The Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ), the
state's peak body for youth advocacy is currently
conducting a research project focusing on young Muslim
women's participation in sport and recreation.
With a limited number of weeks remaining in the
project's data collection phase, YANQ is seeking young
Muslim women between the ages of 12 and 30 to respond to
An electronic version of the survey will be linked to
YANQ's website (www.yanq.org.au)
within the coming week. Paper-based surveys are also
YANQ are also conducting focus groups and telephone
If you are interested in participating or if you would
like more information about the study, contact YANQ's
Multicultural Development Officer, Ms Kirsten McGavin at
or her colleague Ms Shaima Khan at
A New Look SLP
by IFA Youth
time has finally come for the unveiling of IFA's
Sister's Learning Program.
We have taken all of your feedback and
requests into consideration, the SLP promises to be more
interactive, with a fresh, new perspective, vibrant
speaker...and definitely with a spin of it's own.
But hey we don't want to spoil the
We will tell you that attending the 'new
and reformed' SLP is a MUST so get that calendar out and
keep watching this space when we tell all later in the
Launch of the Findings
of the Muslim Youth Forums: Making our Future Report
The Al-Nisa’ Youth Group launched the
findings of a major new Report entitled Muslim Youth
Forums: Making our Future during the week in Brisbane's
The Report highlights the findings of six Muslim Youth
Forums held around Queensland earlier this year by the
Al-Nisa’ Youth Group and the Australian Multicultural
Foundation, as part of the Muslim Youth Summit
The Muslim Youth Forums were held to give young Muslim
people an opportunity to voice their concerns on issues
of significance to them and their community, and propose
what could be done to address these challenges.
Muslim Youth Forums: Making our Future presents their
views, and the strategies they put forward. It also
highlights some of the initiatives that are already in
place to address some of the shortfalls identified.
The guest speaker was the Hon Warren Pitt, Minister for
Communities, Disabilities and Youth. Also in attendance
was the Hon Stephen Robertson, Minister for Health and
Member for Stretton, where the organisation is based.
Funding for the Muslim Youth Forums and the resulting
Report has been provided by Department of Immigration
and Citizenship under its National Action Plan (NAP).
The Federal Government initiated the NAP in September
2005 to address threats to Australia’s social cohesion,
harmony and security.
Other agencies such as community service providers and
relevant government agencies were given the opportunity
to view the report and identify exciting strategies and
programs as well as opportunities for partnerships to
address some of the common recurring issues raised.
ABD Poultry has been monitored and
inspected by the Mujlis Ulema Australia (Queensland) and
has fulfilled the conditions and recommendations of the
National Council of Imams. A
Halal Certificate has been issued.
Powerful British Asian women
Shami Chakrabarti, director of
national civil rights group Liberty, tops the list of
the most powerful British Asian women. Since 2001,
Chakrabarti has campaigned for human rights in
Parliament, and the courts. She is rarely absent from
British TV screens, and is a staple guest on Radio 4's
rights is a running theme and the seventh
secretary-general of Amnesty International, Irene
Zubaida Khan, comes second on the list. She has led
missions across the world through Bangladesh, Pakistan,
Lebanon and Israel to discuss human rights issues, and
won the Sydney Peace Prize in 2006.
"I lived through a war in Bangladesh and saw how people
with nothing gave others food and shelter," she says.
"It gave me courage to think that when you can't rely on
government to protect you, you can rely on human nature.
So I've made the purpose of my life to contribute to
society and give back what I get."
Third on the list, Parveen Kumar, heads up the
British Medical Association. Author of one of the most
widely read medical textbooks for students and doctors
internationally, she has become a medical celebrity,
giving lectures across the globe.
services complaints commissioner and legal services
ombudsman for England and Wales, Zahida Manzoor,
is hot on her heels in fourth place. She oversees the
handling of complaints by professional bodies, including
the Law Society and the General Council of the Bar.
"For my generation it was unusual for Muslim women to go
to university - it was frowned upon," she says. "I am
very grateful that my father, who was my main source of
inspiration, paid no heed."
Next comes Sheetal Mehta, who heads up Innovative
Social Ventures, where she acts as a liaison between the
Government and entrepreneurs, and helps technology
start-ups to access venture capital.
The ubiquitous Meena Pathak, of Patak's Indian
food company, which has taken traditional Indian cooking
to the supermarket shelves, comes sixth on the list. She
is director of product development and frequently
travels to the sub-continent to source the spice mixes
that go into her cooking sauces, curry pastes, chutney,
pickles, ready meals, snacks and breads.
Seventh comes the first woman ever to
hold the BBC's top finance job, Zarin Patel. She
has the unenviable task of balancing an annual budget of
around £4bn. She is a member of the BBC executive board,
and reports to director-general Mark Thompson.
Noel Whittaker, was the keynote speaker at
the dinner meeting of the Muslim Business
Network. He spoke on the new superannuation
rules coming into effect next month.
Dr Mohammed Khateeb, Senior Lecturer at
the University of Queensland gave an
entertaining and informative talk on how to cope
Kareema's Keep Fit
After last week’s CresWalk2007 some of
you may have questions related to health and fitness.
CCN has introduced this column as a forum for advice on
just such matters.
Kareema Benjamin is a member of the Crescents of
Brisbane Team and a professional fitness instructress
and personal fitness coach. She is an accredited member
of fitness Australia (the fitness industry's governing
body), with more than 7 years experience within the
Kareema worked closely with the New South Wales Health
Department and local councils (researching and educating
communities on healthy lifestyle issues). Her teaching
programs were passed by the department of education
which allowed her to teach HPE (health and physical
education) at a private high school for 3 years before
moving to Queensland. She coached girls' soccer and
basketball teams and worked with pre-schoolers as well
She teaches at a number of Fernwood
womens’ fitness centres with her favourite classes being
swissball, spin cycle body pump (weights) and aqua
She also has a number of private clients
who benefit from her personal health and fitness
Note, all questions will be published here anonymously
and without any references to the author of the
This week a reader wrote:
How often should I be exercising to maintain a
least three times a week for an hour at a time. If you
can't fit in an hour, break down your routine: e.g. 30
mins. in the morning and try to make up the rest of the
time throughout the day. You do not have to do it all at
once. This is the absolute minimum though, anything less
is simply not enough! Remember to compliment your
regular exercise with a healthy diet!
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Until two legal
systems do us part
Divorce is difficult, but navigating both
Australian and sharia law is even harder for Muslim
women, writes Nadia Jamal.
Janette Hashemi lives by
two laws. Like many Muslim women in
Australia, she had to negotiate two
when she married a Muslim man and later
wanted a divorce.
After Ms Hashemi's
husband returned to Dubai for work in
the late 1990s, the couple, who had been
married for 10 years and had a daughter,
When Ms Hashemi
decided to end the relationship, she
could request and be granted a divorce
because she had included her right to do
this in the Islamic marriage contract
she had drawn up.
"Marriages don't last
as long as they used to," says Ms
Hashemi, a convert to Islam who speaks
on Islamic issues at universities,
schools and community groups.
"I wanted to be
careful because I had been a Muslim for
a few years and I didn't want cultural
practices to interfere with the marriage
or if the marriage had broken down; I
wanted to protect myself."
Unlike Ms Hashemi,
many women do not write their contracts
and end up in limbo when the husband
refuses to grant an Islamic talaq
(divorce in Arabic). These women will
often seek a civil dissolution of the
marriage through the Family Court.
In response to this
growing problem, a group of Sydney
sheiks recently decided to reform an
Islamic judicial council to hear such
Sheik Khalil Chami, who will sit on the
council, called the situation a
"tragedy" that hurt all Muslims. He
deals with about two or three divorce
cases a week and most requests for
divorce are from women, many of whom are
unaware of their rights.
However, much of what
is known about this problem is
Ms Hashemi, who grew
up on Sydney's North Shore and now lives
on the Sunshine Coast, met her husband
in Australia and their Islamic marriage
was followed three months later by the
signing of the civil certificate.
Most Muslim marriages
and divorces in Australia are overseen
by a religious leader (an imam or sheik)
who is an authorised celebrant.
But Ms Hashemi's
Islamic contract, which allowed her to
divorce without resorting to an Islamic
court or a panel of religious leaders,
is not recognised by Australian courts.
In some countries the
power to grant an Islamic divorce to a
wife is carried out by the sharia
[Islamic law] court through a qadi, or
sharia court judge. Australia has no
such court, so if the husband refuses to
pronounce talaq, the wife is unable to
remarry under Islamic law.
If a woman ignores
this and remarries according to
Australian law, she may be condemned in
the eyes of Muslims, explains Jamila
Hussain, a lecturer in Islamic law at
the University of Technology, Sydney.
She believes a qadi or circuit judge
would give women "some way out".
"This issue doesn't worry
the men in the community because they
are not the ones with a problem," she
says. "A lot of women don't know their
rights in this respect because they are
not taught their Islamic rights. And
that needs to be looked at in terms of
While Ms Hashemi's rights
to an Islamic divorce were spelled out,
some advised her to seek a divorce
through a religious leader. So she came
to Sydney to see the sheiks and "to keep
the community happy".
"They took one look at
the contract and asked me what I was
doing there," Ms Hashemi says. "They
asked me if I wanted to divorce my
husband and I said, yes, and they said,
'OK, you are divorced. Bye.' It took
"While some people
didn't think that my Islamic marriage
contract would hold up, my ability to
initiate a divorce was a valid
Ms Hussain says most
Australians do not understand the
Islamic position on divorce, with the
popular idea being that all a husband
has to do is to recite talaq three
While in some
countries the triple talaq is considered
a valid divorce, Ms Hussain points out
that in others it is not. Some Muslim
countries now require husbands also to
apply to the court to divorce.
The Muslim Women's
National Network of Australia argues
that the problem for women arises when
the husband is overseas, his whereabouts
are unknown or he refuses to pronounce
The solutions the
network put forward in 2002 included
establishing an Australian sharia court
or equivalent authority, employing a
qadi to visit Australia to hear cases
and empowering the Family Court to
adjourn an application made by a husband
until he grants his wife a religious
Some religious leaders
agree that the Lakemba mosque's Sheik
Taj el-Din al Hilaly has the power to
grant a divorce by khula' (where the
woman must return her mahr, or dowry, to
her husband), but others are reluctant
to go near this issue.
There have been cases,
the network says, where women have had
to travel to their country of birth to
access a sharia court, which is not only
time-consuming but expensive.
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RECIPE CRISPY FISH WITH TARTAR SAUCE
2 ½ kg Hake or King klip
2 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoon salt
1 cup four
Marinate fish in salt, pepper and lemon juice
2 ½ cups flour
3 teaspoons salt
8 eggs beaten
¾ cup milk
1/3 cup water
Oil for deep frying
1. Sift flour and salt in a bowl.
2. Whisk eggs and milk together with the water.
3. Add to the flour and whisk for 2 – 4 minutes.
4. Coat fish in flour.
5. Dip in batter and deep fry in heated oil until golden
6. Remove with a slotted spoon onto paper towel.
7. Serve garnished with lemon wedges and parsley with
chips and tartar sauce.
3 ½ Tablespoons gherkins chopped
2 medium onions diced
3 ½ Tablespoons chopped parsley
2 teaspoon lemon pepper
4 to 5 ml paprika
Combine all above ingredients together and stir.
Any time you cut your hand, finger, or any other part of
the body, take a spoonful of sugar and sprinkle it in
the cut. If you are bleeding, this will thicken the
blood and besides that it will take the pain away.
Perfect for paper cuts.
Source: Radio Islam
Newsletter - Thursday, 24 May 2007
It was a terrible
night, blowing cold and snow in a most frightful manner.
The streets were deserted and the local baker was just
about to close up shop when a little, old Mula Nasruddin
slipped through the door. He carried an umbrella, blown
inside out, and was bundled in two sweaters and a thick
coat. But even so he still looked wet, freezing, and
As he unwound his scarf he said to the baker, "May I
have two naans to go, please?"
The baker said in astonishment, "Two naans? Nothing
"That's right," answered the little man. "One for me and
one for Mumtaz."
"And who is Mumtaz, your wife?" asked the baker.
"What did you think," snapped Mula Nasruddin, "that my
mother would send me out on a night like this?"
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