Oh what a night! Late November
back in 2010. What a special time for us. As we
remember what a night! We felt a rush like a
rolling ball of thunder. Spinning our heads
around and taking our bodies under. Oh what a
night! And we recall, it ended much too soon. Oh
what a night!
Four Seasons lyrics are unashamedly adapted
to reflect, in small part, the sentiments of the
5000 men, women and children who attended
Dreamworld Eid-ul-Adha night out.
For four hours last Friday the
iconic Gold Coast themepark, for the very first time in
its two decade existence, became a haven for the halal
and a rare sanctuary for friends and family as
they queued patiently and good humouredly for
the Tower of Terror, the Giant Drop, the Wipeout
and the Claw whose very names offered mere
euphemisms to the clear and present "dangers"
The evening commenced with a mass
open air Magrib prayer inside the park
under a drizzle of rain that thankfully held off
for the rest of the night. But soon after, the
atmosphere would be punctuated with regular
shrieks of terror and delight as the more
intrepid took on the challenges of the stomach
churning, sky-high swinging and adrenalin
But for the ones who could not
quiet make the height restrictions there was
always the Big Red Car and Dorothy's Rosy Tea
Cup to fall back on.
An impressive laser show brought
the evening to a dramatic close and a
realization that all good things must come to an
end as the patrons reluctantly made their way to
the exit gates.
Dr. Rubana Bhorat, one of
Eidfest's organizers, told CCN, that, at the $15
entrance price, they could well have sold the
event twice over: "But we wanted to make sure
that everyone who came got to enjoy as many of
the attractions as possible in the short time."
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Your newsletter is interesting and informative. Very
impressed with the raising of funds for the flood
victims of Pakistan. May the Almighty reward you all
abundantly. Keep up the good work.
Moshin and Firoza
Durban, South Africa
the Muslim World with CCN
pilgrims and the pocketbook
pilgrimage is both a religious requirement
and a financial bounty for the kingdom
Haj, one of the five pillars of Islam, seems
to have escaped the negative impact of the
international financial crisis as it
continues to contribute nearly one-tenth of
the non-oil private sector's share of Saudi
Arabia's gross domestic product.
The season, which has been linked to the
Saudi economy since the emergence of Islam
1,430 years ago, continues to defy the
effect of the three-year-old crisis, which
held back a myriad of economic plans,
created spiralling unemployment problems and
shelved infrastructure projects around the
Though the crisis has not affected the
religious season, many retailers in Saudi
Arabia, however, believe it has had an
impact on the purchasing behaviour of
Muslims who come from around the world to
perform the pilgrimage, which is a duty of
able-bodied Muslims at least once in their
With an estimated 40 billion Saudi riyal
income generated by Haj-related activities
alone, the Haj and Umrah, also called the
lesser Haj, continue to encourage the
spending of enormous amounts of money by the
Saudi public the private sectors and
Star Report Distorts Bullying Incident
Involving Muslim Pupils
Several newspapers, including the Daily
Express, the Daily Mail, the Daily Star, the
Metro and The Sun, reported of schoolboy
Darius Gill having been the victim of
bullying by six fellow pupils at his school
reportedly for penning an online Remembrance
Day tribute to fallen British troops.
As five of the children responsible for the
bullying were Muslim, the Daily Star used
the opportunity to spew yet more of its “us
and them” rhetoric - something plainly
obvious from the DS front page (image left).
An editorial on this story on page six of
the DS also carried the headline: "Leave our
kids alone”, as if British Muslim children
aren’t part of Britain.
It has to be pointed out to the Daily Star
(again) that “British” and “Muslim” aren’t
mutually exclusive labels. Those Muslim
schoolchildren, foolish and dangerous as
they are to make such threats, even if only
an idle one, are British too. Furthermore,
anyone reading this headline would be led to
believe that there had been an actual knife
attack on Darius. The threat of an attack is
a reprehensible act and as with all such
cases of bullying in schools deserves to be
taken very seriously but it does not,
however, excuse the Daily Star’s misleading
Although the Daily Mail article makes no
such misleading statements, it does carry
the curious headline of “Five Muslim boys
and white girl, all 12, excluded over
Facebook death threats to classmate who
supported British troops.” (Emphasis
It may be helpful for the Daily Mail to know
that Islam is a religion that encompasses
all ethnicities and skin colours, including
white Brits. To make a distinction between
the two is unwarranted.
Engage - an
organization "dedicated to promoting media
awareness, political participation and civic
engagement amongst British Muslims".
test their mettle
candidates promising change toss their hats
in a conservative political ring
candidate Muneera Fakhro greets
a supporter at her election tent
in Isa Town, south of Manama.
Bahrainis go to the polls on
Manama: Can liberal
candidates win in Bahrain's elections? The
answer depends on whom you ask.
For liberals, the answer is obvious. They
readily point to the numerous standoffs that
marked the religion-dominated 2006-2010
lower chamber to argue for the need to elect
candidates with fresh viewpoints.
Deeply sectarian and often divided along
sectarian lines, the outgoing lower chamber,
where 32 of the 40 members represented three
openly religious societies, is not recalled
with fondness by Bahrainis who had hoped for
greater economic and social achievements,
liberal candidates say.
"Our constituents long for a change, a real
change that will reinforce public freedom,
human rights and achievements," Hassan Al
Madan, the leader of the Democratic
Progressive Tribune, said.
"We have put out a platform that offers the
boosting of education, public services,
housing and infrastructure. That is what
people need and want."
Al Madan, a candidate in the eighth
constituency of the Northern Governorate,
said liberals deserve a chance to help do
away with the sectarianism that plagued the
outgoing lower chamber.
protest a Mosque that is actually a Church!
a time of wonder for young S. African
Moletsane truly is on the journey of a
lifetime this year. The 29-year-old South
African radio producer converted from
Christianity to Islam last year, and now he
has traveled to the holy land to perform the
Moletsane said he learned about his new
faith while working at the Channel Islam
International radio station in Johannesburg
over the last five years. He said many
puzzling questions he had about religion
were answered after reading the Holy Qur’an.
“I was a Catholic, but as I grew up I became
a type of born-again Christian,” Moletsane
told Arab News. “I learned everything one
step at a time. I was doing the comparison
all the time. This is when I realized the
contradictions in our holy book. That
prompted me to learn more about the Holy
Qur’an and Islam. I decided to accept Islam,
but I did not have the courage to make my
The change came last year when Channel Islam
International sent scholar-broadcaster
Maulana Moosa Akoodie to report from the Haj.
“My colleagues in the studios in
Johannesburg and I were putting him on air,”
Moletsane said. “When he was about to go on
air from the plains of Arafat, I asked him
to pray for me. I thought it would be a
personal thing. Maulana Akoodie, however,
mentioned my name in his prayer that was
being broadcast live. Hundreds of
English-speaking listeners were tuned in. I
was moved by the gesture, and suddenly I
found all the courage in the world to go
public with what I had already believed in
my heart. An hour or so later I recited the
'shahada' live on air.
More and more Aboriginal people are
becoming Muslim. This book asks why Indigenous
Australians are turning to Islam. Based on nearly 50
interviews and extensive historical research, Islam
Dreaming is the only national survey of this growing
Peta Stephenson’s new book brings together, for the fi
rst time, past and present stories of Australia’s
Indigenous Muslims: from histories told by descendants
of Afghan cameleers and Malay pearl-divers to the deeply
refl ective accounts of contemporary Indigenous
The men and women interviewed come from many walks of
life. They describe dramatic moments of
self-empowerment, from the decision of women to adopt
the hijab as an expression of their deepening faith to
the resistance of male prisoner converts to all forms of
extremism - but overwhelmingly they narrate a pilgrimage
to renewed possibilities of community.
About the Author
Peta Stephenson specialises in the study of
cross-cultural relationships between Indigenous and
non-white immigrant communities in Australia.
She recently completed an ARC
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Asia Institute, Faculty
of Arts, the University of Melbourne, where she is now
an honorary fellow. Her first book, The Outsiders Within
(UNSW Press, 2007), traced the hidden story of centuries
of trade and intermarriage between Indigenous and
South-East Asian communities across Australia.
KB SAYS:This recipe can be
doubled and is perfect for a Sunday snack when you can
pull it out of the freezer in the morning and place in
the oven to bake later in the afternoon or when the
family is ready for a light meal. Besides being tasty,
it is extremely adaptable and nutritious making it a
great serving item.
2 cups chicken fillet – cut into small cubes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp green chillies
1 tsp crushed dry red chillies
2 Tab Olive oil
2 Tab lemon juice
2 grated tomatoes
125 ml fresh cream
2 cups tomato chutney (see
1 cup grated cheese
Heat olive oil, sauté garlic, add chicken
and the rest of the spices and lemon juice,
cook the chicken until tender and then add
the tomatoes and cook until mixture is
Method to Make Taco Sauce
Beat egg and add to fresh cream. Heat the
chutney, and gradually egg and cream
mixture. Simmer for 5mins.
1. Spread a little Taco Sauce over the base
of the baking dish.
2. Spread a Tortilla with the sauce.
3. Place the chicken mixture on the tortilla
and fold over.
4. Place in the baking dish, seam side down.
5. Place enough tortillas to fill the dish.
6. Pour the remaining sauce and then cover
the enchiladas with grated cheese. (Suitable
to freeze now)
7. Bake at 180degrees for 15mins.
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