.

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious. The commercial affairs bureau of Turfan, an oasis city in the Taklamakan Desert, said on its website Monday that "civil servants and students cannot take part in fasting and other religious activities," according to the South China Morning Post.

The state-run Bozhou Radio and TV University warned the ban would also be enforced "on party members, teachers, and young people from taking part in Ramadan activities."

"We remind everyone that they are not permitted to observe a Ramadan fast," it added.

Xinjiang, also as known as East Turkestan, is an "autonomous" region in northwestern China, which is inhabited by the Uighur, a racially distinct Muslim minority with their own language who demand total independence from Beijing. There are about 10.2 million Uighurs in Xinjiang, according to a 2002 census (the latest available) conducted by China.

"China taking these kind of coercive measures, restricting the faith of Uighur, will create more conflict," Dilxadi Rexiti, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress, said. "We call on China to ensure religious freedom for Uighur and stop political repression of Ramadan."

The Uighur say they have often been subjected to racial and religious discrimination by the Chinese government.

China accuses Uighur militants of waging a violent campaign for an independent state, and Beijing is often accused of exaggerating Uighur extremism to justify its religious crackdown on the Muslim minority.

Source: International Business Times


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Feeling ‘reborn’ as a Muslim, ex-Playboy bunny insists on keeping Chinese name


Felixia Yeap says her mother stood by her in the face of criticism over the choice of her Islamic faith. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 3, 2014

UK: Felixia Yeap, the former Playboy bunny who announced last Friday that she was embracing Islam, said she felt “born again” on her birthday today when her conversion would be made official.


The 28-year-old, however, said she would fight to keep her Chinese name, Chin Yee, given by her mother. "My Chinese name means tranquillity and elegance," said Yeap, who said she would take the Islamic declaration of faith in front of family members and close friends.


“Today is not just my birthday, but also the day that I am born again. The day that I finally return after 28 years of finding the way home,” wrote Yeap in her soul-baring posting this morning.

Yeap said her conversion was the result of a seven-month quest to learn about Islam, after she took to wearing the hijab, a decision which attracted criticism from her fans.

“From the moment I pledged to wear the hijab, even though I was not a Muslim at heart, until this moment (July 3, 6am) where I am a Muslim at heart who only waits for the official pronouncement, I have gone through many trials and tribulations,” said the Ipoh-born former kindergarten teacher, who once worked at The Playboy club in Macau.

Yeap, saying she had persevered months of insults and alienation because of her decision, however, paid tribute to her mother who she said bravely endured sarcasm from their relatives.

“She did not object (to it), in fact she gave her blessings when I told her that I was learning about Islam and intended to embrace the faith.

“Many converts are disowned by their families for making the same decision. Some of them hide their identities as Muslims from their family members for fear of being alienated and disowned,” she wrote.

She said when she asked her mother why she supported her decision, her mother had replied in Cantonese, "Sang seng jor lor, dai gor nui la... kwai jor hou dor" (You are grown up already, more mature ... a good girl).

“My mother smiled and I fought back my tears,” said Yeap, who also said the support and her own "stubbornness" helped her get through negative remark hurled at her.

“I admit, there were times I felt crushed and defeated.

But I firmly stood my ground and did not take off my hijab. I continued my struggle.”

When the story of her love for the Muslim head dress made headlines in December last year, many of Yeap’s 148,000 fans left her Facebook page, accusing her of a publicity stunt.

Some non-Muslims, said Yeap, had said she was doing it to marry “a rich Datuk”.

But Yeap told The Malaysian Insider last year that she could have found a rich husband a long time ago through her successful modeling career.

Of her past, Yeap said it made her realise how some considered hedonism and materialism as happiness.

“Most of the people around me judged their happiness based on their boyfriends' wealth, the happening parties they went, or how they were happy as long as they got drunk, and how much money they could scalp from their boyfriends.

“Most hungered for wealth and they searched for it without caring for their dignity.

“But for me, that was not the wealth that I longed for. For what is the point of being wealthy when your life feels empty, meaningless and drowned in sin. That is not the happiness I seek.”

Yeap, who started modeling in 2005, had bagged top prizes in a slew of contests and pageants.

She first broke the news of her conversion in front of some 2,000 people at an event ahead of the holy month of Ramadan in Shah Alam, last Friday. – July 3, 2014.

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“Today is not just my birthday, but also the day that I am born again. The day that I finally return after 28 years of finding the way home,” wrote Yeap in her soul-baring posting this morning.

Yeap said her conversion was the result of a seven-month quest to learn about Islam, after she took to wearing the hijab, a decision which attracted criticism from her fans.

“From the moment I pledged to wear the hijab, even though I was not a Muslim at heart, until this moment (July 3, 6am) where I am a Muslim at heart who only waits for the official pronouncement, I have gone through many trials and tribulations,” said the Ipoh-born former kindergarten teacher, who once worked at The Playboy club in Macau.

Yeap, saying she had persevered months of insults and alienation because of her decision, however, paid tribute to her mother who she said bravely endured sarcasm from their relatives.

“She did not object (to it), in fact she gave her blessings when I told her that I was learning about Islam and intended to embrace the faith.

“Many converts are disowned by their families for making the same decision. Some of them hide their identities as Muslims from their family members for fear of being alienated and disowned,” she wrote.

She said when she asked her mother why she supported her decision, her mother had replied in Cantonese, "Sang seng jor lor, dai gor nui la... kwai jor hou dor" (You are grown up already, more mature ... a good girl).


Most of the people around me judged their happiness based on their boyfriends' wealth, the happening parties they went, or how they were happy as long as they got drunk, and how much money they could scalp from their boyfriends

Felixia Yeap

“My mother smiled and I fought back my tears,” said Yeap, who also said the support and her own "stubbornness" helped her get through negative remark hurled at her.

“I admit, there were times I felt crushed and defeated.

But I firmly stood my ground and did not take off my hijab. I continued my struggle.”

When the story of her love for the Muslim head dress made headlines in December last year, many of Yeap’s 148,000 fans left her Facebook page, accusing her of a publicity stunt.

Some non-Muslims, said Yeap, had said she was doing it to marry “a rich Datuk”.

But Yeap told The Malaysian Insider last year that she could have found a rich husband a long time ago through her successful modeling career.

Of her past, Yeap said it made her realise how some considered hedonism and materialism as happiness.

“Most of the people around me judged their happiness based on their boyfriends' wealth, the happening parties they went, or how they were happy as long as they got drunk, and how much money they could scalp from their boyfriends.

“Most hungered for wealth and they searched for it without caring for their dignity.

“But for me, that was not the wealth that I longed for. For what is the point of being wealthy when your life feels empty, meaningless and drowned in sin. That is not the happiness I seek.”

Yeap, who started modeling in 2005, had bagged top prizes in a slew of contests and pageants.

She first broke the news of her conversion in front of some 2,000 people at an event ahead of the holy month of Ramadan in Shah Alam, last Friday. – July 3, 2014.

Source: The Malaysian Insider  


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Biggest Iftaar in the World


SAUDI ARABIA: Masjid Nabawi in Madinah witnesses the biggest Iftar in the world.

More than 12,000 meters of table cloth are stretched daily for Iftaar in the Masjid area.

Serving approximately 300 000 Muslims a day, the daily cost is approximately 1 million Saudi riyals (around $290,000).

Consumption includes 130 000 litres of Zam Zam, 50 000 litres of Arabic coffee, 300 000 bread rolls, 50 000 litres of yoghurt & milk and 50 000 litres of fruit juices, 40 tonnes of dates DAILY.

The iftaars don’t last more than 15 minutes. The meal is sponsored by various benefactors.

The number of dates consumed daily by worshippers in the Masjid Nabawi is estimated to be more than 5 million pieces.

15 minutes after the fast ends, the entire Masjid is spotless without signs of any food or drink.

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Mesut Ozil opts against fasting for Ramadan as Germany prepares for World Cup rounds



BRAZIL: German ‘slumming it’ with rest of squad and religious dilemma adds another off-field challenge.


Ozil is having to forego one of the rhythms of his life, too, by not observing the strict Muslim religious laws of Ramadan, which began on Saturday. “It will be impossible for me to take part,” he said.


The Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s main Islamic body gives dispensations to workers involved in “hard labour” and Ozil says he falls into this category.


Many of Algeria's players will be fasting and are using a sports medicine expert based in Doha – Hakim Chalibi - to minimise the effect on preparations for the second round tie.


Source: London Evening Standard

CCN UPDATE: Germany beat Algeria 2-1 and then France 1-0 to secure a spot in the semi-finals against Brazil on 9 July.

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France's burqa ban upheld by human rights court


European judges declare that preservation of a certain idea of 'living together' was legitimate aim of French authorities.


Judges at the European court of human rights (ECHR) have upheld France's burqa ban, accepting Paris's argument that it encouraged citizens to "live together".

The law, introduced in 2010, makes it illegal for anyone to cover their face in a public place. While it also covers balaclavas and hoods, the ban has been criticised as targeting Muslim women.

The case was brought by an unnamed 24-year-old French citizen of Pakistani origin, who wears both the burqa, covering her entire head and body, and the niqab, leaving only her eyes uncovered.

She was represented by solicitors from Birmingham in the UK, who claimed the outlawing of the full-face veil was contrary to six articles of the European convention. They argued it was "inhumane and degrading, against the right of respect for family and private life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of speech and discriminatory".

The French government asked the court to throw out the case, claiming that the law was not aimed at the burqa or veil but any covering of the face in a public place, and also applied to hoods and helmets when not worn on a motor vehicle.

The court heard that out of an estimated five million Muslims living in France – the exact figure is unknown as it is illegal to gather data by religion or ethnic group – only about 1,900 women were estimated to be affected by the ban, according to 2009 research. French officials told the judges this figure had since dropped by half "thanks to a major public information campaign".

The complainant, named only by the initials SAS, was described as a "perfect French citizen with an university education …who speaks of her republic with passion".

Her lawyer Tony Muman told the ECHR last November: "She's a patriot" adding that she had suffered "absolutely no pressure" from her family or relatives to cover herself. While she was prepared to uncover her face for identity checks, she insisted on the right to wear the full-face veil, Muman said.

The European judges decided otherwise, declaring that the preservation of a certain idea of "living together" was the "legitimate aim" of the French authorities.

Isabelle Niedlispacher, representing the Belgian government, which introduced a similar ban in 2011 and which was party to the French defence, declared both the burqa and niqab "incompatible" with the rule of law.

Aside from questions of security and equality, she added: "It's about social communication, the right to interact with someone by looking them in the face and about not disappearing under a piece of clothing."

The French and Belgian laws were aimed at "helping everyone to integrate", Niedlispacher added.

The ECHR has already upheld France's ban on headscarves in educational establishments, and its regulation requiring the removal of scarves, veils and turbans for security checks.

Tuesday's legal decision came a few days after France's highest court, the cour de cassation, upheld the firing of a creche worker for "serious misconduct" after she arrived for work wearing a veil. The woman has said she will appeal to the ECHR.

Source: The Guardian  


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


This week CCN recommends

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State


Jocelyne Cesari


Why and how did Islam become such a political force in so many Muslim-majority countries? In this book, Jocelyne Cesari investigates the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam in Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey – countries that were founded by secular rulers and have since undergone secularized politics.


Cesari argues that nation-building processes in these states have not created liberal democracies in the Western mold, but have instead spurred the politicization of Islam by turning it into a modern national ideology.


Looking closely at examples of Islamic dominance in political modernization – for example, nationalization of Islamic institutions and personnel under state ministries; reliance on Islamic references in political discourse, religiously motivated social unrest, or violence; and internationalization of Islam-aligned political movements or conflicts – this study provides a unique overview of the historical and political developments from the end of World War II to the Arab Spring that have made Islam the dominant force in the construction of the modern states, and discusses Islam's impact on emerging democracies in the contemporary Middle East.


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KB says: A savoury dish that everyone in the family will look forward to at ifthaar. Be prepared for requests for an encore performance. 

Chicken, Mushroom and Spinach Pie




2 cups self-rising flour
½ tsp salt
3 tab butter
¾ cup coconut cream

1. Sift flour and salt.
2. Grate the butter and mix lightly with a fork.
3. Work with light hands and add the coconut cream to make a soft scone like dough.
4. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, you could leave it overnight.





1 tab ghee/olive oil
1 small grated onion
1 tsp. ginger garlic
1 cup cubed chicken fillet
2 tsp. ground chillies
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup sliced mushrooms
¼ cup water
½ cup milk
2 tab. Flour
1 cup grated cheese
½ cup chopped spinach
1 beaten egg yolk (for the top) and I beaten egg white (for sealing)
Slivered Almonds, Poppy seeds/sesame seeds for sprinkling

1. Heat the ghee, sauté’ onions until light brown and add the ginger garlic.
2. Add chicken, salt, green chillies, lemon pepper and cook until chicken is tender.
3. Add lemon juice, mushrooms and stir fry for a few minutes.
4. Add flour, mix in with the chicken (which you need to shred by hand) and then add milk and stir well.
5. When cool add cheese and spinach.


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, why is it that almost every time I exercise I pull up sore or have an ache here or there?

A: One of the most common mistakes we make when it comes to exercise is not making time for warming up or stretching properly. These are a vital part of your routine and should not be skipped.


You are less likely to encounter an injury or feel sore.


It will also aid in your workout and make you feel better afterward.

Having poor exercise technique can also result in major injury, so get some guidance from a qualified personal trainer and reap the rewards... N-JOY!!




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

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


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Mula Nasruddin was applying for a job with the railways.


The interviewer asked him: "Do you know how to use the equipment?"


"Yes," Mula Nasruddin replied.


"Then what would you do if you realized that two trains, one from this station and one from the next were going to crash because they were on the same track?"


Mula Nasruddin thought and replied "I'd press the button to change the points without hesitation."


"What if the button was frozen and wouldn't work?"


"I'd run outside and pull the lever to change the points manually."


"And if the lever was broken?"


"I'd get on the phone to the next station and tell them to change the points," Mula Nasruddin replied.


"And if the phone was broken and needed an electrician to fix it?"


Mula Nasruddin thought about that one. "I'd run into town and get my best friend, Jallaludin"


"Is your friend an electrician?"


"No, but he's never seen a train crash before!"  

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O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well acquainted with all that you do.   
Surah An-Nisaa 4:135


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Talent hits a target others can’t hit,

Genius hits a target others can’t see.  

~ Arthur Schopenhauer


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Algester Ramadhan BBQ 5/12/19/26 JULY UMB 2 Eid Fun Days Community Planting Wally Tate Pk Kuraby Sat 19 JULY AMARAH Eid Fund Raising Dinner 2 AUGUST


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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Ramadan Food Appeal 2014 Arabic- Qur'an Classes 31-05-2014 Weekly Halaqa STARTS 22 FEBRUARY Maths, English, Chemistry tutor Easy Way Tuition Seerah Programme starts 11 January Seerah Programme starts 11 January Ayia Foundation Card
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Businesses and Services



ACCES Removal Services


Al-Khitan Circumcisions


Alpha Gym



Clothing Islamic Couture


Lebanese Cuisine

Love ur Body

Beauty Treatments

Continental Meats GOLD COAST


Mansur Omar

Real Estate

Bismillah Repairs & Maintenance

Repairs & Maintenance

NOTE NEW NO. 0468342127

MaXimize Accountants


Brisbane Diagnostics



Health Drink

Calamvale Physio & Sports Injury Clinic


AutoCAD Training

Personal Tuition

Car Body Removals

Used Car Dealer

Muslim Directory Australia

Directory Services

Carpet Lifesavers

Carpet cleaning

Desi Thread


Centre for Easy Language Learning (CeLL)

Tutoring (Arabic)

Compton Mediclinic

Medical Practices

Boulevard Towers Surfers Paradise 

Holiday Accommodation

Nazima Hansa Realty PTY LTD

Real Estate



Sleeves for Sale

Women's apparel



OurWorld Travel



Migration Agency

Pappa Roti

Cake & Coffee

Fathima Adat Tutoring

Tutoring (School subjects)

Pizza Lane

Restaurant & Takeaway Pizza

Gabriel Hair Studios


Rejuven8 Body & Beauty

Beauty Treatments


Plastic Mats

Samoosa Pastry Distributors


Henna by Fatima


Shakira Kolia's Driving School

Driving School

Hummy's Automotive

Car Repairs

Clothing Alterations


Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range

Stick On Labels

Label printing

InWear Fashions

Clothing Fashion

The Quran Pen


Junaid Ally Properties

Real Estate

Yasmeen Seedat Accounting Services


Kimaya Fashions


Lily's Fashion

Wedding dresses etc. 

Personal Training with Layla

Personal Training

Marketing Co-Op

Internet Services

Angelz Dental Care



Travel Agency

Shameema's Silk Scarves


Grand Medical Centre

Medical Practitioners

Qld Islamic Book Service

Book Shop


Health Products

Personal Wellness Coach


Ummah Store

Books, Clothing, DVDs etc.


Security Systems

Paradise Convenience

Global Groceries

Muslima Chic

Muslim designer clothes, jewellery


Samoosa Strips (pur)

Low Price Pharmacy


LTH Accounting & Financial Services



Child Care Centres

Pari Collections


Shariff's Computer Services

Computer Servicing

CassonIT Solutions

 Computer Servicing & Systems

Lil Umah

Children's Clothes

Computer Repair

 Computer Repairs

Watany Man-oushi Lebanese Foods

Take Away



Dial a Local Doctor

Medical Services

Baby Care Solutions

(read information sheet)

 Early Parenting Guidance

Kuraby Mosque Hire Services

Hire Services

Goss Bros

Refrigerated Transport & Cold Storage

Shailly Beauty & Reiki

Hair & Beauty

Fathima Abdoola


United Hearts

Family Day Care Scheme

Apparel by Aliyah

Designer Clothing


Hijab Friendly Fashion

Modern Muslimah

Muslimah  Clothes

Loan Market

Mortgage Broker

HD Arabic TV


Brisbane Valley Gold

Achar (Pickles)

1 Stop Pizza & Kebab (menu)

Fast Food


Hair & Beauty

Precise Consulting

Business Bookkeeping Services

Shaheda Osman

Graphic Designer

Janet Hussein Science Training

Editorial Services & Training




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"If it's not here ....it's not happening!"l)

To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.





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5/12/19/26 July


Saturday Ramadhan BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque


After Taraweeh



Lailatul Qadr (Night of Power)

19 July


Tree Planting at Wally Tate Park, Kuraby

Bulimba Creek Catchment Committee

Wally Tate Park (next to Kuraby Mosque

3398 8003

9am to 11am

28 July


End of Ramadhan 1435

29 July



28 or 29 July and 2 August

Mon or Tues and Saturday

Eid Celebration in the Park


Waller Park, cnr Browns Plains & Waller Rds

9am to 9pm


2 August


Eid Fund Raising Dinner for Palestine


Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


9 August


Eid Night - Islamic Society of Darra

Islamic Society of Darra

Australian International Islamic College, DURACK

0450 908 786


16 August


Eidfest 2014


Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

24 August


Annual Qur'an Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0450 908 786


7 September


CresWalk2014 Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


20 & 21 September

Sat & Sun

Prayer Makes Perfect : Sheikh Bilal Ismail

Al Kauthar Institute



8:30am to 7:00pm

5 October



25 October


1st Muharram 1436 (Islamic New Year)

3 November


Day of Aashooraa (10th day of Muharram)



Prophet’s Birthday 12th Rabi-ul Awwal 1436



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Tuesdays  10.30-11.30am

NOTE: Wednesday programmes have been cancelled


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer


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

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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Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

      www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
      www.icb.qld.edu.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
      www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
      www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
      www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

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

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

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

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

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

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine subscribe@sultanasdream.com.au

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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