The 47th Australian
Federation of Islamic Councils (Muslims
Australia) Congress was held at the Malek Fahd
Islamic School in Sydney.
The often robust and
blustery debate at the Congress began
yesterday (Sunday) and continues today with an
agenda that included a report by the AFIC
president, Ikebal Patel,and a
review of the activities of the Council over the
Mr Patel also
addressed the recent adverse publicity that the
Council and the AFIC management had received at
the hands of The Australian in recent months.
The various Islamic
Schools under the AFIC banner were represented
by their principals who gave accounts of the
progress they were making in their schools.
Last night at the
Congress Dinner, the Hon. Tony Burke
represented and spoke on behalf of the Prime
Minister of Australia. Amongst the other keynote
speakers on the night were, Mr Ikebal Patel,
Muslims Australia president, Mr David
Irvine, Chief of Australian Security
Intelligence Organization (ASIO), Judge
Hossam Mikawy (who spoke on his first hand
experiences during the Egyptian Arab Spring) and
the Yab Pehin Sri Hj, Abdul Taib Mahmud,
the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia.
also took the opportunity to launch a new logo
for the organization and their Baitul Mal fund.
AFIC Executive (left
to right): Mr. Ashraf Usman Ali
(Assistant Treasurer), Mr
Shaeed Ali (Executive Member),
Mr Mohamed Masood (Treasurer),
Mr Mohammed Harun (Secretary),
Mr. Ikebal Patel (President),
Mr Hafez Kassem (Vice President),
Ms Siti Mariam Abdullah Kawi
(Executive Member), Ms Eugenia
Flynn (Executive Member) and
Ms Heba Ibrahim (Assistant
being addressed by the Hon Tony Burke
New ICQ Executive (left to right)
: Yunus Rashid (standing), Sayraz
Mohammed, Ahmed Khan, Amar Ali Khan
(Vice President), Junaid Qadri
(Treasurer), Mohammed Yusuf
(President), Moammed Khalid
and Saheek Hassan. (Absent : Mohammed
At the Annual
General meeting of the Islamic Council of
Queensland held on 25th September Mr
Mohammed Yusuf was re-elected President for
another two years.
his annual report to the members at the AGM
Mr Yusuf outlined the challenges ahead for
ICQ and his vision for making it a broad
based organization so that it can truly
claim to be the umbrella body for the
Muslims of Queensland.
Mr Yusuf told CCN that in the last two years
a lot of hard work went into regaining the
confidence of the people who over the years
had become disenchanted with the
organization for lack of leadership and a
clear vision for future.
Islamic Centre breaks down religious divide
USQ Press Release
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Islamic
Centre in Toowoomba will once again host an Open
Day, and are inviting members of the Toowoomba
and University community to participate in the
Now in its fifth episode, the biennial event
aims to raise awareness in the community and
break-down misconceptions about Muslims. Event
coordinator, Associate Professor Shahjahan Khan,
said the event was for people of all faiths,
particularly non-Muslim USQ staff and student
and members of the wider community.
“Open Day is an opportunity for our non-Muslim
friends and fellow members of the wider
community to mix and talk with local Muslims and
find out more about the followers of Prophet
Muhammed- peace be upon him- who was described,
in the Qur’an, the Holy Book of Islam, as a
mercy to humanity,” Associate Professor Khan
“The main objective of the event is to remove
artificial barriers, create awareness, increase
interaction, develop and promote understanding
and appreciation for peaceful and harmonious
living as respectful and responsible citizens.
“With increased presence of Muslim students and
staff at USQ from diverse background and
nationality it is time to actively engage with
wider community to develop an environment of
This year’s event is supported by the Islamic
Society of Toowoomba Inc, USQ Multicultural
Centre, Multicultural Affairs Queensland, and
Toowoomba’s Pureland College. Some activities
will take place in USQ’s Quadrangle and will be
officially opened by Pro-Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Peter Goodall.
Speakers will include USQ Chaplain Mr Evan
Reichelt, Director of Multicultural Centre, Dr
Krzysztof Batorowicz, and Coordinator of Islamic
Centre, Dr Shahjahan Khan. The main speaker of
the day is Mrs Faiza El-Higzi of Romero Centre,
Mercy Family Services, Brisbane. She will speak
on the misunderstanding about Islam.
“The event is open to people of all ages and
gender and this year it is particularly catered
for the USQ students and staff. Activities and
displays include posters of Islamic art and
architecture, calligraphy, Islamic books and
crafts, brief presentations, information booths,
stalls, mosque tours, distribution of
information sheets and light refreshments.
Proceeding will commence at 11:30am in the USQ
Quadrangle with a free morning tea including
Arabian coffee. At 1:15pm people are invited to
attend mid-day prayers at the USQ Islamic
Centre, lunch will also be provided there. Non
revealing/modest dress would be appreciated.
For further information on this event and the
Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc, please contact
Associate Professor Shahjahan Khan or Mr William
Conwell, Manager, USQ Multicultural Centre.
Cemetery at Mt Gravatt
The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is
holding a special meeting to discuss various
issues about the future of this cemetery.
Of concern is the rate at which the burial
spaces are filling up and the construction of
Community Leaders and other interested parties
are requested to attend.
Venue Islamic College of Brisbane (New
Hall), Karawatha Date Sunday 16th October Time 10.00 a.m.
For further inquiries please contact: Mr Mohaamed Yusuf, President of ICQ, Mobile 0413
Australian's Apology to Abdalla
April 2008 The Australian published a serious of
articles about Dr Mohamad Abdalla that he
considered to be defamatory.
Dr Abdalla told CCN that these articles had
caused him and his family a lot of grief and
He said that for the
past three years he had lived with the claims
made by The Australian and found himself
explaining the background of these articles, and
debunking the assertions made in the articles
wherever he went.
"Many people in the
Australian Muslim community expressed their
dismay to me in relation to the content of the
articles," he said.
"Many people, including the youth, were upset at
how a national paper could publish such articles
about me despite my extensive years of tireless
work to create better understanding between
people, and my consistent message of moderation
and understanding. This exacerbated the feelings
of dismay and hopelessness that many Australian
Muslims have been feeling for the last decade
due to constant attacks on their community and
"The local Islamic community faced the issue
with courage and wisdom, and after many late
night meetings demonstrated their outstanding
civilized response. With high spirit and feeling
of hope they provided me with much needed
support and advice. I will always be indebted to
generated a great volume of support for Dr
Abdall from the wider Australian community. Many
Islamic and non-Islamic organisations issued
media releases condemning the articles and
He was defended in
the Queensland State Parliament by the then
Minister of Police, Judy Spence, in the Federal
Parliament by Graham Parrett, and in the Senate
by Andrew Bartlett.
"I received letters
of support from many people from across the
spectrum of our society. I was also vehemently
supported by Griffith University, its Vice
Chancellor, and my academic colleagues and PhD
students. I will always be indebted to them
Equipped with this moral support and belief in a
fair-go, Dr Abdalla decided to commence legal
action against Nationwide News Pty Ltd for
defamation. "I decided to do so because I
believed it was the correct moral position, and
more importantly to demonstrate that it is
possible to defend yourself with civility and
within the confines of the law."
His legal battle finally came to an end on
Thursday, 21 July 2011 when he agreed to settle
the matter with Nationwide News.
Tawakul Karman (flashing the victory sign
in the picture on the right) is a Yemeni mother of three,
Nobel Peace laureate, journalist and human
rights activist. Kerman, 32, also chairs
Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC), an
organisation she founded in 2005 to defend
human rights and freedom of expression.
Since 2007 Karman has regularly led
demonstrations and sit-ins in Change Square,
the focal point for anti-government protests
in the capital, Sanaa.
Karman said she had received threats from
the authorities by telephone because of her
refusal to accept the ministry of
information's rejection of WJWC's
application to legally start a newspaper and
a radio station.
During the ongoing Yemeni demonstrations
Karman organised student rallies in Sanaa to
protest against Ali Abdullah Saleh, the
Yemeni president and his government.
arrested and released on parole on January
24 but she led another protest days later,
calling for a "day of rage" similar to that
of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, which was
inspired by the Tunisian uprising.
For years her organisation has fought for
civil rights and a free and independent
press but the peaceful protests she has
staged have often been ruthlessly
"We have a leader and a regime that doesn't
want to resolve issues. Poverty is on the
rise, disease and illiteracy have increased,
and [there are] more human rights
violations," she said.
"Year after year he [Ali Saleh] has turned
the country into a dictatorship, a country
based on individual rather than state. This
is the leaders' policy," she said.
The Nobel committee said Karman won the
Nobel Peace Prize 2011 for her "non-violent
struggle for the safety of women".
Upon hearing the news she said: "Thank God
for this victory. I was not aware I was
nominated for this prize. I am totally
engaged with the revolution here in Yemen. I
dedicate this victory to all the youth of
the Arab Spring, to the memories of the
martyrs, to the injured and all the
"I am totally overwhelmed, not only because
of the prize but because of the dreams of
freedom and dignity.
"We will build our country with peace [and]
I give this award for all the youth in the
Arab world - in Egypt, in Libya, Syria and
Yemen. All the youth and women, this is a
victory for our demand for citizenship and
KB says: We had received so many
compliments over the taste of the burgers at this year's
CresWalk that I got Julie Hatia and Sharmillah
Samshodien to share their recipe with CCN readers. It
was Julie and Sharmillah who oversaw the preparation of
the 500 patties at Continental Halal Meats in Runcorn.
CresWalk2011 Burger Pattie
2kg beef mince
1 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs (beaten)
1 tsp. crushed garlic
½ tsp. white pepper
½ tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. green chilies
4 tab. barbeque sauce
50g grated butter
Combine all the above and knead
gently making sure the
ingredients are all well mixed.
Form into balls and then shape
them into patties.
patties can be cooked on the
stove, barbecued or grilled.
Serve on a buttered bread roll
with sauce and salad of your
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