Sunday, 24 August 2014

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Religious leaders across Australia have issued a message of love to Muslims, in response to a recent headline in the News Limited press misquoting former army chief Peter Leahy as saying “we’ll fight Islam for 100 years”.


Religious leaders across Australia have issued a message of love to Muslims, in what they hope will become a viral campaign to counter hatred, divisiveness and marginalisation.


The movement follows the unveiling of a proposed raft of new counter-terrorism laws by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, prompting concern from Islamic organisations that Muslims will be unfairly targeted.


The religious leaders issued a statement saying they will “love Muslims for 100 years” – a reference to a recent headline published by News Corp which misquoted former army chief Peter Leahy as saying “we’ll fight Islam [for] 100 years”.


“We believe people of Muslim faith are being unfairly smeared in the eyes of the Australian public,” the statement read.


“…The violence and values of extremists like ISIS are not representative of the vast majority of Muslim people in Australia, who are recognised better by their commitment to peace, community and mutual respect.”


The statement has signed by more than 150 members of the Christian, Jewish and other religious communities, including Rabbi Zalman Kastel.


He told SBS that the diverse group was “concerned about a growing atmosphere of division”.


It’s very important to provide a counter narrative.

Rabbi Zalman Kastel

“There’s a growing shrill dialogue relating to Muslims that’s infecting relationships here in Australia, from shock jocks and social media," he siad.

"It’s not helpful. I accept that sometimes there needs to be robust discussion, but we need to be very careful to maintain ties between communities.”


Rabbi Kastel said the event should act as a "reality check" for many Australians.


“We’ll be holding a banner that says we’ll love Muslims for 100 years, courting the other headline,” he said.


“It’s very important to provide a counter narrative.”


Former South Australian Premier, now Anglican Deacon Lynn Arnold told SBS: “We hope to be a kind of antibiotic against this virus that is spreading around the community because we all have many Muslim friends who are feeling targeted, are being targeted by this campaign of inflammation, this campaign of hate.


“We want to have a viral effect to have ordinary Australians stand up and say this is not the Australian way, this is not the Australian tradition.”



There have been gatherings at St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral in Adelaide, the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney and St George’s College chapel in Perth in a show of solidarity with the Muslim community.


Iraqi refugee Mohammed Al Khafaji says the Islamic community deserves better than a “rushed, one hour meeting” as “consultation” over the laws.


“The Muslim community is divided with this approach and some of them have boycotted the meeting…and this has not given them the chance to review the proposed legislation, have a think about it and actually sit down together in a round table to discuss these issues” he says.


“They’re basically saying you either come in, sit down and accept these proposed changes, or if you don’t we will call you names and basically you’re boycotting our meeting. “



The Muslim community is divided with this approach and some of them have boycotted the meeting…and this has not given them the chance to review the proposed legislation, have a think about it and actually sit down together in a round table to discuss these issues.

Mohammed Al Khafaji

Mr Al Khafaji added, “if I want to travel to Iraq to visit my family, I don’t want to be questioned by security agencies every time that I need to travel over there, under suspicion of terrorism.”


The gatherings follow calls by Australia's top spy for more Muslims to join the nation’s security force.


ASIO boss David Irvine said the government was not good at listening to the Muslim community and needed to work on communication.


He said he would like more members of the Islamic community to join ASIO.


“That will help us understand better, but this is an organisation that is designed to protect you and you should be part of it," he told Muslim community leader Jamal Rifi in an interview obtained by Fairfax Media.


Mr Irvine said he was "utterly outraged" by some media reports that suggested Australia was "fighting Islam".


The national director of Welcome to Australia, and pastor with the Activate Christian Community church Brad Chilcott says it’s unhelpful to suggest that certain elements of our community aren’t part of the team or aren’t part of what it means to be Australian, when more than half the Muslims in Australia were born here.


"There’s not really any other section of the Australian community that is called upon to defend themselves every time there is an act of violence overseas, or any time a member of their faith commits a crime or is associated with a violent act.


"We would never see a headline in an Australian newspaper that says, 'we’ll fight Christianity for 100 years', in response to sexual abuse allegations or any other. We are standing in solidarity with our Muslim friends saying that a whole faith community doesn’t need to be targeted, alienated and marginalised by the political and media conversation."


Young Islamic community leader Manal Younus says the portrayal of Islam in media and politics in Australia is hurtful.


"Myself and many other Muslims in Australia… we feel we’ve integrated into this community and for us to constantly be picked out because of these headlines, because of these actions that people are committing overseas, that’s very disturbing and it’s unsettling for Muslims in Australia."


On social media, users have coined the hashtag #love100years to show their support.


Source: SBS



The Guardian: Christian and Jewish leaders campaign to support Muslim community








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Report by Imam Mohammed Azhari


On Sunday, August 17, The Australian International Islamic College and Seekers Point Brisbane hosted an intellectual awareness forum on how we can help Palestine and its children.


The forum was represented and attended by various faith communities, members of the Council of Imams Queensland and organizational institutions.


Amongst the speakers were, Nicky Stafford; Dr Mohamed Hanief Khatree; Imam Uzair Akbar; Mariam Ghood and David Forde. The forum also featured a Palestinian photo/Art Gallery sponsored by Grassroots.org and World Vision.


Some of solutions offered can be read here.


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By Muft Zeeyad Ravat, Islamic College of Brisbane       


At the Islamic College of Brisbane we are constantly thinking of new initiatives that will enhance our Islamic environment for our children.


A recent project we have undertaken was to create a more spiritual atmosphere in our prayer hall.


We were able to limit other activities in the hall and confine the space for Salaah only.


Special curtains were fitted for the female’s area and a special Wudhu Facility is currently being built.


A Mimbar and artwork has also been ordered.


The idea is to instil within our students the importance of salaah and give them the experience of praying in a real mosque.


The highlight of this huge project was the lovely Musallah (Prayer Mats) we ordered from Turkey.


Mashallah the students find it so much more comfortable to perform salaah upon.


We would be happy to see everyone share in the reward of these Musallahs.


As long as anyone will perform salaah on these musallahs the donors will receive the full reward inshallah.


Besides the daily Zohr and Asr salaah the venue is also used for Jummah and Taraweeh salaah during the month of Ramadaan.


There were 863 Musallahs fitted. 363 Musaalahs have already been sponsored.


You can have your share in this ongoing reward by sponsoring a musallah or as many as you wish in the remaining 500 Musallahs.


The total price of a musallah including the freight, levies and fitting costs is $50.


You may forward your donations to the admin office at the College or transfer it to the school account directly.

Account Name: Islamic College of Brisbane
BSB Number: 034-069
Account Number: 116592
Please enter ‘Carpet Building Fund’ as reference.

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Al Kauthar promotion       

Enrolments are now open for the Al Kauthar course, Prayer Makes Perfect – September 20th and 21st.

The first thing to be judged on the Day of Judgement will be the Prayer -The soundness of one’s Prayers will dictate the soundness of the rest of one’s deeds. (Nawawi’s 40 Hadeeth Qudsi no.9, originally in al-Tirmidhi.)

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Also, if you would like to give the gift of knowledge, the reward for which is great, and become a sponsor, also email the address above.

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Muslim leaders across Australia have denounced as unjust, unjustified and hypocritical proposed new counter-terrorism laws and they have refused to "rubber-stamp" them for the government.

In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, more than 60 individuals and organisations, including 10 sheikhs, said that the threat from the ostensible target of the laws - about 150 "radicalised" Muslims returning from Iraq or Syria - had been "trumped up".

"There is no solid evidence to substantiate this threat. Rather, racist caricatures of Muslims as backwards, prone to violence and inherently problematic are being exploited," the statement reads.

"It is instructive that similar issues about Australian troops travelling abroad to fight or Jews travelling to train or fight with the Israeli Defence Force are simply never raised."

The Muslim leaders also pointed out the official terrorism threat level has remained the same since 2001.

The statement was released just two days after Prime Minister Tony Abbott set about selling the sweeping changes and met with Muslim community representatives in Sydney.

At the time, he said his message to Islamic leaders was that everyone should be on "Team Australia".

Australian Muslim Women's Association head Silma Ihram (pictured right) attended the meeting with 20 or so others but said invitees were only told about the Monday morning consultation the preceding Friday evening.

There was no agenda for the one-hour meeting and those invited were not given access to any draft legislation, she said.

"We don't even know what we're speaking about," she said. "A productive consultation has an agenda. There was no agenda."

Ms Ihram is a signatory to the statement from Muslim leaders, which vows not to rubber-stamp the laws.

"The Muslim community is being asked to sign off on laws and policies that have already been decided," it reads.

"Prime Minister Tony Abbott is merely seeking approval under the cover of consultation."

The government's plans reportedly include softening the definition of terrorism, retaining internet and phone data, making it easier to detain and question suspects returning from overseas and reversing the onus of proof for people coming home from terrorism hot-spots.

Source: SMH

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Mufti of Australia Press Release       

A broad cross section of Muslim community leaders were invited to a meeting with the Prime Minister Tony Abbott (during the week). The meeting provided the community with an opportunity to air their concerns and engage in discussion about recent statements on anti-terrorism and other global issues.


The Mufti led the discussion by stating that "safeguarding and protecting Australia's safety and security is part of our creed." He went on to say that "keeping Australia safe means working within different channels" but that it was also "important to preserve the value of freedom while maintaining the country's security".


The following items were discussed:

The community is concerned about the language and rhetoric that has been used in relation to security in the light of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Concern was expressed about the continuing use of divisive language when the majority of the Muslim community is Australian born and raised.


It was stressed that Australian Muslims have a vested interest in the ongoing safety and security of the country. Violence and extremism, whether in Australia or abroad, will never be endorsed nor supported.


The community stressed the need for strategies which focused on research-established causes for some young people being tempted to join overseas conflicts.


The community is committed to working collaboratively towards outcomes that do not infringe the civil liberties of any member of the Australian public and to ensure that no policies are hastily implemented without due and thorough consideration.


In the recent past considerable funds have been allocated towards policies that are aimed at reducing the potential for extremism in the community, but have not been effective in resolving the issue. Those attending made it clear that much of the expertise and scholarship that the government and the community needs for more effective solutions has not been adequately accessed or developed.


Attendees stressed the need for appropriate risk assessment of any measures proposed in order to ensure that they do not result in the further marginalisation or victimisation of any members of the Muslim community.


Any policies or statements should be fair and balanced without being perceived as targeting the Muslim community, when the issues affect all Australians equally.


It was highlighted that Australia needs to maintain its ethical and moral leadership in tackling global issues and devise sound foreign policies that uphold human rights, are balanced and do not negatively impact on any section of the Australian community.

We welcome the Prime Minister’s initiative in listening to the community's concerns and we stress the utmost need to continue the process of sustained engagement and consultation.


Those who attended included:

Office of the Grand Mufti of Australia

Australian National Imams Council

Affinity Intercultural Association

Australian Muslim Women’s Association

Ashabul Kahfi

Centre for Islamic Dakwah and Education

Islamic Council of NSW

Islamic Women’s Welfare Association

Lebanese Muslim Association

Majlisul Ualamaa of Australia

Muslims Australia (AFIC)

United Muslims of Australia

United Muslim Women’s Association

Zetland Mosque



Meanwhile back in Victoria: Islamic Council of Victoria to boycott 'media stunt' meeting with Tony Abbott


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From Somalia to Kuraby, Amina Diamond

Brisbane’s new multicultural faces – the new refugees and asylum seekers from Africa, Afghanistan, Burma, Iraq and Iran – make up the new faces of Brisbane.

You will see the faces as you walk through the Queen Street Mall. You will see them playing soccer on Saturdays.

Gail Ker is the chief executive officer of Logan’s Access Community Services and the deputy chair of both the Australian Multicultural Council and the Migration Council of Australia.

Ms Ker says since 2001 the emerging nations in Greater Brisbane have come predominantly from the African continent, she said.

“Some Middle East countries also, and in the last six or seven years, the Burmese community,” she said.

“So the Chin, the Karen, the Rohingya, and some of the Bhutanese communities.

“In more recent years I would say we are seeing maybe a one-third split in the humanitarian program between African, Middle Eastern and Burmese cohort.”

The Karen people come from the hilly, southeast Burma, comprising about seven per cent of Burma’s five million people, while the smaller Burmese minority group, the Chin straddle the Indian and Burmese border. The Rohingya people are persecuted Muslims, living in Burma.


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From Left: Malak Almalki (YR3), Rahwa Kelifa (YR2), Liyan Alshehri (YR1), Reem Alqarni (YR3), Rawan Alshehri (PREP) and Mohammed Bin-Tuwayum (PREP)

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1. The resettlement of Iraqis and Syrians who have fled their home country remains a priority within Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Programme.

2. The Australian Government is responding to the current crises in Iraq and Syria by providing targeted places in this year’s Humanitarian Programme.

3. The Government has set aside at least 4400 places within the 11 000 place offshore Humanitarian Programme for 2014–15 for these two groups:
a. a minimum of 2200 places for Iraqis who have fled their home country
b. a minimum of 2200 places for Syrians who have fled their home country.

4. A significant number of these places will be for the Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP).
a. The SHP allows people in Australia to propose their family members overseas who have fled their home country and who are in need of resettlement.

5. Other places will be for refugees referred to Australia for resettlement by UNHCR.

6. There are already a significant number of applications from Iraqis and Syrians who have applied for Australian visas, proposed by relatives in the SHP.
a. Priority in processing will be for those with the closest links to Australia (siblings, parents, children, spouses).
b. Although these applications will have priority, it may still take some time for these applications to be finalised.

7. All applicants must satisfy standard health, good character and national security requirements.
a. Processing of applications can take longer than applicants and their Australian proposers may wish, however visas cannot be granted until all requirements are met.

Government source

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SYDNEY: THE Lakemba Hotel is one of the last Anglo holdouts in Sydney’s otherwise Middle-Eastern south-western suburb. Frankly, the old joint — it opened in 1928 — isn’t putting up much resistance. Most nights the bar is closed by 8.30pm or so, because by then what few customers it attracts are insufficient to cover running costs.

Still, it’s friendly and hospitable. Staffer Poppy helpfully showed me to my $50-a-night room, which is the only option in Lakemba for anyone seeking short-term rented accommodation.

There are no other hotels or motels. In fact, there are no other rooms besides number 15 in the hotel’s residential wing. All the others are taken by boarders, one of whom has been here for 20 years.
It isn’t exactly luxurious. The room has a sink, which is nice, but nothing else by way of amenities. There isn’t even a Gideon’s Bible. Instead, reflecting certain demographic changes in the area, there is a Ramadan eating schedule.

Lakemba may be only 30 minutes from the centre of Sydney, yet it is remarkably distinct from the rest of the city. You can walk the length of crowded Haldon St and not hear a single phrase in English. On this main shopping strip the ethnic mix seems similar to what you’d find in any Arabic city. Australia may be multicultural, but Haldon St is a monoculture.

This does have its advantages. If you’re ever in need of groceries at 3am, head to Lakemba, where shopkeepers keep unusual hours, particularly during Ramadan.

The food is delicious, of course. I recommend La Roche and Al Aseel, but all restaurants in Haldon St are good. If you’re unfamiliar with Lebanese food, just go for anything with the word “mixed”.

Well, that might explain a few things. “The History of the Jews” seems a bland enough title, but the back cover quotes lines from Martin Luther that were used by the Nazis: “The sun never did shine on a more bloodthirsty and revengeful people as they.”

The book offers this view, on page 16: “No one can deny the fact that the Jews are the worst kind of barbarian killers the world has ever known!!! The decent great Adolf Hitler of Germany never killed in the manner of the Jews!!! Surely only mad people or those who love killing infants, pregnant women and the infirm will think differently.”
It goes on and on. Another extract: “Humor and jokes are strictly forbidden by the Jewish religion.” This will come as a surprise to just about every Jew on earth.

Another must-read is Mansoor Abdul Hakim’s charming 2009 text, “Women Who Deserve to go to Hell.” Turns out there are quite a lot of them.

“Some people keep asking about the denizens of Hell and the reason why women will go to hell in large numbers,” writes Hakim in the book’s foreword before listing various types of hell-bound females, including the grumbler, the quarrelsome woman, women with tattoos and women who refuse to have sex during menstruation.
“Men’s perfection is because of various reasons: intelligence, religion, etc,” Hakim explains. “At most, four women have this perfection.”

Mix this level of ignorance and loathing with the Islamic community’s high rate of unemployment, and conflict is inevitable. The Islamic riots of 2012 ended up in central Sydney but began here in Lakemba and surrounding suburbs, where seething young Muslims formed their plans, including printing signs reading “Behead all those who insult the prophet”.

One of the men arrested in those riots was Ahmed Elomar, who was subsequently convicted for bashing a police officer with a flagpole.

His lawyer claimed that Elomar was “overcome with the occasion”. The occasion continues. Lately, Elomar’s brother Mohamed has posed with severed heads in Iraq, where he is fighting alongside fundamentalist Islamic State extremists.

Back at the pub, a staffer mentions rare moments of cultural overlap. “Sometimes the young blokes will come in here to buy Scotch,” she says. “They try to hide themselves under hoodies.”

But when the staffer sees them later in the street, they don’t return her greeting. The hotel is haram — sinful and forbidden. Those early closing hours will eventually become permanent.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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A small but growing number of young Muslims are heading overseas and gaining combat experience that some fear may be used against Australia. Meanwhile, a navy cadet program in Western Sydney is training young Muslims who may one day fight for Australia.


A small but growing number of young Muslims are heading overseas and obtaining combat experience that could one day be used against Australia.

At the same time, a navy cadet program in Western Sydney is training young Muslims who may one day fight for Australia.
At Provisional Training Ship Australia in Sydney's west, teenage girls wear black headscarves under their camouflage caps, and boys have full, dark beards.

Until their cadet unit was established in March, neither of those things would have been allowed under Navy cadet rules.

The organisation’s openness to catering for young Muslims is one of the keys to the program's success, cadets say.

"To have the same opportunities without shaving my beard, keeping my religion, it's a big relief,” one teenage cadet said.

Another highlighted the importance of accommodating cadets during Ramadan.
“I knew that they would take care of needs like halaal food and prayers, and during the month of Ramadan, fasting," he said.

Training Ship Australia was set up in Lidcombe in March as a way to reach out to the area’s multicultural - particularly, Muslim - youth.

The entire Australian Defence Force has just 98 people who identify as being of Islamic faith.

Already Training Ship Australia has nearly half that amount.

Cadets don't always go on to serve in defence, but some are considering it.

One 18-year-old girl said she felt the unit was paving the way for other young Muslims.

"I think we've all proven to a lot of people that young Australian Muslims can be part of the Australian force,” she said.

Most of the cadets at the Training Ship attend Islamic schools and go home to Islamic communities.

Navy Islamic Affairs Advisor Captain Mona Shindy said a recent weekend away with Training Ship Hawkesbury was an eye-opener for all involved.

"They got to experience first-hand a whole bunch of people fasting and they were so wonderful and so flexible in terms of trying to understand and cater for that," Captain Shindy said.

"They got up early with us when we were eating before sunrise. Having dinner at exactly sunset so everyone could eat together."

“I had one girl I sat down with and she said 'I thought it would be different from this.' And I said, 'what do you mean?' and she said, 'they're just like us'."

Professor Greg Barton from Monash University's Global Terrorism Research Centre said programs like this could also help combat isolation and extremism among young Muslims.

“Anything we can do to offer structure, discipline, and purpose and belonging, and affirm people in a positive way will yield benefits,” he said.

Professor Barton said there should be more investment in medium- to long-term outreach programs like this.

"There's no silver bullet here but this is one of the essential elements of what we have to do,” he said.


Source: SBS



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Amira Abayas in conjunction with Islamic Relief Australia will be co- hosting a Women-only Fashion Show and Fundraising Dinner on Saturday 27th September, 6pm at Michael’s Oriental. Tickets are $60 per person (including children, unless they are babies in arms).

All proceeds from the dinner will go to support home-based education and training programs in Afghanistan for women as well as local projects here in Brisbane to empower women and their families.

Come along and join us for a great night of beautiful fashion by Amira Abayas, delicious food and great company. Tickets are limited and will sell out so book yours TODAY! Tickets can be purchased from Amira Abayas- Shop 3/1307 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby or from Rima 0452 217 747, Susan 0433 182 520 or Nora on 0422 349 786.

Amira Abayas in conjunction with Islamic Relief Australia will be co- hosting a Women-only Fashion Show and Fundraising Dinner on Saturday 27th September 2014, 6pm at Michael’s Oriental. Tickets are $60 per person (including children, unless they are babies in arms).

All proceeds from the dinner will go to support home-based education and training programs in Afghanistan for women as well as local projects here in Brisbane to empower women and their families.

Come along and join us for a great night of beautiful fashion by Amira Abayas, delicious food and great company. Tickets are limited and will sell out so book yours TODAY! Tickets can be purchased from Amira Abayas- Shop 3/1307 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby or from Rima 0452 217 747, Susan 0433 182 520 or Nora on 0422 349 786.

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Young Crescents' Cubs preparing loom bands for sale on CresWalk2014 Race Pack Pick-up Day (6 September) and on Race Day (7 September)  to raise funds for the orphans of Gaza


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The collection drive at the Gold Coast Mosque on Friday raised $47,000 in cash and a substantial number of pledges, bringing the cash raised to $260,000


Bank details for donations: Suncorp Bank; BSB: 484 799; A/C No: 509 169 377; Al Furqan Charitable Islamic Trust


Gold Coast Mosque

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Dear All,
Appeal for donations to help fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, and especially in my home country Sierra Leone is devastating. Ebola virus, which is transmitted by contact with infected bodily fluids has a high mortality rate, about 90% of infected patient succumb to it.
Although our government is trying to combat the spread of the disease, it is clear that they are not coping. There is evidence that it has spread to densely populated cities in the country.

In Sierra Leone insha-Allah there are over 60 percent of the population who are our fellow Muslims currently suffering the horrible attach of this Ebola Virus today.

We, Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora are trying to help our government and the region fight against this deadly disease. In particular, Sierra Leone Descendants in Queensland (SLEDAQ), are appealing to various institutions and individuals to help us raise funds which will be used acquire and ship items on the attached lists.

Cash donations can be made by going to the web page: GoFund Me

Or via bank transfer to:
Acc Name: Sierra Leone Descendants (SLEDAQ)
BSB: 064128
ACC: 10190054
Your reference should be your name.

Or you can contact:
Mohamed Bah : 0431941177 – bahalio@yahoo.com
Dr Sadeq Mustapha: 0421892648 or
SLEDAQ President Mr Aiah Thomas on 0432 576 315.

We shall be very grateful for your support and funds raised will properly be accounted for.

Mohamed Bah

Assalamu'laykom Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,


Dear Brothers/Sisters,

May this message kindly find you in good health and spirit of always bringing good efforts to relation of our two esteemed countries.


On behalf of Al-Azhar Youth Leader Institute (AYLI) - Indonesia, a youth organization at Masjid Agung Al-Azhar - Indonesia, we have the honour of bringing to your attention the ideas and objectives of the organization.


AYLI concerns in developing the potency and competency of Muslim/Muslimah youth to become future global leaders. In this regard, we would like to invite your organization member/members or Jama'ah (Muslim/Muslimah, 15 to 25 years old) to participate in “Indonesia International Leadership Camp (IILC) 2014” on December 15th to 24th, 2014 in Jakarta - Indonesia.


The objective of IILC is to create future global leaders, who are competent in leadership skills. During the event participants will learn from the experts in Islamic values, Strategic Management, Leadership, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Cultural Exchange, Global Friendship and Networking. It will be their milestone as future Global World Class Leaders. Besides, the participants will also be introduced to Indonesian culture, languages, history and social condition.


The participant's accommodation during their stay in Indonesia will be covered by the committee*. The selected candidates from each country only will be responsible for their round trip flight ticket and visa fees.

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John Lewis's new line, hijabs to wear at school


Department store signs contract with schools in London and Liverpool to offer conservative Islamic clothing



UK: John Lewis is offering the hijab in its school uniform department for the first time.

The headdress is to be sold in the company’s stores in London and Liverpool after it signed contracts with two schools – one which was set up to educate Muslim girls and a second that welcomes pupils from all religious communities.

The hijab covers the head and chest and is worn by Muslim women after the onset of puberty as a sign of modesty in the presence of men who are outside their immediate family.

It is different from the niqab, which is a full face veil and has proved divisive in schools and public life, for example if wearers are giving evidence in court.

There has been controversy over whether it is right for girls attending state schools to wear religious dress rather than the standard uniform.

But the fact that a mainstream retailer is starting to stock the hijab alongside blazers and blouses is likely to be welcomed as a breakthrough by Muslim parents who have so far had to rely on specialist shops.

John Lewis has won the contract to supply uniforms to the Islamia Girls’ School in north-west London, which was established in 1983 by Yusuf Islam – known as the singer Cat Stevens until his conversion to Islam in 1977.

It is selling a white hijab for £9, alongside a teal blazer carrying the school badge, which costs £65, a long ankle-length grey skirt at £40, and other items.

John Lewis will also be supplying the hijab as part of the uniform for Belvedere Academy in Liverpool, which is a non-denominational girls’ school with pupils from a wide range of religious backgrounds.


Belvedere, founded 130 years ago, was the first independent school in the country to become an academy in 2007. The comprehensive has been judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

John Lewis said it is simply responding to demand.

A spokesman for the department store said: ‘We provide uniforms for 350 schools across the country. The school informs us of the items they want us to sell as part of their uniform list.’

Last year, former Lib Dem Home Office minister Jeremy Browne, triggered controversy by calling for a debate on whether women should be banned from the wearing the veil in public places such as schools.

He suggested Muslim girls were being pressurized into wearing the religious dress, saying: ‘We should be very cautious about imposing religious conformity on a society which has always valued freedom of expression.’

His comments were rejected by Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation who said he was ‘disgusted’ by them, adding: ‘Whatever one’s religion they should be free to practise it according to their own choices.’

Source: Daily Mail

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


The week a CCN Reader recommends


Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective


Amina Wadud



Fourteen centuries of Islamic thought have produced a legacy of interpretive readings of the Qu'ran written almost entirely by men.


Now, with Qu'ran and Woman, Amina Wadud (pictured below) provides a first interpretive reading by a woman, a reading which validates the female voice in the Qu'ran and brings it out of the shadows.


Muslim progressives have long argued that it is not the religion but patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qu'ran that have kept women oppressed.


For many, the way to reform is the reexamination and reinterpretation of religious texts.

Qu'ran and Woman contributes a gender inclusive reading to one of the most fundamental disciplines in Islamic thought, Qu'ranic exegesis.


Wadud breaks down specific texts and key words which have been used to limit women's public and private role, even to justify violence toward Muslim women, revealing that their original meaning and context defy such interpretations.


What her analysis clarifies is the lack of gender bias, precedence, or prejudice in the essential language of the Qur'an.

Despite much Qu'ranic evidence about the significance of women, gender reform in Muslim society has been stubbornly resisted. Wadud's reading of the Qu'ran confirms women's equality and constitutes legitimate grounds for contesting the unequal treatment that women have experienced historically and continue to experience legally in Muslim communities.


The Qu'ran does not prescribe one timeless and unchanging social structure for men and women, Wadud argues lucidly, affirming that the Qu'ran holds greater possibilities for guiding human society to a more fulfilling and productive mutual collaboration between men and women than as yet attained by Muslims or non-Muslims. 


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KB says: The key ingredient in this recipe, tahini, is a sesame paste available in Asian stores but nowadays also in supermarkets. It's like a peanut sauce satay but made from sesame. Very quick and tasty, but quite exotic. As for the dish itself, it can also be made into a great starter.

Chicken with Tahini


500g chicken breasts cut into thin strips
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
½ tsp crushed red chillies
1 tab sweet chilli sauce
1 tsp sambal oelek, (available in most supermarkets and Asian Grocery stores)
(freshly ground chillies)
2 tab tahini
1 tsp. sesame seeds
Juice of I lemon
Skewer sticks which have been soaked in water overnight.


1. Marinate the chicken in all the above condiments for at least 2 hours or overnight.
2. Thread the chicken thru the skewers sticks, place on an oven tray, drizzle with olive oil or butter or a little of both and set aside until 10 mins before serving.
3. Set your oven to grill at 170 degrees, place the oven tray under the grill for 5 mins.
4. Remove the oven tray, turn the skewers and place back into the oven for a further 5 mins.
5. Your chicken will be tender, place the skewers on a serving plate and pour any excess marinade or juices from the oven tray directly onto the chicken.
6. Serve the Tahini chicken hot with chips or salad.


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All Creswalk participants should be well on their way through preparing for race day. Use the program below as a guide for the final weeks leading up to the race.


More advanced participants will have to add more challenges along the way and increase training time and workout intensity.


DAYS 1 & 2: Walk for 30 – 45mins at a comfortable-to-fast pace. Include a 3 minute warm up and cool down at slow pace.
Don’t forget your water bottle and be sure to stretch after every walk.

DAYS 3 & 4: Add 10 minutes to your walk and slowly start introducing mini-workouts along the way. Exercises such as walking lunges, jump-squats, step-ups, etc. to strengthen, tone and power up the legs for race day.

DAYS 5 & 6: In addition to your walk, do some step-ups and skipping for a cardio kick.

DAY 7: Rest day – Yoga, swimming or stretching

NOTE: The above program assumes a healthy participant. Please seek clearance from your GP before undertaking any form of exercise.
Be sure to stay hydrated and choose lean meats and plenty of vegetables for a healthy diet.




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Jallaludin's work supervisor commented about his shaggy mane of hair.

He went on to extol the virtues of a good haircut, which, he insisted, makes an elderly man look younger and a younger man seem more mature.

"How would a haircut make a middle-aged man like me appear?" Jallaludin asked.

"Still employed," was the answer.

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Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


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:

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Every Monday & Wednesday
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All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.

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