The Islamic College of Brisbane held another
of its very successful and vibrant Annual Quran Recitation
Competition on the 27th and 28th of March at the school’s
newly inaugurated multi-purpose hall.
From the primary school, the overall winner of the boy’s
category was Jama Ahmed, and the overall winner of
the girl’s category was Safiyya Houdchia.
From the secondary school, the overall winner
of the boy’s category was Naci Erol and the overall
winner of the girl’s category was Maryam Mahmoud.
The winners were presented with trophies and
Over the two days 9 qualified Imams and
Scholars sat on the judging panels.
In addition to the pleasant and beautiful
Quran recitation of the participants, teachers of the school
staged Nasheed choirs and plays.
There was strong competition amongst the
participants and most encouraging to see new names taking
the top prizes.
Over a 100 people who attended the event were
treated to a delicious lunch.
The chairman of ICB, Haji Mohammed Yusuf delivered a vote of
thanks and said that the main focus of the college was to
provide an Islamic upbringing for the children and youth.
The special visiting guest attending the
competition, Sheikh Mohammed Ramzan who plays an active role
in tarbiyah and youth education in the UK, enlightened the
school students, parents and teachers with the etiquettes of
ago, CCN reported that a
daughter had challenged her
mother’s Islamic will in an
objected to receiving half a
share compared to each of
clearly established in court
that the mother was
suffering from dementia at
the time she signed her
presiding the case ruled
that the will was invalid as
the mother was not of not of
sound mind, memory and
understanding as a result of
her dementia. He did not
rule on the Islamic aspects
of the will.
Since this case, a number of
politicians have weighed
into the discussion on the
applicability of Islamic law
of inheritance in Australia.
48th Annual Congress of Muslims Australia (AFIC), the
national umbrella body of the Australian
Muslim community was held in Sydney during the weekend.
Delegates attending from all States of
Australia including Christmas Island, ACT and Northern
Territory met over two days to review AFIC’s activities,
give directives and policies for the future and to elect a
new President and Executive Committee.
As per tradition, a Congress Dinner was held
to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Muslims Australia which
has grown into a large and formidable organization.
The inter-state delegates and Muslim leaders
were joined by many other members of the Muslim community of
Sydney and many friends and colleagues from the
multicultural and religious communities including political
leaders representing the federal, state and local
Mr Hafez Kassem (pictured right) from
Sydney, who was the outgoing Vice President, was elected as
the President of AFIC. Mr Ikebal Patel from Queanbeyan, who
was the outgoing President, was elected Vice President. Dr
Sahabuddin Abdullah from Adelaide was elected as the new
Secretary and Mr Metin Yavuz from Melbourne was elected as
the new Treasurer.
The other members of the Executive include Mr
Ashraf Usman Ali of Sydney as the Assistant Treasurer, Mr
Keysar Trad of Sydney as Assistant Secretary, Miss Rawah El
Samman from Sydney, Mr Harun Abdullah from Hobart and Mr
Abdul Kamreddine of Melbourne as Executive Members. The
Executive Committee and the office-bearers will hold office
for three years.
Mr Kassem, addressing the Congress Dinner
assured the guests that AFIC under his leadership will
continue with the direction that AFIC has taken in the
educational and spiritual development of the Muslim
community in Australia’s multicultural society, including
efforts towards improved and friendly relations with the
multi-cultural and multi-faith communities in Australia with
He said that AFIC will use its resources and
efforts to unite the Muslim communities and to make
Australia a proud country that all Australians call home.
Marist College Emerald visited Kuraby mosque on excursion to
learn more about Islam
Imam Akram addressed them for one hour and thereafter took
Imam told CCN that the students enjoyed their
visit during which many misconceptions where clarified and
they left the Mosque with "a better understanding of Islam
and a smile on there faces."
The Mosque receives on average 30 to 40
school visits regularly each year during which some 100 to
200 students per school attend the Mosque to learn more
about Islam and to build bridges of understanding.
"It is most encouraging to see that these
numbers and the growing interest in Islam is increasing
every year," he told CCN.
Griffith University researchers want to know
how television audiences responded to coverage of the 10th
anniversary of 9/11.
Associate Professor Jacqui Ewart and Dr Halim Rane will ask
Brisbane residents for their opinions and attitudes towards
Australian television news coverage of the commemoration of
the 10th anniversary.
The project builds on previous work the researchers have
undertaken into media coverage of the 10th anniversary of
Associate Professor Ewart said they had identified that
Australian television’s coverage of the events of 9/11 had
changed significantly over the past decade.
“We found that television news programs in Australia have
moved away from the conflation of terrorism with Muslims and
Islam and instead, explore themes of human resilience and
“We now want to know how television audiences perceived the
coverage of the 10th anniversary and how they responded to
it,” she said.
The researchers will hold focus groups in Brisbane with
television audiences in mid-April.
Participants will be provided with a $20 gift voucher for
government has called for
input from community groups
on new ways to tackle
racism, as indigenous and
non-Anglo Australians say it
is still rife.
Human Rights Commission
hopes that a series of
public consultations will
help it to evaluate where
and how racism is being
expressed across the nation.
A discussion paper released
today outlines possible
responses to a 2011 report
that showed growing numbers
of Australians who said they
discrimination based on
their ethnic background or
The report showed 9 per cent
felt that way in 2007, 10
per cent in 2009 and 14 per
cent in both 2010 and 2011.
"A zero tolerance approach
to racism goes hand in hand
with the broad acceptance of
Australia. It is integral to
achieving a fair go for
all," Human Rights
Commissioner Helen Szoke
said in a statement on the
says he came to Australia on
a skilled migration visa,
having worked for a
pharmaceutical company with
a presence in 22 countries.
However, Dr Hassan said he
ended up driving a taxi
after several recruitment
agencies refused to
represent him because he had
no Australian experience.
Further to that, Dr Hassan
said that as a new arrival
in the country, he attended
a seminar organised by the
The attendees - all recent
immigrants - were told that
Internet job sites only
advertised 20 per cent of
the positions available, and
the rest could be found only
"How can people who have
just landed in this country
network?" asks Dr Hassan.
"Is it non-mandatory to
"Where should I sit, in the
bar and start drinking? I
know it doesn't happen this
way. Noone is going to come
over to you and say 'It's
your lucky day, I'll give
you a job," he says.
'PUT YOUR SCARF BACK ON'
Perth resident Sara A - who
asked that her surname not
be published - told SBS that
she was ordered to put her
headscarf back on or she
wouldn't be allowed to leave
Ms A says she her passport
photograph - taken in her
country of origin - showed
her wearing the scarf
because that was the law
However, since becoming a
permanent resident of
Australia she no longer wore
it very often.
"Why do I have to wear
Islamic attire at the
airport in Australia to be
able to travel?" she asked.
"(The border guard) just
wanted to insult me for
sure. If a man wore a tie in
his passport photo does
(not) necessarily means he
must wear tie again," Ms A
"I was truly hurt by her
behavior. this happen to me
just once but if I was a
true Muslim and always wear
scarf this things might
happen more often," Ms A
as a way to reconnect with
their roots, the number of
Aboriginal Australian Muslim
converts is increasingly
growing, perceiving a
cultural fit between their
beliefs and the teachings of
The Conversation website
For Alinta, an Aboriginal
Australian Muslim, “Islam
connects with [her]
Aboriginality” because of a
shared emphasis on gendered
roles and spheres of
“In Islam, men have a clear
role and women have a clear
role, and with Aboriginal
people, that’s how it was
too,” she added.
Australian, Nazra, said that
she found a shared concern
between Muslims and
indigenous Aussies towards
“In the Qur'an it tells you
very clearly don’t waste
what is not needed … and the
Aboriginal community is the
same,” Nazra said.
“Water and food are so
precious you only take what
Muslims, who have been in
Australia for more than 200
years, make up 1.7 percent
of its 20-million
Coming to Australia from
early 1700s, Muslim
fishermen from Indonesia
made annual voyages to the
north and northwestern
Australian coast where they
developed a trade with
The first Muslims to settle
permanently in Australia
were the cameleers, mainly
Nearly three thousand
cameleers came to Australia
between 1860 and 1930.
Nineteen of every 20 were
Muslims who had a profound
effect on inland Australia.
From the mid-1880s, Muslim
Malays came to north
Australia as indentured
laborers in the
Islam is the country's
second largest religion
Rejecting the idea of mono-culturalism,
Aboriginals found themselves
more attracted to the
teachings of Islam, which
made human beings into
different nations and tribes
who should interact to know
Islam doesn’t just say
“you’re Muslim, that’s it,”
Shahzad, another aboriginal,
recognizes we belong to
different tribes and
nations. So it doesn’t do
what Christianity did to a
lot of Aboriginal people,
[which] was try and make
them like white people.”
I could very
into my life
equality between all people,
regardless of skin colour,
Islam found a great support
among aboriginal Muslims who
suffered from years of
According to Justin, one of
Aussie aboriginals, said
“before I was the typical
Black angry man. I was just
consumed by anger”.
For them, Islam offered an
alternative system to the
hurt of colonization that
includes a strict code of
conduct and a moral and
The adoption of a faith that
demands the avoidance of
alcohol, drugs and gambling
has also played a positive
role in their lives.
That framework connected
them to their traditional
Sulaiman stressed that he
considered terrorism before
becoming a Muslims.
“I could very well have
become a terrorist, without
Islam, through the way I’ve
been treated,” he said.
“Islam came into my life and
actually said hey, cool
down, it’s alright, justice
will be served eventually.”
Lautoka and Sigatoka have
been flooded again this
week. People are still being
rescued from their roofs
when boats are available.
Many elderly people and
children are suffering from
cold from being wet. Dengue
fever is the biggest fear.
The supermarkets have empty
shelves. The remainder of
stock from the welfare shop
will be sent to Fiji as soon
as we can fill a container.
We are short of food to send
in the container. Tinned
goods, rice, flour, dahl,
and whatever people can
donate will be greatly
As we all know Fiji is made
up of islands and it is
expensive to import goods.
The income of the people is
very low and goods are
expensive. Clean linen will
be useful as well as
kitchenware. There are many
Muslim families in Fiji that
have been impacted by the
floods as well as other
groups. We need to help
everyone in dire straits.
The people of Fiji, one of
our nearest neighbours, need
our help. Please help Janeth
Deen fill the container and
if anyone can offer a few
dollars to help pay for the
container, it will be
helpful as well.
Contact Janeth Deen on 0435
086 796 if you are able to
Over the next
few weeks, CCN will post
images from a new exhibition
at the British Museum in
London that traces the
history of the Hajj:
sundial and Qibla pointer, to indicate the
direction of Mecca.
The Church of England newspaper last week featured a review of the British Museum’s exhibition on ‘Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam’.
Reviewer Brian Cooper wrote:
“Latest of its major exhibitions on spiritual themes, it showcases pilgrimage artefacts, records and souvenirs down the centuries; pilgrim routes across three continents converging on the Holy Sanctuary; atmospheric photos of camel caravans taking pilgrims across hostile deserts; historic newsreels of Ottoman Empire pilgrimage steamers on the Red Sea, and a superb contemporary film of the Mecca rituals (which Muslims believe originated in Abrahamic times).
“Since non-Muslims are forbidden entry to the Holy Sanctuary of Mecca, this exhibition offers unique insight into its otherwise closed world, every year the focus of three million pilgrims’ personal journeys and their often life-changing collective experience of Islam.
“Amid such panoply and adventure, the fundamental purpose of Hajj — sustained prayer and spiritual discipline — is constantly evoked. The miniature prayer book of a Sumatran imam (1614) is typical of devotional works; 18th-century Indian watercolours depict correct prayer postures; the ‘Guide to Good Deeds’ prayer book by 15th-century Moroccan Sufi al-Jazuli, popular with Ottoman Turkish pilgrims, is among many rare works lent by the Khalili Trust.
“Spiritual centre of Islam since the 7th century Muhammad era, Mecca today is an ultra-modern skyscraper city, its vast marble multi-hall Sanctuary recently quadrupled in area by the Saudi monarchy. Ancient manuscripts, map-like pictures on glazed tiles, jerky early newsreels of pilgrims at prayer, sweeping vistas of huge worshipping crowds today — all declare Hajj to Mecca, attended now by many UK Muslims, is a very remarkable religious phenomenon, without parallel in the Christian world.
“Implicitly challenging us to examine our own faith, this exhibition is a must for Christians wanting to learn about Islam, whether or not already involved in inter-faith contacts.”
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George Galloway, the leading figure in Respect, has grabbed
a remarkable victory in the Bradford West byelection,
claiming that “By the grace of God, we have won the most
sensational victory in British political history”.
It appeared that the seat’s Muslim community had decamped
from Labour en masse to Galloway’s call for an immediate
British troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and a fightback
against the job crisis.
On a turnout of 50.78%, Labour’s shellshocked candidate
Imran Hussein was crushed by a 36.59% swing from Labour to
Respect that saw Galloway take the seat with a majority of
Labour had held the seat in 2010 with a majority of 5,763.
It marks an extraordinary personal and political comeback
for the controversial politician who lost in the UK general
election in 2010, and in the Scottish parliament in 2011,
appearing to confirm that the remainder of his career would
lie in broadcasting and celebrity programmes.
urged to use London Olympics to end Saudi prejudice against
IOC praised the Saudis for allowing Dalma Malas to take part
in the youth games omitting the fact that she was a
self-financed unofficial team member.
A leading human rights organisation has urged the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pressure Saudi
Arabia to end its discrimination against women in sports as
a prerequisite for allowing the Kingdom to participate in
this summer’s London Games.
In its report Steps of the
Devil: Denial of Women and Girls’ Right to Sport in Saudi
Arabia released Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised the IOC
for failing to penalise National Olympic Committee (NOC) of
Saudi Arabia for not fielding a single female athlete to any
of the past Olympics (along with Brunei and Qatar) nor
having any sport program for women.
The IOC reserves a limited number of places for male and
female athletes who are not required to meet the qualifying
standards in swimming and athletics events. But despite this
concession, Saudi Arabia has never sponsored a female team
and its NOC does not have a women’s section.
HRW Senior Middle East Researcher, Christoph Wilcke, said
the ban “clearly violates the Olympic Charter’s pledge to
equality and gives the Olympic movement itself a black eye.”
HRW also documented discrimination by the Gulf state’s
Ministry of Education in denying girls PE in state schools,
as well as prejudiced practices by the sports ministry’s
licensing women’s gyms and supporting only all-male sports
Of 153 youth ministry-supported sports clubs in the country,
none have a women’s team.
In its interviews with Saudi women, HRW said it found no
government sports infrastructure for women, with all
designated facilities and officials limited exclusively to
“While the IOC has criticised Saudi Arabia for failing to
send women athletes to the Olympics, it has not conditioned
the Kingdom’s participation on ending discrimination against
women in sports,” said HRW in its report.
A spokesman for the IOC told The Muslim News the Committee
“encourages” NOCs to uphold the non-discriminatory spirit of
the Olympic charter but “does not give ultimatums nor
deadlines but rather believes that a lot can be achieved
The IOC also insisted they are “in regular contact with the
three NOCs which have yet to send women to the Olympic
Games, ie, Qatar, Brunei and Saudi Arabia. As a result of
fruitful discussions, the three NOCs included women in their
delegations competing at the Youth Olympic Games in
Singapore last summer.
Dalma Rushdi Malhas [the equestrian] was one of them. She
was the first female Saudi athlete to compete in an Olympic
competition and claimed a bronze medal in the Equestrian
“We are very pleased with this evolution, which can only
been seen as a promising development leading towards London
However there are precedents of the IOC of giving ultimatums
for dealing with member states who violate its Charter.
In 1964 the IOC barred South Africa from taking part in the
18th Olympic Games in Tokyo over its refusal to condemn
IOC announced the decision after South Africa failed to meet
an ultimatum to comply with its demands that the South
African Government renounced racial discrimination in sport
and opposed the ban in its own country on competition
between white and black athletes.
And in 1999, says HRW, the IOC banned Afghanistan NOC under
the Taliban from participating in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
due, in part, to the Taliban’s discrimination against women
However, the IOC failed to confirm if Saudi NOC will send a
female athlete to the London Games. The IOC also failed to
mention that Malhas, whose participation in the London games
remains a doubt, has trained in exclusively private
facilities, has self-financed her trip to international
competitions and was not officially delegated to represent
the Kingdom in the Singapore Youth Olympics.
KB says: This simply
delicious roulade recipe is kindly being shared by Ms Hamida
Dada our guest chef of the week.
¾ cup castor sugar
¾ cup flour
2 Tbls Cocoa
1 Tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of salt
1. Beat egg whites and pinch of salt till stiff,
adding sugar a little at a time until well
2. Then add in egg yolks, beat well. Fold in dry
3. Pour mixture into a well greased swiss roll
4. Bake at 180 degrees until light brown.
5. Turn out and roll while still hot and when
cool cut roll into four.
6. Put fresh cream on all the strips.
7. Roll one and stand on plate, go round the
first roll with the second roll, continue with
the other two and when you finish it will be the
size of a cake.
8. Pour over a cooled ganache (see below) and
Ganache is a French term referring to a smooth
and velvety mixture of chocolate and cream
500g milk, white, or dark chocolate (depending
on which you prefer)
Place finely chopped chocolate in a bowl.
Bring cream to boil and pour over the chopped
Whisk mixture until smooth.
Allow mixture to cool to a consistency which can
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