“I wish that you would
help with the creation,
launch and propagation of a
Charter for Compassion,
crafted by a group of
thinkers from the three
Abrahamic traditions of
Judaism, Christianity and
Islam and based on the
fundamental principles of
universal justice and
It was unveiled to the world
on November 12, 2009.
Afroz Ali, the
Founder and President of
Centre for Islamic Sciences
& Human Development will
appear on Islam Online's
LIVE Online Dialogue session
on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 at
9:00 GMT to discuss the
Charter for Compassion.
Muslims strive for brighter future
The terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001 ignited a decade of explosive tension
between the Western and Islamic worlds.
For Jehad Dabab (pictured right), that day marked
the start of a personal struggle that would strengthen
his faith and teach him the true meaning of his first
Jehad was in year 12 in Melbourne and planned on
spending another day studying for his final school exams
when he learned of the attacks.
"A guy came up to me and said 'hey do you know your name
means holy war?'" Jehad said. "I didn't know. My parents
came here from Lebanon when they were about five years
old and we were never very religious."
Deeply moved by the attacks in New York, Jehad wanted to
know if his religion endorsed such acts of violence.
"I started looking into my religion, and I found that
all of the negative things people were saying about it
were wrong," he said.
"I can't say all Muslims are good people, but the
religion itself is beautiful and I became much more
passionate about it.
"I discovered the meaning of my name was not 'holy war',
but actually it means 'internal struggle'. It could be
any struggle against any aggressor, violent or
With that revelation, Jehad, along with a group of
like-minded friends, began their own struggle to break
down stereotypes — through hip-hop.
Calling themselves "The Brothahood", they began rapping
together at a Muslim youth camp in 1999, but the
terrorism-related turmoil of this decade inspired them
to take their efforts more seriously.
"The media focuses on the Muslims that jump the highest
and scream the loudest. It's frustrating to see all
these stereotypes," Jehad said.
"We break them down through music and talk to the youth
in a language they can understand."
Nazeem Hussain (pictured
left), one half of the Melbourne stand-up duo Fear
of a Brown Planet, has discovered his own way to connect
with the public — comedy.
He describes the show, which takes a confronting look at
issues such as suicide bombings and race relations, as a
"We've seen craziness all over the world this decade,
coming from both sides," he said. "People need to stop
being so tribal with their attitude. We need to be
Nazeem, a friend of Jehad's, was also troubled by 9/11
and examined his religion in the wake of the attacks.
"Muslims have had to question their identity over the
past decade," he said. "After the Cronulla riots and
other events, people started asking 'are you Muslim or
Australian?' Before there was no problem being both."
Nazeem, who is a director of the Islamic Council of
Australia and heavily involved in youth work, said it
was clear that this decade's backdrop of terror had
rubbed off on the next generation.
"I was teaching a youth group and there was a
10-year-old Muslim girl wearing a head scarf," he said.
"Some other kids in the class started saying 'you're a
terrorist, take that off'.
"People shouldn't need to hide who they are ...
Australia is becoming in ways more racist, more
Nazeem said comedy allows him to directly address the
problems he sees in society.
"You can't really speak about racism so bluntly unless
it's through comedy," he said. "You can get away with
some things you couldn't get away with anywhere else."
As 2010 approaches, both Jehad and Nazeem said they
believe the tide of hate is receding — but very slowly.
"I think it is changing, but only incrementally," Jehad
said. "Some people are being more active, more
"There is a new generation of Muslims out there that are
passionate about their faith."
Nazeem also said the shift was noticeable in terms of
"With hardship comes opportunity," he said. "We're
starting to see some real issues being dealt with ...
the events of this decade have driven many people to do
"I hope the next decade is shaped by positive actions."
Brothahood, which topped Triple J's Unearthed hip-hop
charts in 2007 with their track The Silent Truth, are
planning a show in June.
Fear of a Brown Planet, recipients of the 2008 Best
Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy
Festival, will be performing in Adelaide from March 9 to
to build a better community: Spirituality, Conversations
by Nora Amath
AMARAH and our Christian friends from
Misbah identified a need in Brisbane for interfaith
conversations on contemporary issues affecting the
Australian community, and hosted their first session
pertaining to Spirituality and Justice last Tuesday
evening at the Multi-faith Centre at Griffith
This is the first conversation out of a
series of 5 for a project entitled: Spirituality,
Conversations and Community-Building, funded by the
Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) under
the National Action Plan Grants Scheme. The other four
issues are community, peace, environment and
At the first session, with guided and
experienced facilitators, Christians (of diverse
denominations), Muslims, Quakers and Sikhs reflected and
shared how their own faith provides a framework for
doing justice in today’s world. They also had a chance
to listen to others from different faith backgrounds
discuss how their own spirituality links to the notion
Through some very lively discussions and
inquisitive questions, participants were asked to deeply
reflect on what was shared.
A few of the Christian participants
remarked that this was the first time they had a chance
to sit down with people of other faiths to talk about
pertinent issues in society.
“As a middle-age, middle-class Christian,
I don’t get to meet Muslims at all. I always thought
that justice for Muslims meant severe punishments, like
killing non-believers or people who sin. I never knew
that justice is so linked to God and that it is related
to the concepts of mercy, forgiveness and compassion.
And that Muslims are so duty-bound to fight injustice,
even against their own family members. I will definitely
try and attend the other sessions and encourage my
Christian mates to do the same.” (Christian male
“I have always wanted to be part of
something like this. I have learnt so much tonight.
Thank you for the opportunity to let me
participate.”(young Muslim female)
“It’s amazing to learn that really we are
all saying the same things even though we come from
different faiths.” (young Christian female).
The roundtable discussions aim to break
new grounds on pertinent issues by utilising the great
ideas in people’s religious traditions as resources for
successful community-building. All reflections will be
compiled into a booklet and will be launched in late
The next issue to be discussed is
Spirituality and Community and will include even more
diverse faith backgrounds. It will be held on Monday
11th January, 7pm at the Multi-faith Centre, Nathan
Campus, Griffith University.
As there are only 30 places available for
each session, it is necessary to register your interest.
For other inquiries, please do not
hesitate to contact Nora Amath on 0422 349 786.
Holiday Fun Day
Fun Day for girls at the
Islamic Centre at
16/157 North Road, Woodridge
on Wednesday, 30 December 2009
There will be an
Islamic movie shown as well
as fun and games with food
and friends. All teenage girls
(and their Mums) are welcome
For more information contact
Laila 0415355896 or visit
A searchable listings of a
variety of community grants
and funding programs across
is available at the
Grant Guru Community
The New South Wales-based
Mission of Hope recently announced the winners of
it's annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards.
The Winners in the different categories
Australian Muslim Lifetime Achiever
Award: - Ibrahim Din (NSW)
Australian Muslim Man of the Year 2009: - Dr Jamal
Australian Muslim Professional of the Year 2009: - Dr
Jamal Rifi (NSW)
Australian Muslim Woman of the Year 2009: -- Senior
Constable Maha Sukkar (VIC)
Australian Muslim Role Model of the Year 2009: -
Yasir A. Mahmud (VIC)
Volunteer of the year 2009: - Ahmed Youssef (ACT)
Australian Muslim Sportsperson of the Year 2009: -
Hazem El-Masri (NSW)
Australian Muslim Academic of the Year 2009: -
Professor Abdullah Saeed (VIC)
Australian Muslim Creative Artist of the Year 2009: -
Peter Gould (NSW)
Australian Muslim Best Community Organisation 2009: -
Human Appeal International
Australian Muslim Event of the Year 2009: -
Australian Federal Police Ramadan Iftar - Sydney
Australian Muslim Best Media Outlet 2009: - Crescent
Australian Muslim Best New Community Project 2009: -
Believe Achieve Inspire Leadership Program (FAMSY)
Australian Muslim Business of the Year 2009: - Baraka
Australian Abyssinian Award 2009: - Leader Newspaper
Whilst the economy has shown signs of
recovery and the Reserve Bank has hastened to increase
interest rates in response to these signs, MBN Business
News has continued to report that we are not out of the
woods yet. MBN Business News has previously reported
three threats to the economy: increasing interest rates;
poor business investment; and the potential for trade
performance to falter. The later two came to bear as the
Australian economy only grew by 0.2% in the September
quarter – down from 0.6% in the previous quarter (so are
we going backwards?).
The main drag on the economy was the
slump in exports which coincided with a huge increase in
imports. Manufacturers are also scaling back investment
plans as the speed of the recovery falls short of
Adrian Rollins of The Australian
Financial Review is of the opinion that the economy
seems to be firmly stuck in second gear at the moment.
Many economists are urging the Government to maintain
stimulus measures. Economists are also of the opinion
that the previously expected interest rate hike in
February will not occur.
The retail front has been solid with a
number of sales attracting consumers. Some retailers
are, however, predicting a ‘good’ Christmas rather than
a great one. Consumer confidence has been impacted by
the higher interest rates and a number of retailers have
resorted to discounting pre Christmas in order to boost
For professional members and retailers,
the good news is that a jobs surge is predicted in some
states in the New Year.
Queensland readers of MBN Business News
will be concerned with reports this week that developers
are moving south to Victoria (which is booming) and NSW
(which is slowly emerging from a recession).
Traditionally, Queensland and WA were considered the
boom economies of Australia, and whilst WA appears to be
on the rise again, Queensland has not emerged from the
gloom as fast and as strongly as the other states.
Housing, construction, and the jobs market appear to be
softer in Queensland than in the other states. Some
economists have sought to lay blame on the state
government which they say is seeking populist rather
than economically sound outcomes.
There is no detailed MBN Business News
this week – we will return to normal publication in
The Al-Ghazalli Newsletter
of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be
• The Importance of
• Understanding Crescent
• Arabic Language Program 2010
• Essence of Islam
• Foundations Diploma in Islamic Sciences 2010
• Distance Learning Program 2010 - Newcastle
• Crescent Sighting - Muharram 1431
• Night of Remembrance - Sisters Only
• Mizaan Ecology - Kooragang Island Rehabilitation
• The Ansaar Project @ Elizabeth Bay
• The Ansaar Project
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project
• Night of Remembrance - Brothers Only
• International Deen Intensive Retreat 2010
Affinity Intercultural Foundation
Newsletter can be
• Affinity Signs
Agreement with Charles Sturt University and Launches
- Perth Panel: Can Muslims and Christians CoExist?
- WATAC ? Interfaith Dialogue Day
- Cultural Day for PROBUS Club Members
- Newcastle: Bonhoeffer Conference
- Australian and Decorative Fine Arts Society Mosque
and Cultural Tour
Mosque on the Prairie: Season 4 Episode 2
Big Boys Don't Cry
Australian Journey: Muslim Communities - DIAC
Australian Journey - Muslim
In this and following issues of CCN we highlight one of the successful Muslims in Australia
from the report and their thoughts about what it means to be both a
Muslim and an Australian.
Dr Nabilah Islam
As a young doctor,
there was much for
Dr Nabilah Islam to
learn when she began
Now she is working
medicine in Western
Australia and is
proud of her
achievements and her
Dr Nabilah Islam
We would like to inform your readers that Brumby's
Bakery, Big Gun Shopping Centre Underwood, will have
South African Naan available as usual this Sunday
For next week, being Christmas week, we will have
Naan available on Tuesday 22nd, Thursday 24th &
Sunday 27th, but we will be closed Christmas Day
Friday 25th & Boxing Day Saturday 26th, then open as
usual Sunday 27th.
Don't forget our Bakery is 100% Halal Certified by
Imam Imran of Gold Coast Halal Services.
If your readers have any questions, problems or
suggestions with the products we provide, please let
them know we would really appreciate their help.
We are doing our level best to provide a 100% Halal
Bakery in the local area of Logan City for the
Muslim Community which was non existent some three
months ago. Please help us to provide that service
by supporting us & talking to us.
Muslim revival brings
polygamy, camels to Chechnya
Russia (Reuters) - Adam, 52,
keeps his three wives in
different towns to stop them
squabbling, but the
white-bearded Chechen adds
he might soon take a fourth.
"Chechnya is Muslim, so this
is our right as men. They
(the wives) spend time
together, but do not always
see eye to eye," said the
soft-spoken pensioner, who
only gave his first name.
leader Ramzan Kadyrov is
vying with insurgents for
authority in a land ravaged
by two secessionist wars
with Moscow. Each side is
claiming Islam as its flag
of legitimacy, each reviles
the other as criminal and
Yahoo! 7 News
Islamic finance heats up
When General Electric became the first major
United States company to enter the sukuk market, it
seemed Islamic finance was finally heading for its day
in the sun.
While the global financial crisis had shaken the western
world, according to Bursa Malaysia global head of
Islamic markets Raja Teh Maimunah, the Islamic market
had escaped relatively unscathed.
"It has been really interesting times in the last nine
to 12 months as we've seen the landscape change due to
what I would call the western financial crisis, but
everybody just calls it the global financial crisis,"
"Governments in non-Islamic markets that never used to
have any interest in Islamic finance are beginning to
show interest and we have had calls inviting us to all
corners of the earth."
One of the stumbling blocks in melding modern finance
with Islamic law had been the prohibition of the payment
of interest, according to a report in The Wall Street
But the GE Capital deal, which involved a five-year,
$500 million Islamic bond, signalled a bright beginning.
Short Crust Base
1 cup flour
60g butter, grated
1 egg yolk
2 tab iced water
1 and a half cups of nuts made up of a
mixture of chopped cashews, almonds,
walnuts, macadamia nuts or any nuts of your
¼ cup castor sugar
¼ cup honey
Method for the base:
1. Place nuts in a preheated oven 180deg C
for 5 mins.
2. Transfer to a mixing bowl to cool.
3. Place flour and butter in bowl and mix
with a fork until crumbly.
4. Add egg yolk and almost all the water
until the mixture comes together adding more
water if necessary.
5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and
roll out and cut into desired sizes to fit
your tart tins.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate
for 30 mins.
7. Bake blind for 10 mins until pastry is
golden brown and then cool.
Method for the nut filling:
1. In a small heavy saucepan combine butter,
sugar and honey.
2. Stir over medium heat until mixture is
3. Bring to the boil and simmer until golden
brown - + 3 mins.
4. Pour over nuts and mix until combined.
5. Divide the nut mixture between the tarts.
6. Bake the tarts for 10mins.
7. Cool tarts completely on a wire rack
Comment] I have had the distinct pleasure of trying out these tarts
first hand during the week and can attest, without
fear of contradiction, that they are exquisite, both
in taste and in presentation. Compliments to the
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Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Dear Kareema, can you please
explain the difference between cardio and toning
A: CARDIO: When your heart is
pumping and you're huffing and puffing - this is when
you're burning fat. Examples are running, skipping,
cycling, etc. Aim to do about 30 - 60 minutes daily.
TONING: Weight training - You can change the
shape of your body for the better with resistance
training, meaning your muscles will become more defined,
toned and shapely. Alternate this with your cardio
exercises and you'll see results quicker!
Bakery, Big Gun Shopping Centre
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every Sunday and Tuesday.
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