Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr visited the Kuraby Mosque with Mr Graham Perrett, Federal Member for Moreton, on Tuesday during which he spoke of Australia's policy positions on Palestine, Syria and the Rohingyas of Burma to community leaders and representatives of local organizations.
On the question of the Australian abstention during the UN vote for granting Palestine 'non-member' status in the General Assembly Minister Carr said:
Graham (Perrett) and I told our colleagues that you must give encouragement to people who have been dispossessed. We were determined to give some hope to the Palestinians and as a result of that Australia was with the Europeans, the bulk of Europeans in that column. We were not over there with seven or eight nations that voted No. We would have been had it not been for your influence, you signing the petition, Graham responding to that and for my account, once I heard that I could not vote against the Palestinians. Simple as that, I cannot vote against the Palestinians.
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You may recall that I got in touch with you some
months ago regarding our family's migration from
London to Brisbane and our planned initial visit in
April. You kindly put us in touch with some
families. We visited Brisbane in April and met up
with some of the families who had helped us over the
We (our family) are most grateful for your help in
putting us in touch with these families. When we
landed in Brisbane, we did not know a single soul in
Australia. Now we know a few Muslim families.
King opens in South Africa, halaal decision
CAPE TOWN: The
rumours had been flying around for months
but now it’s official: Burger King has
arrived… only in Cape Town for now, but
have been split on this new arrival to our
shores, with people taking to social
networks to express their delight or
disappointment, with a lot of patrons saying
things like “Can't wait to get my first
Whopper!! Mmmmmm”, and congratulations on
opening South Africa’s first store.
There have been complaints about the store
not having its full menu available yet and
most of the disappointment, however, seems
to be that the store is halaal and thus does
not serve bacon.
Elizca Stemmet-Rademeyer said on the store’s
Facebook page: “Utterly dissapointed in
Burger King..why no bacon? Some of you r
best meals have bacon on them and now we are
not allowed to eat it in SA!”
Francois Jooste said: Burger King, I don't
understand why all 100% of your stores will
be halaal... Steers, Wimpy, Debonairs,
Scooters, etc have both halaal and NON-halaal
to cater for EVERYONE… The rest of South
Africa isn't as halaal as Cape Town”.
Burger King has defended the decision,
saying it is based on the fact that they do
not want to exclude any South African from
having the chance to experience a Burger
King product in any of their stores.
“As such we have decided not to serve bacon.
We stand by our decision.”
McDonald's South Africa told Times LIVE that
all their stores are 100% halaal and not a
single store serves bacon in any of their
A large group
of settlers protected by Israeli forces
entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound in
Jerusalem Al Quds, and prevented Muslim
worshippers from entering the mosque.
For two consecutive days, Israeli police
have prevented Muslims, men and women under
the age of 50, from entering one of the
holiest Islamic sites, by erecting flying
checkpoints around the compound. All elderly
people had to show their ID’s to Israeli
police before entering the compound.
The Minister of Jerusalem Affairs stated
that Muslims now need to unify in order to
protect al-Aqsa mosque.
The police evacuated all young Muslim
worshippers in order to allow a group of 40
Israeli settles to tour the compound. The
next day, over 100 settlers gained access to
the mosque, accompanied by Israeli forces.
The Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock,
is the third holiest site in Islam. However,
it is also a site where Jewish Israeli’s
believe as the Second Temple, a holy site
for Jewish, stood before al Aqsa. But,
despite rigorous archeological excavations
by the Israeli’s, they have found no proof
of the existence of this site.
“Following two days of ban on Muslim
worshippers from entering the al-Aqsa
compound, senior Palestinian politicians
have called upon all Muslims in Jerusalem al
Quds to remain in the mosque in order to
protect it from Israeli settlers and
soldiers. They further stated that the
Israeli settlers and soldiers are trying to
change the status quo by claiming it as a
Jewish place of worship. Nel Burden, Press
TV, Occupied Jerusalem al Quds.”
Five reasons why Hawking is right to
Stephen Hawking should be commended for
pulling out of an Israeli conference as a protest at
Israel's treatment of Palestinians, writes Ben White for
As announced by the British Committee for
the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and subsequently
covered by The Guardian, Reuters and others,
world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist
Professor Stephen Hawking has decided to heed the
Palestinian call for boycott, and pull out of an Israeli
conference hosted by President Shimon Peres in June.
After initial confusion, this was confirmed - Hawking is
staying away on political grounds.
Here are five reasons why Professor Hawking is right to
Airlines backs down on red lipstick, nail
After outcry from secular
Turks, Turkey's largest carrier reversed its
decision to ban flight attendants from
wearing red or dark pink lipstick and nail
Airlines is quashing a ban on female flight
attendants wearing red lipstick and nail
polish, its chief executive said on
Thursday, after an outcry by secular Turks
worried the country is becoming too Islamic.
The national carrier had said in a statement
this month the use of red and dark pink
lipstick and nail polish would impair the
"visual integrity" of its staff.
Executive Temel Kotil said the order was
made by over-zealous junior managers who did
not consult senior bosses about the
"As to the
lipstick, we had no problems but somehow
low-level managers put together a paper
without asking us and that paper leaked to
the media and became a big issue," Kotil
told reporters in London.
there was a ban, he said "no", and confirmed
female staff could wear lipstick and nail
polish of any colour.
"As you know,
some in Turkey are a little bit keen about
these issues," said the fast-talking, U.S.-
educated Kotil, who has served as chief
executive since 2005. "We are a great global
carrier and we know what we are doing."
Many Turks took to Twitter to complain about
the ban and the president of the airline's
Hava-Is union, Atilay Aycin, called it a bid
by the management "to shape the company to
fit its own political and ideological
JEDDAH: You have most
probably heard by now that three
Emirati men were allegedly thrown
out of a cultural Janadriyah
Festival by the Saudi religious
police (pl. mutawaeen) for “being
however, have claimed the three men
were actually deported from the
Kingdom, itself, for their
‘seductive' lure that was apparently
going to send the attending women
into an incontrollable hormonal
Jezebel, was amongst the first to
reveal the identity of one of the
alleged Emirati men, Omar Borkan Al
Gala – a photographer, model, actor
The Internet went
into self-fanning mode as several
images of the young man went viral
and thousands clamoured to follow
him on social media websites.
Unfortunately, no one in the English
press bothered to actually fact
check the story.
As it turns out, three men were not,
in fact, deported from Saudi Arabia.
Actually, no one was deported from
Saudi Arabia and certainly not for
being too handsome. And, actually,
no one was even kicked out of the
heritage and cultural festival
except for a member of the religious
police for protesting against the
presence of a Gulf female singer.
According to UK’s Al-Arab:
A member of
the Saudi feared religious
police, known as Mutawa, stormed
the UAE pavilion at National
Festival for Heritage and
Culture, also known as Al
Janadriyah, but was forced out
by the Gulf Kingdom’s national
The incident took place when the
Mutawa member objected to the
presence of the Emirati singer
Aryam in her country’s pavilion.
A brief U-Tube film showed
several guards surround the
member of the Commission for the
Promotion of Virtue and
Prevention of Vice before they
escorted him out of the pavilion
at the annual festival in the
Saudi capital Riyadh.
book sets out to show that Islam's relationship with
Christianity and Judaism has not always been one of
conflict and intolerance, but frequently of mutual
intercourse - even at times when their armies were
fighting each other.
The wars between them,
even when religion was invoked, could often be
characterized as territorial rather than as
religious, and when Harun al-Rashid was fighting
Christian Byzantium, he was quite happy to have the
Christian Charlemagne as an ally; and Muslims
slaughtered fellow-Muslims at least as often as they
warred against Christians.
undoubtedly played a part in the Crusades, but even
then the Shi'ite Fatimids at times supported the
Christians against the Seljuk Sunnis.
The 126 years between
the beginning of the First Crusade in 1096 and the
end of the last one in 1272 saw only 25 years of
actual fighting - and Karabell paints a perhaps
excessively rosy picture of the rest of the time,
when Muslims and Christians coexisted more or less
peacefully in the Middle East and traded with each
other, when the Franks began to acculturate, and the
Muslims to accommodate themselves to their Christian
Saladin was inspired by
genuine religious zeal, but his capture of Jerusalem
was not accompanied with a slaughter such as the
Crusaders had perpetrated in 1199, and Christian
pilgrimage to the city would be permitted when the
crusaders sailed home. That Third Crusade, at least
on Saladin's side, was still a gentlemanly affair,
and has been remembered as such even in the lore of
There is an account of the interest in non-Islamic
scholarship during the classical age of Islam (8th
to 11th century) and during the Golden Age in Arabic
Spain of about the same time, reciprocated (for all
too brief a period) in early Reconquista Spain where
Alfonso the Wise in the 13th century continued the
Muslim tradition of convivencia. (One thread running
through the book is the interest that many people in
the West have shown in Islam and its culture.)
Karabell underlines that for hundreds of years the
Muslims made no attempts to impose Islam on the
peoples they conquered, and respected their
religious authorities; that in that respect they
were far more tolerant than Christian societies, and
that this was in fact one of the reasons why, during
their early expansion, there was so little
resistance by Monophysites in Syria, Copts in Egypt,
Nestorians in Persia and Jews everywhere, wh
been more persecuted by their previous Christian
rulers than they ever were by the Muslims.
Especially at times when the Muslim governments in
Baghdad, Córdoba or Constantinople felt secure, they
were open to debates with or influences from
non-Muslims: the occasional persecution of
non-Muslims usually coincided with periods when
their governments became weak.
Islam on the
that in that
This weakness was in part due to the long-term
effects of the repudiation of classical Islam's
openness to the ideas of non-Islamic peoples by
al-Ghazali and his followers. As these clamped
their orthodoxy on Islam from the late 12th
century onwards, they stifled the freedom of
thought that had been the glory of al-Rashid's
time; and this contributed from about the 18th
century onwards to the Islamic world not being
able to resist Western inroads, especially
towards the end of the 19th century. The first
response among Islamic intellectuals like
al-Afghani and Abduh was to return to the
willingness for Islam to learn from what the
non-Islamic world could teach; but as this did
not manage to arrest the incursions of the west,
in the end it developed among militants into an
Islam that was more intolerant and resentful of
the West (represented by Christians and Jews)
than Islam had ever been before.
It did not help that nationalist revolts against
the Ottomans invoked religious as well as ethnic
differences; and this in turn created
nationalisms in the Islamic world (which,
incidentally, would also turn Islamic Arabs
against Islamic Turks). The most tragic victims
- because they were the only group over whom the
Turks were victorious - of a new Islamic
intolerance were the Christian Armenians, though
even here it was their nationalism rather than
their religion which was the trigger. The
Versailles Settlement, with much of the Islamic
world ruled directly by the West, was a further
humiliation, and the Balfour Declaration the
worst of them all.
of hope: a
Soon after the end
of the Second World War, most of the Muslim
states achieved their national independence, as
did Israel. The new Muslim governments were
basically secular (as was Arafat's PLO). It was
the failure of these secularists to destroy
Israel in four wars that seemed to leave
militant Islam as the only hope of success, both
against Israel and against the continuing
influence of the West over these secular
governments: militant Islam and nationalism
increasingly became one and the same thing.
But even today Karabell sees signs of hope: a
moderate and tolerant Islam is seen in Jordan,
Morocco, Turkey, and among the young in Iran.
Karabell's story is not as forgotten as the
subtitle of the book suggests: almost all of his
material can be found in the major respectable
histories of Islam. But there is certainly a lot
of maligning of Islamic history around, from
politicians, journalists and the occasional
academic; and this eloquent and sophisticated
defence of an Islam that for most of its history
was tolerant of other religions - much more so
than Christianity was during those centuries -
is welcome as a corrective to books such as Bat
Ye'or's Dhimmitude (see my review) or
Huntington's Clash of Civilizations. It has the
advantage over these in that, despite its
agenda, it is much less one-sided and does not
shirk those episodes which run counter to its
you like to see the cover of your favourite book on
our book shelves below?
KB says: With Ramadaan
in almost eight weeks, I have been preparing my
son’s favourite savoury, Cheese and Corn
Samoosas. I recently mastered the technique of
stopping the cheese from oozing out when frying,
thanks to a simple tip from the cook on Radio
1 Onion grated (with
water squeezed out)
500g Grated cheese
1 can of whole corn kernels - drained and rinsed
2 tsp. green chillies sautéed in ½ tsp. ghee
1 Tab. Corn flour
1 potato cut into very small cubes, steamed.
Salt to taste
Chopped greens (optional)
Mix all the above ingredients and
use a tablespoon at a time as your filling for
the samoosa pastry (pur).
Fry the samosas in warm oil and
then gently increase the temperature of the oil
until the samoosa is golden brown.
This little tip will ensure that
the samoosa will remain crisper for longer.
If you fry your samosas in very
hot oil it will get soggy especially if
they are frozen. (At any time, do not thaw your
samoosas before frying)
If you want to
learn how to fold a samoosa watch this video:
A: Takeaway foods can be included as part of a
healthy eating plan provided they are not eaten
everyday. Choose the smaller portions along with lower
fat and lower salt options.
Healthier takeaway choices:
• plain hamburgers with lots of salad (leave out the
fried onion and fried egg)
• gourmet style pizzas with vegetable or seafood
• jacket potatoes with vegetable or legume toppings
(e.g. creamed corn, baked beans and salad)
• sandwiches or toasted sandwiches, made with grain
bread, with lean meats and lots of vegetables or
• grilled fish and salad
• pasta with tomato-based sauces
• BBQ chicken with skin removed
• sushi and Vietnamese rolls
If reduced fat versions of foods are available, these
would generally be healthier choices. Grilled foods are
also a healthier choice than fried food.
It's that time again people - only this one is even
more special. We're celebrating 10 great years of this
community event! Trust me, you want to be a part of it...
Use the following program as a guide for your final 2
weeks of preparation for CresWalk
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 60 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate
pace, 45 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!
Try some interval training - Walk for 3-5mins, then jog
for 1min and sprint for 30secs. If it feels comfortable,
repeat for 1 hour while you’re out walking.
Strength training – grab your weights and challenge
upper and lower body. Remember to use your own body
weight as well (push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc).
Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low
impact). Include your stretching routine.
Try a cycling session at the gym or head to the park on
your bike and take in the scenery and some fresh air.
Minimum session time should be 60 - 90mins with
mini-challenges along the way.
Healthy Tip: Keep your liquids up to prevent dehydration
and muscle cramping!
Head for the pool for some cardio training while you
tone and relax muscles as well. Swim some laps with
short breaks in between, or opt for an aqua-aerobics
Similar to day 1, however, try to jog/run for a few
minutes, then slow down to a brisk walk before jogging
again. Increase your walking time by 5-10 mins. or more
if you feel comfortable.
Take a leasurely walk in the park or try walking some of
the race route to see how you feel. This will give you
an idea of how hard you need to work next week to
finalise your training for the upcoming event.
Recover and get ready for your final week of training
before race day!
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
Kareema has just created a ground breaking new product,
the T-Mat for yoga, pilates, exercise, etc. A world
first, the idea behind it is to experience an
uninterrupted flow of movement while practising yoga
with all its beautiful poses and direction changes.
One side can be folded on top of the other for more
support under the knees or back during Pilates and it’s
a great tool to have for your floor work during exercise
Keep an eye out for the website launch over the next few
weeks or call 0404844786 for queries and purchases.
Mat folded with extra side folded
on top – knee or back support
Mat opened T-shape for better
flow of movement through poses
KNOWLEDGE SEEKERS CLASS Venue: Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Rd, Algester When: Every Tuesday after Isha Teacher: Imam Aslam Al Qadri 1st topic: Understanding Hijab and it's significance
in Islam/ Implementing the sunnah in everyday life, eg the
sunnah of eating, sleeping, interaction with people socially
For any further information please contact me on 0433552409
or ladies can contact Shakira Ayoob on 0449800205.
Kuraby Mosque Tafseer &
Tuesday tafseer and taleem classes at Kuraby Mosque every Tuesday
11am - 12.30pm
Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer
The weekly program schedule is as follows:
The above lessons will start at 7:30 pm and will go for
approximately 1/2 an hour each day.
All brothers and sisters are welcome.
Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community
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