The Crescents of Brisbane/AMARAH/ICQ democracy
workshop and roadshow rolled into the IWAQ offices last Saturday night for
another entertaining evening of trivia on the electoral and
On a night propped up by copious chocolates,
coffee and pizzas the participants got very much into the competitive spirit
of the proceedings as the quizmaster Mustafa Ally piled on the questions and
the clues on everything from donkey voting to Dorothy Dixers and double
dissolutions. Also leading the discussions was ICQ president, Mohammed Yusuf
and the team was ably supported by project coordinator Riffat Gurdezi and
young Abdullah. Representatives from the Australian Electoral Commission
were on hand through the evening to provide expert responses when called on
Bald Hills Mosque
The next day the democracy roadshow found itself
winding its way across to the Bald Hills Mosque for a midday session and
some deliciously prepared curry and rice.
This time the quizmaster found himself having to
pose and synchronize questions across
a screen separating the men from the women while the AEC representatives
positioned themselves akin to umpires at a tennis match.
The workshop team found the community warm and
welcoming and very much engaged in the discussions that ensued.
"I actually learnt something, and it was lots of
fun," wrote one participant, while another said they needed more workshops
CCN is in the process of compiling a
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Day of the Week:
Start & Finish
By Imam Zeeyad Ravat
90 young ladies attended a specially designed program at the Islamic College
of Brisbane last Saturday.
Shiekh Faizel Chothia spoke passionately about the Hijaab and
answered never ending questions. He played a video educating Muslim women on
answers to offensive questions about the hijaab.
Imam Abu Gazaleh followed with a very beneficial interactive
dialogue about our identity and the challenges young muslimahs face today.
Both speakers had a very humorous approach and the crowd had
much to learn yet it was filled with laughter.
Dr Halim Rane made it easy for the audience to appreciate the
difference between culture and religion and Mufti Zeeyad completed the day
with a talk on music and active Dawah in the West.
sisters really enjoyed the atmosphere and besides the lectures there was
self defence classes, hijaab demonstrations, marriage advice classes, group
discussions and many games.
The girls all put their hands together to prepare a late
afternoon barbecue and the event ended with the audience watching the Movie
"Mooz-lum" which portrays the challenges a young Muslim faces in a western
Dina Ahmed, one of the organisers, said that she left the
gathering enlightened and confident as young muslimah. She thanked the Imams
and the ICB for making this opportunity a reality.
event was covered by Islam TV and will soon be uploaded for viewing.
Bravado" by the Bachelors of Brisbane
three months into their 10-month long trip of discovery and experiences
Umar and HananBachelor (pictured left in Delhi)
sent in their impressions of the India/Pakistan border ceremony:
Monday 20th June 2011 – Day 85
Indian-Pakistan border at Attari/Wagah, Punjab-
would not attract a crowd back home, the evening
ceremony of the borders closing between India
and Pakistan has become a nightly event. Both
countries have even built amphitheatres to
accommodate for the growing number of people
that are attracted to this spectacle- and it
certainly pulls a crowd. It starts off with a
stampede to get over the chicken run and in
getting yourself a seat. Luckily for our
foreign citizenship we got really good seating,
whereby we had great views of both the Indian
and Pakistani side. The main attraction is the
guards themselves stomping, high-march parade of
bravado to and from the border gate followed by
a simultaneous lowering of the flags.
But what I found
most interesting about the whole show was the
way in which both countries display themselves.
The Indians had youngsters from the crowd
carrying the flag and running up and down a
runway followed by ‘Hindustan Zindabad- long
live India’ chants and then blaringly loud
Bollywood music played out with young women from
the crowd dancing enthusiastically to the cheers
of eager onlookers. Then you have the other side
Pakistan reciting quranic verses on the loud
speaker followed by chants of
‘la-ilaha-ilalAllah- there is no God but Allah’,
finished off by ‘Pakistan, Pakistan’. But the
Indians new how to party and if there was enough
room for the 1000+ people to dance then they
would’ve done so in a hearts-beat.
countries that are not on the best of terms to
come together every evening for a bit of fun and
patriotic fervour, is really nice to see.
The Bachelor Blog
Contributions to Premier’s Relief Fund
Australian International Islamic College
representatives met with the Premier of Queensland, The Honourable Anna
Bligh, on Wednesday 15 June 2011, to make a cheque presentation towards the
Queensland Flood Relief.
"We thank all families who supported the request made by the college towards
this worthy cause. Your generosity will directly benefit many families in
need all over Queensland," a spokesperson for the school said.
Khan (Education Advisor), Imam Abdul
Quddoos Azhari (Chairman of the Board),
Rahman Baluch (College
Anna Bligh ( Premier
of Queensland), Mariam Banwa (Acting
Principal), Mohamed Tahir
Sukkarieh (Board Member),
Bachmid (CollegeCaptain Primary), Emily
Al Roumi and Israa Sulaiman (College Vice
9th Annual Quran
On the 15th and 16th of
June 2011, the students of the college
participated in the 9th annual Quran
competition held at the college in the
The competition was held
over two days with more than 85 students
representing heart-warming recitations
of the Holy Quran. Students were divided
into three categories:
Students from each class
were given a pre-decided Surah which
they had learnt as part of the Islamic
curriculum. The Surahs are as follows:
Students were judged by
Imam Akram Buksh, Imam Ikram Buksh and
Sheikh Zunaid Chennia.
The following criteria were used to
evaluate the student’s recitations.
Tajweed & Fluency 40%
The following were the
The Islamic Society of Algester will be hosting
a Family Fun Day on 10th July from 11.30am to 2.30pm at The Algester Centre.
Bring the family along to enjoy a delicious
Sunday lunch prepared purely for the pleasure of your palate!
On the menu:
Crunchy succulent FISH N CHIPS served with tartare sauce, salad and drinks
Juicy BBQ STEAK ROLLS served with chips, salad and drinks.
All meals only $10-00 each!
Fun activities for the children to enjoy too.
Tickets will be sold at the entrance
Brisbane summit a helping hand
(left to right)
Abdulrahman Abulkodaah, Galila Abdelsalam,
Janeth Deen, Nazurah Salleh, Hamdi Aden,
Fahad A;rasjed and
The 2011 Asia Pacific Cities Summit will be held
at the Convention Centre, South Brisbane from the 6th - 8th July
89 cities have already committed, including: 19 from East Asia, 39 from
Australasia, 11 from South East Asia, 8 from South Asia, as well as cities
from Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americas. The summit has attracted
over 40 world-renowned speakers including the two key note speakers, Sir
Richard Branson and former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.
The theme of the summit will be the "Business of Cities" which will focus on
three topics, The Business of Growing Cities, The Business of Smart and
Connected Cities and the Business of Green Cities. The slogan for Brisbane
will be "Australia's New World City."
Included in this Summit will be a "Young Professional's Summit" for 18 to 25
year olds, specifically designed to engage their skills and interests. They
have access to all the sections of the summit and will present their own
work on the 8th July to the full summit audience. The main speaker for the
Young Professional's Summit will be Yasmin Abdul-Magied "The Young
Queenslander of the Year 2010".
The Brisbane City Council contracted the Royal Brisbane Institute of
Technology to train a group of volunteers to be Ambassador Volunteers for
the Summit. In total, the volunteers had four full days of intensive
training in order to receive their certificate to enable them to be accepted
as volunteers for this summit. The volunteers were also required to be
fluent in a language other than English.
As many Muslim countries will be attending the Summit, seven members of our
Muslim Community completed this course to play their part in civic duty.
Five of them were overseas students namely, Abdulrahman Abulkodaah
and Fahad Alrashed (Saudi Arabia), Nazurah Salleh (Brunei),
Hamdi Aden (Somalia), Yenny Tjoe (Indonesia) and two local
community members namely Galila Abdelasalam (IWAQ) and Janeth Deen
Some of the Muslim delegates may find their way to one of the mosques near
the Convention Centre for Friday prayers. Some of the delegates will remain
to visit parts of Brisbane and others will visit attractions in other parts
ready to be catapulted inside the Arab imagination?
explosive opening night feature comes fresh from Cannes. The Cry of an Ant
explores the frustrations of ordinary Egyptians that exploded onto Tahrir
Square last January. Director Sameh Abdel Aziz captured the revolution live,
making this the first feature film to record the events of the Arab Spring.
This year's program is packed with incredible stories, forums and visiting
filmmakers that will take you straight to the heart of the changes gripping
the Arab world.
"The Arab people are resilient, frustrated, survivors and have an amazing
sense of humour," says Festival Co-Director Fadia Abboud. "The people deal
with crap on a daily basis but their hope and longing for a better and more
uncensored future keeps them producing films and sharing stories that
reflect the beauty of our complex and diverse culture."
Spotlight on... This is My Picture When I Was Dead
Athens, 1983 -
the press reports that top PLO lieutenant
Mamoun Mraish has been assassinated.
Tragically, his four-year-old son, Bashir,
is also killed. But what if little Bashir
Mraish had survived? He would now be 29
years old, perhaps a PR executive, living
with his mother. Part history, part personal
memoir, this inventive film pushes the
limits of documentary making and imagines a
son on a quest to understand the cause that
took his father's life. Bashir must dig
through his past to witness the dream of a
Palestinian state turning to dust. In this
experimental, highly original and
occasionally surreal film, Mahmoud al Massad
combines archival footage and photos with
dramatic re-creations to delve into the
history of the PLO. His work redefines what
a documentary can be, with fascinating
Saber Media says on Facebook 'So much has
happened in the Arab world since last year's Arab Film Festival. Do not miss
out this year's Arab Film Festival Australia'.
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Mr.Brian Adams has been appointed to the
position of Director, Multi-Faith Centre at Griffith University.
Brian succeeds Associate Professor Raj
Ramanathapillai who resigned prematurely due to ill health.
The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) has
issued a press statement on the niqab:
In Australia, we know what it means to give
people a fair go. We pride ourselves on strong family values, ensuring that
courtesy and civility are alive and practiced. Our rich traditions of
cultures and religious practices provide the greatest opportunity in the
world to apply those values we cherish most. Within our land Australia,
Muslims like the followers of other religions enjoy the choice to practice
In Muslim history, there has never been an
absence of the Niqab. Islam provides the freedom to Muslim woman to choose
to wear the Niqab. Whether she is a mother, daughter, sister, wife or a
member of the workforce, she has the choice. Covering the face is not the
act of servitude.
To put this issue up for debate in multicultural
Australia ignites a dilemma which is unnecessary as it involves one group of
people telling another what to wear. This is not only hurtful and
controlling, it is also denial of basic human rights. Those who engage in
such a discussion must be responsible and accountable for their comments and
the associated vilification, as hysteria mounts when one section of society
is targeted for scrutiny and harassment.
Greater education and awareness is required. A
woman who chooses to wear Niqab and enters a courthouse, airport terminal,
or any official premises for example, should have the right to have an
officer of the same gender perform any necessary security checks upon her.
In a situation where there is no officer of the same gender to perform
security and identification checks then the Shariah (Islamic Law) allows a
Muslim woman to remove her face veil as needed in order to have her identity
verified. For instance, if an officer has to verify the identity of a woman
who wears the Niqab whilst she is travelling in the street and there is no
female officer(s) present then she may remove the face covering for the
purpose and duration of identification. However, fixed points where identity
checks are required, such as airports and so on, there should be female
officers employed to perform the necessary checks.
When it comes to giving evidence in a court
proceeding, a woman may remove her face covering and her face may be
observable by the judge and jury regardless of their gender for the duration
of her evidence in the witness box. When it’s completed she should be
entitled to make the choice to cover her face.
In the eyes of the world Australia is renowned
for its civil liberties, personal freedom and tolerance, the place where
everyone gets a fair go. Let’s keep it that way.
The Newsletter CCN0346 contains lots of interesting
material like the attendance of Brother Hussin Goss
an Muslim Aid's Dinner (I like the title, this made
me smile and very proud of him), Brother Abdallah's
words on Animal Cruelty is not Islam
(Indonesian Abattoir), the issue with the sister in
Burqa having problems with the police. Also the
trailer about the movie.
Well done Brother, its
getting better and better. I will send it straight
away to my 4 mailing lists (Indonesian Community).
Dr Abdalla, I note (in CCN) that you state:
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen,
criticised “the religion that actually inspires the
torture of the cattle” in his recent address to the
parliament. Like those who commit cruelty against
animals in Indonesian abattoirs, Mr. Christensen is
ignorant of Islam's revolutionary teachings about
I respectfully submit that you are ignorant of my
full statement on this matter.
I direct you to my blog where my full comments
(released to the press) appear:
Islamification of Britain: record numbers
embrace Muslim faith
Hana Tajima, 23, fashion designer: "I became
friends with a few Muslims in college, and
was slightly affronted and curious at their
lack of wanting to go out to clubs or
The number of Britons
converting to Islam has doubled in 10 years.
Why? Jerome Taylor and Sarah Morrison
The number of Britons
choosing to become Muslims has nearly
doubled in the past decade, according to one
of the most comprehensive attempts to
estimate how many people have embraced
Following the global spread of violent
Islamism, British Muslims have faced more
scrutiny, criticism and analysis than any
other religious community. Yet, despite the
often negative portrayal of Islam, thousands
of Britons are adopting the religion every
Estimating the number of converts living in
Britain has always been difficult because
census data does not differentiate between
whether a religious person has adopted a new
faith or was born into it. Previous
estimates have placed the number of Muslim
converts in the UK at between 14,000 and
But a new study by the
inter-faith think-tank Faith Matters
suggests the real figure could be as high as
100,000, with as many as 5,000 new
conversions nationwide each year.
Hartmann: The 10 DAY manhunt for a known
terrorist ignored by MSM
Did you hear about the
statewide 10 DAY manhunt in the US for a
known terrorist? The Daily Take tells you
all about it - and the terrorist who's still
on the loose.
team discovers two planets
Qatar-led team of explorers said that it
discovered two planets, but will make the
official announcement in September, a local
According to Khalid Al Subai, the founder of
the Qatar Exoplanet Survey (QES), the
programme that discovered the ‘Qatar 1b'
planet last year, has found two new planets
to be named ‘Qatar 2b' and ‘Qatar 2c.'
this kind of
The programme is an extrasolar planets
searching project that employs the transit
method, with a team made up of experts from
universities, including Harvard, St
Andrew's, Leicester, Keele and other
institutions, Gulf Times reported on
"We already have one discovery which we
announced at the end of 2010," he said. "The
good news is that we will have another one,
which should be announced mid-September."
"If you look
at any astronomy catalogue, many of the
bright star's names are Arabic, but
unfortunately many people do not know it,"
he said. "Now it is our turn to come back
and put Arabic names again in the sky."
However, Al Subai said that not everyone was
"as enthusiastic" about the QES naming
programme. "The team faced opposition before
getting the International Astronomical Union
to approve the ‘Qatar 1b' name."
A bill which
would ban halal and kosher slaughter methods
has passed through the Dutch parliament,
despite opposition from Muslim and Jewish
groups who say a ban would impinge on their
The bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by
parliamentarians on Wednesday, still has to
pass through the Dutch senate, which is
unlikely before the summer recess.
The Dutch cabinet said on Monday that the
law may be unenforceable in its current form
due to the ambiguity of a last-minute
amendment that says religious slaughter
licenses can be granted if they can "prove"
that it does not cause animals more pain
If the Netherlands outlaws procedures that
make meat kosher for Jews or halal for
Muslims, it would be the second country
after New Zealand to do so in recent years.
Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland
also ban religious slaughter.
Henk Blekers, the Dutch deputy secretary of
economic affairs and agriculture, said that
the cabinet would "look at how it fits with
freedom of religion", citing the European
Convention on Human Rights.
Both halal and kosher slaughter rules
prescribe that animals' throats must be cut
swiftly with a razor-sharp knife while they
are still conscious, so that they bleed to
'Animal rights over religious rights'
But the Party for Animals, the main
proponents of the proposed law, argue that
sparing animals needless pain and distress
outweighs religious groups' rights to follow
their respective slaughter practices.
"They (livestock) stay conscious for up to 5
minutes. They lose a lot of blood and they
can choke on their own blood and the cut
should be one time, but research shows that
with kosher slaughter (they are cut) on
average 3.5 times, and with halal 5.5
times," Karen Soeters of the Party for
Animals told Al Jazeera.
But defenders of the practices said that
religious slaughter methods could be humane.
"With halal, the animal can't be stressed.
It can't see other animals being killed,"
Abdulhakim Chouaati of the Dutch Halal Feed
and Food Authority told Al Jazeera.
"It's our religion we're practicing, and
expressing religion in our modern industrial
society is not a thing which is appealing to
the public," Ronnie Eisenmann, a Jewish
community leader in the Netherlands told Al
In an open letter pleading with parliament
not to pass the law, a a committee of rabbis
said the impact on the Jewish community
would be "deep and large".
"Older Jews are frightened and wonder what
the next law will be that limits their
religious life. The youth are openly asking
whether they still have a future that they
can or want to build in the Netherlands,"
the letter continued.
Only Christian political parties opposed the
ban, arguing that it undermined the
country's tradition of religious tolerance.
A solid majority of Dutch voters say they
support the ban, and parliament voted for it
by a margin of 116 for to 30 against.
The support for the ban comes from an odd
pairing of the political left, which sees
religious slaughter as inhumane, and from
the anti-immigration right, which says it is
foreign and barbaric.
KB SAYS: My family and
friends have been making khousay for decades and I have
only just discovered that khousay means spaghetti. It
has its origins in a Burmese noodle dish called Khow
Suey, a one-dish soup meal made of egg noodles and
curried beef or chicken with coconut milk and served
with a variety of contrasting condiments.
This recipe is so much of an
adaptation of the traditional dish that even without the
spaghetti it is absolutely delicious.
2 med size onions
tsp crushed corianda
tsp crushed cummin seeds
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger and garlic paste
2 tab oil/ghee
Sauté onions in ghee till
Add ginger garlic paste
and braise for 1 minute
Add chicken and spices
Cook till chicken is done
Add a cup of water
and allow chicken to simmer
Strain and shred the chicken with your
To the soup add:
1 litre of milk
2 tins coconut milk
To thicken the soup add a
paste made up of 2 tab chana (besan) flour,
cup milk and
Stir well allowing it to simmer.
Finally add 2 Tab desiccated coconut
Fried spring roll
Dhunia (fresh corianda)
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