One should first make an
intention verbally, or in one's heart that
one is performing 2 rak'at salah of `Eid
that are wâjib with 6 extra takbîrs behind
Thereafter one should recite Allah u akbar,
fold his hands and recite thana
Then he should recite Allah u akbar for the
2nd and 3rd time raising his hands to his
ears and placing it to his sides each time.
After reciting Allah u akbar for the 4th
time, he should fold his hands and continue
with his salah as normal.
In the 2nd rak'ât after the imâm has recited
the qirat, he should recite Allah u akbar
thrice each time, raising his hands to his
ears and leaving them at his sides.
After saying Allah u akbar for the 4th time
he should go into ruku' without raising his
After the salâh the people
should listen to the khutbah.
Allahu Akbar – Allahu Akbar –
La Ilaha Illallahu – Wal Lahu Akbar – Allahu
Akbar Wa Lil Lah Hil Humd
The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is called
the Day of Arafat which in Saudi Arabia is today
(Sunday). This day is the culminating event of the
annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The Day of Arafat falls on the 2nd day of pilgrimage
rituals. At dawn of this day, nearly 2 million Muslim
pilgrims, amongst them many from Australia, will make
their way from Mecca to a nearby hillside and plain
called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafat. It was from
this site that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him,
gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of
During the entire day, from dawn until sunset, Muslim
pilgrims stand in earnest supplication and devotion,
praying for God's abundant forgiveness. Tears are shed
readily as those who gather make repentance and seek
God's mercy, recite words of prayer and remembrance, and
gather together as equals before their Lord. Muslims
around the world who are not participating in the
pilgrimage often spend this day in fasting and devotion.
wishes all our hajjis and our readers a happy Eid-ul-Adha
of the 40 Muslim primary
students who live on the
Gold Coast and commute
to Brisbane every day.
Picture: Michael Ross
If you have missed the saga
over the past few days over
the proposed Islamic College
in Carrara (Gold Coast) and
the singing of the national
Anthem at the Australian
College (Durack) then the
following links will get you
up to speed:
THESE are the faces some
Carrara residents fear.
The small group are some of
the 40 Muslim primary
students who live on the
Gold Coast and commute to
Brisbane every day to attend
Their names have been
withheld because of their
The students' parents say
they just want the best
education for their kids.
must be remembered that this
is not so much an Islamic
school as a religious
school. In the same way that
countless thousands of
Australian parents choose to
send their children to
schools teaching a
particular faith -- be that
Anglican, Catholic or Jewish
-- so too should Australian
Muslims have the right to
send their children to a
institution steeped in their
faith. Remember, too, that
there are countless
thousands of expatriate
Australians who choose to
send their children to
Christian or international
schools in foreign
countries. And this includes
expats residing in
countries such as
A happy, united family thanks to
twins in the basket are
from left to right
Heikel Rahman and
the basket from left to
right are Nur Reqeena
May (2), Raihan Said
(3), Zachariah Daud (6)
and Darius Hassan (8).
Thanks to the generosity of
many of our Community
members, Kirsty and
SadhzliLaili have set themselves up
in a rented home in
couple had lived in Rockhampton prior to the
illness of Sadhzli's father.
When the father had a
stroke, Sadhzli who is an
only child, had to sell up
and move his wife and four
children to Singapore so he
could help his mother care
for his father. They lived
there for two years.
flew back home due to her
pregnancy, as she was
expecting twins and wanted
them born in Australia.
The babies became due
prematurely and she was
transferred to the Royal
Women's Hospital in
Brisbane where they were
born on 30th
She had to stay in
the Ronald MacDonald house
and had to find
accommodation for her family
to move to Brisbane.
her children who had
accompanied her home from
Singapore were boarded out
with her sister in Toogoolawah.
The Imam from Rockhampton
contacted CCN to ask
us to help the family.
Members of the local
Brisbane Muslim community
stepped into action and the
husband was sent the money
to fly to Australia to help
care for his wife and two
children were left in
Singapore with Sadhzi's parents
who have now recovered from
The twin boys
were left in the Women's
hospital to gain weight.
Sadhzli found a house to
rent in Toogoolawah as rents
in Brisbane were too
expensive. Members of the
community donated furniture
and other necessary items to
equip the family with
necessities for everyday
life. A local prominent
businessman kindly donated the
money to buy a new
refrigerator for this needy
The whole family
were re-united on 27th
November and will live in a
rented home in Toogoolawah.
PS: Kirsty wrote to CCN:
I would like to express my
sincere thanks to everyone
that has helped make what
would have been a very
difficult time so much
easier for me and my
family. I have been
overwhelmed by the level of
help given and would
especially like to thank
for all her help, as none of
this would have happened
without all her hard work.
Inshallah one day I will be
given the chance to help
someone else as much as I
have been helped now. Thank
you also for taking the time
to write this article and I
hope you can convey my
gratitude to everyone.
The Lailai case has stressed
the need for an organisation
to be formed to address the
needs of families who find
themselves in stressful
circumstances. They need to
be referred to an
organisation that can act
immediately to relieve the
stress and help with
The very recently
Muslim Welfare Association
Inc. is now operating to
fulfill that need.
Anyone who finds themselves
(or knows of someone) in
should contact Janeth
Deen on 3344 5330 or
0435 086 796 or via email at
QMWA also welcomes any help
and support you can give it
while it is getting off the
The Queensland Muslim
Welfare Association Inc.
will be raising money by
selling second hand goods at
local markets, in order to
set up their own Welfare
Shop to cater for the needs
of the community in Brisbane
(initially) and then later
to other parts of
Donations of goods can still
be left at 24 Janice St,
Sunnybank in the interim
while the location of a
suitable warehouse is being
Photographic Exhibition Launched
The Wan Whun Photographic
Exhibition on the Kashmir
War Widows was launched on
Friday (5 December) at Light
Space in Light Street,
Marisol Da Silva, who
took the photographs,
described the plight of the
War Widows of Kashmir and
Diana Rah talked about
her experiences living in
The exhibition runs until
Thursday 11 December between
10am and 3pm.
The event is supported by a
number of organizations
including AMARAH and the
Queensland Muslim Times.
Ismail Suleman and Sadek
Mustapha one of the many striking images on
Visitors to the Photo
Shamime Mustapha, Marisol
Da Silva, Farah Suleiman and Diana Rah
Episode Challenges Islamophobia
The Simpsons episode, which
aired in the US Sunday
evening and is titled "Mypods
and Boomsticks," highlights
anti-Muslim sentiment by
featuring a young Muslim
character named Bashir and
his family who face
prejudice after moving to
Springfield. In the program,
Homer Simpson wrongly
suspects that Bashir's
family is involved in a
terror plot. Bart Simpson
befriends Bashir and defends
him from bullies.
CAIR's Greater Los Angeles
Area office (CAIR-LA) sent a
letter to the show's creator
Matt Groening thanking him
for challenging anti-Muslim
The letter said Sunday's
episode "brought to light
how Americans can work
toward mutual respect and
inclusion by getting to know
their neighbors." It went on
to state: "The episode also
builds on the values that
have made America the great
nation it is a nation in
which citizenship is about
finding common ground and
building a better society.
American Muslims have been
doing just that by making
daily contributions to our
society that often go
"Because of its acceptance
in popular culture, comedy
is often one of the best
vehicles for challenging
intolerance," said CAIR
Executive Director Nihad
Awad. "Fox and Matt Groening
are to be congratulated for
tackling the disturbing
phenomenon of Islamophobia."
The program is not available
yet outside of the US and
the following trailer will
give you a taste of what to
(But watch this space for
when the episode does
eventually make it to
Course at Kuraby Mosque
Moulana Akram of Kuraby
Mosque has initiated a new course for young teenagers
Grade 8 and up.
The course will address a
variety of issues facing Muslim teenagers today,
including dating in Islam, drugs, violence, music,
The cost for the course
for one hour, 2 days a week is $40 per term.
comprehensive report on the Centre is available
Supporting Local Enterprise
the MYServices Desk......
A New Generation of
Leadership: Yes We Can!
32 young Muslim leaders recently attended MYServices’
dynamic first Ameer/Ameera Muslim Youth Leadership
Instructed by a lively Dr Andrea Baldwin, the
hands-on, fun and interactive workshop highlighted that
leadership is also about the choices we make.
We can either choose to develop leadership skills, or,
sit on our hands and wait for someone else to take lead.
We can choose to engage with the media and politicians,
or, just complain about them. We can choose to dream
big, or, settle for mediocrity. We can choose to choose,
or, choose not to choose! But it is all about choices.
For some young Muslims, the workshop was also about
discovering hidden talents.
“I got tremendous confidence in my abilities as a
leader,” said a 19 year old participant
“I discovered that every one of us has the potential to
become good leaders,” noted a 22 year old attendee.
Some topics covered over the intensive weekend workshop,
included the leadership qualities of the Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him) and applying these in our
daily lives; interacting with the media; conflict
resolution skills; public speaking; building bridges
with other communities; and, being a leader in the
Public speaking was an all-round favourite.
“Wow! I learned to speak in public and actually feel
more confident!” a 12 year old participant commented.
“We should be taught this at school as well.”
“I liked public speaking the most,” remarked a 19 year
old. “The use of microphones and the interactive nature
of the whole weekend allowed us to put our skills to the
A huge thank you to guest presenters Dr Daud Bachelor,
Abdul Rahman Keri, Ahmed El-You, Safia
Casoojee and Val French for their valuable
MYServices thanks all the 32 attendees for their
enthusiastic support that made this program a huge
success, alhamdullillah. Thank you also for your
valuable feedback, which will ensure future workshops
are even more successful, inshaAllah! (By the way, yes,
brothers we hear you, no more application forms for the
If you’d like to be a part of a new generation of
positive change, email us
firstname.lastname@example.org to keep informed of upcoming
developmental opportunities and events.
Can we see a better future for all young Muslims? Yes,
Thank You, Taufan
Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc. would like to thank previous
Male Youth and Community Development Officer, Taufan
Mawardi for his services, and wish him well in his
No one can deny the
innumerable and countless favours that we all enjoy and
the provision of Halaal food and services is just one of
That there are divergent views globally with varying
standards, cultural and national barriers that hinder
progress is not denied but progress continues
This is the picture that emerged after the latest
meeting of the World Halaal Council held in Bangkok,
Thailand on 28th November 2008 of which SANHA has a seat
on the Executive Council and heads the WHC Shari'ah /
There is unity in diversity and with dialogue the move
towards a global standard progresses slowly but most
In the field of poultry for example, member certifying
organisations have different standards as prescribed by
Some countries such as
Malaysia permit the use of machine slaughter, some
others will unconditionally accept slaughter by "People
of the Book", some will accept the recitation of the
Tasmiyah at the start of the process and some who are
importers from non-Muslim countries rely on a
certificate by any issuing authority without
establishing these bonafides.
Muslims in South Africa are indeed fortunate in that
they are aware of the origins of the meat and it's
Halaal status through structures and organisations
established and encouraged by our pious predecessors
even though most if not all of the producers are
There is nothing to stop Muslim communities from
establishing abattoirs according to Islamic values and
teachings. But divisive bickering will not lay a single
It has even been suggested by the Majlis and its coterie
that Muslims slaughter their own poultry and livestock
as they believe that all meat from commercial abattoirs
sold by Muslim butchers is Haraam. Not only is this
inaccurate in view of the Halaal programs in place but
impractical and a disservice to at least 90% of the
community who rely on this.
Hot-Seat Forum: The Middle East and Australia
Below is a link to the forum aired on SBS World View
last Thursday with interviewer Rebecca Lewis.
original panel comprised Michael Shaik, Vic Alhadeff
and Matthew Gray.
Just days before the interview was recorded, SBS
contacted AFP to say that the Jewish Board of Deputies
had insisted on having Lynda Ben-Menashe join the forum
to support Vic Alhadeff. The balance of the panel was
thus compromised, but it did not stop Michael from
giving a substantive defence on behalf of Palestine. You
can judge for yourself.
The panel consisted of:
Michael Shaik -
Australians for Palestine Vic Alhadeff - CEO, Jewish Board of Deputies Lynda Ben-Menashe - Education manager, Jewish
Board of Deputies Matthew Gray - Senior Lecturer, Centre of
Islamic Studies, ANU
PS: Michael Shaik was the keynote speaker at a workshop
hosted by Crescents of Brisbane during September.
By James Douglas (SPIRAL
Garden Project Organizer)
Multicultural Garden event last Saturday was
a great success. A really diverse garden has
been planted and we all shared in some great
food and entertainment. It was also amazing
for me to hear new information about plants
and what people use them for. Thoroughly
Everyone is welcome to come and contribute
to the garden on any Thursday or Saturday
the Bush tucker and Bush Foods Day this
Sunday 8th December. It is a chance to learn
more about foods that grow native to
Australia, and to taste some gourmet foods
which are made from these plants.
UK: Middlesbrough striker
Mido has blamed the Football Association for the
Islamophobic chanting he suffered against Newcastle last
The FA are set to look into reports of abuse directed at
the Egyptian striker during the Tees-Tyne derby after
Mido was targeted for the second time in as many
And the Boro forward believes the FA's lack of action
when it happened last year contributed to a repeat this
"They kept chanting disgusting words, racist words about
Islam and unfortunately, this is the second time that
the same fans have done this," Mido told Egyptian
television station Al Hayat.
"It happened again because after the first time the
English FA did nothing. I considered this as an
invitation from the English FA to the Newcastle
supporters to repeat such shameful acts.
"I can assure you that nothing is going to happen this
time again. The English FA said that they will be
investigating the issue and will make use of the latest
technology to stop such racist abuse of players but I
feel that nothing will happen.
"I am asking the English FA to take serious action to
stop such things. These chants are not directed at me as
a person but it is directed at Islam."
The release of a film
earlier this year critical of the Koran could provoke
terrorist attacks in the Netherlands, the Dutch national
anti-terrorism coordinator said in a newspaper
Quoted by Dutch daily De Volkskrant, Tjibbe Joustra said
the threat of terror activities remained more than
The March release of "Fitna", a film by Dutch lawmaker
Geert Wilders which urges Muslims to tear out
"hate-filled" verses from the Koran, has made the
Netherlands a target for terror activities, Joustra
New Delhi: Though just
15% of the population of the district, Muslims of
Azamgarh have made their presence strongly felt in the
health sector. Top ten doctors of the district are
Muslims. They are also running some big hospitals.
And credit for this goes
to Aligarh Muslim University. Most of the present
prominent doctors have done medical courses at Aligarh.
Some also got education at Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi.
Some of them are so popular because of their higher
success rate and low or no fee that even a rickshaw
puller can take you to them.
protesting against an official Israeli eviction
order have desecrated Muslim buildings in the
flashpoint West Bank town of Hebron.
They sprayed "Death
to Arabs" and an insult to the Prophet Muhammad on a
mosque wall and vandalised a cemetery.
Israeli troops were seen painting over the graffiti.
A soldier was injured in scuffles with settlers, the
The high court has
ordered dozens of hardline settlers to leave a house
in the overwhelmingly Palestinian town.
"There should be no
doubt about our determination to establish a
platform for Islamic finance in Hong Kong," Hong
Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) Deputy Chief Eddie
Yue told a forum on Islamic finance, reported
Bernama news agency.
"Our priority is to push ahead with the development
of an Islamic bond market," he explained.
Sukuk, which conform to Islam's prohibition of
receiving or paying interest, typically work as
Companies that issue Islamic bonds make payments to
investors using profits from the underlying
business, instead of paying interest.
But money can not be invested in alcohol, gambling,
pornography, tobacco, weapons or pork.
Yue insisted time is ripe for Hong Kong to get a
foothold in the globally-thriving Islamic banking
"We believe that this is a good time to do the
groundwork of installing the necessary legal,
taxation and market infrastructure," told the
Ghanaian Muslim footballer Sulley Ali Muntari has
received a positive response from Italian Muslims
after celebrating a goal by performing the Muslim 'Sujud'
or prostration to God during an important Italian
Muntari, who plays for Italy's Inter Milan, scored
the winning 1-0 goal against Juventus on Saturday
and thanked God on the field.
"Not because we root for Inter, but because we are
Muslims, we cannot do anything but rejoice for the 'Sujud
ash-Shukr', of Sulley Ali Muntari who reminded all
of us how you honour Allah, even on a football
field," said the Italian Muslim website, Islam
"We are certain that Muntari's example will be
important for thousands of young Muslims that make
up an important part of the sport in Italy," said
Hamza Piccardo director of Islam-Online in an
interview with Adnkronos International (AKI).
The position of Sujud - usually performed during
prayers - involves having the nose, forehead, hands,
knees and toes touching the ground together.
The 'Sujud' of thankfulness used to be performed by
Islam's Prophet Mohammed, whenever he heard good
news that made him happy by his total submission to
God in this act.
He would then perform 'Sujud' to thank God for it.
"We always see football players and other athletes
who do the sign of the cross when they enter the
field, and it pleases us that players from the top
league remember their spiritual dimension in the
moment of rejoicing," said Piccardo.
"Contrary to what critics say, Islam is wholly
compatible with all healthy lifestyles in the West
and Muntari's case is the proof in its most strong
and spectacular way," concluded Piccardo.
Meanwhile, another Muslim football player, Mohammed
Sissoko who plays for Juventus, says he feels proud
of being a Muslim and says he fasts during the holy
Muslim month of Ramadan.
"I am proud of being a Muslim and I follow Ramadan
even during the football tournament," the
Malian-born with French citizen, Sissoko, told the
Dubai-based Arab TV network al-Arabiya.
A recent report from the Dutch Ministry of Education
says that half of the 42 Islamic primary schools in
the Netherlands don't meet the minimum education
Fake names on the
payroll; entire schools taking trips abroad with
school funds; school boards fired for incompetence.
Just a few of the problems the government has found
at Islamic Schools in the Netherlands. Radio
Netherlands visited an Islamic School in Amsterdam
to find out why these schools are doing so poorly.
The As Soeffah school is in one of the poorer
neighbourhoods of Amsterdam. Founded just a few
years ago, the school already has 400 children and
opened a sister school in The Hague. Director Rahmat
Khan Abdur Rahman sums up the characteristics of a
"If you would come to the school in the morning for
the start of the day, you'd see the kids recite the
Qur'an, sing Islamic songs, have a talk, things like
The kids pray at school. We celebrate Muslim
holidays. Of course, Dutch holidays are also normal
at the school. We give them attention, too."
Accounts of fraud at other Islamic schools point to
more obvious misuse like trips to Mecca and payments
to board members for non existing tasks.
.... it's nice to see
Brisbane continuing its trend in the top awards: Man
of the Year and Women of the Year and Volunteer of
the Year...it must be the water up there that
produces people of excellence!
[CCN Editor] They’re starting to put fluoride
in it as from this month. I hope this doesn’t mess
with the formula.
I felt that I should
bring this to your readers attention so as they can
make their own decision as to whether or not they
should buy cakes from Michael's Patisserie. A friend
of mine was told by a franchise in the Underwood /
Kuraby area that most of the cakes contain no animal
fats. However I phoned the Head Office and was told
that all of the products which would ordinarily
contain shortening of some sort, that is all cakes
and scones, are made with margarine which contains
So I am not sure which is correct but I needed to
inform as many as possible of this so they can make
their own decisions about whether or not they should
continue buying from this company.
Wasalam, Zeenat Hussain
Assalamu Alaikum W. W.
Inshallah, there will be a FREE EID picnic/BarbQ on
Sunday 14 December 2008, at the Australian
International Islamic College, 724 Blunder Rd Durack,
from 11am to 3pm as well as entertainment for the
All the meat for the function is derived from the
Qurbani, for distribution to the community. Whatever
is left over at the end of the day will be
Volunteers are required to assist in manning the
Q: Dear Kareema, you've mentioned before that we
can't spot reduce but should rather target specific
muscle groups. What can I do to tighten the area around
A: The key is to burn off fat with cardio and work your
core from every angle so you'll have toned your whole
waist - front, sides and back!
Why not get your 'best buds' together and motivate each
other while trying some the following activities - don't
'waist' another minute:
- Tennis: Recruit your core muscles - stretching,
twisting and contracting your abs with every shot.
Running around the court for shots will also burn
kilojoules and fat.
- Soft-sand running: This offers more of a core
challenge because you're constantly stabilising on the
uneven sand. You're forced to use your obliques (muscles
on the side of your waist) to balance yourself with
- Swimming: Water provides natural muscle-toning
- Cycling: This works your glutes, thighs and
usually your lungs, but if you want to recruit more ab
and back muscles, try off road biking.
- Rowing: A rowing machine works your whole body,
burning major kilojoules and has great back-toning
I'm sure you'll have some great fun-and-laughs with a
few of the above activities - just remember to keep your
abs in tight while you're at it!!
Eid Mubarak to all
Logan cycling club is starting a novice program for
cyclists in January 2009.
University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive,
Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh
Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of
'Gardens of the Righteous'
Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland
Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm
Fiqh Made Easy
Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 6.30pm to 7.35pm
Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the
Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith),
University of Queensland
Time: 7.45pm to 9pm
Sunnah Inspirations is a
non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim
social support and supplying information to
Muslims and non-Muslims. They have
been doing various activities around
Australia, and have organised Da'wah
information stalls at various universities
in Brisbane. More info can be found on
their website above.
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