With literally days to go
for the big day on Sunday 25 September registrations
for CRESWALK 2011 are coming in at a frantic
There will be a number of
fabulous random draws that include a Kindle
e-reader, a $250 shopping voucher and a digital
While each finisher will be
given a prized souvenier of the event to keep as
a memento of the day, remember that your
participation will help to raise funds for the
Horn of Africa Famine Appeal.
Register online or download
an entry form NOW by
clicking here and call 0402 026 786 if you
have any queries.
with the LNP Leader
Campbell Newman, leader of the LNP, attended
a reception hosted by Mr. Faisal Hatia of
Hatia Property Corporation at the Riverside
Reception Centre in New Farm on Friday 9
Amongst the 250 guests were
community leaders, politicians, business men and
women, Mayors and Imams.
Mr Hatia told the guests present
that the purpose of gathering was to introduce
the leader of the opposition to the Muslim
community as well as to give him an insight into
the substantial contribution the Muslim
community was making to Brisbane, Queensland and
"I hope it will open the doors
for further interaction between us as a
community and the government all levels for our
mutual positive benefit," he said in his
Mr. Newman spoke on his
commitment to multicultural Queensland, lauded
the efforts of the community and promised to
vehemently to defend the community from
unwarranted attacks against it.
Members of the audience were
given the opportunity to ask Mr. Newman a range
of questions on his policies and his stance on a
number of issues.
He was presented with a Zulu
shield by Mr Hatia to the tune of
Also delivering speeches on the
night were the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Cr.
Graham Quirk, and Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh.
Mr. Hussin Goss conducted
the auction of items in his usual unique and
inimitable style much to the entertainment and
enjoyment of the guests present.
Ms Nora Rane was the MC
and Dr Mustafa Ally delivered the vote of
(left to right) Mr
Campbell Newman, Mr. Faisal Hatia
and Ms Nora Amath
Mr Campbell Newman, is
presented with a Zulu shield by Mr.
(left to right,
clockwise) Ms Lisa Newman, Mr.
Campbell Newman, Mr. Faisal Hatia, Mr.
Hussin Goss, Dr Mustafa Ally, Dr
Mohammed Iqbal Sultan and Mr.
(left to right,
clockwise) Ms Leilah Abooker, Dr.
Mohammed Seedat, Cr. Graham Quirk, Imam
Imraan Husain, Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh, Mr.
Sultan Deen, Imam Yusuf Peer, Ms Ayesha
Dr. Mustafa Ally
Imam Ahmad Ghazaleh
Lord Mayor, Cr. Graham
Mr. Hussin Goss
interactive experience of Tafseer al Quran
By Imam Zeeyad Ravat
days we all endeavour to recite the Holy Quran
Kareem. However how much of it do we understand?
The Holy Quraan is
an ocean of treasures waiting to be revealed.
The Sahabi Abdullah bin Masood (ra) had an in
depth understanding of the Holy Quraan. He knew
where every verse was revealed, why it was
revealed and when it was revealed. Rasulullah
saw said, 'if anyone wishes to recite the Holy
Quran as it was revealed to me by Jibraeel then
he should recite it as how ibne Masood recites
Yet despite all this
he had such a zeal to learn more that he used to
say that if I knew anyone who knew more
knowledge of Quraan than me I would journey to
him to learn! We have great opportunities to
learn in our various Masaajid from our various
To facilitate this
further there will be tafseer classes every
Thursday night at the multi purpose hall in the
Islamic College of Brisbane. Isha Jamaat will be
at 7:20pm followed by the tafseer programme at
lessons will comprise firstly of an in depth
look of the translation, secondly the tafseer
and meaning and in conclusion the lessons
derived from it. The lessons are no longer than
30 minutes and will include an interactive
discussion and question answer session. These
lessons will also be heard live on
www.meem.com.au or replayed on Islam
The first tafseer
this week focused on Surah Yaseen and will be
continued to the end of the year.
Some thirty men and
twenty women (pictured above) attended
this week and engaged in an informative Q&A at
Mufti Zeeyad Ravat,
Head of Islamic and Arabic at the Islamic
College of Brisbane will be conducting and
delivering these lessons.
All the details of
the programme can be found
Off Shore Processing of Asylum
Mr Ikebal Patel, President of Muslims Australia - AFIC observed that it is about time Australia
matured as a country in deciding on its own
shores who stays in Australia, rather than hand
balling the decision making to some other
country, as was the case in the early days of
Australia with the mother land deciding on the
fate of individuals coming to this great land.
September 11 – 10 Years Later
The President of Muslims Australia – AFIC, Mr
Ikebal Patel speaking on the 10th anniversary of
the attacks in the USA, said “ that was the day
the world changed, one of the darkest days in
history, for so many the sorrow lingers, anguish
abounds and we share the pain of separation”.
Mr Patel, reiterated Muslims Australia’s
condemnation in the strongest terms of this and
any such criminal attacks on civilians. He said
Islam rejects such acts, since it forbids the
killing of civilians even during the time of
war, especially if they are not part of the
fight. As a human community we have to be
vigilant and ensure that such evils are
vigorously challenged and condemned for what it
Mr Geert Wilder's visit to
A letter of objection sent from
Muslims Australia (AFIC) to Hon. Chris Bowen,
Minister of Immigration with copy to Hon. Julia
Gillard PM and to Hon. Tony Abbott, Leader of
Opposition with regards to Senator Cory
Bernardi’s invitation to Mr Geert Wilders.
letter to Bowen
letter to Abbot
in Pakistan does not go unnoticed
By Imam Zeeyad Ravat
(left to right)
Mr Osman Rane (MCF), Brigadier Iftikhaar
Saheb, Brigadier Akram Saheb, Mufti Zeeyad
Ravat and Ms Janaeth Deen (MCF)
The Brisbane and Gold Coast
community were generous when Pakistan was
afflicted by the floods in 2010.
A substantial amount was
collected and donated for the relief of the
thousands of victims.
Muslim Charitable Foundation
coordinate the relief efforts and the money was
given to five individuals who undertook the
journey to Pakistan to distribute the aid.
All this effort did not go
This week a retired official of
the army of Pakistan Brigadier Akram Saheb of
Islamabad, and an official in the educational
department of Pakistan Brigadier Iftikhaar Saheb
of Karachi met with Muslim Charitable Foundation
members at the Islamic College of Brisbane to
thank all Queensland Muslims for their help and
care they offered in this crisis.
"Your efforts inspired us to
continue the aid work. Although financial and
material aid poured in from the entire world,
Australia was special because their people came
to help too," said Brigadier Akram Saheb.
Muslim Charitable Foundation
Australia was imprinted on all the aid given out
and the logo is even imprinted on the corrugated
iron sheets given to the homeless on the
Himalaya mountain tops.
MCF also expressed their gratitude to the two
generals for helping Dr Maqsoodul Hasan and
Mufti Zeeyad Ravat distribute the aid with full
military operation and support.
Gifts were exchanged and
certificates were given to the generals as a
token of appreciation on behalf of the
Queensland Muslim community.
Brigadier Akram Saheb
wrote a letter to His Excellency, The
Australian High Commissioner in Islamabad
expressing his sympathy for the recent floods in
Queensland and the work of the Australian Air
force Doctors and MCF.
Crescents of Brisbane Team raised $3000 for the
Muslim Aid Australia Horn of Africa Famine
Appeal through their CRESCAFE stall at Eidfest
Thank you to all those who
donated cupcakes for the cause. This year's
variety of decorations, tastes and colours was
quite breathtaking and your talents were
commended on by everyone who visited and
patronized the stall.
If you did not collect your cake
tray from the CRESCAFE stall call 0402 026 786
as we have a few trays looking for their owners.
Mr. Fahad Alrashed was
recently presented with the Volunteer of the
Year Award by the Royal Brisbane Institute of
Technology in recognition of his contribution to
the Asia Pacific Cities Summit.
section opens in local library
The Sunnybank Hills Library in
South East Brisbane officially opened a new
section on Arabic language books and resources
The over 2000 items represent the
biggest collection of resources outside of the
English language in the library.
The Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Cr
Graham Quirk, launched the new Arabic collection
with a group of young students from the nearby
Islamic College of Brisbane (pictured left).
The Head Librarian said the
initiative was in response to the growing
community in the area but was open to all
members of Brisbane City Council libraries in
(left to right)
Mr. Yusuf Khatree, Mr. Haytham Younes,
Mr. Jaaved Khatree, Ms Mariam Essof, Ms
Farina Abawi, Mr. Peter Kelly and Ms Janeth
The Griffith Islamic Research
Unit (GIRU) sponsored a media training workshop
which was conducted by Mr. Peter Kelly of Three
The workshop held on Saturday 10
September focused on, among other things,
strategies for preparing for and responding to
The goal of the workshop was to
to develop a range of skills that ensured
participants are able to take as much control as
possible when dealing with the media.
The personalised training included a mix of
theory and practice that provided a strong
understanding of how the media and individual
journalists worked, including what they are
looking for as well as providing an
understanding of the fundamentals of handling
any media interview.
The principles of developing and
delivering key messages were demonstrated with
the aim of building confidence to ensure that
media opportunities are capitalised upon and any
Mock interviews were conducted
covering a range of interview styles - both
negative and positive.
The program presenter, Peter
Kelly (Assoc.) is a former print and television
journalist including almost 10 years as
reporter, presenter and Chief of Staff with
Channel Ten in Brisbane. An experienced trainer,
Mr Kelly has delivered presentation and media
training courses for high profile athletes and
coaches, as well as working with a range of
corporate leaders, footballers and para-Olympians.
This was the second such training
that was offered by GIRU this year.
the Muslim World with CCN
up Muslim. in America
LIFE AFTER 9/11
TINY beads ran down my face and
formed a pool of sweat on my chin. I was soaked;
my shirt clung to me.
This was, I reasoned, a
negligible price to pay for my triumph against
the opposing kickball team. As the bell rang I,
along with the other fourth-graders, filed back
into class, but the elation we felt from the
playground victory was soon to be shattered.
Well, for my classmates, anyway.
As we walked in, our teacher, Mr
Stansu, asked if we knew anything about the
World Trade Centre in New York. In a roomful of
nine-year-old Canadians, the aggregate of our
understanding of an iconic American structure
would barely form a couple of sentences, but
when Mr Stansu told us that hijacked airplanes
had crashed into the towers, our naiveté ended.
To be honest, a lot of what I
heard that morning didn't quite register. I had
emigrated from Saudi Arabia just two years
before, and I was still struggling with English.
Even though I had attended English as a Second
Language classes for a couple years, everything
from English letters to the direction in which
you read a text was distinct from the Urdu and
Arabic languages I spoke.
Townsville Bulletin Tuesday 6/9/2011
The Islamic Council of Qld wishes to advise that
chicken from Golden Cockeral is not halal.
ICQ has not certified their plant and
to the best of its knowledge no one else has done so
It has been brought to the attention of ICQ that
some restaurants/food outlets and halal butchers are
buying chicken from Golden Cockerel either directly
or through other wholesalers who are mixing the
products with those purchased from plants that have
been certified halal.
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How Religion Is Reshaping Our Civic and
Putnam and David E. Campbell
Grace is a major achievement, a groundbreaking
examination of religion in America. Unique among
nations, America is deeply religious, religiously
diverse, and remarkably tolerant. But in recent decades
the nation’s religious landscape has been reshaped.
America has experienced three seismic shocks, say Robert
Putnam and David Campbell.
In the 1960s, religious observance
plummeted. Then in the 1970s and 1980s, a conservative
reaction produced the rise of evangelicalism and the
Religious Right. Since the 1990s, however, young people,
turned off by that linkage between faith and
conservative politics, have abandoned organized
religion. The result has been a growing polarization—the
ranks of religious conservatives and secular liberals
have swelled, leaving a dwindling group of religious
moderates in between.
At the same time, personal interfaith
ties are strengthening. Interfaith marriage has
increased while religious identities have become more
fluid. Putnam and Campbell show how this denser web of
personal ties brings surprising interfaith tolerance,
notwithstanding the so-called culture wars. American
Grace is based on two of the most comprehensive surveys
ever conducted on religion and public life in America.
It includes a dozen in-depth profiles of diverse
congregations across the country, which illuminate how
the trends described by Putnam and Campbell affect the
lives of real Americans.
Nearly every chapter of American Grace
contains a surprise about American religious life.
Among them: • Between one-third and
one-half of all American marriages are interfaith; •
Roughly one-third of Americans have switched religions
at some point in their lives; • Young people are more
opposed to abortion than their parents but more
accepting of gay marriage; • Even fervently religious
Americans believe that people of other faiths can go to
heaven; • Religious Americans are better neighbors than
secular Americans: more generous with their time and
treasure even for secular causes—but the explanation has
less to do with faith than with their communities of
faith; • Jews are the most broadly popular religious
group in America today. American Grace promises to be
the most important book in decades about American
religious life and an essential book for understanding
our nation today.
God's truth, believers are nicer
I'm getting ready to duck, but don't
shoot the messenger. The results are in: religious
people are nicer. Or so says Robert Putnam, professor of
public policy at Harvard.
Described by London's Sunday Times as the most
influential academic in the world today, Putnam is not a
religious believer. Best known for Bowling Alone, the
book that made ''social capital'' a key indicator of a
healthy society, Putnam, with his co-author David
Campbell (a Mormon), has waded into the debate about
religion in the public square with his latest offering,
American Grace: How Religion Unites and Divides Us. The
book emerges out of two massive and comprehensive
surveys into religion and public life in America.
Their most conspicuously controversial finding is that
religious people make better citizens and neighbours.
Putnam and Campbell write that ''for the most part, the
evidence we review suggests that religiously observant
Americans are more civic, and in some respects simply
On every measurable scale, religious Americans are more
generous, more altruistic and more involved in civic
life than their secular counterparts.
They are more likely to give blood, money to a homeless
person, financial aid to family or friends, a seat to a
stranger and to spend time with someone who is ''a bit
Putnam and his team interviewed 3000 people twice over
two years, asking a range of questions about people's
religious lives as well as their civic involvement,
social relationships, political beliefs, economic
situation and demographic profile.
Sydney Morning Herald
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KB says: This is a quick and easy dish
to make in a short space of time and is a huge success.
Liquidise the following
1 bunch dhania (coriander)
½ cup milk
1 tin cream style corn
6 green chillies
½ cup olive or sunflower oil
Fold in the following
1 medium onion grated
1 cup corn kernels (drained)
1 cup chana (besan) flour
1 tsp salt
½ cup mealie meal (polenta)
1 tsp baking powder
Pour into a
greased, oven proof baking dish, dot with
butter and sprinkle on sesame seeds and
slivered almonds. Bake at 180deg until light
brown (approx 35min)
Cut into squares and serve warm with your
Week 2 of our 3 week CRESWALK2011 training program
Please note that the following program is suitable for
beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete,
intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to
REMEMBER: NUTRITION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR
TRAINING REGIME. SO START EATING HEALTHIER TODAY AND
DON'T FORGET TO DRINK YOUR WATER!
Walk for a minimum of 45 mins. (10 mins. at a moderate
pace, 30 mins. at a more brisk pace and 5 mins. cool
down / slow pace).
PLEASE REMEMBER TO STRETCH AFTER EVERY WORKOUT!
Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a
bottle of water with you daily!
Similar to day 1, however, try to jog/run for a few
minutes, then slow down to a brisk walk before jogging
again. Increase your walking time by 5-10 mins. or more
if you feel comfortable.
Try a cycling session at the gym or head to the park on
your bike and take in the scenery and some fresh air.
Minimum session time should be 60mins with
mini-challenges along the way.
Healthy Tip: Keep your liquids up to prevent dehydration
and muscle cramping!
A session in the pool will be great to relax/soothe the
muscles while still improving on cardio-fitness. Swim
some laps with short breaks in between, or opt for an
aqua-aerobics session. If you’re not confident in the
water then walk up and down the length of the pool close
to the wall.
Today we’re back to strength training – grab your
weights and challenge upper and lower body. Remember to
use your own body weight as well (push-ups, sit-ups,
chin-ups, etc). Active recovery - Do an activity that
you enjoy (low impact). Include your stretching routine.
Active recovery - Do an activity that you enjoy (low
impact). Include your stretching routine.
Time to pound the pavement.. Head out for your jog or
walk. Your goal should be to beat the time / distance
you set earlier in the week!
Recover and get ready for your final week of training
before race day!
PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or
who are not already physically active, need to seek
clearance from their GP before starting any form of
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