Eid and the end of the
fasting period of Ramadan were
celebrated all over the state during the
week with prayers and feasts, some on
Tuesday and others on Wednesday.
Pre-empting rainfalls and
damp conditions on Wednesday morning,
organizers of the Islamic Council of
Queensland open air prayers at the
Islamic College of Brisbane were forced
to abandon their plans and resort to
individual Mosques running their own
programmes for their respective
constituents. The Kuraby Mosque held two
separate sessions on the Wednesday
morning to cope with the expected
Eid-ul-Fitr prayers were held
at the Algester Mosque on Wednesday. The Takbir
was followed by a short lecture by Maulana
Nawaaz Ashrafi. Salaah commenced at 7:30am, led
by Maulana Noor-ul-Hasan of The Al-Mustapha
Institute, followed by the Arabic Khutbah which
was delivered by Maulana Aslam Al-Qaderi.
A record number of over 500 people gathered to
celebrate this auspicious event.
The Eid proceedings ended by 8:00
am with Salawaat and dua by Shaikh Abdul Qadir
celebrations organized by the United
Muslims of Brisbane (UMB) at the Svoboda
Park in Kuraby took on a carnival
atmosphere on Tuesday.
The annual "celebrations of
Muslim cultures and the end of the Ramadan"
in the shape of Eidfest was held in glorious
Brisbane weather yesterday (Saturday) at the Mt
A record number of some 70 stalls
served up a range of foods, fashions,
information and services.
Boxer Anthony Mundine was the
celebrity guest and there were speeches by the
Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk,
Nigel Brennan, and other speakers.
An asylum seeker and refugee
debate was also held on the stage followed by
musical and dance performances, poetry readings
and a pizza eating competition.
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the Voters Challenge iPad
Ms Nora Amath of AMARAH holds the coveted
iPad2 as Mr Farouk Adam draws the luck
winner from a ballot box held by Dr Mustafa
Ally of Crescents of Brisbane
The winner of the iPad from the
highly successful, informative and entertaining
democracy workshops and Voters Challenge
roadshows conducted by Crescents of Brisbane,
ICQ and AMARAH was announced at Eidfest last
The name of Mr Zaheer Deen
of Oxley was drawn by Mr Farouk Adam, president
of the Muslim Business Network, from hundreds of
entries from participants of the challenge
conducted over a number of towns and venues in
the State over the past few months.
The Voters Challenge stall at
Eidfest was abuzz with activity throughout the
day as visitors to the festival took on the
challenge to test their knowledge of Australian
electoral and parliamentary processes.
The challenges were ably
administered by Ms Fathima Adat, Ms
Naadi Omarjee, Ms Mariam Essof and
young Zahira Casoojee along with AEC
representatives Sandie and Jodie.
Dr Mustafa Ally has been
invited to the annual congress of the Australian
Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) in October
in Sydney to present a paper on the democracy
The Queensland Servant Leadership
Forum (QSLF) took place from in May this year.
The idea of “servant leadership”
involves having a desire to serve others first,
subsequently leading to an aspiration for
The Federation of Australian
Muslim Students and Youths (FAMSY), with
assistance from a local community member,
sponsored three delegates to take part in QSLF
2011 – Maryam Issadeen, Umit Cakar
and Hakim Najib.
The intense 4-day workshop took
place between The Marque hotel (George Street)
and Parliament House.
Participants received invaluable
lectures and group workshops with politicians,
community leaders, CEOs and religious
representatives, all revolving around the
concept of leadership.
To help put into practice the
values of servant leadership, one afternoon was
spent at Narbethong State Special School (for
the vision impaired and deaf) helping with
gardening and basic renovations.
Two weeks after the forum, a follow-up event
took place – “The Amazing Race” with a QSLF
twist. Participants raced around the city
performing tasks such as helping people with
groceries and buying meals for the needy, a
reminder of the little tasks one can do to
improve the lives of others.
"The forum provided valuable tips
towards helping delegates become the leaders of
tomorrow and as a participant, I look forward to
being able to put into practice what I have
learnt, Maryam Issadeen told CCN.
Hakim Najib had this to say:
QSLF was an
experience which was inspiring,
motivating, fun and productive. It
challenged my values, attitude and
beliefs on a range of issues that
deal with my surrounding and
communities. It encouraged me to
place myself as a servant to others,
to understand what leadership is and
what it takes to become a good
The guest speakers
from a range of religious and
professional background shared their
experiences of success and failure
as servant leaders to their
communities and what knowledge they
have gained from it.
The bond and
friendship that was developed in the
group from sharing with each other
is a strong one which still
continues. I have found QSLF to be
very beneficial for my
self-development and has given me
motivation and confidence to be an
active and beneficial community
Freemasons and a Muslim connection
The ABC's Compass programme
"delved behind the aprons and funny handshakes
to find out how Australian Freemasons are
reinventing themselves to survive in the 21st
"Freemasons arrived in Australia with the First
Fleet and up until quite recently were shrouded
in secrecy and strictly maintained traditions.
Freemasonry is not a religion, although in its
heyday most Freemasons were either Protestants
or Jews. Catholics were forbidden by their
church from joining. Now, faced with declining
membership the Masons have had to relax some of
their rules and reinvent themselves. So, what
does this silent band of brothers actually do?
Are they even viable anymore? If so, who belongs
"Garry Sayed represents the new
face of Freemasonry. He's Muslim, from a
Lebanese background, and he joined when he was
Fear Inc.? The groups behind Islamophobia
A very informative report that
investigated the clandestine promotion of
Islamophobia in USA directly and which obviously
has had tremendous impact around the world.
The report profiles the small
number of funders, organizations, and
individuals who have contributed to the
discourse on Islamophobia in the US.
It begins with the money trail in
Chapter 1—an analysis of the funding streams
that support anti-Muslim activities. Chapter 2
identifies the intellectual nexus of the
Islamophobia network. Chapter 3 highlights the
key grassroots players and organizations that
help spread the messages of hate. Chapter 4
aggregates the key media amplifiers of
Islamophobia. And Chapter 5 brings attention to
the elected officials who frequently support the
causes of anti- Muslim organizing.
The term “Islamophobia” is
defined as exaggerated fear, hatred, and
hostility toward Islam and Muslims that is
perpetuated by negative stereotypes resulting in
bias, discrimination, and the marginalization
and exclusion of Muslims from America’s social,
political, and civic life.
What is the Islamophobia network?
How has the network shaped the narrative about
Muslims in America? How should Americans fight
back against the network’s propaganda?
community celebrates Ramadhan
Queensland University of
Technology (QUT), Government representatives and
the Brisbane Muslim community came together to
celebrate the Islamic month of Ramadhan by
hosting a community dinner last Thursday, 25
Honoured guests Ayub Othman and
Rozman Rahim from the Education Attaché unit of
the Brunei High Commission, and Dr Jumiati
Ismail from Education Malaysia Australia (EMA)
joined 400 students, staff and friends to
celebrate one of the most important events of
the Islamic calendar.
"QUT and the Student Support
Services team have taken great effort in
organising Iftar as an annual event on campus,”
said Dr Jumiati
"Speaking for the Education
Malaysia Australia, we are very grateful that
our presence is welcomed and appreciated."
QUT Registrar Professor Carol
Dickenson and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(International and Development), Mr Scott
Sheppard also attended the dinner, which was
sponsored by QUT as part of the East West
Scott Sheppard said the event was
a great opportunity for interaction between
international and local students and staff,
while allowing the Muslim Students Association
to educate others about the Islamic faith.
“QUT staff and students are
committed to ensuring we all benefit from our
culturally diverse community at QUT and this
event is a great example of intercultural
understanding and friendship," he said.
Iftar was held at magrib time in
the QUT Kelvin Grove refectory to mark the end
of the day of fasting in the month of Ramadhan
and to learn about the Islamic faith.
During the event, Sheikh Aslam
Hussain, a respected member of the Brisbane
Muslim community, spoke to attendees about
Ramadhan's significance and explained the
purpose of fasting to develop self-control from
temptations out of a sense of duty to God.
“We hope that the piety we learn
during Ramadhan will help us give back to QUT
and the Brisbane community,” he said
“QUT plays an important role in
helping us pursue our quest for knowledge and
the welcome that the University gives to not
only its Muslim students, but those from all
cultures, is something to take great pride in.”
and the QECF
Yasar Savran (pictured left) of the
Queensland Education and Cultural Foundation (QECF)
met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a
public forum at the community cabinet meeting at
Yeronga State High School on Thursday where he
took the opportunity to explain the part that
QECF was playing in the local Muslim community.
Ms Gillard was in the Moreton
electorate to chair the community cabinet and
respond to a range of community issues.
"She listened with keenness and
thanked our community and all those that
supported education initiatives," Mr Savran told
"As a former Education Minister
she was particularly keen on the Foundation's
educational activities and wished the new
Algester Resha College project in Algester Road
and the inter-faith dialogue and cultural
activities every success."
the Muslim World with CCN
takes root in land of mini-bikinis and
RIO DE JANEIRO — "As-salam
aleikum!" Omar greeted worshippers as he
entered Mesquita da Luz, Rio's first mosque
where he had just broken his Ramadan fast at
Those are some of the only words Omar knows
in Arabic, and he quickly continued his
conversation in Portuguese with fellow
Muslims who mostly, like him, converted
recently to Islam in the world's biggest
In a land known more for its mini-bikinis
and extravagant Carnival featuring scantily
clad women, a small but growing number of
Brazilians of various backgrounds call
For decades, it was primarily families of
Libyan, Palestinian and Syrian descent who
practiced Islam in Brazil.
Omar, who until just four years ago
officiated as Catholic priest at a local
church, explained why he embraced Islam.
"I found in Islam everything I had always
looked for. I met God as he is, with no
adaptation," the 34-year-old graphic
designer told AFP.
Wearing a traditional long djellaba robe, he
refused to give his official name, instead
only revealing his Muslim one: Omar Israfil
Dawud bin Ibrahim.
"At the seminary, you learn that Islam is
one of the monotheistic religions. There is
no prejudice against this religion," said
Omar as he stood by his wife Alessandra
Faria, who goes by the name "Fatima" after
converting and deciding to wear the veil.
"In the beginning, my mother was mortified
at the thought of going outside with me. I
wear the veil to show I am Muslim and aware
that I am part of a minority," she said.
Fatima's hijab may raise eyebrows in Rio,
where it is more common to see women walking
the streets in bikinis in seaside
neighborhoods, but she says her beliefs can
find a place here.
"Brazil is a mix, made up of several
different cultures. This mix makes
Brazilians very adaptable and tolerant."
Like most practicing Muslims here, Omar and
Fatima are only recent converts to Islam.
They plan to travel to Saudi Arabia next
year on a Saudi government grant to learn
Renovations on the mosque they attend in the
suburb of Tijuca north of Rio got under way
four years ago with donations from
worshippers. It will soon hold up to 400
people during prayers, a major upgrade.
number of Muslims continues to grow, and
most are Brazilians who are converting. We
recruit members mostly online," said Sami
Isbelle, a spokesman for the Beneficent
Muslim Society (SBMRJ).
"In Rio, there are about 500 Muslim
families, 85 percent of them Brazilian
converts who have no Arab links," Isbelle
Things are different in Sao Paulo state and
southern regions of Brazil, where most
Muslims were born as such and are often of
Brazil's census does not count the number of
Muslims, and only provides data on
Catholics, evangelicals, Jews, spiritualists
and followers of Afro-Brazilian religions.
"Muslims are listed in the 'other' category,
along with Buddhists, for example, said
Islam expert Paulo Pinto of Fuminense
Federal University, who estimated Brazil is
home to about a million Muslims.
The best indicator of the growth of Islam in
the country is the rapid increase in the
number of places of worship, according to
Pinto. There are now 127 mosques, four times
as many as there were back in 2000.
After the September 11 attacks in the United
States, "there was a growth of interest in
Islam, and many people decided to convert,"
Pinto added. "Islam was seen as a new form
But it was a "telenovela" or soap opera
launched just three weeks after the 2001
attacks, "The Clone," that sparked some
Brazilians' infatuation with Islam.
Set in Morocco, the popular show showed a
"positive imagine of that part of the world,
with a benevolent Muslim hero," said Pinto.
"There is a tendency to think that Brazilian
culture, as liberal and sensual as it is, is
against the rules of Islam. But in fact,
there are many conservative rules that are
part of moral and sexual control. Look at
how many evangelicals are successful in
Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids' Book of
Freedom" depicts scenes from 9/11 and the
killing of the attacks' mastermind, Osama
bin Laden. Its publisher has given it a PG
rating, saying children 10 and younger
probably should use it with a parent or
teacher at their side.
But some Muslims believe the book is
inappropriate for any child, insisting that
it reinforces anti-Muslim stereotypes.
Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring
Books Inc. in St. Louis, said the 36-page
"graphic novel" is intended to meet a demand
by parents and teachers to explain the
attacks and their aftermath as the 10th
anniversary of 9/11 approaches.
The book begins with bin Laden plotting the
attacks and ends with a Navy SEAL shooting
bin Laden as he hides behind what appears to
be Muslim woman.
Bell said the book is mild compared with the
graphic video games children play or even
footage of the attacks that shows people
plunging from the World Trade Center towers.
"It's a generic black-and-white coloring
book with tender language for the children
and their parents," Bell said. "It's
designed as a teaching and learning tool,
and it's a memorial tribute to the families
But Amina Sharif, communications director
for the Chicago chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, said the book
depicts the events of 9/11 and the aftermath
in a "slanted" manner, painting Muslims in
broad strokes and failing to distinguish
extremist radicals from the majority of
"It's hateful, inflammatory and completely
inappropriate for children or anyone for
that matter," Sharif said.
Bell said the book simply depicts the truth:
Muslim extremists were responsible for the
"The book itself has nothing to do with the
Muslim faith," Bell said. "It talks about
the radical Islamist jihadist Osama bin
Laden and his 19 terrorists and what they do
colouring book aimed at teaching children about the
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has generated
controversy for its depiction of Muslims and
interpretation of the events.
"It's disgusting," said Dawud Walid, director of the
Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, who has lead the charge against what he sees
as an irresponsible and dangerous book.
Every mention or depiction of Muslims or Islam is
accompanied by the word "terrorist" or "extremist" and
there are no counterbalancing images or references to
the Muslims who were killed in the attacks or were among
the first responders searching for survivors, Walid said
Nor does the book mention that the vast majority of
Muslims in the United States and around the world
condemn terrorism, he added.
"It's silly to think that a young person who colours
that book who has no contact with Muslims would come
away with anything but fear of Muslims and thinking that
Muslims are bad people," Walid told AFP.
Really Big Colouring Books publisher Wayne Bell insists
that the book is an honest portrayal of events.
"We tell this truth and tell it in black in white," Bell
said in a telephone interview from his St. Louis,
"This book is about 19 evil terrorists who murdered
3,000 people," he said. "It just so happens that the
people who flew those planes into the buildings were
radical Muslim jihadists."
The book was released earlier this month ahead of the
10th anniversary of the attacks and comes after the
specialised publishing house had seen customers search
repeatedly on its websites for colouring books about the
"We did a lot of research, talked to a lot of parents
and the recurring theme we heard was do not make a book
that's politically correct and is going to whitewash
this event," Bell said.
People also wanted a book that would be patriot and
focused on a theme that became the book's title: "We
shall never forget 9/11."
Subtitled "The Kids' Book of Freedom," the book teaches
children that "freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim
Extremists" attacked America because they "hate the
American way of life because we are FREE."
Walid said this overly simplistic and populist
interpretation of events is simply not true.
He pointed to statements made by Osama bin Laden and the
conclusions of the US congressional 9/11 commission
which found the attacks were rooted in a belief that
American foreign policy and its 'immoral' culture are at
war with Islam and Muslim countries.
The cartoon of bin Laden hiding behind his wife as he is
shot by a Navy SEAL is also not a true depiction of
events, Walid noted.
Bell dismissed the criticism as an attempt to exploit an
"innocent book" to promote a political agenda.
The controversy has had a positive impact: all the
headlines have spurred sales.
Cork County councillor responds to banning
the burqa motion
but as I
The Brisbane Somali Community, through our community
Organisation - Somali Australian Development
organisation (S.A.D.O ) has been overwhelmed by the
support and concern that many Australians feel
towards the desperate famine disaster that is
unfolding in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.
There is an awareness that the famine
is killing children and women disproportionately.
Complete strangers have expressed urgent concern
about unfolding famine disaster and asked what they
can do to assist.
It is this feeling of bringing the Brisbane
community together that has prompted my organisation
to host an all-faith event to pray for all famine
victims. Those who have died and those who are
dying. It is our aim to be proactive and to raise
funds to alleviate some of the suffering.
Any assistance that you and your readers can give by
promoting this event and participating in it will be
KB says: I enjoyed some
wonderfully authentic satay dishes at Eidfest yesterday,
and so for those who were not so fortunate to savour
them, today's recipe will give you a taste of what you
missed out on.
Chicken Satay Sticks
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chillies
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse black pepper
1 Tbsp soy sauce
4 Tab lemon juice
4 Tab tamarind juice
1½ tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander
1. Cut chicken
into 6cm x11cm strips
2. Process coriander leaves, spices, sauces,
lemon juice and tamarind juice
3. Pour into bowl and add coriander and
4. Mix well and add chicken strips and
marinate for 2-3 hours
5. Skewer chicken, concertina style and
grill for 5 minutes on the either side
6. Serve with Satay Sauce
½ x100g bottle of Peanut butter
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
½ cup lemon juice
2 tsp ground green chillies
Mix the above ingredients and cook the
mixture for 2 to 3 minutes adding salt to
taste, cool and serve.
Please note that the following program is suitable for
beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete,
intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to
REMEMBER: NUTRITION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR
TRAINING REGIME. SO START EATING HEALTHIER TODAY AND
DON'T FORGET TO DRINK YOUR WATER!
Walk for a minimum of 30 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate
pace, 15 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool
down / slow pace).
PLEASE REMEMBER TO STRETCH AFTER EVERY WORKOUT!
Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a
bottle of water with you daily!
Similar to day 1. Increase your walking time by 5 mins.
or more if you feel comfortable and include some hills
as part of your course.
Opt for some strength and resistance training (try a
pump class if possible, otherwise wear some ankle
weights). Ensure good posture and technique.
Get walking...the aim is to increase your time and
Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low
impact). Include your stretching routine.
Take on a more challenging walking course (steeper
hills, etc.). Always challenge yourself, but do not
overdo it. Listen to your body - QUALITY rather than
Have a rest, take the kids to the park and play some
games…recover and get ready for week 2!
PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a
healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or
who are not already physically active, need to seek
clearance from their GP before starting any form of
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