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Sunday, 17 August 2008
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Mu'aadh makes his mark in
(Saturday), students and
teachers of the Islamic
College of Brisbane,
members of the Kuraby
Lions, the Islamic
Women's Association of
Crescents of Brisbane
helped plant hundreds of
trees in the Kuraby Council
easement at the corner of
Beenleigh and Warrigal
Members of the Bulimba
Catchment Creek Committee
were on hand to help the
youngsters with the finer
points of planting supplying
all the trees, the
water-holding crystals and
fertilizers. Crescents of
Brisbane provided the
sausage sizzle and the
Kuraby Lions the
Queensland Hosts ANIC AGM
Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) held its Third
Annual General Assembly meeting on Sunday the
10th of August 2008 at the Darra Mosque in Brisbane,
Imams representing all the states of Australia including
the Grand Mufti of Australia Imam Fehmi Naji El-Imam
and guests from the Queensland police services,
Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the
Brisbane City Council attended the opening ceremony.
ANIC President, Imam Abdul Moez Nafti, said,
“It’s gratifying to see many Imams from different
working together under one umbrella for the best
interest of the Muslim community and the wider
Australian community. This is possible due to the
relationship of trust among the member Imams and their
willingness to work towards common aims and goals”.
The Mufti of
Australia Imam Fehmi Naji El-Imam (pictured below
right) opened the meeting, in his address the Mufti
humble beginnings of the first Australian Muslim
community organizations. He described the establishment
Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) as “a great
step towards fully realizing the aspirations of the
community of Australia”. He called upon the Imams to
work together and to fulfill their duties as a sacred
introductory address Dr. Mohammed Abdalla from
Griffith University’s Islamic research Unit (GIRU) said,
“The Imams play a vital role in the shaping and making
of the Australian
Muslim Community, sustaining social inclusion policies
and keeping multi-culturalism strong. The Imams not only
lead prayers at mosques, but also teach their
communities how to relate the teachings of Islam to the
pointed out that there are 27 English speaking Imams in
the Council of Imams of Queensland (CIQ) representing
diverse ethnic communities.
speaker, Commissioner of Queensland Police Mr. Bob
Atkinson (APM), stated that “Queensland
have maintained an excellent relationship with the
Muslim community in Queensland”. He congratulated the
council for its leadership and said, “We are very
grateful to the leaders of the Islamic community for
their courage and leadership”.
Page, Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs
Queensland and Inspector John Fox also addressed
the opening ceremony.
ANIC Executive Committee congratulated the Council of
Imams of Queensland (CIQ) for organizing this year’s
General assembly so well.
Assembly elected a 15 member executive committee for a
two year term which includes the following office
o President : Imam Abdul Moez Nafti (NSW)
o Vice President : Imam Imraan Husain (QLD)
o Secretary : Imam Shady Alsuleiman (NSW)
o Assistant Secretary : Imam Burhaan Mehtar (WA)
o Treasurer : Imam Yusuf Peer (QLD)
o Assistant Treasurer : Imam Mahmoud Omraan (WA)
o Media and Public Relations Officer : Imam Mohamad
o Executive Committee Members :
Imam Naeim Habib (NSW)
Imam Amjad Iqbal (NSW)
Imam Abdulazim Afifi (VIC)
Imam Saeed Shah (VIC)
Imam Sabri Samson (TAS)
Imam Mohammad Swaiti (ACT)
Imam Amin Abou Samaha (SA)
Imam Adam Konda (NT)
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Ace in the Making
(12), son of Rafik and Saadia
Sabdia, succeeded in becoming the Number Two tennis
player in the Metropolitan East State School Division.
One of 54
boys under 12 invited to try out for the Queensland
State Team, Zia attended a six day tournament held at
Zia's first try out in this competition and, despite the
clay surface not being his favourite, achieved a State
ranking of 26 for his age group and even scored a win
against the player ranked 10 in the State of Queensland.
7 boys were chosen for the State Squad and Zia just
missed out this time.
Zia! We'll be keeping a keen interest on your progress
over the years to come.
Ms. Nora Amath was
invited to give a group of
students at the St Peters
Lutheran College in
Springfield a talk on Islam.
The following is the report
that the students submitted
to their teacher describing
what they had learnt:
Lutheran College – Springfield Year 8 World
This term, the Year 8s at St
Peters Lutheran College – Springfield have
been researching different world religions.
As a part of our integrated SOSE and
Christian Studies Units, we studied both the
gods of ancient Egypt and one of the
predominant religions of modern Egypt –
On Tuesday, 29 July, we were
privileged to have a guest speaker called
Nora Amath talk to us about Islam. She is
the Managing Director of the Australian
Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All
Humanity (AMARAH). Apart from this, Nora’s
day occupation is the Electorate Officer for
the Member of Stretton, Mr Stephen
Robertson, who is also the Minister of
Health for Queensland.
Nora spoke about the beliefs
of Islam and the ways in which Muslims
worship. In addition, she talked to us about
how Islam is a way of living – it is
integrated with every part of a Muslim’s
life. She explained that in some Islamic
countries, the religion also impacts on law
The information that Nora
provided was very interesting and was
helpful in the lead up to our assessment. It
was enjoyable and educational to learn about
another world religion. Through Nora’s
speech and our studies, the Year 8s have
developed a greater understanding,
appreciation and tolerance of Islam.
By Sophie Moir and
Year 8 students
Medicine and Muslims: The Road Ahead
Sunnah Inspirations has
launched the "New Muslims
Support Group" to cater for
the needs of new Muslims in
This is a three-part course
for new Muslims, covering
1) Introduction to
Ramadan & Fasting
Sunday, 31 August, 11am to
2) Learning &
Appreciating the Prayer
Sunday, 7 September, 11am to
3) Internal Happiness
through Islamic Beliefs
Sunday, 14 September, 11am
The venue is:
Building 1, Room E303
University of Queensland
Medicine and Muslims: The Road Ahead
delivered a talk at the 28th
Annual convention of the
Islamic Medical Association
of South Africa in Durban on
6 July 2008.
covered the following topics
in his speech:
Rise of Medicine in the West
Western Medicine in Muslim
Differences Between Islamic
Medicine and Western
recently tracked down Youth Parliamentarian Member for
Springwood, Omar Issadeen, to find out what makes
this young leader tick.
MYServices: Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed,
please start by telling us a little about yourself.
was born in Botswana next to South Africa, lived there
most of my life and both my parents are from Sri Lanka.
I’m in QUT doing a degree in Civil Engineering which
insha’Allah I will be completing next year. I’m a sports
fanatic and strongly promote it, as Muslims we don’t go
to the pub or club, so sports are a great way to unwind.
I might be an Aussie but still love Chilli-lankan food,
which as you guessed is SPICY! Seafood is yum,
Alhamdulillah I’ve had the
opportunity to travel to Europe, America, Middle East
and parts of Asia - it’s a great way to have an open
mind and learn tolerance, especially Hajj!! e-bay is a
recent hobby, and being with family, is the best
would you consider as your most significant achievements
Omar: All achievements
are from Allah and I was blessed to memorise the Quran
and turn away from a teen period that I’d rather not
have memories of. Not to expose myself I mention this
but rather to inspire others who are still stuck deep.
Take the first step away and your next will be into
MYServices: What is
a little-known, random fact about you?
Omar: I still can’t
type without looking at the keyboard!
MYServices: Why and
how did you decide to get involved with YMCA Youth
Parliament? What does your role as a Youth Member for
Omar: I was forwarded
an email from Shaima Khan (who behind the scenes is
doing a lot! May Allah reward her!) encouraging Muslim
youth to apply for Youth Parliament. I looked up the
Youth Parliament website and filled out the entry form
and was accepted some weeks later. As Youth MP for
Springwood, I stand and speak for the youth there. This
I did at Parliament House in Brisbane, whilst debating
against the Government on immigration and the media.
MYServices: What does ‘being a leader’ mean to you?
Who is one Muslim leader in our Brisbane community that
you admire, and why?
leader is someone people recognise for his or her
virtue. Leaders are not those who spend hundreds of
millions of dollars so others think they are virtuous. I
admire Dr Mohammad Abdalla, he has been a source of
inspiration for me. He not only fits the description
above but has helped bridge the gap of misunderstanding
of Muslims created by the media.
MYServices: What is
your lifelong dream/s?
Omar: Ultimately to
enter Jannah with all the Muslims insha’Allah, but would
love to own a Ariel Atom 500 sports car, have heaps of
kids and insha’Allah to be the best representative of
Pineapple or French fries?
Omar: Sri Lankan
MYServices: If you
had a magic wand, nothing was a problem, what are the
two things you would do for/about young Muslims in
Brisbane? Or for the community?
Omar: Firstly I’d like
to see all the young Muslims submit wholeheartedly to
Allah and be granted the honour and courage that was
bestowed to the Sahabah RA. Secondly, I’d like to see
laziness and obesity disappear.
MYServices: You are
about to be left stranded on a deserted island for a
long period of time, and only allowed to take three
items that already belong to you. What would they be?
Omar: My car, for
exploring and lodging. My wife, whoever she might be. My
phone, to get back home when I’m ready.
MYServices: Tell us
a short inspirational story or quote that means a lot to
you or that you can relate to.
MYServices: Thank you so much for your time, Omar.
We hope you will continue to inspire Muslim youth to
take advantage of the many leadership opportunities out
there. All the best with your future endeavours!
the Muslim World with CCN
Jury warned Muslim religion not on trial
A judge has warned a jury
the Muslim religion is not on trial as they hear the
case against a Sydney man accused of producing a Jihad
Justice Megan Latham told the NSW Supreme Court jurors
they should not jump to the conclusion Belal Saadallah
Khazaal was guilty on the basis of his clothing,
language or religion.
"The Muslim religion is not on trial here, ladies and
gentlemen," she said on Monday, directing them to keep
an open mind and to consider all the evidence.
Khazaal has pleaded not guilty to knowingly making a
document connected with assistance in a terrorist act
and to attempting to incite the commission of a
Indian Muslims on Haj promote global goodwill:
: The government has
told the Supreme Court
that Indian Muslims
performing Haj promote
The government stated
this in an affidavit to
the bench of Justice R.V.
Raveendran and Justice
L.S. Panta, which Monday
admitted for regular and
elaborate hearing a
lawsuit by former
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
MP Praful Goradia
opposing the grant of
subsidy to Haj pilgrims.
The lawsuit also
of the law providing for
budgetary allocation for
assistance to Muslims
performing the Haj.
The government defended
the financial assistance
to such pilgrims saying:
"The Haj pilgrimage has
relations and foreign
policy aspects. It is
important to note that
the Haj is taking place
in a foreign country,
Saudi Arabia, which is
an Islamic country."
"India has one of the
populations in the
world, next only to
friendship and better
relations within the
comity of nations,
countries, is an aspect
relations and foreign
policy," the government
"Taking into account
various factors, which
go into promoting better
government has thought
it fit that Muslim
brothers from weaker
sections too get the
advantage of performing
the Haj," said the
Muslims performing the
and understanding," it
said in its affidavit.
Opposing Goradia's plea
to scarp the Haj
subsidy, the government
said: "It is important
to note that the amount
of subsidy is allocated
in the Union Budget. The
court ought not
interfere with budgetary
allocation made by
Parliament after due
consideration of all
Britain's first Sharia-compliant insurance firm launched
Britain's first Sharia-compliant
insurance company was
policies in line with
the Islamic legal code.
Salaam Halal insurance
uses Takaful principles,
whereby the risk is
spread between all
policy holders. In
insurance policies shift
the risk from the policy
holder to the insurance
People taking out a
policy with Salaam Halal
pay contributions into a
pool, with that money
then put into Sharia-compliant
investments -- avoiding
companies that are
involved in alcohol or
The central pool of
funds is used to pay any
claims that arise, and
at the end of the year,
if the pool is
over-funded, the excess
will be distributed back
to policyholders through
a discount on their next
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Readers' Book Club:
You are what you read!
Muslim Women And Sports
in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity And
Wirdati Mohammad Radzi
(Muslim women) have long been and continue to be an
enigma not only outside of Muslim society but also
within—despite the radical differences between these two
perspectives. What Muslimah can (and cannot) do, and
what they want (and do not want) remain topics of great
interest and debate to Muslims and non-Muslims, women
and men, as well as scholars and the general public
One of the most
controversial issues currently being discussed in
Southeast Asian societies is that of Muslimah and their
involvement in sports. Despite widespread interest in
this topic virtually no research has been done, even
though there is an increasing body of literature on
Muslim women in general, and their participation in
Most of the research that
has been done, furthermore, concerns the Middle East
(particularly Egypt, Turkey, and Iran) rather than
Southeast Asia. The majority of the work also comes from
researchers who are on the one hand critical of, or on
the other, sympathetic towards, the issue.
This study differs from
previous work in a number of important ways. First, it
is written specifically about Malay Muslimah and sports
in Southeast Asia. Second, it is written from the
perspective of a practicing Malay Muslimah. Finally, it
takes a neutral stance on the issue of Malay Muslim
women’s participation in sports, and focuses on
illustrating their diverse experiences as competitive
As Muslimah have become
more visible in the various “modern” public spheres of
Muslim communities, their experiences represent a unique
interface between Islam and modernity. This study, in
which “modernity” is manifested in the form of modern,
elite competitive sports, poses two questions: how
has Western modernity affected the Muslim community, and
how has the Muslim community reacted to Western
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KB's Culinary Corner
500g Chicken fillet
1 cup coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp ground green chilies
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 cook
on a non stick frying pan or barbeque.
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
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The CCN Chuckle
Mula Nasruddin was
at a trustees’ meeting of his local Mosque and during a
heated debate exploded in mid-session and began to
shout, "Half of this committee is made up of cowards and
All the other trustees demanded that Mula Nasruddin
withdraw his statement, or be removed from the remainder
of the meeting.
After a long pause, Mula Nasruddin acquiesced. "OK," he
said, "I withdraw what I said. Half of this committee is
NOT made up of cowards and corrupt trustees!"
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social support and supplying information to
Muslims and non-Muslims. They have
been doing various activities around
Australia, and have organised Da'wah
information stalls at various universities
in Brisbane. More info can be found on
their website above.
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