(left to right) Shoaib
Dhedhi, Farouk Adam (President),
Atif Shafi (Vice President), Shaukat
Dhedhi, Mohamed Shaheed (Treasurer),
Faris Fazalbhoy, Javed Khatree
Muslim Business Network (MBN) held the
first of its business and networking meetings
for the year on Wednesday at the Runcorn
coach, Mr. Carlos Rodriguez, spoke on the
Do's and Don'ts of Business Success and
young entrepreneur, Mr Luke Rowlinson,
explained the good, bad and ugly sides to social
president, Mr. Farouk Adam, welcomed both
members and non-members to the meeting and told
CCN that the feedback from the 70 participants
was very positive and that they had been most
impressed with the quality of the speakers.
topics we chose were suited to these bad
economic times that we are currently
experiencing because to be successful these days
you need all the selling and marketing
techniques you can muster to stay in business,"
to have more of these kinds of workshops in the
near future and if members would like us to
present any particular topics they should
forward their suggestions via email to the
email@example.com or come over to talk to
one of our committee members."
MBN committee plans to provide greater
engagement and interaction with our members. I
encourage both members and non-members to keep
an eye out for our future events and workshops
coming up soon. But we can only continue to do
this with the ongoing support of the community
and our members, insha'Allah."
A captivated audience
Rowlinson and Carlos Rodriguez
with other guests appearing on Monday's Q&A
programme on ABC1 will be Afghan Refugee, Ms
Najeeba Wazefadost (pictured right) and
her family fled the Taliban’s genocidal
massacres of the Hazara ethnic minority when she
was 12. She arrived in Australia by boat with
her parents, four siblings and two uncles in
People smugglers hid Najeeba Wazefadost and her
family in a truck to get out of Afghanistan,
then flew them to Jakarta on false passports.
Her younger brother was born in Indonesia and
just days old when they set sail for Australia
before being intercepted by the Australian Navy
on a flimsy fishing boat.
She and her family spent several months in
Curtin Detention Centre before being sent to
Tasmania to live. They held Temporary Protection
Visas for three years before being granted
permission to stay.
Three generations of her family now live in
Australia; all passed through Curtin detention
Najeeba is a resident of western Sydney and
graduated from a Bachelor of Medical Science at
the University of Western Sydney in 2010.
She works as an Afghan Youth Support Officer
with the Bamiyan Association and is an
ambassador for Amnesty International.
She won the 2011 'Young Woman of the West Award'
for her work in not-for-profit organisations
including the Bamiyan Association, where she
works as an Afghan Youth Support Officer.
She has been a strong advocate for the rights of
refugees and the release of children from
Detention Centres, and the rights of women. As
an ambassador for Amnesty International, she has
played an integral role as a spokesperson for
its campaign to promote the rights of asylum
seekers and refugees in Australia by sharing her
own experiences as a refugee.
In 2010 Najeeba was a finalist of the Young
Human Rights Medal Award.
desk of the Welfare Shop
Queensland Muslim Welfare Association (QMWA) has
received a request for prayer mats and qurans by
Life Without Barriers for newly arrived Muslims.
There is also a need for Qurans to go in a
container heading for Sierra Leone for the Vice
President of the Sierra Leone committee which is
sending the container in the near future.
The Association is also in need of Qurans for
Welfare Shop both in Arabic and English. There
are people of all nationalities living in
Woodridge, many of whom are Muslims.
QMWA is also making a request for a washing
machine in good working order and a lounge suite
in good condition.
Contact Ms Janeth Deen on 0435 086 796 if you
can help in any way.
Wilma Bothwell, who has been helping out at the
Welfare Shop since its inception, has not
entirely recovered from the recent floods. Wilma
has also been unwell and will be undergoing
She has devotedly worked in the welfare shop for
the last two years voluntarily and has been well
respected by the community around Logan and also
by the Muslims who donated goods to the shop.
need duas to help her in her recovery," Janeth
Deen told CCN.
Janeth will continue to work in the shop and
would welcome any volunteers who can give a few
hours to help out.
Amazing Race AUSTRALIA
Melbourne mates Mo and Mos share a strong
friendship and an Islamic faith. Will their
background create a few extra obstacles on the
Australian born and bred, Mo (Mohammed) and Mos
(Mostafa) both have Egyptian parents and a
similar “cuddly” build, meaning they’re often
mistaken for brothers.
“People always point out that we look really
similar. Of course the big debate is ‘Who’s
better looking?’ I think we’ll have to sort that
out on the race,” says Mo.
Mos, 25, says being a young Muslim man could
pose a few added challenges not faced by other
teams on the race.
“People might think there’s something suspicious
about two young Arab Muslim men running around
madly with backpacks on,” adds Mo, 26. “I would
say that 70 per cent of the time I get stopped
for random security checks in airports.”
Aside from losing time to security screening, Mo
and Mos’ faith means they must also stop to pray
five times a day.
“Who knows? Just taking five minutes to stop and
pray might just help us focus. And that could be
just what we need to win the race,” says Mos.
The boys don’t necessarily see their weight as a
Mo says: “There have been people in the race who
have been fatter than us. I don’t think it’s a
barrier for us to win. The other teams with
their six packs might be looking at us and
‘Don’t worry about those guys,’ which works in
Mo and Mos met three years ago at a leadership
course. They cite their experience of different
cultures as one of their greatest strengths.
As a multicultural youth worker for the past
five years, Mo says, “That’s given me access to
people from lots of different backgrounds so I
know about many cultures around the world.”
Mos has similar experience through his volunteer
work at RISE, a group which assists refugees and
asylum seekers. He has also completed a degree
in Sociology and a Masters in Sports Business.
While they have plenty in common, their approach
to the race could differ.
says, “I’m far more driven. Honestly, the thing
I’m most scared about with Mos is that we’re at
the start line and Grant says, ‘Go’ and I’m
going to run and Mos will just start walking.
He’ll be like, ‘Yeah, there’s no rush.’ He’s a
very relaxed guy. Whereas I’ll be stressed about
not knowing what’s happening next.”
admirers of Nigella Lawson's Rubenesque curves,
the prospect of the domestic goddess hitting the
beach was one to savour.
never fails to
make the most of
So her choice of
swimwear for a
dip off Sydney's
Bondi Beach came
as something of
Rather than a
covered head to
toe in a burkini,
cut a striking
figure as she
splashed in the
surf with her
McErlane wore a
Miss Lawson was
the elements in
leaving only her
hands, feet and
Rather than a
choice of outfit
was motivated by
a desire to
more than that,"
which has stores
in the east
The firm makes "shariah
the model chosen
by Miss Lawson
£79.99 for a
small size to
£89.99 for XXL,
offering a sun
factor of 50+.
"We set up the
company in 2007
to cater for
that was out
clothing but now
we have a
- about 15 per
cent of our
women buy our
clothes for all
is the health
skin from the
sun, but it's
just a case of
choice - women
choose to wear
what they feel
"For a long
time, women who
wanted to wear
didn't have any
leggings and a
are not ideal
drag you down
and cling to the
body. I think
there was a
for someone to
come up with a
added: "It is
always nice to
When Miss Lawson
stepped out in a
dress two years
will be waiting
to see if she
does the same
The chef was in
Sydney to record
eggs at a
into the sea.
She is not the
to don an
also favours the
members who wear
yellow and red
Back on dry
Lawson is proud
of her curves.
She has said:
"I'm very glad
that I don't
have that skinny
shape, that I'm
throwback with a
very small waist
and ankles and
wrists, and the
Australia's top hip hop artists unite to speak for
Australia’s top hip hop artists, including hip
hop legend Hau of Koolism and
international award winning slam poet and rapper
Omar bin Musa, have come together to
speak out against the recent attacks on
a hip hop video specially recorded in support of
the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils
of Australia (FECCA), the four artists of
diverse cultural backgrounds (Malaysian, Indian,
Greek and Tongan Australians) expressed their
personal take on the recent issues.
FECCA is the national peak body representing
FECCA has been inundated with responses from
communities and leaders across Australia about
recent articles in the mainstream press
declaring the failure of multiculturalism.
Omar Bin Musa says in his piece “Everyone look
in my eyes, being patriotic doesn’t mean I can’t
criticize system that I live in.”
calling for a change in attitudes, Greek
Australian rapper and poet Lesson MC says,
“Change is much more than the coins in your
pockets. It takes a new way to see the world
through your sockets.” The artists are
accompanied by star beatboxer, Kodak.
FECCA ran a national campaign last year called
“Reclaim Multiculturalism” which attracted wide
FECCA’s current campaign is “Advancing
Multiculturalism” and the video is released in
support of this.
FECCA Chair Pino Migliorino said, “In times when
multiculturalism comes under attack, we need to
hear the voices of Australians for whom this is
not a choice anymore. Young Australians model
for us the innovative richness of cross cultural
interactions. We have to stop the blame game on
religions and cultures and get on with the task
of building the structures of our new
video is one of many strategies that FECCA will
use to support the cause of multiculturalism in
its current campaign.
Lunch after Jumma
Darra Mosque in Oxley hosted the annual
ijtema over the weekend with followers of
the Tabligh Jammat making their way to
Queensland from many different parts of the
country to listen to talks on Islam and to offer
to "go out to their communities and remind
people of their religious obligations."
Over 2000 mainly men and children attended the
programme over the two and a half days, many
bunking down on the Mosque carpet overnight.
President of the Islamic Society of Darra,
Mr. Abdul Jalal, welcomed the mussallees
at the Friday jumma prayer and encouraged
them to make the most of the weekend programme.
Orhan Camkara, the IT manager at
the Islamic College of Brisbane, told CCN that
it was just what he and his son had been
wanting, and that Abdurrahman was eager to start
reading the ebooks and playing games on the
Islamic Convention 2011
into a Chinese Malay Buddhist family, Sh
Hussain Yee (picturedright)
found Islam in his search for true inner peace.
Wanting to excel as a Muslim, he pursued Islamic
studies overseas and became the first Chinese
Malay Islamic Scholar!
Since then, over the last 30 years, he has been
second to none in the field of Islamic Dawah in
Malaysia and is also a world renowned
International Islamic speaker is one of the most
popular speakers on Peace TV satellite channel.
Muslims in Brisbane and Perth will have their
first chance to be entertained and yet find
spiritual upliftment from this Master of Islamic
diplomacy and dawah, Sheikh Hussain Yee.
Presented by Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMNY),
HikmahWay Institute and Sunnah Inspirations Inc.
Sh Yee will be at the University of Queensland
on Saturday 30 April (Click on image on left for
Muslim scientists and scholars have contributed
immensely to human knowledge especially in the
period between 8th and 14th century CE.
their contributions have been largely ignored,
forgotten or have gone un-acknowledged.
week CCN brings you, courtesy of www.ummah.com,
an account of one of the many talented Muslim
scholars in history whose contributions have
left lasting marks in the annals of science,
astronomy, medicine, surgery, engineering and
This week's Muslim scholar, philosopher
and/or thinker is: Jabir Ibn
Haiyan (Died 803 C.E.)
Jabir Ibn Haiyan, the
alchemist Geber of the Middle Ages, is
generally known as the father of
chemistry. Abu Musa Jabir Ibn Hayyan,
sometimes called al-Harrani and al-Sufi,
was the son of the druggist (Attar). The
precise date of his birth is the subject
of some discussion, but it is
established that he practised medicine
and alchemy in Kufa around 776 C.E.
He is reported to have
studied under Imam Ja'far Sadiq and the
Ummayed prince Khalid Ibn Yazid. In his
early days, he practised medicine and
was under the patronage of the Barmaki
Vizir during the Abbssid Caliphate of
Haroon al-Rashid. He shared some of the
effects of the downfall of the Barmakis
and was placed under house arrest in
Kufa, where he died in 803 C.E.
Jabir's major contribution was in the
field of chemistry. He introduced
experimental investigation into alchemy,
which rapidly changed its character into
modern chemistry. On the ruins of his
well-known laboratory remained after
centuries, but his fame rests on over
100 monumental treatises, of which 22
relate to chemistry and alchemy.
His contribution of
fundamental importance to chemistry
includes perfection of scientific
techniques such as crystalization,
distillation, calcination, sublimation
and evaporation and development of
several instruments for the same. The
fact of early development of chemistry
as a distinct branch of science by the
Arabs, instead of the earlier vague
ideas, is well-established and the very
name chemistry is derived from the
Arabic word al-Kimya, which was studied
and developed extensively by the Muslim
Jabir's major practical achievement was
the discovery of mineral and others
acids, which he prepared for the first
time in his alembic (Anbique). Apart
from several contributions of basic
nature to alchemy, involving largely the
preparation of new compounds and
development of chemical methods, he also
developed a number of applied chemical
processes, thus becoming a pioneer in
the field of applied science.
His achievements in this
field include preparation of various
metals, development of steel, dyeing of
cloth and tanning of leather, varnishing
of water-proof cloth, use of manganese
dioxide in glass-making, prevention of
rusting, letterring in gold,
identification of paints, greases, etc.
During the course of
these practical endeavours, he also
developed aqua regia to dissolve gold.
The alembic is his great invention,
which made easy and systematic the
process of distillation. Jabir laid
great stress on experimentation and
accuracy in his work.
Based on their properties, he has
described three distinct types of
substances. First, spirits i.e. those
which vaporise on heating, like camphor,
arsenic and ammonium chloride; secondly,
metals, for example, gold, silver, lead,
copper, iron, and thirdly, the category
of compounds which can be converted into
powders. He thus paved the way for such
later classification as metals,
non-metals and volatile substances.
known as an alchemist, he did not seem
to have seriously pursued the
preparation of noble metals as an
alchemist; instead he devoted his effort
to the development of basic chemical
methods and study of mechanisms of
chemical reactions in themselves and
thus helped evolve chemistry as a
science from the legends of alchemy. He
emphasised that, in chemical reactions,
definite quantities of various
substances are involved and thus can be
said to have paved the way for the law
of constant proportions.
large number of books are included in
his corpus. Apart from chemistry, he
also contributed to other sciences such
as medicine and astronomy. His books on
chemistry, including his Kitab-al-Kimya,
and Kitab al-Sab'een were translated
into Latin and various European
These translations were
popular in Europe for several centuries
and have influenced the evolution of
modern chemistry. Several technical
terms devised by Jabir, such as alkali,
are today found in various European
languages and have become part of
scientific vocabulary. Only a few of his
books have been edited and published,
while several others preserved in Arabic
have yet to be annotated and published.
Doubts have been expressed as to whether
all the voluminous work included in the
corpus is his own contribution or it
contains later commentaries/additions by
his followers. According to Sarton, the
true worth of his work would only be
known when all his books have been
edited and published. His religious
views and philosophical concepts
embodied in the corpus have been
criticised (see footnote) but,
apart from the question of their
authenticity, it is to be emphasised
that the major contribution of Jabir
lies in the field of chemistry and not
His various breakthroughs
e.g., preparation of acids for the first
time, notably nitric, hydrochloric,
citric and tartaric acids, and emphasis
on systematic experimentation are
outstanding and it is on the basis of
such work that he can justly be regarded
as the father of modern chemistry. In
the words of Max Mayerhaff, the
development of chemistry in Europe can
be traced directly to Jabir Ibn Haiyan.
Jabir’s interest in
alchemy was probably inspired by his
teacher Jafar al-Sadiq. He was a deeply
religious man, and repeatedly emphasizes
in his works that alchemy is possible
only by subjugating oneself completely
to the will of Allah and becoming a
literal instrument of Allah on earth,
since the manipulation of reality is
possible only for Allah. In the Book of
Stones he prescribes long and elaborate
sequences of specific prayers that must
be performed without error alone in the
desert before one can even consider
2011 Census Jobs - Opportunity Knocks for
Bilingual Speakers (REPEAT)
The Australian Bureau of Statistics
(ABS) is looking for over 5,500 Census Collectors in
Queensland from all cultural and linguistic
backgrounds to help conduct the Census on 9 August
With almost one in five Australians speaking a
language other than English at home, the ABS is
particularly looking for Collectors with bilingual
skills who can assist householders to complete their
Queensland Census Director, Sally Pritchard wants
people from all cultural backgrounds, who can speak
languages other than English to apply.
“Australia is an extremely diverse country. We need
to make sure our Collector team is representative of
our community, to help the ABS capture the full
picture of Queensland’s diversity,” Ms Pritchard
“Information collected in the Census is essential to
identifying and providing targeted services for all
cultural groups and their families.”
Census Collectors will pound the pavement to deliver
and collect more than 2.8 million Census forms to
Queensland’s 1.9 million households.
"People of all ages, from all backgrounds and with
wide-ranging experience have become Census
Collectors in the past, including students,
semi-retirees and stay at home parents," Ms
Census Collectors will receive between $1,300 and
$2,800 for the casual position and will be employed
from 1 July until 8 September.
Wanted, a budding graphic designer to
offer voluntary services to help with design work
for a Muslim Business Directory.
For more information please contact:-
0450 297 972 or 0402 575 410
AFL Multicultural Program Coordinator in NSW
The incumbent is required to develop
and facilitate opportunities to engage people from
diverse cultural backgrounds to broaden both the
participation and fan base of Australian Football in
NSW and the ACT.
The position is responsible for
direct program delivery and development with an
emphasis on programs and activities for culturally
and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people and
their families. The incumbent will be required to
work closely with school staff, young people and
parents, community organisations, community leaders
and AFL Clubs to implement specific programs.
The Annual Ijtima in South Africa is being
held this weekend in Laudium, Gauteng,
Pretoria where over 35 000 Muslims from all
parts of the country are expected to attend.
pastor Jones briefly jailed
Michigan — The US pastor whose burning of a
Koran sparked deadly violence in Afghanistan
has been briefly jailed in a heavily Islamic
suburb after a court banned his protest
outside a mosque.
A local judge jailed pastor Terry Jones of
Gainesville, Florida, and his associate
Wayne Sapp on Friday after a court ruled
that their planned protest outside the
Islamic Center of America in Dearborn,
Michigan, could lead to violence.
In court, Jones argued that the Koran
"promotes terrorist activities around the
He also insisted that his right to protest
against Islam was protected by the US
"The First Amendment does us no good if it
confines us to saying what is popular," he
But Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad
testified that his department had received
information about serious threats made
against Jones from local residents, arguing
that his protest could lead to violence if
Prosecutor Robert Moran argued that the
protest had nothing to do with the First
Amendment and that the community's security
and peace were at stake.
In the end, the jury sided with the
prosecution and Judge Mark Somers set bond
at the symbolic amount of a dollar each for
the two pastors, which they initially
refused to pay.
Following their refusal, both were escorted
to a local jail. But local media reported
that they changed their minds after spending
about an hour behind bars and posted the
Under the judge's ruling, both Jones and
Sapp are now prohibited by the court from
going to the mosque for three years.
But Jones was quoted by The Detroit Free
Press as saying the two "will come back next
week" to try to organize a new protest.
We come here
today not as
as Jews, but
We have only
and it is
Dearborn is home
to the largest Muslim community in the
United States. The 2000 census found the
city's population to be 30 percent
Hundreds of local residents who rallied in
front of Henry Ford Centennial Library late
Friday denied they tried to silence free
speech and called on residents to remain
"We come here today not as Christians, not
as Muslims, not as Jews, but as Americans,"
said Osama Sablani, publisher of the
Dearborn-based Arab American News and one of
the organizers of the rally. "We have only
one flag, and it is the American flag."
Cea Noyes, a sociology and anthropology
professor from Olivet College who took part
in the rally, said Jones was trying to
"What he is doing is just appalling," she
Jones and Sapp made international headlines
after their ceremonial "trial and execution"
of the Koran by burning the Islamic holy
book on March 20 at his Florida church that
led to deadly protests in Afghanistan.
Seven UN staff were killed during one
protest in the northern city of
Mazar-i-Sharif on April 1. Overall, more
than 20 people have been killed.
Jones believes Islam and the Koran promote
intolerance and violence.
Following the killing of UN peacekeepers,
the evangelical pastor said he and his
supporters demanded action from the United
"Islam is not a religion of peace," he said
in an earlier statement. "The time has come
to hold Islam accountable."
He said that Muslim-dominated countries
could no longer be allowed to spread their
hatred against Christians and minorities.
"They must alter the laws that govern their
countries to allow for individual freedoms
and rights, such as the right to worship,
free speech, and to move freely without fear
of being attacked or killed," he stated.
Jones had long threatened to burn the Koran
despite warnings that it would put American
troops and others in Afghanistan in danger.
used to read to
But, along the
way, my struggle
to get them into
bed before 8:30
time was lost.
what I did for
my 40 day
pledge to read
for 15 minutes
apart from a few
days here and
been doing it!
It helps not to
reading time to
that means that
you have the
work it into
your day when
you have some
The kids and I
enjoying some of
books from our
home library (on
which I have
spent nearly all
my money over
the years - lol)
and some have
might want to
check them out
next time you
are at the
is a wonderful
doesn't want to
share his 'nice,
with a trio of
'Burger Boy' by
Alan Durant is a
about the perils
of eating too
many burgers. My
youngest son is
in love with the
not a burger,
I'm a boy - let
'You and Me' by
Blackstone is a
For some reason,
my boys love
this one, maybe
because of the
rhyming text or
Either way, it
is a nice,
simple one for a
It has been
rewarding to see
my boys (and the
me out to read
to them. Insha
Allah, this will
instill in them
a love of books
and the written
word which will
stand them in
good stead, both
as little human
like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book
KB SAYS:This is a really easy
Sunday brunch recipe with a “wow” factor - one you can
impress the family with over this long weekend. The
crepes can also be made in advance and frozen and left
out at room temperature for an hour to thaw out.
1 cup flour
1¼ cup milk
1 egg yolk
Pinch of salt
Mix all the above
ingredients and leave to rest for 30mins.
Pour approx ¼ cup of batter onto a pan and
make thin crepes.
500g chicken breast or tender loins cut into
1 tab olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp green chillies
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 tab sour cream
100g fresh sliced mushrooms
1 cup white sauce
Cheese to sprinkle
1. Sauté the onions in the olive oil
2. Add garlic, green
chillies and after 2 mins add chicken and
salt and pepper and cook until chicken is
3. Then add mushrooms and
sauté for 2 mins and stir in sour cream. The
mixture should be a little saucy, if
required add a little milk.
3. Place 2 tab filling on the crepe and roll
folding both sides in so the filling does
not ooze out and place them all in a greased
casserole, seam down, top with white sauce
and sprinkle cheese on the top and bake in a
180 deg oven until the cheese melts.
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