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Sunday, 28 December 2008
News you won't find on CNN!
The Islamic New Year which
is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first
month in the Islamic calendar falls this year on Monday,
29 December (tomorrow).
Many Muslims use the day
to remember the significance of this month, and the
Hijra, or migration, that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) made
to the city now known as Medina.
CCN wishes all readers a
very Happy New Year in 1430.
Schools Score Perfect 100
The President of the
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Mr Ikebal
Patel congratulated the HSC students of Malek Fahd
Islamic School in Greenacre (New South Wales) on
their excellent HSC results.
The pass rate of 100% was
Mr Patel stated that Malek
Fahd Islamic School commenced in 1990 with a total of
150 children in Kindergarten to Year 4 with five
Today Malek Fahd Islamic
School has about 1800 children and 120 teachers.
In 1998 the school had its
first Year 12 class and all the 24 students qualified
for university entry.
Since then, the school has
been the number one school in the Bankstown Education
100 per cent of the Year
12 students have qualified for university entry since
its commencement with a number of the students now
having qualified as lawyers, doctors, engineers,
teachers, nurses etc.
The Australian Federation
of Islamic Councils operated Islamic College of
Brisbane has also followed in the tradition of Malek
Fahd Islamic School by achieving the pass rate of 100%.
Mr Patel also confirmed
that the Federation’s owned Islamic College of South
Australia which had its second cohort of year 12 also
had fantastic results with all year 12 students passing.
Mr Patel attributes the
successes at Malek Fahd Islamic School, Islamic College
of Brisbane and Islamic College of South Australia to
the hard work and due diligence of students, parents,
teachers and support staff respectively with the very
good support from the respective State Education
Departments and the Federal Department of Education
Science and Training.
“I congratulate each and
every one of the students and teachers, and wish all a
well deserved holiday and wish all students every
success in their chosen discipline at University”, he
Mr Patel concluded, “Islam
places a very high priority on education.
It is incumbent on all
Muslims to seek knowledge - Higher education provides
considerable value to individuals, the economies where
educated individuals live and work is a happy society in
Rockhampton Doctors Head for Nepal
The Islamic Society of
Central Queensland (ISCQ) in Rockhampton is supporting
an ‘Eye camp’ in Nepal.
A group of doctors left
Rockhampton on Boxing Day for the remote Himalayan
district of Myagdi which they will reach by jeep from
Amongst the team of
doctors is anesthetist Dr Mazhar Mahmood who will
leave behind his practice in Rockhampton for the two
week project using his own funds.
President of ISCQ and Imam of Rockhampton Mosque, told
CCN that members of the local Muslim community have
rallied behind the project and the ISCQ presented the
team with a cheque of A$1500 to help support the other
On Sunday the 7th of December 2007, Al-Nisa Youth Group Inc. held
their Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, and
its local partner, the Parliament of the World’s
Religions - Melbourne 2009, invite you to participate at
the upcoming Parliament of the World’s Religions, to be
held in Melbourne, Australia, December 3-9, 2009.
Proposals to the Program
Committee for the 2009 Parliament to present a lecture,
dialogue, workshop, panel discussion, religious or
spiritual observance, workshop, training session or
artistic performance are invited.
"The theme of the 2009 Parliament is “Make a World of
Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth.” This
theme reflects a strong emphasis of this Parliament on
the need to promote inter-religious dialogue and
initiatives addressing global issues such as the
environmental crisis and reconciliation with the
Indigenous peoples. The Parliament is the largest
interfaith gathering in the world held every five years
and more than 8,000 people of faith, spirit, and
goodwill are expected to attend."
Mr. Adam Gool (88),
father of Nab'wiyah Adams of Eight Mile Plains, passed
away on 3rd December 2008 in South Africa.
Mr. Gool spent many months
in Brisbane over the past few years and was well
respected for his knowledge on a wide range of subjects.
Boeta Adam, as he was
known by many, was instrumental in establishing the
first Muslim Youth Movement (MYM) in Cape Town in the
A cabinet maker by trade,
Mr Gool was a legal adviser, mentor and role model to
many in the Cape Town community.
A protégé of his, Dr.
Hoosain Ebrahim, recalls how he led by example, was
extremely helpful and served as an inspiration to many.
"One of his most amazing qualities was his phenomenal
memory," wrote Dr. Ebrahim.
As a Hajj agent, in 1988,
Mr Gool wrote to the Saudi authorities describing the
difficulties that faced South Africans wishing to stay
on for the hajj after the month of Ramadan. As a result
of his efforts the Hajj Ministry agreed to issue Hajj
visas during Ramadan.
He issued a Hajj
Bulletin which made special mention of some of the
regulations that were published by the mu'assasah.
A few years ago, he wrote
to the Saudi Government informing them that there was
(an Arabic) printing error in the Qu'ran which they were
distributing to the hajis. The distribution of the
Qu'rans was immediately terminated.
Another close friend of
his, Yusuf Abrahams, said that Mr Adam Gool was a
"giant; forthright, well read, self-taught,
knowledgeable and outspoken".
Tahir Levy held that he
was a fervent political activist against the apartheid
regime and during the 1960 unrests would secretly visit
the black townships and distribute food to the needy.
Mr. Gool was a prolific
writer and a number of his articles appeared in the
Muslim News. He provided input to the South African
Law Commission on the discussion paper on Islamic
Mr. Gool leaves behind his
children: Nab'wiyah, Sulaiman, Shahidah, Thabit and his
won't hear that at Jummah!"
thanks for Award
A fortnight ago the
Queensland Police Service won the Premier’s Award for
Excellence in the Public Service for a series of
football games organised by Sgt Jim Bellos.
Qld I-CARE Assoc. Inc. was involved in two of these
events, the ECCQ Cup and the Muslim QPS Rugby League
match, and I would like to take this opportunity to
recognise some people who helped with these events.
Working within the community brings its own rewards,
however it is nice to be officially recognised every now
and then. For that I am grateful to Jim and the QPS for
their initiative and for allowing Qld I-CARE to be
I would like to thank Superintendent Pat Ryan and
the QPS Rugby League team, Gavin Head and
the Sunnybank Rugby Union Club, and Oskar
Akbar and his team playing for the Muslim community.
Thanks also to Danny Hoyland (4BC) for compering
the event, Lord Mayor Campbell Newman,
Commissioner Bob Atkinson and Susan Booth
from the Anti Discrimination Commission and the
Department of Immigration and Citizenship, for their
support and sponsorship.
A big thank you to Bill Harrigan, a world class
referee who took time out to make our night a special
one. Our sponsors Rebel Sports for all the
giveaways on the night, and our team of workers,
especially Sultan Deen without whose support I
wouldn’t get a lot of things done.
The Qld I-CARE team for their dedication and effort –
you all know who you are, thank you for everything.
There is another rugby league game coming up in the next
few months against the QPS, and I hope that you can all
come out and enjoy the game and support a good cause.
Qld I-CARE Assoc. Inc.
Movies with CCN
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. A
young Orthodox woman, ROCHEL
MESHENBERG, is about to
begin her first year as a
special education teacher at
the local public school. She
is also about to embark on
what her father and mother
call the "most exciting time
of her life" – the process
of finding a husband via the
time-tested method of using
a "shadchen," or matchmaker.
As the school year gets
underway, Rochel meets
NASIRA KHALDI, a Muslim
woman of Syrian descent.
Nasira is also a first-year
teacher. The two young women
– Rochel in long skirt and
conservative blouse, Nasira
in headscarf – stand out in
this public school context.
The principal, a secular
Westchester Jew, is forever
reminding them that although
they are some of her
smartest, most gifted
teachers, they are also
stunted by their outmoded
customs, religions, and by
worldviews. She tells them
of her experiences in the
women's movement and her
desire to see them reach
their full potentials.
As the school year
progresses, Rochel and
Nasira realize they share
much in common, not least of
which is that they are both
going through what the
outside world would call
"arranged marriages." As
their friendship deepens,
they are exposed to their
respective worlds. They
prepare for school at one
another's houses, meet one
another's families, and
discuss commonalities and
Meanwhile they are also both
meeting potential spouses.
Rochel is having no luck.
The shadchen is pairing her
with men who, although they
have good jobs or prospects,
don't match her in
intellect, curiosity in the
world, or humour. The men
presented to Nasira by her
family are also not her
equal. Rochel begins to
question whether this
age-old practice is going to
work. Nasira has greater
faith, as she views her
parent's loving union as
such a success.
With the family pressure too
great, and the dates
continuing to go badly,
Rochel storms from the
house. She visits an
estranged cousin, who left
the faith years ago, and is
exposed to what a secular
life might be. Meanwhile
Nasira, concerned at her
friend's state, and having
met a promising prospect
herself, does the
unthinkable. She manipulates
the Orthodox matchmaking
system on behalf of her
friend. The gamble pays off.
As the school year draws to
an end, these two women have
found their future spouses.
They have also developed a
friendship that transcends
their insular Brooklyn
communities and the
religions that seem so at
odds in the broader world.
They share a friendship that
will endure as they move on
to become wives and mothers,
and continue to be modern
women with deep religion
Failing Peace: Gaza and the
Book Review at Shelfari:
This book represents twenty years of research on the
impact of Israeli occupation. Discussion of Israeli
policy is often regarded as a taboo subject, with the
result that few people—especially in the United
States—understand the origins and consequences of the
conflict. Sara Roy's book provides an indispensable
context for understanding why the situation remains so
intractable. The focus of Roy's work is the Gaza Strip,
an area that remains consistently neglected and
misunderstood. Drawing on more than two thousand
interviews and extensive first-hand experience, Roy
chronicles the impact of Israeli occupation over nearly
a generation. Exploring the devastating consequences of
socioeconomic and political decline, this is a unique
and powerful account of the reality of life in the West
Bank and Gaza. Written by one of the world's foremost
scholars of the region, it offers an unrivalled breadth
of scholarship and insight.
Sara Roy teaches at Harvard's Center for
Middle Eastern Studies.
Would you like to see the cover of
your favourite book on our book shelves below?
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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