community uses Eid function for reconciliation
By CCN's Man-on-the-Mussallah
Nigel Brennan was held hostage in Somalia
for 15 months in 2009. He, Canadian journalist
Amanda Lindhout, and three Somalians were seized
on their way to a refugee camp just outside the
Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Mr Brennan and Ms Lindhout were held captive for
462 days and released only after family members
paid a ransom.
Mr Brennan was the guest of honour of the
United Somalian Association of
Queensland (USAQ) at their Eid
function last night (Saturday) in Woolloongabba where he
described his experiences during his time in
He thanked the local
Somalian community for inviting him
to celebrate Eid with them and
"I was thinking about
how it is to be a refugee, to leave
your country, your families, you go
to a place where you have no idea
where you are going to end up, you
have no idea what you are going to
do for money." "In some respects I
was incredibly lucky to be able to
come home to my country while a lot
of Somalians will probably never go
back to the land of their birth,
which is incredibly sad." "For the
four days that I was there what I
saw was amazingly beautiful -
6 and half thousand kilometers of
pristine coastline and farming land,
that if money was thrown at it,
would turn the country into a
He thanked his family
and the local Somalian community for
their efforts during his ordeal and
hoped that one day he would get a
chance to go back to Somalia "if his
mother would let him".
Also on the agenda
was speeches by the Minister for
Palaszczuk, USAQ president,
Mr. Hussein Ali Ahmed, community
elder, Mr. Mohamed Mohamoud
Darman, young Amina Ahmed
and USAQ vice president, Mr.
Sharif Sheik Farah.
After a number of
enjoyable cultural performances, the
guests were treated to a dinner and
stayed on to enjoy each other's
company long afterwards.
Hussein Ali Ahmed
performance: Alla Maanta Ayaanta
performance: Haybad waxaad ku
leedahay dhulkaaga hooyo
Indonesian Eid Festival
The Indonesian Islamic Society of Brisbane (http://www.iisb.info),
an Indonesian Muslim community who reside in Brisbane and suburbs are holding an
Indonesian Eid feast today, Sunday 19 September.
All the details can be found by clicking on the image on the
Eid Fest Promo
Australian International Islamic College (AIIC)
hosted the Eid-ul-Fitr Salah and an impressive
crowd of about 2000 attended to observe the end
of the month of Ramadan.
On a beautiful morning, Muslim
brothers and sisters from all walks of life,
gathered and performed their Eid Salah.
After the Salah, the College
provided a sumptuous brunch that was clearly
enjoyed by all.
There were rides for the young
and also for the “not so young.”
"It was heartening to observe the spirit of
brotherhood and Islam amongst the Muslim
community, " a spokesperson for the College
Excerpt from sermon video from Sunday, August
29, worship service, First Community Church,
Columbus, OH, with Rev. Deborah C. Lindsay
Multicultural Assistance Program Grants for 2010-11 now
The Multicultural Assistance
Program grants are allocated to projects,
multicultural festivals, and cultural events
that strengthen multiculturalism, foster
harmonious community relations and
participation, and build community capacity,
including improved access to services in
The 2010-11 Funding Information Paper provides
details of funding available and information
about how to develop an application.
Applicants must use the 2010-11 Funding
Submission Form provided in the Funding
Information Paper to submit a funding
You may contact Multicultural Affairs Queensland
on 13 13 04 to obtain the Funding Information
Paper and submission forms if you do not have
access to internet or have a problem downloading
Closing date for submission of applications is
Monday 15 November 2010.
Worship Center Promotes Interfaith Peace
meeting with Ministers
The Executive Committee of the Ethnic Communities Council of
Queensland (ECCQ) was invited during the week to join members of the Queensland Parliament
for dinner in the Speaker's Courtyard of Parliament House.
Minister of Communities and Multicultural Affairs, AnnastaciaPalaszczuk, played host along with Attorney-General and Minister for
Relations, CameronDick(pictured seated second and third from
the left respectively).
Also present were Desley Scott MP, Grace Grace
MP and Speaker of the House, John Mickel MP.
responds to Quran burning controversy
In the current climate of an
increasing need for Muslims to be involved in
inter-faith dialogue to remove misconceptions
about Islam, clarify issues related to Muslims,
and inform others about Islam, there is a need
to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims about
issues related to Islam and Muslims.
The Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) invites
applicants to express an interest to volunteer
in two upcoming projects.
1) Religious education to Muslim students in
Many schools in Queensland have a growing
population of Muslims. Many of these Muslim
students (primary and secondary) are deprived
from learning about their faith or getting the
opportunity to pray congregational prayers at
school. Many of the Muslim students have
expressed the desire to learn more about their
Following this emerging need in schools around
Queensland, CIQ is looking for committed Muslims
who are interested in teaching Religious
Education classes, once a week, at schools
around Queensland. Full training and manuals for
Religious Education classes will be provided to
the volunteers by CIQ, including the necessary
paperwork to undertake this task Insha Allah.
CIQ is also looking for people to lead
congregational Jummah prayers at the schools.
2) Religious studies talks on Islam at
Non-Muslim schools in Queensland
In the past few years, a number of Muslim
sisters and brothers have been actively involved
in giving interviews to students from private
Christian colleges for their Grade 11 and Grade
12 religious studies class assignments. These
religious studies classes study Islam as part of
their curriculum and are required to interview a
Muslim person to get an insight about the
influence of doctrinal, ethical and social
frameworks of Islamic traditions in their
personal lives. Just a few weeks ago, 3 speakers
addressed up to 15 students each, in one
The increasing number of requests has called for
a need to increase the number of volunteers that
can be available to be interviewed to share
their experiences of Islam with students from
There are many passionate Muslims in the
community who would be ideal to undertake these
tasks. This is an opportunity for you to share
your knowledge of Islam with others. You do not
have to be a scholar to share your knowledge. If
you have the passion and the desire to do
something to change the perceptions people have
about Islam, then CIQ will provide the necessary
training to equip you with techniques and
strategies in addressing various commonly asked
Multi-faith and Multi-cultural Eid-ul-Fitr Celebration
By Nora Amath
the context of the so-called “Burn a Quran day”
last Sunday, over 80 people from diverse faith
and cultural backgrounds came together to
celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at the Multi-Faith Centre,
The event was hosted and
sponsored by Believing Women for a Culture of
Peace (BWCP), the Multi-Faith Centre, the North
Brisbane Interfaith Group and the Nematollahi
BWCP chairperson, Nora Amath, was the master of
ceremonies and took the attendees on a journey
through the spiritual significance of Ramadhan
and the diverse practices of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Emriye Yildiz from the Queensland
Intercultural Society provided her reflections
about Ramadhan from a Turkish Australian
perspective, while Amir Mozaffari from the
Nematollahi Sufi order moved and inspired the
audience with his passionate views about God’s
Love for His creation.
Garth Read from the North Brisbane Interfaith
Group spoke about the context of 9/11, the
“planned” Quran burning, and shared with
everyone Imam Feisal Abdel Rauf’s vision for the
proposed community centre - a centre for all
faiths to come together, something as Read
reminds us, the media has neglected in its
coverage of this contentious issue.
Read clarifies that Imam Feisal’s
concept for the centre rests on two commandments
common to the Abrahamic faiths: “to love the
Lord our creator with all of our hearts, minds,
souls and strength; and to love our neighbours
as we love ourselves. We want to foster a
culture of worship authentic to each religious
tradition, and also a culture of forging
personal bonds across religious traditions”
These profound, deep and inspiring reflections
were shared amidst spiritual music and poetry
reading performed by members of the Nematollahi
After the formal program,
attendees enjoyed a halal meal and continued to
engage in meaningful conversations with one
Events like this remind us how
important it is to continue reaching out to one
another; it is only through meaningful
engagement that true bridges of understanding
can be built.
As one of the organisers
remarked: “We are here to defy whatever hatred
there is out there, by coming together as
Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus,
Bahais, Sikhs and so forth!”
ban for Muslim pool event
The Victorian Civil and
Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has banned people
exposing their shoulders and thighs at an event
at a public swimming pool in Dandenong, in
The Dandenong City Council and the YMCA applied
for the ban to be implemented during swimming
lessons for Muslim women scheduled for next
It will apply to both Muslims and non-Muslims
attending the event.
The vice-president of the Victorian Islamic
Council, Sherene Hassan (pictured right),
says she does not support the restrictions.
"I basically believe that individuals have the
right to wear whatever they'd like to wear," she
"I understand the organisers of this event have
good intentions. They want to bring Muslims and
non-Muslims, but my preference would be no dress
code stipulated for non-Muslims."
Victoria's Equal Opportunities Commissioner says
the ban must be put into perspective.
Helen Szoke says the restrictions apply to a
two-hour, after hours swimming session, targeted
at multi-faith groups.
"People are not obliged to attend, minimum
standards of dress are very common and where
minimum standards of dress are identified on
occasions it's often to allow people to
participate," she said.
SBS Insight Tuesday 21 September
Banning the Burqa
The French Senate has voted to
ban the burqa in public places making it the
first European country to outlaw full face
Similar laws are now being
considered in Belgium, Spain and some Italian
President Sarkozy said in Parliament "We cannot
accept that in our country some women will be
imprisoned behind a fence cut off from all
social life, deprived of identity. This is not a
principle that the French republic has about
In Australia, a recent decision by a judge to
have a witness remove her face veil has sparked
controversy and recent polls show that the
majority of Australians support a ban.
But what exactly is driving the ban?
Guest on the live show are:
of it is
Pacific +10 Earth Charter Festival 2010
celebration of the 10th anniversary of the
Earth Charter started on Thursday with a Day
of Inspiration at St John’s Cathedral on Ann
AMARAH president, Nora
Amath, joined in the celebration by
providing the message of peace and endorsement
for the comprehensive charter.
Illustrious speakers for the day
include: Mirian Vilela, The Most Reverend Dr
Phillip Aspinall, Swami Mahamandalesh war Swami
Jasraj Puri, Dr Ian Lowe, Professor Brendan
Mackey, Bishop Browning, The Venerable Cheuh
Shan, Fr Denis Edwards and Dr Noel Preston.
Day of Inspiration also included voices from the
youth who provided profound reflections on the
different Earth Charter Principles.
A dialogue with
Pacific Islander leaders and the
challenge of climate change
The highlight of the day for many
was the passionate forum on “The Earth Charter
Meeting Global Challenges- Pacific Islands
Meeting the impact of Climate Change”.
Rev Leaupepe Kasiano, Ursula Rakova and Fiu Mata’ese
Elisara La’ulu spoke poignantly and passionately
about the plight of their people in the context
of climate change.
They reminded those in
attendance that for some it may mean a little
inconvenience to their lives and even expense;
but for them it is a matter of life and death.
They urged the Australian government and
everyone to be mindful of how important this
issue is to the very future of their islands and
The second day of the festival,
the Day of Action, included forums for 3
separate streams. They include: Communities
Stream: Living and Breathing Communities;
Corporate Stream: Harvesting the Benefits; and
Council Earth Charter Festival stall
Seeds of Change.
presented participants an opportunity to hear
from renowned experts in their fields who are
making a direct, sustainable impact on their
communities. The forums also provided practical
action-oriented solutions people can incorporate
into their lives.
The festival concluded on
Saturday, the Day of Celebration, with a Peace
and Sustainability Fair, at Musgrave Park, South
The Fair showcased diverse
multi-cultural performances, informative
dialogue forums, as well as the plethora of
community groups and social enterprise
initiatives interested individuals can join.
Imam Uzair Akbar
Imam Ikraam Buksh
Imam Abu Ghazaleh
Imam Junaid Akbar
Imam Mohammed Tauab Raza
Imam Tawfique Chowdhury
Imam Adnaan Goder
Imam Recep Utku
Imam Dr Mohamad Abdalla
Imam Khairettin Yilmaz
Imam Ihsan Arafa
Imam Abdul Basit
Imam Mohamed Aslam
Imam Mohamed Nawaaz
Imam Sifet Omerovic
Imam Hamidullah Buttu
Imam Nurul Hasan
Br Aziz Yusuf
Br Hamid Goran
Br Ismail Zaki
Br Daud Bachelor
Br Masroor Shariff
Information supplied courtesy of the Secretary
the Muslim World with CCN
table in the world' in Prophet’s Mosque, Madinah
usually start laying the tables for Iftar
immediately after Asr. They served an average
of 300,000 meals a day.
Serving Iftar for visitors
to the Prophet's Mosque is a
cherished tradition for the
people of Madinah.
It’s a practice which dates
back 1,400 years, since the
Prophet first built the
Dr Mohammad Khoja, who
researches the history of
Madinah, says there are
parts of the mosque named
after families, who for
centuries have been bringing
food to feed those who
attend Iftar. “The families
make budgets in which every
member contributes. They buy
food and serve the
visitors," he said.
In fact, some of the tables
on which the food is laid
out are very old and have
been donated by specific
clans. Often these relics
relay the family history and
ranking in Madinah.
For instance, laying down
tables in Al Rawdah Al
Sharifa (also known as the
old Haram) has been done by
the Al Kurdi and Al Humaid
families for tens of years.
Talking to Gulf News about
how these Iftars are
prepared, Mohammad Yousuf
Mahmoud, said preparations
take place long before the
advent of the fasting month.
"We serve the best kind of
Madinah dates, in addition
to water, orange juice and
fruit like yoghurt, orange,
bananas and grapes,” he
"But it is not just the food
for which the mosque is
“We have the longest table
on the face of earth,” he
adds. “It extends the length
of the Prophet's Mosque.
Millions of people have
taken their Iftar on this
Mohammad Ibrahim Ammar, a
Madinah resident has been
bringing food to the mosque
for Iftar for more than 40
years. "We have inherited
this tradition from our
fathers and grandfathers and
will hand it down to our
children and grandchildren,"
The average cost per Iftar
for one person is two to
three Saudi riyals.
As milk is the main
component of the meal, milk
companies compete to sell
their products at discount
prices outside the mosque.
Bread, known as ‘Madinah
Shiraik’ is usually served
for breakfast. It’s only
allowed to be eaten in the
courtyard outside the mosque
however. Inside the mosque,
only dates, yoghurt, coffee,
and Al Shiraik bread are
Residents usually start
laying the tables for Iftar
immediately after Asr. They
serve an average of 300,000
meals a day.
The director of public
relations at the Presidency
of the Affairs of the Two
Holy Mosques, Abdul Wahid
Ali Al Khattab, says about
170,000 meals are served
each day in the mosque,
while 130,000 are served in
More than 3.5 million
pilgrims and visitors in
Makkah and Madinah bade
farewell to the month of
Ramadan last Tuesday night
which is considered the 29th
night of the fasting month.
It is customary that on this
night, the Imams of the Two
Holy Mosques complete
reciting the Quran. Each
night during the taraweeh
prayer, a full chapter is
Muslims are keen to attend
this special night of the
29th in the Grand Mosque in
Makkah and the Prophet's
Mosque in Madinah to listen
to the tearful supplications
of the Imams.
Many pilgrims and
worshippers are particularly
keen to be in Makkah and
Madinah during the night of
"the conclusion of the
Quran" hoping that this will
be Lailat Al Qadr (Night of
Power) which is believed to
be equivalent to more than
83 years of worship
according to Prophet
More than 2.5 million
pilgrims and worshippers
attended the 27th night of
Ramadan at the Grand Mosque
a night commonly believed to
be the Lailat Al Qadr.
Lailat Al Qadr is special
because it is believed that
the gates of the skies open
and that the prayers of the
faithful is well received.
The Prophet did not specify
the exact time of this night
but had asked his followers
to look for it on odd nights
during the last 10 days of
The inside of the Grand
Mosque, its roof and outside
plazas were overcrowded with
The security, traffic and
health plans formulated and
executed by the Saudi
authorities helped ensure
the worshippers with comfort
and enabled them to do their
ritual easily and smoothly.
Assistant director of
general security Maj. Gen.
Nasser Al Arfaj said in
press statements that the
movement of the large masses
was organized by four
He said the command of the
Al Haram security forces
organized worshippers inside
the Grand Mosque and
prevented people from
praying in passages.
Al-Arfaj said the emergency
forces organized the masses
at the southern plazas while
the Haj and Umrah forces
were responsible for the
More than a million visitors
spend the Night of Power at
the Prophet's Mosque. They
prayed inside the Mosque and
in the surrounding
A number of Muslims have
been doing etikaf
(dedication for worship) in
the two Grand Mosques during
the last 10 days of Ramadan.
They will not have to go out
or do worldly business
during this activity.
Everyone of keen to do good
deeds during Ramadan which
is the month of forgiveness
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[Editor] Tickets for
Dreamworld can be bought from Flight Star Travel at
Underwood, or Best Deal Travel at Calamvale - or if
your children attending one of the two Islamic
Schools, they also have them.
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Readers' Book Club:
You are what you read!
The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi
As in her
previous book, The
Bastard of Istanbul
(2007), Shafak, a
Turkish writer, boldly
links East and West in
Massachusetts, Ella, an
unhappy housewife on the
cusp of 40, begins
reading manuscripts for
a literary agency, and
soon finds herself
e-mails with Aziz Zahara,
a wandering Sufi
photographer and the
author of Ella’s first
enthralling novel titled
fictionalizes the true
story of the esteemed
Muslim teacher Rumi, who
undergoes a profound
transformation when the
wandering dervish Shams
of Tabriz, a renegade of
strange and unnerving
powers, comes to town.
become inseparable, and
as Shams shares the
liberating “forty rules
of love,” Rumi becomes a
rebel mystic, the
inventor of the
“ecstatic dance” of the
whirling dervishes, and
a fervent and cherished
Aziz’s influence, Ella
also breaks free of
convention and opens
herself to cosmic
with Sufi mysticism and
lyrics, and sweetly
human in its embrace of
our flaws and failings,
shrewd, and affecting
revives the revelations
of Shams and Rumi, and
daringly illuminates the
and compassion, fear and
love of life in our own
violent world. --Donna
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3. Place in a
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6. Serve with roasted vegetables or chips.
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and body strength. The secret is to commit to exercise
(an active lifestyle) and choosing activities you enjoy
and can accommodate in your daily routine. Remember,
it's never too late to start exercising!
WHERE? Anywhere that suits you. You can choose the great
outdoors - pounding the pavements or working out at your
local park or pool, hit the beach, or in your own
Indoors - if
you're lucky enough to have even just a few pieces of
equipment such as a treadmill, stationery bike, skipping
rope, ball, etc. you can do 10-minute mini-workouts in
the privacy and comfort of your own home.
If you have no equipment at all, don't despair, sit-ups,
push-ups, dips, etc. are all just as great for getting
WHEN? Generally, people who exercise in the morning are
more likely to keep it up. Remember, exercising at any
convenient time for you is better than not exercising at
HOW? You can burn fat through two types of exercise:
aerobic exercise and resistance training. Aerobic
exercise is any physical activity that requires
increased oxygen intake and elevates your heart rate.
Regular aerobic exercise will reduce cardiovascular
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Resistance training makes you stronger by using weights,
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entrepreneur is desperately seeking to win a
huge transport contract from the man in charge
of the city's municipal transport department, our Mula Nasruddin.
entrepreneur offers to buy Mula Nasruddin a top of the
range sports car.
Nasruddin was indignant and told
the entrepreneur in no uncertain terms that decency and
dedication to duty for him would preclude him from
accepting such a gift and felt insulted that he was
being offered something for free. He believed that if he
wanted anything he would buy it and gladly pay for it.
The entrepreneur immediately changed his approach.
apologized to Mula Nasruddin and said “I am sorry, I
understand and it won’t happen again.”
He said Sir, may
I offer you a 2010 model sports car for $100?
that’s fine” said Mula Nasruddin, “at that price I will
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