......a sentiment expressed by the
partisan spectators, but certainly not one supported by
the two football teams.
The QPS – Muslim Rugby League Challenge
was played in front of a high-spirited crowd last night
at Sunnybank Rugby Grounds. Although the Police
supporters may have outranked the Muslims in authority,
it was the latter who pulled rank in passion and numbers
on the night. The full time score of 36 – 6 to the QLD
Police Rugby League Team went nowhere near reflecting
the commitment and determination of the Islamic Rugby
The one converted try scored by the Muslim Team might
have taken a long time in coming but for the vocal crowd
it was a moment to relish. The roar that followed the
player over the line would have been heard all the way
to Suncorp Stadium on the other side of the Brisbane
river where the Aussies were taking on Wales in an
altogether different sporting code.
The evening was an initiative of the Queensland Police
Service, and was organized by Sergeant Jim Bellos and
Yasmin Khan, President of Qld I-CARE Assoc. Inc. It was
an attempt to foster better relations between the Police
and Muslim youth, and a friendly football match was seen
as one way to break down barriers. In association with
Oscar Akbar, President of the IRL, the Muslim team was
put together from a composite of players from teams that
played regularly as part of the recently formed Muslim
The evening started off with the QPS
Juvenile Piles and Drums offering an interesting
rendition of the National Anthem on bagpipes. Football
fans were privileged to witness former legendary referee
Bill Harrigan adjudicate the match (albeit, without the
help of a video referee) and Radio 4BC funny man Danny
Hoyland played host entertaining the crowd in his
inimitable and endearing style.
At half time spectators were invited onto the ground for
a football kicking competition, giving some young
policemen the opportunity to run around the field trying
to catch the ball.
After the match both teams and the spectators got the
opportunity to mix and mingle with each other and the
common sentiment was that the rematch next year could
not come soon enough. The evening was about more than a
football game between two teams. It was about
demonstrating in a practical way that groups can
coexist, and work and play together in harmony without
the need to comprise on individual beliefs and
preferences. For that the organizers need to be
Commissioner, Bob Atkinson, with winning QPS
captain Ben Brouwer
Harrigan and Sultan Deen
Mayor, Campbell Newman and IRL captain Ramzan
Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth and
Fair Play Award winner Brother Derek Fletcher
Mayor's Multicultural Round Table Honours
At a glittering function held on Friday
at the Brisbane City Hall Lord Mayor Campbell Newman
presented a selected group of businessmen and women with
certificates acknowledging their contribution to the
shared prosperity of the city of Brisbane.
Amongst the group of 25 entrepreneurs
recognized were Mr. Faisal Hatia of Hatia
Property Corporation, Mr. Suliman Sabdia of
Sabdia & Co. and Imam Abdul Quddoos Al-Azhari of
the Australian International Islamic College.
A glossy booklet entitled "Inclusive
Business in Brisbane: Highlighting our shared prosperity",
in which the journey of the 25 businesses is described,
was launched on the night.
The booklet was part of a project of the
Lord Mayor's Multicultural Round Table and was aimed to
promote multicultural business development in Brisbane
and to encourage new and emerging communities to be
engaged in business activities.
"Brisbane is a city that grows and
thrives on multiculturalism and diversity," Mayor
Campbell Newman told CCN on the night. "Diversity is a
key element in attracting business, investment and
skilled people to the city to ensure our future economic
growth," he added.
He was also of the firm view that
Brisbane's culture, a city open to new ideas and
respectful of differences, creates opportunities for a
strong and profitable business sector that benefits the
At the last census in 2001, over 330,000
people in Brisbane were born overseas and over 150,000
residents spoke a language other than English.
At the Special General Meeting held a
fortnight ago IWAQ elected a new Management Committee.
Mission of Hope
(Sydney) is hosting the Third Annual Australian Muslim
Achievement Awards. You can
submit nominations in a number of
Woman of The Year
Man of The Year
Youth of The Year (Ages 16 - 26)
Sportsperson of The Year
Event of The Year
Media Outlet of The Year
Role Model of The Year
Professional of The Year
Business of The Year
Community Organisation of The Year
Best New Community Initiative / Project of The Year
As Sheffield prepares to host an Indian
equivalent of the Oscars, Veronica Lee reports on the
surge in interest in Bollywood in the UK
Fancy a trip to the
Oscars? Well, travel to Sheffield next month and you can
see some of the world's highest-paid stars walking up
the red carpet to pick up their awards - but you may not
instantly recognise some of their names, as these are
Bollywood, not Hollywood performers.
Stars Akshay Kumar
and Riya Sen dance
They will be collecting
awards, colloquially called the Bollywood Oscars,
presented by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)
at the Hallam Arena on June 9.
Yorkshire may seem an
unlikely location for such a glittering gathering, but
as it is home to a large Asian population, the decision
to stage it there was entirely logical. The UK has the
biggest audience for Bollywood films outside India, and
takings here contribute 15-20 per cent of the industry's
But it's not just Asian
immigrants and their offspring who are fans: Bollywood
films are increasingly popular among non-Asians, and now
the Indian film industry is as likely to set a film here
as it is in its headquarters, Mumbai (formerly Bombay,
There has been a steady
increase in interest in Bollywood movies in the past 10
For British filmgoers,
Bollywood is a more popular non-Hollywood genre than
European arthouse movies, and its titles now regularly
appear in UK top 10s. Last month Ta Ra Rum Pum, a family
comedy, appeared at number nine after just one weekend,
as did Namastey London in March, while Life in a...
Metro, starring Shilpa Shetty of Celebrity Big Brother
fame, made the top 20 when it opened on May 11.
Where Bollywood films were
once seen only in specialist cinemas in predominantly
Asian areas, they are now routinely programmed alongside
mainstream films in multiplexes.
And Bollywood producers
are increasingly using British locations and actors, or
making films with substantial English dialogue as well
as Hindi and other Asian languages. Namastey London - a
bittersweet romance about a British-Asian woman and her
arranged marriage to an Indian national - was shot
largely in the UK, while Goal, about an Asian football
league and entirely shot here, will be released later
this year. About 15-20 Bollywood films a year are made
at least partly in the UK.
So why the surge in
interest? Akshay Kumar, Bollywood heartthrob and star of
Namastey London, says: "India is 'in' - it's gone
global. When you have one of the world's fastest-growing
economies, people become interested in its culture and
history. And Bollywood films have a unique quality that
no other filmmakers can produce."
That "unique quality" is
sometimes dismissed as a plethora of flamboyant
all-singing, all-dancing, chaste romances.
"That's the stereotype,"
says Pratibha Parmar, a British filmmaker of Asian
"And those films are still
the mainstay of Bollywood, it's true. But there has also
always been a more serious strain of movies being made -
Mother India , Lagaan  and Kabhi Alvida
, for instance - that not only entertain but raise
socially relevant and political issues of the time."
Parmar's latest project,
Nina's Heavenly Delights - "a lesbian curry-house movie"
set in Glasgow - is now out on DVD and appears to be
indicative of broadening tastes among the Asian diaspora.
"Bollywood has been very
reductive in the past," she says, "but now they're
realising there's a huge market in the UK. The films are
getting shorter, there are not as many dance numbers and
the narrative is more important. You see films by
younger Bollywood directors popping up in festivals
around the world."
Sabbas Joseph, IIFA's
chief executive, agrees that the UK effect is already
evident in Bollywood output.
"A lot of films are now
re-edited for the UK and filmmakers are increasingly
sensitive to this market. There are more international
stories, the direction is more adventurous and different
types of music - rap, reggae and house, for example -
are being used."
He mentions, too, the
growth of "crossover" movies - those with Asian subject
matter, many in English, being made with an eye to the
global rather than domestic market - with films such as
Monsoon Wedding (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and
Kumar, though, despite
welcoming increasing audiences for his work, cautions
against Bollywood losing its uniqueness.
"Growing foreign audiences
will encourage Indian filmmakers to give vent to
subjects that might not get mass audiences in India or
might not be allowed to be screened because of their
content. Foreign viewership gives them another avenue to
try new things, but if by doing more daring work we mean
sleaze, then I doubt intelligent Indian filmmakers would
go down that route."
He would, however, happily
film here again, describing Namastey London as "a labour
"For so many Indians,
being in the UK is like coming home because we have so
much shared history. I would be delighted to make more
films here and I know other actors and directors feel
SCREENING on SBS Television in the
Cutting Edge timeslot is Jihad with part 2
following at 10pm on Tuesday 5 June.
Jihad provides an in-depth look at modern, radical
Islamic groups. The film explores the ideas and beliefs
that inspire these groups, along with the challenges
they pose for governments in the Middle East and the
Western World. With previously unseen footage and
first-hand testimony from those who fought, planned,
argued, met or lived with them, this is the inside story
of Al Qaeda's three leaders: Osama bin Laden, Ayman
al-Zawahiri, and the recently killed leader of Al Qaeda
in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi.
This film examines how the blood-soaked careers of these
three men were driven by an evolving ideology of
violence and hatred towards the West.
From the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1940s to Islamic
organisations today, the film offers insightful
perspectives of Islam from Western and Middle Eastern
journalists, US intelligence experts on the frontlines
of the fight against Al Qaeda, and friends and
contemporaries of Osama bin Laden and his lieutenant
It is also the story of how the peaceful and noble
religion of Islam was distorted by Islamist terrorists
in the name of jihad. Jihad was filmed in the Middle
East, Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, America and Britain
Youth Stand Up and Be
Governor Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce officially
launched the 2007 Queensland Young Achiever Awards on
Tuesday 29th May at her home Government House in
The Launch was MC’d by Triple M announcer John Caruso
and will commence the call for nominations in the 2007
Qld Young Achiever Awards.
Queensland has a vast landscape which provides a wealth
of talented young people. These include artists,
scientists, athletes, business people and volunteers.
However they are also neighbours, friends, colleagues
and family members.
All young Queenslanders making valuable contributions in
their field of endeavors aged between 14 to 26 are
eligible to nominate in these prestigious awards in the
following seven categories
• The Coffee Club Arts Award
• The Coates Sports Award
• The Sigma Energy Solutions Science & Technology Award
• The Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport
and Recreation Regional Initiative Award
• The Cartridge World Community Service Award
• The Department of Main Roads Environment Award
• The Central Queensland University Career Achievement
The Queensland Young Achiever Awards will acknowledge
and reward the valuable achievements young people are
making to the community and the State.
The program will culminate at the Queensland Awards
Presentation evening held on the 22nd September 2007 at
the Crown Plaza Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, with
each category winner receiving a $2,000 Heritage
Building Society account and a hand carved glass trophy.
The ultimate winner “The Young Achiever of the Year for
Queensland” will receive a further $2,000 to add to
their account and a magnificent trophy.
The Young Achiever Awards is a celebration of talent,
determination and diversity in young people. The Awards
are about breaking down barriers and promoting
acceptance and providing recognition.
Congratulations to the team on the resounding
success of CresWalk2007.
I am looking for company to join me in the 10km race
at the Gold Coast on July1.
Kind regards Vijaya Jayaraman
Assalamu Alaikum W. W.
All Praise is to Almighty Allah SWT. and it is His
rewards that we seek.
My sincere appreciation
to the Crescents of Brisbane for this Special Award.
I am sorry that I was not here for the presentation,
I was overseas, previously committed.
Alhamdolillah, over the
years, I have been presented with many Special
Awards, and Recognition for Service, but this one is
really special, because it is from within our
Generally, I am known to
be of few words, and normally would leave it at
However, in this
instance, I would like to elaborate a bit, in the
hope of, highlighting some points of clarification,
and importantly, to encourage and entice others to
vigourously engage in Community Service.
In all Humility, some of
the Awards and Recognition of Service are from:
Prime Minister of Australia, Prime Minister of Fiji,
Premiers of Queensland, Lord Mayor of Brisbane,
Archbishop of Brisbane, Uniting Church, Jewish
Congregation, Volunteers Australia, Rotary
International, Griffith University, Qld. Police
Service, Government Ministers, Govt. Departments,
Public and Private Schools, and many other Community
organizations, all too numerous to mention.
I remember on one
occasion, in my capacity as Chairman of The Oxley
Creek Catchment Association, ( An Environmental
Group), I was to receive a special award to the
Association for preparing an Environmental
management Plan for the whole Oxley Creek catchment,
which had taken two years.
It was to be presented by the Lord Mayor Jim Soorley,
(who really didn't like me).
He presented the Award
to me as Chairman of the Association, (the
expression on his face said it all) and then to add
insult to injury, he had to present me, personally,
a Special Award, in recognition of my two years as
Chairman of the Association, for outstanding
At times, you may for a
short while bathe in the Glory of a special award,
but eventually, you get back to reality, and
acknowledge that, everything you do is for Almighty
Allah SWT, and hope and pray that we shall be
rewarded by Him.
I must point out that,
whatever I have done, has always been part of a
As the oldest son in our
family, I have always represented the Family, and
generally, a lot of the work that I was doing, was
made possible, through the unconditional support and
sacrifice, of my brothers, sisters, my wife, my
children, and even my grandchildren.
In other organizations,
there was always a committee that was behind me, or
that I was a part of.
In Community work, there is always support,
sometimes a bit limited, but always there.
So, I encourage
everyone, young and old, to participate in Community
service, be a part of it. You are only ONE, but
together you are significant and able to achieve
Importantly, though, the
motive for Community Service, has to be self
satisfaction, and NOT Glory seeking.
Again, I humbly and
sincerely thank the Crescents of Brisbane for this
Special Award, and hope and pray that Almighty Allah
SWT. rewards you and us, all for our efforts.
Wasalam, Hj. Sultan M. Deen
The Culinary Corner
1 kg chicken mince - Green masala to taste - 1 tsp
dhania, jeero, salt.
Mix the above together in food processor - Soak 4 slices
bread in a little water – squeeze out excess water.
1 egg, 1 tsp lemon pepper, 1 small onion chopped, Green
Mix all the ingredients together add bread crumbs if
mixture too soft.
Roll into lollies around a stick. Add a little water to
pot and steam the lollies till done.
Add the sauce 10 mins before done.
¼ cup soya sauce - ¼ cup tomato sauce - ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup oil 2tsp peri peri sauce or fine red chillies -
Mix all together.
If frying almonds, cashews, etc. at the same time, first
fry the cashews, then almonds, as the Almonds will
discolour the frying medium.
Source: Radio Islam
Newsletter - Monday, 28 May 2007
He timidly asked,
"Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how
a patient is doing?"
The operator said
"I'll be glad to help, Brother. What's the name and room
Nasruddin in a weak
tremulous voice said, "Mula Nasruddin, Room 302."
replied, "Let me place you on hold while I check with
his nurse. "
After a few minutes
the operator returned to the phone, "Oh, good news. His
nurse has told me that Mula Nasruddin is doing very
well. His blood pressure is fine; his blood work just
came back as normal and his physician, Dr. Sultan, has
scheduled him to be discharged Tuesday."
Nasruddin said, "Jazakkalah!
Alhamdulillah! That's wonderful news! I was so worried!
God bless you for the good news."
replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Mula Nasruddin
"No, I'm Mula Nasruddin in 302. No one tells me
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