Eid ul-Adha is a religious
festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide as a
commemoration of Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to
sacrifice his son Ismael for Allah (SWT). It is one of
two Eid festivals that Muslims celebrate.
Eid ul-Adha is four days long and starts
on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja of the lunar
Islamic calendar. This is the day after the pilgrims in
Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by
Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. It happens
to be approximately 70 days after the end of the month
Shameem Rane, Susan Al-Maani
and Galila Abdelsalam with Minister Lindy
The Minister for
Multicultural Affairs, Seniors and Youth, Lindy
Nelson-Carr MP, invited community leaders to
Parliament House in Alice Street in celebration of the
achievements of 2007 and to acknowledge the work of
ethnic community organizations in Queensland.
THE closure of a Muslim school by the
West Australian government was a warning to other
Islamic schools, the former head of Australia's peak
Muslim body says.
The Muslim Ladies' College in the Perth suburb of
Kenwick was shut down by WA Education Minister Mark
McGowan for a series of "serious concerns" revealed
during a departmental investigation.
The school did not follow the state's curriculum, it
employed unregistered teachers, serious questions were
asked about the school's financial viability, and some
school buildings were shipping containers.
A spokesman for the minister said at one time, students
at the school were being given religious instruction 43
per cent of the time.
The school's acting director Zubair Sayed has been
arrested and charged with fraud over the alleged theft
of almost $356,000 in federal funding from the school.
Ameer Ali, an academic at Murdoch University and former
president of the Australian Federation of Islamic
Councils, said the government took the right step in
closing the school.
"After several warnings, the government has taken
action. No one can blame the government for this," Dr
"I think it's a good lesson for the other (Islamic)
schools across the state.
"They want to enter the field of education and provide
some services to the community, (so) they must be up to
"They should follow the rules of the state to the word
and they should not exploit the community."
Dr Ali said Australia's Muslim community already was
under the spotlight and this had not helped.
"This is completely tarnishing the image of the
community, and already we are in the hot seat ... and
this adds to our predicament."
Cameleers were Pioneers too!
Muslim cameleer Bejah
Dervish at Mullewa, WA,
leaving for the Calvert
Expedition in 1896
Library: B10486/1 SLSA)
An exhibition recording
the contribution of Muslim cameleers to Australia's
history opened at the National Library in Canberra.
Muslim cameleers - known as Afghans in Australia - were
instrumental in establishing communication and supply
links between Australian coastal and inland towns in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Curator Dr Philip Jones says the Afghans contributed
significantly to Australia's economic and cultural
"They successfully negotiated these enormous obstacles
across the landscape and brought supplies and provisions
and took wool and minerals back to ports from the inland
in a way that was predictable and efficient," he said.
Dr Jones says that the cameleers have rarely been given
adequate credit for their achievements and their place
in Australian history has been largely unrecorded until
"The durability and the power of the European settler
myth you might say, based entirely on the idea that it
was Europeans that formed the pioneering spirit in
central Australia, has really overwhelmed this story and
marginalised it," he said.
Dr Jones says life as a
cameleer was tough.
"But these people had come from very tough country, the
northern Indian deserts and the Afghan deserts are
forbidding landscapes," he said.
"They knew how to read the landscape, they knew how to
find water, they knew how to pace themselves as much as
"Very few of them came to grief."
He says the Afghans were largely accepted in society.
"I think in ways that we would tend to be a bit
surprised by now because after all these are people
coming into small country towns, building religious
mosques, praying five times a day, holding their
religious festivals, speaking in a foreign language....a
whole range of cultural practices and gestures which are
today greeted with some kind of irritation if they're
encountered in Australian society," he said.
"But it appears Europeans gave enormous benefit of the
doubt to these people because they realised that without
them they were lost as a community.
"There was no way of getting provisions to and fro to
these country centres without the cameleers.
"Certainly durable friendships and relationships emerged
between the different groups."
A year of wedges among the multicultural success stories
Mr Tom Calma
weeks since the resounding victory of the Labor Party at
the Federal Election, there has been much post-mortem
analysis of campaign mistakes, electorate messages and
mandates for the incoming government.
However, one thing on
which both sides seem to agree, and indeed they need to
reflect on, is the political nadir reached when bogus
flyers appeared in the Lindsay electorate in NSW which
purported ALP sympathy for the Bali bombers and
It was indeed a low
point, but one that was indicative of an increasingly
acceptable and politically licensed practice in which
the race card was played to garner political support
from segments of the community.
It was such a practice
that led to Arabic speaking people being subjected to a
different questioning regime when seeking permanent
Then there was the Dr
Haneef affair which revealed a government’s haste to
capitalise on people’s fears and insecurities. Not long
after this unsavoury episode dropped out of the
headlines did the news come through that the number of
African refugees would be cut under our Immigration
program. The reason? They apparently found it too
difficult to settle.
What type of polity is
reflected in a social and ethical agenda that allows
bureaucracies to ask “additional questions” of
particular racial groups, identifies a particular ethnic
group as unsuitable refugees and scapegoat’s individuals
to engender fear and insecurity? What type of society is
created when such an agenda is inevitably absorbed into
the everyday interactions between groups within our
In Australia, we have
long accepted that people should not be treated
differently on the basis of their race or ethnic origin.
Our African communities experience immeasurable hardship
when official credence is given to the already existing
prejudices against them. The singling out of Muslim
Australians in the same way has also provoked an outcry
from those of us who see this as damaging to our entire
More recently, there has
been the revulsion of two pig heads impaled on fence
stakes in the outer Sydney suburb of Camden, reportedly
as a protest against plans to open an Islamic school in
And we must not forget
the Northern Territory Emergency Response legislation
which sidesteps Australia’s first law to protect human
rights, the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act
So, as we look back, we
see it was not a good year for our globally praised
multiculturalism. As National Race Discrimination
Commissioner however, I have hope.
As we move forward with a
new government and into a new year, more than ever we
have an obligation to ensure that government policy
provides a strong and sustainable social framework to
fight racism, xenophobia and discrimination, as well as
promote social cohesion and community relationships.
Australia is the cornerstone for such a program. As a
policy of community harmony it has worked well over the
past two decades, replacing the failed policy of
assimilation. It was and remains our most successful
anti-racism strategy; it needs ongoing support and
reinvigoration so that it can meet the new challenges
that a culturally diverse society continues to present.
We must not lose sight of the fact that, for example,
between 1996 and 1998, 52 per cent of marriages in
Australia were “mixed” in the sense that they involved
people from different ethnicities. I am sure that the
2006 Census data will affirm an increase in the
statistics and remember that any offspring are indeed
We must also address the
new challenges of racism by ensuring that our laws
provide strong remedies to redress discrimination and
Presently, the RDA does
not impose an obligation on government agencies to
promote equality. In this regard, Australia is trailing
behind the UK, Canada and other developed countries
which have enshrined a duty to promote equality on
government agencies as a statutory requirement.
In addition, the
formalities of the legal process, and particularly the
evidentiary requirements to prove discrimination under
the Racial Discrimination Act, are making it
difficult for complainants to succeed in an action for
These are just some of
the issues that need to be reviewed in order to ensure
that the legal mechanisms continue to be responsive to
new forms of racism.
addressed, we can look forward to a new era of social
cohesion in Australia for 2008 and beyond.
Mr Tom Calma is the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner and acting Race Discrimination
easy mistake would be to think that with a title like
that; the evening was solely dedicated to one country.
However, what actually
happened was an around the world in 80 minutes
showcasing music and dancing from an assortment of
The musical journey
started in Afghanistan and moved to the middle east then
skipping to Spain, South America, over to India, down to
South East Asia and back for the finale to Afghanistan.
however, was only a distraction for the main purpose of
the evening, that being to raise awareness and funds for
the poor of Afghanistan.
The young organizers
of the evening Samia Ahmad, Reena Rhandhawa, and Simin
Rawi wanted to introduce the audience to ‘Mahboba’s
This organisation is
dedicated to assisting the women and children in war
torn Afghanistan. With Mahboba not currently in the
country, her representative Aisha Meguid gave a talk
which highlighted some shocking facts about the number
of orphans and widows in Afghanistan, and the
circumstances in which they need to survive.
Mahboba Rawi is an
extraordinary woman who migrated from Afghanistan many
years ago, but still has not given up hope for her
helpless country folk.
A Brisbane branch of
Mahboba’s Promise is hoping to be organised shortly. For
more information or to donate to Mahboba’s Promise
The delightful evening
was with the help of many people who donated their time
and services including the scrumptious food donated by
Three Jamiatul Ulama
members of the Jamiatul Ulama, a student of the Jaami`ah
al Ulum al-Islamiyyah (Darul Ulum at the Jamiat) and one
other who embarked on a journey to travel across Africa
to Saudi Arabia for Hajj by land are now in Makkah.
They made it there after
crossing the Red Sea to the port city of Jeddah by a
ferry together with many other hujjaj from Sudan.
Haj Backpackers’ Profiles
1) Maulana Imtiaz Bhayat - Aalim & Imaam of Bethal
Masjid (Mpumalanga) AGE:32 MARRIED
2) Maulana Abrarulhaq Essack - Aalim &
Imaam of Masjid Hamza (Ext 9 Lenasia) AGE: 24 MARRIED
3) Maulana Muhsin Saber - Aalim & Imaam
of Mayfair Jumuah Masjid (Johannesburg) AGE: 28 MARRIED
4) Hafez Mohammed Bham - Student at
Jaami`ah al Ulum al-Islamiyyah (Darul Ulum at the Jamiat)
AGE: 21 BACHELOR
5) Hafez Imran Mohammed - Businessman
Azaadville AGE: 33 MARRIED
A rightwing thinktank
which claimed to have uncovered extremist literature on
sale at dozens of British mosques was this week accused
of basing a report on fabricated evidence.
The report by Policy Exchange alleged that books
condoning violent jihad and encouraging hatred of
Christians, Jews and gays were being sold in a quarter
of the 100 mosques visited.
But BBC2's Newsnight said examination of receipts
provided by the researchers to verify their purchases
showed some had been written by the same person - even
though they purported to come from different mosques.
Ways to fight against
Islamophobia discussed at İstanbul conference
Conference on Islamophobia" held in İstanbul over last
weekend brought together around 100 scholars, academics
and NGO representatives from around the world to discuss
the issues surrounding the status of Muslims and suggest
solutions for the problem of pervasive misconceptions
about Islam and widespread anti-Muslim sentiment, also
known as Islamophobia.
The "International Conference on Islamophobia,"
organized by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW),
took place at the Grand Cevahir Hotel on Saturday and
At the conference British
writer and lecturer Karen Armstrong asserted that the
West is deeply Islamophobic.
She noted that
Islamophobia is the result of a long process of
prejudice, dating back to the Crusades. She said,
however, that the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 have
strengthened the prejudiced belief that "Islam is a
religion of the sword."
Sharia will be enforced in the
facility: patients and staff will be segregated on the
basis of sex with female patients treated by veiled
female doctors for men as well as halal medicines and
food. The initiative is part of a renewed co-operation
between Russia’s Muslim community and the Russian
government. The chairman of the Mufti Council of Russia
is quite happy.
(AsiaNews) – Moscow’s first private clinic based on
Sharia law opened its doors yesterday. “The policlinic
will strictly abide by Sharia law by observing, above
all, gender differences in its services,” said Anna
Kisko, a spokesperson for the health network responsible
for the facility.
In the new centre women will be served by female
specialists; men by male specialists, she told the
Interfax Religion agency.
The administrative personnel will also be dressed
accordingly to Sharia law, i.e. the doctors will only
have their hands open and female doctors will have to
wear headscarves or possibly hijabs.
The opening of a Halal cafeteria and a prayer room with
a screen separating men from women should also be
available at the policlinic. In addition, all medicines
used at the policlinic will have to conform to Halal
principles and not contain any alcohol.
Sunday, the Brothers from the Gold Coast took on Brother
Ishqi Shuaib's Sri Lankan slingers. Once again
the Gold Coast lost the toss, but once again it was to
be the only contest they would lose.
The Sri Lankan boys elected to bat first, and given that
the outfield was slow, any target above 170 from 25
overs was going to be competitive. The Gold Coast
bowlers were well led by Dr Usman, despite some
fielding mishaps which were attributed to the heat
rather than a lack of skill. The Sri Lankan boys managed
to reach 175 from their allotted 25 overs, leaving the
Gold Coast boys with plenty to think about over lunch.
Despite an early loss of an opener, the Gold Coast boys
continued to play their natural game, led by Brother
Hammad top scoring with 47. The bowling was tough to
get away, but the loss of a key bowler early in the
innings made things even harder for the Sri Lankans.
After leading the bowling
so well, Dr Usman then chimed in with the bat, setting
up a comfortable victory for the Gold Coast after it
looked a little tight earlier in the innings. A special
mention must be made of Maulana Uzair who was a
guest player for the Gold Coast, and his great batting
effort ensured the strike was continually rotated as he
provided good support to his batting partners. I'm also
sure that Maulana had a special feeling after the game
given he was on the winning side.
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Kareema, my teenage son is keen on
getting fit and building muscle mass. He's working out
daily and has purchased some protein powders and shakes
to speed up the process. I'm not too sure if this is a
good idea, any advice?
A: I truly believe that a well balanced
diet will provide all the protein he needs to increase
muscle mass, as long as he's training correctly.
The recommended daily intake of protein
is 0.75g per kilogram of body weight for young adults
and 1g per kilogram for older adults.
Perhaps he could do some research on the
net regarding natural food sources of protein which will
give him some idea of what foods to eat.. (instead of
the powders and shakes).
After all, we need to work for what we
want - and a healthy diet, together with a daily
routine, is sure to get some results!!
THIN PEOPLE DO NOT...
I read every diet I can get my hands on. I even follow
their suggestions. But eventually, inevitably, I always
get fat again. Now, at last, I've found The Answer.
After living for almost 14 years with a man who never
gains an ounce no matter what I serve him, I've found
out what it is that keeps him thin: He thinks
differently. The real difference between fat and thin
people is that thin people:
split a large combination pizza with three friends;
nibble cashews one at a time;
read books they have to hold with both hands;
fill the lolly dish on their desks with paper clips;
counteract the mid-afternoon slump with a nap instead of
a cinnamon Danish;
think it's too much trouble to stop at a special store
just to buy chocolate;
try all the salads at the buffet, leaving room for only
find iced tea more refreshing than an ice-cream milk
think banana splits are for kids.
Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday, 14 December
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