self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and
the world around us ......
Sunday, 8 August 2010
To start the month off on a
light note ...........
were lost in the Sahara desert.
David, the other was Michael.
were dying of hunger and thirst when they
suddenly came upon an oasis, with what
looked like an emirate with a mosque in the
said to Michael : "Look, let's pretend we
are Muslims, otherwise
we'll not get any food or drink. I am going
to call myself "Mohammed."
refused to change his name, he said: "My name
is Michael ,
and I will not pretend to be other than but
what I am.....Michael."
of the mosque received both well and asked
about their names.
said: "My name is Mohammed."
said: "My name is Michael. "
turned to the helpers of the mosque and
"Please bring some food and water for
turned to the other and said:
Salaams Mohammed, Ramadaan Mubarak.
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Part of the 300 strong attendance
(left to right)
Zaahid Hurst, Salahuddeen Mohammed,
Mohammed Qassim Rehman, Hj. Hussin Goss
In a very well
attended and organized graduation program on
Friday night, the IQRA Academy saw three of its
young men become Hufaaz. Under the tutelage of
QariFida-ur-Rehman each of his
pupils became a Hafiz with the ability to recite
the Holy Qu'ran in its entirety from memory.
SalahuddeenMohammed was commended for his beautiful
recitation and for completing the Qu'ran as
quickly as he did, accomplishing this while
completing his Year 12 and apprenticeship at the
Hurst became a Muslim five years ago
starting his basic lessons at the Gold Coast
Mosque before his family moved to Brisbane to
live closer to the Kuraby Mosque. Imam
ImraanHusain, who was the MC for the
night, recalled Zaahid as being "the best
student I have taught" and commended him on his
fine character and adab. Zaahid had the
burning desire to complete the Qu'ran before
Ramadan and memorized 15 and a half juz
in the last six months.
QassimRehman, son of Qari
Fida-ur-Rehman, caught up with his brother
Kaab who graduated earlier this year.
The graduates were
each presented with a trophy and a certificate
of completion by Hj Habib Deen, Hj
Hussin Goss, Hj Shummis Rane and
Hj Hanif Deen.
Earlier in the
recited a passage from the Qu'ran and sang a
nasheed while MrHussin
Goss gave generous praise to Qari
Fida-ur-Rehman for the work he had done for the
community and for his success in producing 33
Hufaaz to date.
Imam Akram Buksh
spoke on the significance of becoming a Hafiz
and Imam Ghazaleh was called on by request to
read a stirring speech written by the mother of
Zaahid, Sr. KhadijahHurst,
which she kindly agreed to share with CCN
The 300 attendees
were all then invited to dinner which was prepared
and sponsored by the Deen family.
new crew and charity do
On July 10 the Al-Nisa
Youth Group held its annual AGM. The former Management
committee resigned on the day and a new committee was
• Silda Sabonchy (Board
• Ameera Karimshah (Board Member)
• Rasol Aziz (Board Member)
• Shabnaaz Ahmed (Founder & Board Member)
• Susan Al-Maani (Founder)
• Mehnaaz Ahmed (Founder)
• Rokaya Rane (Founder)
• Shameem Rane (Founder)
On July 31 the
Alnisa Youth Group held a fundraising dinner for
the Orphans of Afghanistan.
All the proceeds of the night went to an
Australian Aid Organisation called Mahboba's
Promise and is dedicated to helping the women
and children of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is one
of the poorest countries on earth with the
highest proportion of orphans and widows in the
The night proved to be highly successful and
raised over $17 000. Thanks to the generous
donations of sponsors and the generous support
from members of the community, all monies raised
on the night will be sent to the orphanage in
The night started with a detailed and emotional
video about the orphanage which gave insight
into the state of orphans in Afghanistan. The
presentation was followed by dinner and a few
fun activities for the ladies.
"The Alnisa board would like to take this
opportunity to thank everyone for their
continued support of all our events," a
spokeswoman for the group told CCN.
Ramadan....by Mohammed Azhari
article was written for CCN
readers by Mohammed Azhari
of Brisbane who is currently
studying Islamic studies in
Damascus, Syria where he is
also lectures the Dialogue
of Civilizations course at
the Sheikh Ahmed Kuftaro
Institute in Damascus:
With Ramadan within reach
the Muslim world is turned
alive and goes through many
changes in Ramadhan. Eating,
sleeping and socialising
routines are turned about.
As the sun sets, the first
morsels of food enter our
mouths after hours of
deprivation, usually a sweet
date, according to the
Islamic tradition. But… are
the hours that follow in
keeping with the essence of
Members of the Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane (IISB)
(left to right)
Sr. Tintin Farihatini
(IISB), Br. Iman Partorejo (IISB Advisor), Br. Hussin Goss (ISGC),
Sr. Fenti Forsyth (Griffith University),
Br. Mohammed Iqbal Sultan (BMBS, Br. Sultan Deen
Br. Medritzam (IISB President)
The Indonesian Islamic
Society of Brisbane (IISB)
conducted a workshop last
Sunday for over 100 of its
members at the Griffith
Centre on the burial
procedures for Muslims in
Dr Mohammed Iqbal Sultan
of the Brisbane Muslim
Burial Society (BMBS) and
Mr. Hussin Goss of the
Gold Coast Mosque took the
participants through the
processes they had
established through their
societies and, together with
Mr Sultan Deen, Mr
AK Surtie and Mr
Yusuf Chothia, fielded a
number of questions on the
subject that ranged from the
cost of the services to the
establishment of a burial
Mr Yusuf Khatree
presented the aims and
objectives of the Muslim
Charitable Fund (MCF) and
the work that they had been
undertaking over the past
The workshop concluded for
lunch with a smorgasbord of
some very fine Indonesian
only Muslim full time
taekwondo centre in
Queensland opened its doors
on Thursday 5th August. New
Members are invited to join.
For the month of August
only, mew Members will
receive free insurance with
Taekwond Australia and free
uniforms. This is a saving
Call head instructor
0402 716 707 for more
The address of the centre is
Unit 4/3261 Logan Rd
Muslims of Mt Gravatt DVD launch
On 18th August a
DVD on "Muslim Roots" will be launched to a Seniors'
Group from 10am to 12pm in the Main Hall at the Mt
Anyone interested in
attending can contact Jack Bravo at the Mt Gravatt
District Community Centre on 3343 9833.
The DVD was produced by The Queensland Muslim Historical
Society Inc, Mt Gravatt District Community Centre and
the Brisbane Video Group.
Humanitarian Aid Flotilla attack: A personal account
Ahmed Luqman Talib (centre) when he was recovering from gunshot wounds in an Istanbul hospital with sister Maryam (left) and wife Jerry Campbell (right)
Yesterday (Saturday) the
Amnesty International Australia, Queensland and Northern
New South Wales branch hosted Gold Coast residents,
Ahmed Talib and Jerry Campbell who were
onboard the ship, Mavi Marmara, part of the humanitarian
aid flotilla which was bound for Gaza in May this year.
At least nine activists were killed as a result of
Israel's military action against the aid flotilla bound
Ahmed suffered gun shot
These activists were
protesting the military blockade of Gaza, which has
effectively imprisoned its 1.5 million residents and
caused a humanitarian crisis.
Recounting the moment he was
shot, Mr Talib said: "I saw a man who nearly got shot –
I could see the red dot of the laser weapon sights on
his knee, but he moved in time.
"I felt it slice through my leg – blood was squirting
from my right leg and then a second bullet sliced
across, just above my knee. I was still standing, but my
leg jerked up in the air and froze like that – for a
time it was paralysed. With my weight on the good leg I
tried to put it down – but it wouldn't move.
"I couldn't believe I had been hit, but that's how it
looked – bullets, holes and blood."
Ms Campbell, in her second
year of nursing studies, said: "We had no pain-killers,
no instruments to extract bullets. But we had heaps of
gauze so we were able to apply pressure bandages to stop
or slow the bleeding. The heat was intense – we were
sweating as first we had 10 people to treat and then
A devout Muslim whose family
migrated from Sri Lanka to Australia in 1995, Mr Talib
recalled taking a moment to pray. "I said it quietly –
to myself. Then I worried maybe that was not enough, so
I said it again – this time out loud."
In 2007 Mr Talib married Ms
Campbell, who is almost four months pregnant with their
Institute is presenting a
complete Ramadan Wisdom &
course today (Sunday) by
Sheikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel.
Time: 9am to
5pm with plenty of breaks &
For more information
contact: Br Ismail (0406 629
129) or Br Faisal (0406 740
790) or email
pursuit of the bad guy......
Highlights by Iqbal Lambat
uncertainty in the economy
resulted in a boost for the
re-election following the
Reserve Bank’s decision to
leave interest rates on
hold. While the Prime
Minister seized on the RBA
decision as evidence of
Labour’s superior economic
management skills, bank
Governor Glenn Stevens
expressed concern about
consumer caution and
continuing uncertainty in
the global economy.
Retail sales continue to be
soggy and prices in certain
clothing and shoes have
fallen in the quarter ended
June. Retail sales are the
largest component of the
Australian economy and the
fact that both retail sales
and property are in the
doldrums resulted in the
Reserve Bank exercising
caution. Economists now
predict that interest rates
will not increase before
Melbourne Cup day with some
actually predicting a
decline to boost sales. The
overall perspective though
is that interest rates will
continue to rise in 2011.
A number of community
members have expressed
concern about the state of
the economy and the impact
that it is having on retail
businesses. We are going
through a tough period from
a retail and property
perspective – but this is
short term pain. Overall the
economy is still expected to
grow 3% this year. The
mining industry is entering
boom number two with
commodity prices recovering
and Australia recording a
large trade surplus.
Employment growth continues
to exceed expectations and
some companies have begun
recruiting offshore for
talent. The economy will
rebound – and strongly. It’s
a matter of time.
the full synopsis
of Spain-The Moorish South
The Art of Spain is a BBC
Four documentary series on
Spanish art presented by
In this series Andrew
Graham-Dixon explores art in
Muslim and Christian Spain
from 711 to 1492.
Continuing from last week's
the Muslim World with CCN
Muslims Make Video to Rebut Militants
Sheik Hamza Yusuf is one of nine influential American Muslim scholars appearing in a YouTube video repudiating radicalization.
in the video
recent spate of arrests of
Muslims accused of terrorism
in the United States has
revealed that many of them
were radicalized by militant
preaching they found on the
influential American Muslim
scholars have come together
in a YouTube video (see
repudiate the militants’
message. The nine represent
a diversity of theological
schools within Islam, and
several of them have large
followings among American
The video is one indication
that American Muslim leaders
are increasingly engaging
the war of ideas being waged
“We need to shepherd our own
flock and to say that,
theologically, these things
are unacceptable,” said Imam
Suhaib Webb, the educational
director for the Muslim
American Society, a
grass-roots group in Santa
Clara, Calif., who is among
the nine in the video. “The
Prophet Muhammad, when on
the battlefield, saw that
amongst the enemy there were
innocent women and children
killed, and he was openly
angry. He is prohibiting us
from killing the innocent.
It is very clear.”
Mr. Webb said
in an interview on Friday
that as a white convert from
Oklahoma, he had become
deeply alarmed in the past
year at the number of
converts who had been
arrested on charges of
planning or carrying out
violence in the name of
In July alone, one American
convert in Virginia and
another in Alaska who were
arrested and accused of
having ties to terrorism
were both said to have been
influenced by Anwar al-Awlaki,
an American-born militant
cleric now hiding in Yemen
who maintains an active Web
The New York Times
Injustice Cannot Defeat
hit show picks 'Imam Muda'
Muhammad Asyraf, left, beat nine other contestants to become the show's first 'Young Imam'
A hit Malaysian television show which has
gained international attention has announced a winner in
its talent search for an imam, or Muslim religious
Muhammad Asyraf Mohamad Ridzuan, 26, a religious
scholar, was named the winner of the Imam Muda (Young
Imam) programme on Friday, after he beat Hizbur Rahman
Omar Zuhdi, a 27-year-old religious teacher, in the
He won funding for a trip to Mecca to perform the hajj
pilgrimage, a scholarship to al-Madinah University in
Saudi Arabia, and a job at a Malaysian mosque.
Eight other contestants were eliminated during the
10-week series which began in May and grew hugely
popular in the predominantly Muslim Southeast Asian
The show – the first of its kind - follows the
reality-TV formula similar to "American Idol" in the US
and "The X Factor" in Britain, and has apparently
ignited new enthusiasm for Islam among Malaysia's Muslim
"I feel good. Thanks to my parents, my wife and my
fellow villagers who have been supporting me," Asyraf
told studio audience at the end of the show aired live
over Islamic lifestyle channel Astro Oasis.
Speaking to reporters later Asyraf said: "Our target is
not just personal victory but the victory of a society
and the victory of Islam itself. It has brought the
youth closer to religion," he said, adding that his
immediate plan was to set up a "Young Imam club".
The 10 finalists, all men chosen from 1,000 contestants,
were given a variety of challenges including preparing
an HIV-positive corpse for burial and counselling
When we talk
about imams, the
someone who is
just does his
work in the
They faced written and practical tests on
religion each week, and were isolated in a mosque
dormitory - banned from using phones, the internet and
In the finale, the two finalists were tested on reciting
the Quran, presenting a sermon, singing religious hymns
and answering questions from the programme's sole judge,
a former grand imam of Malaysia's national mosque.
The show became a major hit, attracting worldwide
interest, while the creators of the programme were
thrilled by its success in achieving their goal of
making Islam more appealing to young people.
"When we talk about imams, the first impression is
always someone who is old-fashioned or just does his
work in the mosque," Adam Riyadz, a 21-year-old
journalism student, told AFP on the sidelines of the
"But with this show, it is easier for me to relate to
what the young imams are trying to tell us," said Adam,
who travelled for two hours from another state to watch
the finale with five fellow students.
Imams play a broad role in Malaysia – where some 60 per
cent of the 28 million population are Muslim – including
leading prayers at mosques and offering counselling.
It is 5:50 in the morning, and dark shadows scurry
through narrow alleys to the mosque, as the call to
prayer echoes from a minaret in Kaifeng. This city in
central China's Henan province has an Islamic enclave,
where Muslims have lived for more than 1,000 years.
In an alleyway called Wangjia hutong, women go to their
own mosque, where Yao Baoxia leads prayers. For 14
years, Yao has been a female imam, or ahong as they are
called here, a word derived from Persian.
As she leads the service, Yao stands alongside the other
women, not in front of them as a male imam would. But
she says her role is the same as a male imam.
"The status is the same," Yao says confidently. "Men and
women are equal here, maybe because we are a socialist
China has an estimated 21 million
Muslims, who have developed their own set of Islamic
practices with Chinese characteristics. The biggest
difference is the development of independent women's
mosques with female imams, something scholars who have
researched the issue say is unique to China.
Yao Baoxia is a
female ahong, or
imam, at Wangjia
prayers, not in
front of them
like male imams.
male and female
imams are equal
in their role as
Yao studied to become an imam for four years, after
being laid off from her job as a factory worker. First
she studied under a female imam, then with a male imam
alongside male students.
Her main role is as a teacher, she says.
"When people come to pray, they don't know how to chant
the Quran, so my job is teaching people about Islam,
helping them to study one line at a time and leading the
prayers," she says.
The response to the Arab Film
Festival ended up being really good. I had to move
the screening to the larger auditorium!
I had a chat to some of your readers
from CCN, and they were really pleased to be there.
All in all, the event was a success and I thank you
again for your contribution in promoting it!
Kindest regards, Aleksandar Savic
Thank you for the tickets for the Arab Film
Festival. We went on Friday night and really enjoyed
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Mandela's Way: Fifteen lessons on
life, love and courage
We long for heroes and have too few.
Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated
his ninety-first birthday, is the closest thing the
world has to a secular saint.
He liberated a country from a system of
violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and
oppressed in a way that had never been done before.
Now Richard Stengel, the editor of Time
magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate
conversation with Mandela into fifteen essential life
For nearly three years, including the
critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward
the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel
collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and
traveled with him everywhere.
Eating with him, watching him campaign,
hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the
different sides of this complex man and became a
cherished friend and colleague.
In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the
moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was
tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is
more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our
rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but
often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find
something away from the world that gives us pleasure and
satisfaction—our own garden.
Woven into these life lessons are
remarkable stories—of Mandela’s childhood as the
protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom
fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprisonment that
could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling
marriage at the age of eighty.
This compact book is profoundly
inspiring. It captures the spirit of this extraordinary
man—warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral
leader—and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider
the things we take for granted, and contemplate the
legacy we’ll leave behind.
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KB SAYS:This recipe is perfect
for Ramadaan and can be made in advance. Also it is easy
and will be loved by all in the family, young or old. It
is my family favourite in Ramadaan ...... after samoosas.
2 cups cake flour
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup cold milk
2 Tab Olive Oil or 100g butter
1 chopped onion
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 cups cubed chicken fillet
1 cup of diced peppers (it could be a mix of
2 tsp ground green chillies
1 tsp salt
3 tsp aromat
1 tsp lemon pepper
250 ml fresh cream
3 tab cornflour
215g can creamstyle corn
2 tab perinaisse
Method For the Base
Sift all the dry ingredients and place in a
food processor, add chopped butter and
process until the mixture resembles bread
crumbs. Add cold milk slowly to form a soft
dough. Do not over process the dough as it
will start to harden.
Roll out the dough very thinly, cut into
squares or rounds and line your muffin or
square tart pan.
Prick with fork and bake at 180”c until firm
and slightly brown. Allow to cool.
Sauté the onions and garlic in butter/oil
until soft. Add chicken, green chillies and
salt and braise for a few mins. Add the
remaining spices, peppers and cook until the
chicken is cooked and the mixture is dry.
Add cornflour, braise for a minute, then add
the cream stir until mixture is thick and
Remove from the heat and add perinaisse and
When cool, spoon filling into the baked
cups/squares, sprinkle with grated cheese
(It is now freezer suitable) and bake in a
moderate oven for 10mins.
P.S. When you
remove it from the freezer, no need to thaw,
just bake for 15mins or microwave for 3 to 4
I am sure this will be a popular savoury in
your homes in Ramadaan.
Salaams Kareema, I've recently become regular at the gym
and don't want to stop now that Ramadan is beginning.
Can you recommend a regime or any of the Les Mills
classes that I can continue while fasting?
A: Great work!! Now that you've started try to
keep it up, even if you need to cut back during Ramadan.
Make sure to drink plenty of water at night and also at
Les Mills classes as you know, go for an hour. What you
can do is stay for about 45mins and then do some core
(tummy) work & stretching on your own (be sure to let
the instructor know that you're fasting & that you may
finish a little earlier though, so she is aware of why
you're doing it). You don't have to do this with every
class, see how you feel on the day... Take a day off in
between workouts as well. This will mean you can stick
to some form of regime throughout the month.
Also remember that depending on the class, some are
higher impact than others, so know which one's work for
you, and how you normally feel after every one, and
decide on the day whether you'll go all the way, or cut
The days are
also shorter and cooler so this is a good time for you
to keep up the great work!
All the best
during Ramadan and remember us all in your Duahs.
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