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Team at the Queensland Multicultural festival
SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER
Roma Street Parklands
10am to 5pm
the flood victims of Pakistan
By Mufti Zeeyad
I had the opportunity to serve
the flood victims on behalf of M.C.F Australia
It was indeed a great privilege
to be on this trip and it was nevertheless, a
truly thrilling experience.
After spending a whole day in
Karachi, changing currencies and buying goods we
set off for two badly affected areas, Thatta and
With hundreds displaced and havoc
on the streets it was difficult to decide where
As a Muslim aid
many non Muslims
time and efforts
for this noble
world. It amazed
me how we all
can unite in the
As an Imam and
community to be
However, a non-profitable
organization known as HANDS (Health and
Nutrition Development Society) advised us and
gave us a briefing as to how we should operate.
This day was long and tiring as we spent it
distributing food and aid.
However, one of the greatest
achievements in these areas was the
establishment of five madressahs/schools. We
purchased mats, tents and blackboards to
accommodate hundreds of over enthusiastic
Many hours were spent reading the
kalimahs and surahs with them and it was a
spectacular sight indeed.
Later on, a follow up showed that
the numbers increased and volunteer teachers
were dedicated. A few manual sewing machines
were also donated and many girls are learning
how to sew.
The operation completed with a
survey of the damaged areas.
Seeing the orchards, homes and
livestock all leveled to the ground brought
tears to the eyes, and the pitiful situation of
hundreds of women sitting with their suckling
babies on the barrier between the rivers made us
(left to right) Br
Imraan Mohamed, Director of
AMYN Children's Weekend School;
Prof. Periyardhasan Abdullah,
International Visiting Scholar, and
Sheikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel, Director of
Abdullah, former film actor, Oxford PhD
Scholar and visiting Professor at the
University of California spoke at the
Macgregor State School Hall on his
conversion to Islam after spending
decades as a protagonist of Hinduism,
Buddhism and atheism.
Dr Abdulllah spoke of his
spiritual journey before finally
accepting Islam and the people who had
guided him to this path.
Alluding to his
transitional quest for religious certainty
a questionnaire asked Dr Abdullah "where
to after Islam" to which his
quick retort was "to heaven".
Sheikh Aslam Abulsmaeel
led the discussion in the style of an
interview and the audience was given the
opportunity to pose questions to Dr
Abdullah at the end of the presentation.
personal stories on living as a migrant in Australia
SBS Television’s INSIGHT program is exploring
whether anti-Islamic sentiment is on the rise.
the public mood towards immigration is shifting.
Countries that had doors wide open are now
shutting them and the role of multiculturalism
is being questioned. In many countries debate is
raging about values and loyalties and the
integration failures of foreigners. Many say it
is a backlash against mass immigration, and with
recent bans on minarets and full Islamic veils
others argue that Islamophobia is on the rise.
INSIGHT wants to explore this shift in sentiment
and see how
Muslim communities are integrating. Are there
lessons to be learnt from
Europe? Or are their experiences no
different from other obstacles faced by previous
wants to hear from overseas or Australian born
Muslims and non-Muslims about your views and
Australia. How do
Muslim communities are integrating? Do
you believe anti-Islamic sentiment is on the
rise? And has multiculturalism worked in
Feathers and Lace event that the Al-nisa youth
group organised last week Saturday went off with
All the dames were all dolled up
in their best 1920's inspired glad rags.
Our host for the evening was the
Al-nisa president Salam El -Merebi.
The event was kicked off with a
PowerPoint presentation which detailed all of
the groups past events and activities which
included the Afghani fundraising dinner, ghusl
classes and bowling.
The combination of savouries and desserts was
enjoyed by all.
Raspberry tarts, mini caramel
cupcakes, peppermint chocolate cupcakes,
Mediterranean loaf, salmon quiches were some of
the scrumptious foods on offer.
Everyone was entertained by the
games and random prizes which went on throughout
The prizes were made by Al-nisa
member Maryam Issadeen who created and designed
delicious feathers and lace inspired cupcakes.
There was huge positive feedback for this year's
annual ladies event and Feathers and Lace theme.
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The Al-nisa youth group would
like to thank all the ladies who made it such a
React To Bill O'Reilly Interview LIVE
Fox News Channel host Bill
O'Reilly caused a media firestorm on the ABC's
live show The View during the week.
Co-hosts Joy Behar and moderator
Whoopi Goldberg briefly walked off the set after
a heated argument with Bill O’Reilly when
he said “Muslims killed us on 9-11.”
Creator/executive producer and co-host Barbara
Walters addressed the audience: “I just want to
say something to all of you. You have just seen
what should not happen. We should be able to
have discussions without washing our hands and
screaming and walking off stage. I love my
colleagues, but it should not have happened.”
Walters then turned to O’Reilly and said “Now
let me just say to you in a calmer voice. It was
extremists. You cannot take a whole religion and
demean them." She told O’Reilly he should
apologize and he later said “if anyone felt that
I was demeaning all Muslims, I apologize,”
causing Behar and Goldberg to reemerge from
backstage and rejoin the panel.
Water-Exercise Programme Kicks off with a Difference
account by Shireen
I was one of the fortunate people
to attend Sakina's first water fitness class on
Saturday 16th October at the Multicap Centre.
Sakina specifically chose this venue to offer
valuable fitness classes to our Muslim women of
all age groups in the privacy of only other
At first I was a little apprehensive about how
effective the classes may be. I recently started
taking Zumba classes which I do enjoy
tremendously but did note that Zumba is not that
easy on the body. Also, whilst Zumba claims to
work every part of your body, the water fitness
class proved that there were many parts of the
body Zumba did not incorporate into it's dance
movements. Sakina's water fitness class I found
to be much easier on the body and indeed very
effective. It became quite apparent from the
outset that she had indeed put a lot of effort
into the format and conduct of her class. This
was certainly endorsed at the end of the class
too, for reasons I will mention later.
To commence with she drew on her professional
skills as a physiotherapist by preceding the
aqua-aerobics class with an educational talk on
the benefits of Aerobics in general and then
went into detail about the additional benefits
one gets from doing the same aerobics in water.
She showed how your body experiences
flexibility, good circulation, mobility, toning,
relaxation, cardio vascular therapy, buoyancy,
body building through resistance, stamina and
good balance, through aqua-aerobics and
especially in a heated pool. She demonstrated
through explanatory charts how people of
different age groups can work out how much
exercise intensity their hearts can endure.
She also brought us in touch with our bodies by
slowly and therapeutically getting us to shut
our eyes and let our minds go to each of the
main parts of our bodies starting with our feet,
then progressing to the legs, hips, arms, spine,
neck etc . It was amazing to see how little we
realise about our general posture and how we
tend to focus our body weight on one side of the
body rather than strike a balance.
Forethought went into the importance of
rehydratiion required when doing water
exercises. Sakina encouraged each participant to
ensure that they constantly drank water even
through the exercises. She emphasised the
importance of proper hydration in relation to
cramps and other aches and pains.
water fitness classes focussed on all your body
parts from the thumbs and fingers through to
your feet and toes. One was not expected to over
exert oneself in executing any of the exercises.
She commenced with small movements gradually
increasing the movements in both speed and
intensity. She encouraged us to do them at our
own pace. She offered a good workout at a pace
that was appropriate to women of all age groups.
At the end of the class she introduced us to
products that she recommended we use after being
in a chlorinated pool and put out a spread of
healthy and nutritional snacks which she had
researched so that we could make informed
choices of what was more beneficial to our
health. Written summaries were provided for
each. She also got us to reassess our bodies
again after the water fitness classes to see if
we noted any differences in our body alignment.
I most certainly did.
The class was certainly worth my while. I did
not hesitate to sign up for the future classes.
She intends to focus on different aspects of
water fitness exercises and our health in the
next four sessions and I have no doubt she will
deliver what she has promised.
Congratulations Sakina. It is good to see
classes designed with muslim women of all age
groups in mind and professionally conducted.
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supporting commissioned Muslim women artists around
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realise a project engaging their local community.
2. The position will also assist in shaping two
development Laboratories; curating the Exhibition;
contributing to a Catalogue; and Public Programs for
Liverpool and Western Sydney communities to engage
with. The position will receive mentoring from
delegated members of the Working Party.
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woman on trial for burqa assault on Emirati
French woman accused of
ripping off the full face
veil of an Emirati tourist
and biting and scratching
her when she put it back on,
faced prosecution demands
for a two-month suspended
prison sentence on Thursday.
"Co-habiting implies that we
have to tolerate others
whatever they are wearing,"
prosecutor Anne Fontette
told a Paris court.
The case comes just days
after the highest
approved a bill outlawing
the garment with offenders
potentially fined 150 euros
($189) or required to take
part in a citizenship class.
The bill is due to take
effect after a six-month
period aimed at informing
veiled women about the law.
The retired English teacher
had told police she asked
the woman from the UAE in
English to remove the veil.
When the woman refused, she
ripped it off. When the
woman put it back on again,
she punched, scratched and
bit her, according to the
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