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Sunday, 28 February 2010

 .Newsletter 0277



Palestinian Exhibition

 By Azima Omar

Yesterday (Saturday) the Queensland Palestinian Association along with the Logan City Council and the Justice for Palestine Group presented their exhibition of artifacts and books at the Logan West Library, Grand Plaza Drive in Browns Plains. The exhibition known as Falestini ends on the 31st March.

The display showcased the Palestinian's rich and diverse heritage that tends to be overlooked whenever the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is discussed in any forum.


The following comments are excerpts of Anas Abdalla's speech highlighting the origins of Palestinian history and culture:

"Palestine's rich history is an intricate, colourful, tapestry of culture, heritage ,folklore, biblical and historical essence, heavenly religions, music, poetry, art and life."

"We welcome you to enjoy and celebrate the Palestinian culture, because in times of war and in times of a forced poverty, the works of art, writings, language and traditional craftsmanship can be a beacon of hope and comfort. The recognition and celebration of a people's cultural heritage reinforces cultural and historical self awareness."

Everyone was then treated to an array of traditional Palestinian savouries and desserts.


A screening of the documentary Reel Bad Arabs-How Hollywood Vilifies A People featuring Dr Jack Shaheen was shown which highlighted the role of media stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims.


Global conference rebroadcast today

Throughout the Islamic lunar month of Rabia al-Awwal, millions of Muslims worldwide commemorate the Prophet Muhammad, by remembering his life and character.   

For the first time ever, an online celebration and a global webcast has been arranged through the united collaboration of numerous individuals and organisations worldwide.


This is a global celebration of the Prophet of Mercy, Muhammad (SAW). Scholars from around the world will present on his life based on compassion, his mission based on integrity and his message based on the truth of God.


The event will feature well-known Muslim speakers and entertainers in both pre-recorded video/audio presentations and live webcam presentations. The program will include short talks, songs, and poetry, all on the subject of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam.

Speakers and performers on the evening will include:

* Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
* Imam Zaid Shakir
* Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
* Shaykh Yahya Rhodus
* Dr. Yusuf Islam
* Shaykh Usama Canon
* Imam Afroz Ali
* Sami Yusuf
* Nader Khan




The global broadcast, titled Celebrate Mercy, can also be seen in centralized viewing centres within Australia.


The three hour webcast (first broadcast on the 25th) will be re-broadcast TODAY (Sunday 28th February) at 9pm AEDT and 8pm Brisbane time.


The Australian location details are as follows:


Islamic College of Brisbane

45 Acacia Road

Karawatha QLD

Contact: javed@hotmail.com.au or b_rauf@hotmail.com


Islamic Council of Victoria Bldg.

66-68 Jeffcott Street

West Melbourne VIC

You must register online due to limited capacity: http://alghazzali.org/register/mercy2010_melbourne

Contact: tnabulsi@alghazzali.org


Al-Ghazzali Centre

1021A Canterbury Road

Lakemba NSW

You must register online due to limited capacity: http://alghazzali.org/register/mercy2010

Contact: aazam@alghazzali.org


Redcliffe Community Hall

Corner Morgan Road/Field Avenue

Redcliffe WA

Contact: shameemakolia@gmail.com


For $5 USD, you can also register yourself for the re-broadcast at the website www.celebratemercy.com and watch it from the comfort of your home on your computer.


Soccer kits for refugee camps


(left to right) Iqbal Sultan and Zuleiga Goder, members of the Crescents of Brisbane Team, hand the set of jerseys over to David Forde to take over to the refugee camps

Crescents of Brisbane sent along two sets of soccer jerseys and balls with David Forde, who headed off yesterday as a member of a delegation on a study tour of parts of the Middle East. The kits are destined for football enthusiasts in the refugee camps in the region.


CCN caught up with Mr. Forde on his way out of the country and asked him about his trip to the Middle East:


Where are you going: Lebanon, Jordan, Palestinian Territories (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) and Israel

Why: Primarily learn about the APHEDA projects in the Palestinian Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, El Wafa Hospital in Gaza and Tulkarem City in the West Bank, along with issues facing workers through meetings with Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli unions

What you hope to learn: While I have my own views on the situation, I will be going with an open mind so as to get a better appreciation of the challenges that are faced by refugees, workers and the humanitarian needs of Palestinians. I want to hear from as many differing view points relevant to this conflict as soon as possible, including from Israeli settlers in Hebron. We will also have the opportunity to hear from and discuss the situation with government officials, the Australian Ambassador, various human rights groups and the UN in Gaza and other stakeholders through a range of scheduled visits, meetings and presentations.

Under what banner are you going: As part of Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA representing Labor 4A Just Palestine sponsored by the CFMEU (C&G) QLD who are one of the largest sponsors of humanitarian projects

How many are going: 11 plus 3 APHEDA staff. Five are from Brisbane including Evan Moorhead MP.

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Exhibition maps Australia's Muslim cameleer history


Australia's first Muslim community played a valued role in the exploration and settlement of the nation's desert interior.


A new exhibition that tells that remarkable story opens tomorrow, at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne.


It's called 'Australia's Muslim Cameleers - Pioneers of the Inland from the 1860s to 1930s.'

Presenter: Sen Lam
Speaker: Philip Jones, exhibition curator South Australian Museum


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Controversial Muslim scholar visits Australia


Progressive American Islamic scholar Dr Amina Wadud is visiting Australia to talk about her main academic interests - Islamic identity and the struggle for women's rights within Islam.


Amina Wadud was born Mary Teasley but changed her name in 1974 after she converted to Islam.


In 2005, she became the target of death threats after she led Friday prayers in a Catholic Church in New York against the accepted ban on women as imams.


But Doctor Wadud has another passion in the Asian region: Indonesia, where she's lived and taught.


She's also taught in Malaysia but its Indonesia she describes as uniquely hopeful, though not without potential fractures.



Presenter: Linda Mottram, Canberra correspondent
Speaker: Dr Amina Wadud, American-born Islamic scholar


Listen: Windows Media


WADUD: When you talk to most Indonesians they will tell you they have anywhere between 200 and 400 ethnicities and there's a kind of vibrant inter-relationship between these ethnicities and this includes religious differences, language differences and other aspects of culture. And I think that that feeds into the necessity to be able to accept what I call radical pluralism, that the world is not a monolith. And some countries are trying to homogenise themselves in a time when I think pluralism is much more important. Whereas Indonesia has always had to grapple with all of this diversity. So I think that it's an exciting place that accepts for itself that we are not one ethnicity, but at the same time we are one people.

MOTTRAM: That sounds somewhat idealised, it's obviously not an ideal existence in Indonesia. What are the potential fractures in that society, particularly given that it's still quite a young democracy?

WADUD: I think they probably in my observation the biggest problem has to do with the class disparity. Again estimate are anywhere from 22 to 28 per cent live below the poverty line, and yet there are obviously very, very wealthy people at the other end. And for my observation I'm not seeing the same kind of seamlessness that's happening with regard to class, and I don't mean to say that people have unusual prejudices, not snobbishness, but how is it that people can simultaneously live without adequate say sanitation right next to or even working for people who have five luxury cars in their driveway. So I see that there's a kind of fracture in terms of making at least in the United States we call the sort of viable middleclass, they don't really even have a middleclass. They sort of have like above being poor, and then they have wealthy.


ABC Radio Australia


Muslims hungry for NT camels

By NTNews.com  

Muslims across the country are licking their lips at the thought of utilising a resource that has been overlooked for decades, but was once used to pioneer central Australia.

An abattoir near Alice Springs is on the verge of signing a contract to supply at least 10 per cent of Australia's muslim population with halal camel meat.

The first Muslims in Australia arrived in 1860 as economic migrants, prepared to work tirelessly to develop the vast interior.

Hailing from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, they brought with them a great understanding of arid lands, as well as the 20,000 one-humped dromedaries needed to carry out the gruelling work.

From 1920 onwards, as roads improved and the use of motor vehicles for freight haulage increased, the numbers of captive domestic camels declined and many were released into the wild.

And now, according to Garry Dann, who runs the abattoir operation at Wamboden, about 30 kilometres north of Alice Springs, Australian Muslims could again play an important part in overcoming a problem of national significance.

Feral camels, spread across parts of South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, are estimated to total about one million at present and are tipped to double within the next eight or nine years.

A partnership between Mr Dann and a halal distributor based in Melbourne could result in more Muslims helping to conserve Australia's native flora and fauna by consuming the feral food.

Pending certification, it's a plan that has the full support of Imam Kafrawi Hamzah from the Alice Springs Mosque.

"Eating camel meat has become popular now," he told AAP.

He said interest in the product would grow even further once halal camel meat was readily available for purchase nationally.

Mr Dann told AAP he had been asked to supply about 10 per cent of Australia's Muslim population, or 100,000 people, with half a kilogram of halal camel meat each per week.

"That equates back to 50 tonnes a week, which gets back to 400 bloody camels or more, and that's just within domestic capital cities," he said.

He said such an increase in demand may require the slaughtering to be done by Centralian Gold at Wamboden, and for the boning and processing to be sent to South Australia.

"We just won't have the storage space," Mr Dann said.

Under Islamic faith, Muslims must not consume meat unless it has been slaughtered by a Muslim and it must not have come into contact with the flesh of a pig in any way.

Once meat is slaughtered the halal way, it is lawful for a Muslim to consume it.

"We have so many people ready to be slaughtermen for camel," Imam Hamzah said.

"And we try to tell the government this will create jobs.

"Why should we waste this animal by shooting it when it could be consumed by Muslims?

"Many people all over the world are hungry, they have no food, no meat - so why should we waste this kind of meat?"



Almost $50,000 for Adelaide to celebrate young Muslim Australians

WA: Member for Adelaide Kate Ellis this week announced Federal Government funding for a project to build the skills and education of local young Muslim Australians.

“The Dulwich Centre Foundation will receive $49,500 under the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security,” she said.

“The project will train local youth workers, teachers and community workers to run workshops that focus on young Muslim Australians’ own skills and knowledge in responding to challenges.”

A series of workshops and interviews will record stories from young Muslim Australians that will be documented and distributed through a written publication, website and DVD.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring all young Australians have the opportunity to realise their full potential,” Ms Ellis said.

Arab Film Festival Australia call-out now open for 2010 program

The Arab Film Festival is presented in Sydney at Parramatta Riverside Theatres followed by a national tour where a selection of the films will be screened at venues across Australia.

The Arab Film Festival Australia (AFFA) aims to showcase stories emerging from diverse Arabic speaking cultures to all Australian audiences that reflect the complexity and diversity of Arab experiences.


Furthermore the aim is to address the (mis)representations of Arab culture through film by providing critical spaces and give exposure to alternative representations of Arab culture, Arab commentary and self-representation.

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he Australian Journey: Muslim Communities - DIAC publication

Adapted from Australian Journey - Muslim communities


The Australian Journey – Muslim communities, a new DIAC publication, is characterised by contributions of Muslims from all over the world who have made Australia home.


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.

Mona Shindy 

Defence - Royal Australian Navy

People are, and will always be, a fundamental part of our defence forces. Different backgrounds and experiences in defence personnel means we are prepared for any situation, whether humanitarian aid or protecting Australia’s security.

More than 100 nationalities are represented in the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) with people from Australia’s Muslim population an important part of the defence community, supporting the ADF and providing role models for many young Australians.

Commander Mona Shindy was born in Egypt and migrated to Australia with her family at the age of three. She was raised Muslim and her family settled into and formed a part of the broader Australian Islamic community.

Her interest in a Navy career was sparked by postcards from her older brother and his stories of adventure in foreign ports as a member of the Australian Defence Force.


I was two years into obtaining my degree when I considered joining the Navy. I viewed it as an admirable and worthwhile job to do. I stay for the culture, the community, the friendships and the opportunities to undertake different types of work, and interesting work at that.

Commander Mona Shindy

Al-Ghazalli Newsletter


The Al-Ghazalli Newsletter of the Sydney-based Al-Ghazalli Centre can be viewed here.


Topics include:

• In Celebration of Mercy
• Mizaan Living - Archery
• International Deen Intensive Retreat 2010
• Donations for Ansaar Project
• Essence of Islam
• The Ansaar Project @ Exodus
• The Ansaar Project @ Elizabeth Bay
• Mizaan Ecology - Cooks River Regeneration Project
• The Creed of a Muslim

• Mizaan Ecology - Newcastle

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Greetings to all at CCN and down under,

I live in Botswana but visited Oz a few years ago and linked up with CCN and always read with interest your electronic newsletter.

Keep up the good work especially the work done to show Australia that as Muslims we are just ordinary people and not what the media make us out to be.

Just a question though do you have a compilation booklet with all the recipes that appear in your weekly?

If you have let me know so that I can order one – a couple of years ago in our region (Southern Africa) there were excellent recipe books sold compiled by the Australian Women’s weekly!

I am sure that a similar compilation would do well, maybe the Muslim women can do that to raise funds!

Salaams from Botswana,

Iqbal Ebrahim

[Editor] We have referred your suggestion about a recipe book to our resident chef and culinary expert, Ms KB and she has agreed to look into the viability of such a book. Watch this space!


After reading the links to the Australian about the article on the 3 women caned in Malaysia in last week's CCN I read the similar article on the UK website of the Daily Mail which I have pasted the link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1252166/We-deserved-punishment-What-Muslim-Malaysian-women-said-caned-having-sex-outside-marriage.html.

In the above article unlike the Australian it clearly states that the men also got caned, which in my opinion was deliberately left out by the Australian - no surprises there!!



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 CAIR Files EEOC Complaint Against Abercrombie & Fitch 


US: The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) announced this week that it has filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against Abercrombie & Fitch on behalf of a Muslim employee who was allegedly fired because she refused to remove her Islamic head scarf, or hijab


The Muslim worker reported to CAIR-SFBA that she was hired as a stockroom worker in October of last year at the Hollister outlet in San Mateo, Calif. She says she was told at that time that she could wear her scarf if it was in a color that matched the company's brand identity.

[Hollister is a division of Abercrombie & Fitch. Ohio-based Abercrombie & Fitch operates more than 1100 stores worldwide.]

Recently, a district manager visited the store and noticed that the Muslim employee was wearing a head scarf. The district manager then reportedly initiated a conference call with the company's human resources department during which the Muslim worker was told that scarves and hats are not allowed in the "look" policy. Despite informing company managers that she wears her scarf for religious reasons, the Muslim employee was sent home immediately.

This week, she was told she must remove her scarf during work hours. When she refused to violate her religious beliefs by removing her scarf in public, she was fired.

"This unconscionable and apparently illegal action by company managers violates not only federal civil rights law as it relates to religious accommodation in the workplace, but also violates Abercrombie & Fitch s own stated commitments to diversity, inclusion and ethical business practices," said CAIR-SFBA Programs and Outreach Director Zahra Billoo. "We urge Abercrombie & Fitch customers who value diversity and inclusion to contact the company to express their concerns about this violation of religious freedom."

She said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment. The act also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee, unless doing so would create an "undue hardship" for the employer.


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 Saudi to grant women court access


Mohammed al-Issa, the justice minister, said the government is drafting a new law to permit female lawyers to argue family-related cases, including divorce and child custody.

The proposed new law will be issued "in the coming days", Saudi newspapers reported on Sunday.

The female lawyers would be able to represent women in marriage, divorce, custody and other family cases, the newspapers said.

Judicial reforms

At the moment, female lawyers in the kingdom can only work behind the scenes in government and court offices, where they do not come into contact with men.

All judges in the kingdom are male religious clerics.

As part of ongoing judicial reforms, the Saudi government is developing a network of specialised courts, including "personal status" or family courts, where the women lawyers would be allowed to practice.

Women in Saudi Arabia are nearly totally segregated from men in public life.

Al Jazeera


 French pollies find halal burgers hard to swallow


A move by a French fast-food chain to offer halal menus at a handful of restaurants has some politicians fuming, in the latest row over France's increasingly visible Muslim minority.

The Quick chain has taken pork off its menu in eateries in Roubaix, northern France, as well as in Marseille and in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, to try to tap into the growing market of Muslim customers.

But politicians have complained that the switch to no-bacon hamburgers, launched three months ago, is depriving non-Muslims of their right to the standard menu.

Roubaix Mayor Rene Vandierendonck plans to file a complaint for discrimination, arguing that non-Muslims now have to trek to the suburbs to get a bacon burger, as Quick is the only fast-food place in the city centre.

"I'm not bothered by the fact that there is a halal menu," he said.

"But this is going too far because it is the only menu on offer and it has become discrimination."

French far-right politician Marine Le Pen suggested the Halal menus were providing a financial boost to Muslim organisations that certify meat as having been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic practices.

Ms Le Pen condemned the menu switch as "unacceptable" and denounced a form of "Islamisation".

In cities and towns across France, Quick's red-and-white signs are as familiar a sight as McDonald's golden arches, offering the usual array of hamburgers, french fries and soft drinks.

But in eight of Quick's 350 restaurants, the "Strong Bacon" double cheese hamburger is not on offer, replaced by a halal version with smoked turkey.

One customer was quoted in Le Parisien daily as saying that "it's just not the same".

The government has frowned on Quick's decision, suggesting that it was a form of "communautarisme", a pejorative term suggesting that a group is exhibiting a ghetto attitude.

Series of controversies

Home to Europe's biggest Muslim minority, estimated at between 5 and 6 million, France has been caught up in a series of controversies that have highlighted its unease with Islam in a strictly secular society.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's government is drafting legislation to ban the wearing of the full Islamic veil and is sponsoring a debate on national identity that has exposed fears about immigration.

Responding to the hubbub over the halal hamburgers, the head of France's Muslim Council called for reason to prevail and announced that he planned to meet with Quick's owners.

"Halal and kosher restaurants have been around for a long time," he said.

"Quick is the first fast-food chain to offer a full halal menu but it is only in a few of its restaurants.

"There are plenty of restaurants that do not offer halal meals and Muslims are not complaining of discrimination."

Quick manager Luc Demain, who runs the outlet in Roubaix among others, said there had been a slight increase in business since the new halal menus had been introduced and that he had not received complaints from customers.

Lionnel Lucca, a deputy from Sarkozy's right-wing UMP party, has called for a boycott of Quick to press for "freedom of choice to be restored" at the fast-food outlets.



 Europe's First Halal Industrial Park

LONDON — A British venture capital firm plans to launch Europe's first halal industrial park, tapping an under-served market worth up to $6.27 billion a year.
"If you look at some figures, the halal sector in the UK is worth between 2 to 4 billion pounds, the majority of that is imported," Mahesh Jayanarayan, chairman of Halal Industries, told the Reuters Islamic Banking and Finance Summit.

He said the Super Halal Industrial Park (SHIP) will be based in South Wales, adding that it was chosen because of its meat industries and affordable land prices.

The park would provide services such as storage, product packing, meat selection and processing as well as research and development.

Halal Industries has partnered with the Penang International Halal Hub (PIHH), the agency set up by the Malaysian state to promote halal-related industries.

Muslims should only eat meat from livestock slaughtered by a sharp knife from their necks, and the name of Allah, the Arabic word for God, must be mentioned.

Jayanarayan said the project will take three to five years to launch and will cost around 150 million pounds -- a sum he plans to raise in the capital markets, by sourcing government grants and by finding anchor-partners.

"This would be a private equity play but also a property play, purely because we are trying to pre-sell the project to industrial people to come in."

Europe has no halal industrial parks, despite being home to millions of Muslims.




 Germany Mulls French-style Burqa Ban  


CAIRO – Following the suit of their Western neighbour, German politicians are proposing a full ban on the face-veil in the European country, drawing fire for violating individual freedoms.

“The burqa is a full-body prison that deeply threatens human rights,” Lale Akgun, former Social Democratic Party (SPD) lawmaker, told Frankfurter Rundschau daily Thursday, January 28.

“It would be an important signal for Germany to ban the burqa.”

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) also proposed a blanket burqa ban.

“[If] there is a collision with other legal interests, such as schooling or headscarf ban, an action must be taken,” said lawmaker Wolfgang Bosbach.

His party colleague Norbert Geis said politicians would have to review whether a burqa ban in schools and universities would be constitutional.

The proposed German ban comes as a French parliamentary panel has recommended a partial ban on face-veils in hospitals, schools, public transport and government offices.

Many German states have already banned hijab, an obligatory code of dress, in schools.

There are some 3.5 million Muslims in Germany, two thirds of whom are of Turkish origin.

Islam comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

“We have a different understanding of freedom than the French,” Wiefelsputz, said.


But the proposed ban drew fire from fellow politicians.

“We have a different understanding of freedom than the French,” Dieter Wiefelsputz, SPD member and speaker for interior issues, said.

“I hope for an enlightened Islam, but we cannot force it.”

Environmentalist Green party leader Cem Ozdemir criticized the ban debate for focusing on minor things, overlooking the real conflict of integration.

“[It is] a symbol of debate that overlooks the true conflict,” Ozdemir said.

“The burqa is rejected by the vast majority of all Muslims, even supporters of the headscarf.”

While hijab is an obligatory code of dress for Muslim women, the majority of Muslim scholars agree that a woman is not obliged to wear the face veil.

Scholars believe it is up to women to decide whether to take on the veil or burqa, a loose outfit covering the whole body from head to toe and wore by some Muslim women.

The Hill



 Indonesians heed call to scrap paper and go for gold


GUIDED by a Scottish-born convert to Islam, a group of devout Indonesian Muslims is shunning ''worthless'' paper money in favour of gold and silver coins for daily transactions.

The followers of Sheikh Abdalqadir as-Sufi - born Ian Dallas - trade goods such as food, medicine, clothes and phone cards with gold dinars and silver dirhams in line with a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Their anti-modern views sit uneasily with the naked capitalism of Jakarta, the financial and political centre of one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

''History has proven that, since the prophet Muhammad, the value of one gold dinar for thousands of years has always been equal to the value of one goat,'' said 33-year-old Kurniawati, who runs a shop in southern Jakarta.

Hoping to follow the example of Muhammad and the first generations of Muslims, the sheikh's followers do their shopping with dirhams worth around 30,000 rupiah ($A3.50) and dinars worth 1.43 million rupiah ($A170).


The Age



 AROTC uses cutouts of Muslims as targets


Army ROTC cadets carried M249 light machine guns during lab exercises Feb. 20 that involved the use of props portraying concealed Muslim men on Zimple Quad.

One cut-out prop depicted a man crouched behind a sheep, while the other represented a man standing behind an oil barrel. AROTC held the laboratory exercises two blocks from the campus Al-Rahma Mosque.

Master Sergeant Thomas Lewis of Tulane AROTC said the props served as part of a procedure aimed at improving communication through the chain of command.

“These props bring cadets to different angles where they have to then report back what they see,” Lewis said. “We verify what they saw or explain to them what they should have reported.”

Ahmed Siddiqui, president of the Tulane Muslim Students Association, said he found the use of props representing stereotypical Muslims offensive and that these laboratory policies portray a negative image of the AROTC.

“Overseas terrorists use photographs of President Bush as targets during militant training, but the [AROTC] is using pictures of generalized people, not a specific insurgent,” Siddiqui said. “The depiction of a Muslim man in traditional Arab clothing hiding behind a sheep and an oil barrel is a stereotype that portrays all Arabs as being enemies of the state.”


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 Pool champion giving back to the community


THE UK's number one pool player and the current European No 2 pool player, Imran ‘The Maharaja’ Majid, spent last month in Manchester continuing his work on a personal vision to help children enjoy the benefits of playing pool. He is also using pool as a fun way to draw youngster into youth clubs were they can take part in leisure activities and be in a safe protective environment with supervised adults helping children with any needs they may have.

The 37-year-old spends five hours a day training in the snooker hall, at the top of Hounslow High Street (formerly Rileys), when he's not flying across the globe to compete in major tournaments.

Imran, who was born in Chiswick, picked up a cue at the age of 12 and was soon beating players twice his age at Heathrow, where his dad worked for British Airways. Since abandoning his accountancy course to turn professional 10 years ago, he has won more than 28 major tournaments across the world.

He is a big star in Asia, where the sport is huge.

"In the Far East I can walk into a McDonald's and get mobbed for autographs because all the tournaments are on TV over there," he said.

Imran is confident of continuing his good form in recent tournaments and is looking forward to his next tournament in Germany where he will be representing Great Britain in the World Team Championship.




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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


TThe reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries.
-   Descartes


This week



Theory and Practice of Modern Islamic Finance: The Case Analysis From Australia


  Abu Umar Faruq Ahmad, PhD 




Though small in comparison with conventional finance, Islamic finance is at the threshold of serious expansion, growing at between 15–20 per cent a year. Yet the wealth potential of Islamic finance is far from being its most attractive feature. What is most compelling about Islamic finance are its ethical principles and strong corporate governance based on Shariah law.

• This book seeks to contribute to the existing body of work in the area of Islamic finance through examining the extent of divergence in practice of Islamic financing from the traditional Shari`ah in the Australian context. The author makes a discursive analysis of the regulation of Islamic finance in Australia in terms of (a) the financing instruments used, (b) certainty of transactions between participants in the system, and (c) institutional risk management of Islamic financial institutions. The work's objectives are two-fold: (a) to analytically study the extent to which Islamic Financial Services Providers (IFSPs) of Australia differ from the traditional Shari`ah in their current practices of Islamic legal financial system by their use of different financial products and techniques, and (b) to create awareness and transparency about the various products and instruments used by the IFSPs of Australia. A comprehensive introduction to the principles of Islamic finance
• Shaikh Abu Umar Faruq Ahmad is well known in the global Islamic finance industry in general, and in the Australian Islamic financial market in particular. He has held the position of Chairman of the Shari`ah Supervisory Board of Islamic Cooperative Finance Australia Limited since its inception in July 1998

• Discussions of the topics throughout the book are logically coherent and presented in plain language
• An indispensable guide for the learner and/or professionals working in Islamic banking and finance sectors
• The book can convincingly claim to have made a breakthrough in the frontier of knowledge in the field of Islamic finance
• Glossary and book review is included
• Originally, the book was a PhD dissertation for which the author was awarded ‘high distinction’ for his most comprehensive, methodologically sound, well organised, lucid, comprehensively documented and analysed, and convincingly argued and concluded research


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KB's Culinary Corner


Ice Cream Dessert


by our Mystery Guest Chef


4 cups ice cream

1 cup fresh cream

1/2pkt South African Tennis Biscuits or 7 Australian Arnott’s Butternut Snap Cookies

½ cup pecan nuts

½ cup grated chocolate

2 tab icing sugar



Mix all the ingredients together and if possible place in a mould and freeze.

It is best prepared the day or several days before.

Decorate with grated peppermint or plain chocolate or pecans or fresh fruit before serving – it is easy and simply delicious.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


Kareema's Keep Fit Q&A Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I so wanted to do the Clem7 tunnel walk in Brisbane on Sunday but I chickened out because I have not done any training for ages. How do I get ready for the next fun run, and especially with CresWalk2010 coming up in May. 
A: If you are going to sign up for a 5K walk but don't regularly walk for fitness, it will take just a few weeks of training train to get you to enjoy the event without you coming off sore and in agony. I will be giving CCN readers a programme to follow closer to CresWalk.





My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


The CCN Chuckle


Mula Nasruddin and his son were riding the donkey to the town market. A group of people passed.


Mula heard them whisper: "What times are these? Look at those two, have they no mercy on the poor animal?"

Nasruddin, hearing this, tells his son to get off and continue the journey on foot.


Another group of people passing by and seeing this comment: "What times are these? Look at this man. His poor son with his frail body has to walk while he at his best age is riding the donkey!"

Hearing this, Nasruddin tells his son to ride the donkey and he himself gets off to walk the rest of the way. A third group of people seeing this remark: "What times are these? This young man is riding the donkey while his sickly old father has to walk!"

Hearing this, Nasruddin tells his son to get off the animal and they both walk with the donkey trailing behind. Another group passing by point to them, laughing: "Look at these idiots. They have a donkey and they are walking all the way to the market!"

[Moral] As many mouths, as many opinions. It is impossible to please everyone.

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Events and Functions




Exhibition of Palestinian Artefacts & Books

Information Seminar for International Indian Students



Speed Intros



Inter-Uni Cup


Australian International Islamic College (AIIC)

Information Session

AIIC Seeratur Rasool



Algester Mosque




Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Brisbane  Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

pdf version



Seerah Classes UMB

Dawah Course

Qu'ran Reading & Islamic Studies

Kuraby Mosque

Australian International Islamic College (DURACK)

Spirituality, Conversations & Community-Building 

Businesses and Services


AK Surtie



Hussana Australia

Halal Body Care range



Body & Beauty 




Naadiya Karim


Brisbane Diagnostics


Where Style meets Modesty

Brumby's Bakery

Big Gun Shopping Centre, Underwood

South African Naan available

every Sunday and Tuesday












Home Insulation & Green Homes

Healthy Life


Mr. India

Indian Cuisine

Nando's Calamvale Central
Shop 60-61 662
Compton Road

Tel: 07 3272 2299


Siitra Gold Coast


Kuraby Dentists

Opening Promotion

OurWorld Travel

Umrah & Jerusalem Packages

FAMSY Bookstore

Pitter Patter


Table & Chair Hire

The CCN Date Claimer






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27 Feb - 31 March


Falistini: Exhibition of Palestian Artefacts & Books

Justice for Palestine Brisbane

Logan West Library, Grand Plaza Drive, Browns Plains

0433 182 520

Library hours

28 February


AYMN Talk & Youth Hour - Special Guest: Imam Yusuf Peer


AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge



6 March


Algester Mosque - Meelad

Islamic Society of Algester

Beenleigh Events Centre
cnr Crete & Kent Street, Beenleigh

0418 738  432

3.30pm sharp

13 March


AIIC Info Day

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


13 March


AIIC Seeratur Rasool

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


19 March


Speed Intros

Julu Latif


0400 142 786


3-4 April

Sat & Sun

Inter-Uni Cup: &-aside Outdoor Soccer Tournament


Rochedale State High, Priestdale Rd, ROCHEDALE

0412 298 531


11 April


High Tea



0418 757 157


16 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786


9 July



Lailatul Mehraj

28 July



Lailatul Baraat

12 August



Start of Ramadhan

6 September



Lailatul Qadr

9 September



End of Ramadhan

10 September




11 or 18 September




Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

10am til late

9 October


Annual Event  (TBA)



0418 757 157


17 November




7 December



Islamic New Year

16 December



Day of Ashura


To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.




Ladies Taleem


Taleem this week will be held on Thursday 4th March at the residence of Shaheena Dudhia from 11am-12pm at 20 Delaney Court, Carindale.


Call  3849 3685 for more information.


All ladies welcome.


Ladies Keep-Fit Dance Classes


24 February - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm contact Renata 0400 701 676
10 March - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm contact Claudia 0415 844 439
24 March - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
14 April - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
28 April - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
12 May - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
26 May - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
9 June - Dance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm
23 June - Bellydance fitness class 8.15pm-9.45pm




Inspiration Talk, BBQ and Youth Hour

Topics that are relevant, Iman-boosting and mind-capturing.
Where: AMYN Islamic Youth Centre, 16/157 North Road, Woodridge
When: Every Sunday, 7pm
Info: www.AMYNweb.com
Everyone is invited



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Useful Links


Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

 Discussion Forum & Social Network for CCN Readers

Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland

Young Muslims of Queensland

Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane

Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)

Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools

www.mfis.com.au (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW)
www.islamiccollegeofbrisbane.com.au (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD)
www.icosa.sa.edu.au (Islamic College of South Australia, SA)
www.afic-lic.com.au (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA)
www.islamicschoolofcanberra.act.edu.au (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)


Gold Coast Mosque

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  

Always with you on the road to goodness

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)
Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future



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