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WITH ENTIRE REGIONS RECOVERING from the floods that swept from the
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relief to their beleaguered brothers and sisters in Pakistan. The relief efforts have come
not only from Pakistanis, but from people of all backgrounds. In fact the real theme of
the flood relief efforts has been the cooperation among organisations.
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Mufti Zeeyad Ravat of Brisbane who recently went to Pakistan for relief work on behalf
of Muslim Charitable Foundation said that “ as a Muslim aid helper I realised how Youth of Qld
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Imam Hamadullah Bhutto and Dr. Fuzzy Moola also from Brisbane spent almost a
month in and around the Sindh province setting up medical camps and seeing to the
needs of the sick and injured. “We provided full medical assistance to the needy people,
mainly focusing on malnutrition in children and women; distributing a large amount
of baby formula. We also used plenty of antibiotics, multi vitamins and skin lotions to
treat scabies.” Dr Moola and Imam Bhutto also helped install water pumps, hire trucks
for delivery, and admit a number of patients who needed hospital treatment for heart
problems, infections and operations.
Two major fundraisers were held in Brisbane in the month of October, with the first
one being held 6th of October at the Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha). It was
a resounding success thanks to the sterling work of Zaffar Khan and the teachers and
parents of the school. Zaffar Khan said that “ It was a great and successful night for
all of us and I am proud to say with the help of our communities (Muslim and non
Muslim), and with the help of my dedicated team, we were able to achieve around
$60,000 and attendees were over 750, and I am still getting wonderful responses which
will give benefits to the next charity functions, insha’Allah.”
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The Relationship between Qur’an and Science
Written by Sheikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel*
Note: The second last paragraph of this article 'Yes, they did'. The Qur'an merely described the character in Arabic, 'is the internal make-up of Our knowledge of science is based on
has been revised & altered from the initial earth as a vast expanse stretched out for all to a person that brings forth actions naturally and experimental method and extrapolating a
article; Revised in early 2004 live stably and comfortably on it. Some scholars without any difficulty.' Thus the Qur'an and theory of the 'reality' and this is coloured by
extrapolated from it that the earth was a flat the Messenger have been sent to complete and the philosophical beliefs of the scientists who
AN INTERESTING ISSUE HAS BEEN sheet (as opposed to a sphere). But herein lays are postulating that theory. A lot of what many
perfect our character; firstly in our relationship
RAISED. Some Muslim scholars of Tafsir in a further proof that the Qur'an is the word of call science is facts explained by the scientist's
with our Creator and then in our dealings with
the past did speculate that the earth is flat and beliefs and philosophy.
God and not of any man, as we will see shortly our fellow human beings as well as animals and
not spherical. Yet the Qur'an does not postulate
inshaAllah. the inanimate objects created by God. However, since technology is concerned with the
that. This leads to a discussion of the role of the
Qur'an. No doubt it is primarily a divine book First we will examine the relationship of Qur'an This, the Qur'an sets out to do as did the means and not the end, the Qur'an -which is the
of guidance from the Creator to Jinn and Man to Science and Technology. From this the place Messenger of our Creator, Muhammad exact word of God - makes no direct attempt at
to draw a step closer to the pleasure of Allah of the above mentioned saying of some Muslim (s.a.w), in his life time and for after his death raising the level of man in it and that is a steady
through His Worship by leading a balanced scholars will become clear. Allah refers to the left behind for us his Hadith (a record of his ongoing process. It merely encourages them to
life in every walk of life. But, in the field of Qur'an as containing arguments that serve as eye sayings and actions); and they both fulfilled use it for good.
science and technology, is the Qur'an intended openers to the reality of this life, the knowledge their task in an impeccable manner. With this, But, as for the Prophet Muhammad whose
to be its text book, and if not, then, why not? of its Creator, His Messenger and purpose it starts to become clearer that the Qur'an is not words (recorded in Hadith collection)
Furthermore, an exploration of this issue leads of life. He says therein, (the translation of it and was not meant to be a textbook on science were human and not divine, he never even
to a few amazing realities of the fact that the means) "This (contains) Basaa'ir (deep insights, and technology. Nowhere in it does it claim this, attempted to postulate a scientific theory as that
Qur'an is indeed the unadulterated Word of God. arguments and eye openers) for mankind." [Sura nor did the Messenger of God, Muhammad. was not his mission. The most he ever referred to
Jaathiya45: 20] He also says, "O people, there It did not even set out to make one scientific scientific concepts was no more than as passing
Bismillahi-Rahmani-Rahim has indeed come to you an admonition from theory or serve as a manual for a technological references while making another religious point
Wa bihi nasta'een. In the name your Lord, a healing for what is in the chests; breakthrough. Science and technology are in the broad sense. His knowledge of technology
of God, Most Merciful, Most and a guidance and mercy for the Believers." merely a means to the end that the Qur'an came and science (as with his companions who were
Beneficient; and from Him we [Sura Yunus10: 57] So the Qur'an serves as an to guide us to. The knowledge of science and all humans and not divine, it) was to a large
seek help. admonition persuading the people and appealing technology are a common human heritage and extent a reflection of the scientific awareness
to their better judgment to cure and heal the aspects of them are constantly revised, discarded of the people of that time -but without the
All Praise is for the One and only God Who
unhealthy thoughts, feelings and beliefs that or developed. Something we believe to be true superstitious beliefs which Islam purified
created all that we see around us so perfectly,
they may harbour in their chests about life, them from. As for the knowledge of religious
with immense knowledge, deep insight and today may be disproved a few years later. An
toward their Creator and fellow human beings. guidance that the Prophet was sent with, it
unparalleled mastery. The more one discovers example of that is the age of the earth. The
Moreover, it provides guidance in every walk of was of divine accuracy since it was revealed
these the more he appreciates. Likewise, all Medieval Christians (during their 'Dark Ages'
life to lift their character and reap the benefits as to him from God. As Muslim scholars pointed
Praise is for the One and Only God who sent specified it within a certain range. Scientists at
a mercy for those who believe in it and follow out, if ever the Prophet exercised his judgment
Messengers and Books of Guidance to His the onset of Christian European Renaissance
its guidance. (ijtihad) in verdicts to do with matters of
Creation from time to time. He sent the Qur'an, revised that figure using more developed means religious guidance (be it in economics, politics
the last of them, and perfected it with guidance So the Qur'an is a book of guidance to to determine its age and increased the number or social life), then Allah ensured that his
based on His immense knowledge, deep insight open people's eyes to the reality of this life, by more than ten times. Then the scientists with judgment was never left unchecked if he ever
and unparalleled wisdom in its guidance and its Creator and to live in harmony with His the advancement of technology used radioactive erred as a human (as pointed out in books of
eloquence. The more we increase in wisdom the creation. In other words the Qur'an and the means and determined its age to be far higher Usool-ul-Fiqh and Tafseer).
more we appreciate it. Messenger of God, who conveyed the Book in the order of millions of years. They realized
to us from our Creator, said about the whole We see a clear example of the nature of the
that the earlier thermal means were in fact
What is the relationship purpose behind his being sent as a Messenger knowledge of the Prophet in the two fields from
incorrect due to climatic influences on the
of Qur'an to Science and with the Qur'an, "Verily, I have merely been sent the following incident and he himself makes the
thermal mode of assessment! This is an example
Technology? to complete the noble characteristics." (Innama point very clearly.
of what was once believed to be scientific facts
Did Muslim scholars of Qur'an and Islam believe bu'ithtu li utammima makaarimal-aklaaq). As being proven wrong and revised with more The Prophet (May the peace and blessings
the earth was flat? The answer unashamedly is, the Scholars have pointed out, the aklaaq or technological advancement. of Allah be on him) along with some of his
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companions migrated from Mecca to Medina. author of the Qur'an was not a contemporary to in the Qur'an are not from a human from the said in the Qur'an, (the translation reads) "Do
The Meccans were merchants and traders while to the time of its Revelation – not the Prophet time of revelation but rather from God Whose they not then reflect on the Qur'an, had it been
the Medinians were people of agriculture. One nor any human being – rather the author was knowledge is eternal and complete. from any other than God, they would have found
day, in Medina, the Prophet was passing by a few someone with knowledge of timeless accuracy? Sheikh Muhammad ibn Salih al-Utheimeen, a therein many discrepancies" [Sura Nisa 4:82]
Medinan farmers who were climbing high up on I mentioned that the Qur'an makes no more leading scholar of Islam who died only a few It is an individual’s shortcoming for not accepting
date palms to enhance pollination of seeds. They than 'passing references' to matters of science years ago, made a very interesting point that shows the Qur'an despite its truth being so manifest. It
would manually put male with the female instead as the Qur'an was not meant to be a text book the difference between Islam, and other religions. even challenged them to produce a short chapter
of leaving it to the wind to do it. The Prophet, teaching science nor did it concern itself with that. He said, (from what I relate from memory) like it in its eloquence, lofty guidance with
who was not a farmer without realizing the The role of these passing references whenever "From the apparent (Dh-aahir) understanding of penetrating insight and wisdom. This challenge
importance of this manual process said to them, made in a moral lesson can be understood by the the verses of the Qur'an I understand that the sun is very appropriate as a human can match the
"Perhaps it may be better for you not to do this." following example. goes around the earth - at least from our reference work of another or even surpass it; but not one
The Medinians, hearing this from the Messenger Imagine when you see a person being extremely point here on earth. If knowledge comes to us that is from God, Man’s Creator. The Qur'an was
of God left what they were doing. The produce haughty and arrogant, you rebuke him saying, with certainty that it in fact is the opposite, then revealed at a Golden Era in history of Arabic
came out scarcely as it was merely by the wind. "Why are you behaving so arrogantly while you I would realise that these verses were merely language. Works of poetic mastery captivated the
The Prophet clarified his role and nature as a were made from just two tiny cells, the sperm and pointing out the movement of the sun as seen tribes across the Arabian deserts; the best were
Messenger of God to the people in very clear the ovum in a tiny droplet of liquid that no one by an onlooker on earth (as the moral lesson is inscribed in Gold and hung on Kaba in Mecca
terms, "If I order you to do something that is even likes to touch!" You are imparting a moral being made about them sitting in the cave on earth for local and international pilgrims to marvel.
to do with your religion then take it (and do it) lesson and making passing references only to with the sun above them as in Sura Kahf). Both To bring home a point, God, having revealed the
but if I order you to do something from my own scientific facts to make the moral point and no concepts can be understood from those verses in Qur'an in this Era, challenged the masters then or
opinion then verily I am merely a human being;" more. In fact had Allah used scientific concepts isolation." In fact those expressions are along the in future to parallel it if it could be conceived to
and he added, "You are more knowledgeable of that could not have been understood at all at that lines of what we still say today in our expressions be from a human like them. None came forth in
the matters of your world." This is an authentic point in time or thereafter, then the point would and fully understand what we mean when we say over fourteen centuries. Some of Shakespeare’s
hadith, collected in Sahih Muslim. Thus we see not have been understood and the people would 'Sunrise, sun has risen or the sun has set!' The work is debated in literary circles whether it is his
in the hadith literature when the Prophet and have been left confused. That is why the only Sheikh did not concern himself with these matters. or of someone else due to a difference despite the
the companions happened to mention anything references are of a nature such that the moral As for the moral and spiritual development (in all closeness in literary style and quality. This shows
of scientific nature, as the Prophet pointed out lesson can still be made. It is these that even walks of life including economics, political, social another human could parallel his human effort.
earlier, it reflects their contemporary human level leading non-Muslim scientists have discovered in interactions etc), this sheikh like others, learnt it As for Qur'an, no being to this day has even
of knowledge in those matters of technology. the Qur'an. from the Qur'an which is what the Qur'an was approached its quality! Even Orientalists such as
Keith Moore is a leading Canadian sent for, and his knowledge and excellence in Nicholson conceded that Qur'an is unique in its
“...in the Qur’an Embryologist and two of his books have been these aspects was proverbial. excellence and unsurpassed over the history! The
used as Embryology text books in Medical Had the Qur'an been sent by God for teaching difference between the craftsmanship of a created
any passing faculties at universities around the world. He is science instead of moral development it being and the work of the Creator is clear - in the
an example of one who researched into these would have done it with the same class and natural world all around us; and in the Qur'an.
references made to scientific references in the Qur'an and realized that expertise. Yet, as the Qur'an points out, many Our Creator says in Qur'an, His Book of Guidance
the author of the Qur'an is One Whose knowledge among mankind do not accept and submit to
a matter of science, is of timeless accuracy and not a human being. God's guidance. At times it is because of racial
sent for us, He says about this book itself, "Alif,
Lam, Mim, That is the Book there is no doubt in
He accepted Islam and became a Muslim. He pride and arrogance while with others it is simply
it is of timeless even published the third addition of one of these indulgence in the temporal pleasures of this life to
it is a guidance for the God-conscious." [Sura
text books with correlations between Qur'an and an extent where they do not contemplate enough
accuracy.“ embryological facts. However, the publishers and are not willing to give up these immediate *Born in India, Sheikh Aslam AbuIsmaeel was raised in
Yet when we see in the Qur'an any passing soon brought out a fourth edition and left only a pleasures for the eternal ones that they cannot see Melbourne. He completed an 6 year Alim and Mufti Study
references made to a matter of science, it is paragraph of that in the section on history! Just even if they knew and realised. Moreover, had the in 2001 at Islamic University of Medina Munawara. He
of timeless accuracy - some of those facts that as the leading magicians in the Court of Pharaoh Qur'an been from a human or any other than God then further studied extensively with some of the leading
realized that the staff of Moses was no magic but there would have been internal inconsistencies and scholars of our time from different countries, including
have only been discovered thirteen hundred years
brief but intensive study with the eminent Scholar and
later with modern advanced scientific equipment. from a non human, super natural source, God; discrepancies - as is characteristic of a mortal in his Mufti, Sheikh Muhammed ibn Salih al-Utheimeen. He has
An example of this is references to embryological likewise these scientists who were humble, open- authorship - but the Qur'an is amazingly coherent been involved in Islamic community work for the last two
stages of development discovered recently by minded and without any vested interests, they and there is not even a single contradiction neither decades and is currently the Director of Australian Muslim
microscopes. Doesn't this clearly show that the realized that the scientific facts made references within itself nor with proven facts outside it. Allah Youth Network (AMYN) and Sunnah Inspirations Inc.
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The Kaaba: Its
- put a small window close to the roof of the
Kaba to allow for light.
- moved the door of the Kaaba to ground level
and added a second door to the Kaaba.
Size and History
- added nine cubits to the height of the Kaaba,
making it twenty cubits high.
- its walls were two cubits wide.
- reduced the pillars inside the House to three
THE SMALL, CUBED BUILDING known as "This is Muhammad". He came to them and they instead of six as were earlier built by Quraish.
the Kaaba may not rival skyscrapers in height or asked him to decide on the matter. He agreed. For reconstruction, ibn az-Zubayr put up four
mansions in width, but its impact on history and Prophet Muhammad proposed a solution that all pillars around Kaaba and hung cloth over them
human beings is unmatched. agreed to-putting the Black Stone on a cloak, the until the building was completed. People began
elders of each of the clans held on to one edge of to do Tawaf around these pillars at all times, so
The Kaaba is the building towards which the cloak and carried the stone to its place. The
Muslims face five times a day, everyday, in Tawaf of the Kaba was never abandoned, even
Prophet then picked up the stone and placed it on during reconstruction.
prayer. This has been the case since the time the wall of the Kaaba. Since the tribe of Quraish
of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be did not have sufficient funds, this reconstruction During Abdul Malik bin
upon him) over 1400 years ago. did not include the entire foundation of the Marwan's time
The Size of the Kaaba: Kaaba as built by Prophet Ibrahim. This is the In 74 Hijri (or 693 according to the Gregorian Reconstruction during Sultan
The current height of the Kaaba is 39 feet, 6 first time the Kaaba acquired the cubical shape it calendar), Al-Hajjaj bin Yusuf al-Thaqafi, the Murad Khan's time
inches and total size comes to 627 square feet. has now unlike the rectangle shape which it had known tyrant of that time, with the approval of In the year 1039 Hijri, because of heavy rain, flood
earlier. The portion of the Kaaba left out is called Umayyad Khalifa Abdul Malik bin Marwan, and hail, two of the Kaaba's walls fell down.
The inside room of the Kaaba is 13X9 meters. Hateem now. demolished what Ibn az-Zubayr had added to it The flood during which this occurred took
The Kaaba's walls are one meter wide. The floor
from the older foundation of Prophet Ibrahim, place on the 19th of Shaban 1039 Hijri which
inside is 2.2 meters higher than the place where Construction After the Prophet's restore its old structure as the Quraish had had it. continued constantly, so the water in the Kaaba
people perform Tawaf. The ceiling and roof Time-Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr
are two levels made out of wood. They were Some of the changes he made were the following: became almost close to half of its walls, about 10
The Syrian army destroyed the Kaaba in feet from the ground level.
reconstructed with teak which is capped with Muharram 64 (Hijri date) and before the next - he rebuilt it in the smaller shape which is
stainless steel. The walls are all made of stone. found today On Thursday the 20th of Shaban 1039 Hijri, the
Hajj Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr, may Allah be eastern and western walls fell down.
The stones inside are unpolished, while the ones pleased with him, reconstructed the Kaba from - took out the Hateem
outside are polished. This small building has the ground up. Ibn az-Zubayr wanted to make - walled up the we stern door (whose signs are When flood receded on Friday the 21st of
been constructed and reconstructed by Prophets the Kaba how the Prophet Muhammad wanted still visible today) and left the rest as it was Shaban, the cleanup started. Again, a curtain,
Adam, Ibrahim, Ismail and Muhammad (peace it, on the foundation of the Prophet Ibrahim. the way Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr established
- pulled down the wall in the Hateem area
be upon them all). No other building has had this Ibn az-Zubayr said, "I heard Aisha (may Allah on 4 pillars, was put up, and the reconstruction
- removed the wooden ladder Ibn az-Zubayr started on the 26th of Ramadan. The rest of the
honor. be pleased with her) say, 'The Prophet said: "If had put inside the Kaaba. walls except for the one near the Black Stone,
Yet, not very much is known about the details of your people had not quite recently abandoned -reduced the door's height by five cubits
this small but significant building. were demolished. By the 2nd of Zul-Hijjah 1040
the Ignorance (Unbelief), and if I had sufficient
When Abdul Malik bin Marwan came for the construction was taking place under the
Did you know the Kaba was reconstructed as provisions to rebuild it [the Kaaba], I would
Umra and heard the Hadith that it was wish of guidance of Sultan Murad Khan, the Ottoman
recently as close to four years ago? have added five cubits to it from the Hijr. Also, Khalifa. From the point of the Black stone and
Prophet for the Kaaba to be constructed the way
I would make two doors; one for people to enter below, the current construction is the same
Did you know that the Kaba has been subjected Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr had built it, he regretted
therein and the other to exit." (Bukhari). Ibn as that done by Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr. The
to danger by natural disasters like flooding, as his actions.
az-Zubayr said, "Today, I can afford to do it and construction which was done under the auspices
well as human attacks?
I do not fear the people. Imam Malik's advice to the of Murad Khan was exactly the one done at the
If keep reading. You'll find some rarely heard of
Ibn az-Zubayr built the Kaaba on Prophet Khalifa Harun al Rasheed time of Abdul Malik ibn Marwan which is the
information discussed below and discover facts
Ibrahim's foundation. He put the roof on three Abbasi Khalifa Harun al Rasheed wanted way the Quraysh had built it before Prophethood.
about the Kaba many are unaware of.
pillars with the wood of Aoud (a perfumed wood to rebuild the Kaaba the way the Prophet On Rajab 28 1377, One historian counted the
The other names of the Kaaba with aroma which is traditionally burned to get a Muhammad wanted and the way Abdullah total stones of the Kaaba and they were 1,614.
Literally, Kaaba in Arabic means a high place good smell out of it in Arabia). ibn az-Zubayr built it. But when he consulted These stones are of different shapes. But the
with respect and prestige. The word Kaaba may In his construction he put two doors, one facing Imam Malik, the Imam asked the Khalifa to stones which are inside the outer wall which is
also be derivative of a word meaning a cube. the east the other facing the west, as the Prophet change his mind because constant demolition visible are not counted in there.
Some of these other names include: wanted but did not do in his lifetime. He rebuilt and rebuilding is not respectful and would Reconstruction of the Kaaba in
Bait ul Ateeq-which means, according to one the Kaaba on the Prophet Ibrahim's foundation, become a toy in the hands of kings. Each one
would want to demolish and rebuild the Kaaba.
meaning, the earliest and ancient. According to which meant that the Hateem area was included.
Based on this advice, Harun al Rasheed did not A major reconstruction of the Kaba took place
the second meaning, it means independent and The Hateem is the area adjacent to the Kaaba
reconstruct the Kaaba. The structure remained in between May 1996 and October 1996.
liberating. Both meanings could be taken enclosed by a low semi-circular wall.
the same construction for 966 years, with minor This was after a period of about 400 years (since
Bait ul Haram-the honorable house Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr also made the following Sultan Murad Khan's time).
additions and modifications: repairs here and there.
The Kaaba has been reconstructed up to 12 times During this reconstruction the only original thing
Scholars and historians say that the Kaaba has left from the Kaaba are the stones. All other
been reconstructed between five to 12 times. material has been replaced including the ceiling
and the roof and its wood.
The very first construction of the Kaaba was
done by Prophet Adam (peace be upon him). What is inside the Kaaba?
Allah says in the Quran that this was the first There are three pillars inside
house that was built for humanity to worship There is a small table on the side to put items
Allah. like perfume and incense burners.
After this, Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail (peace be There are two lantern-type lamps hanging
upon them) rebuilt the Kaba. The measurements from a cross beam near the ceiling.
of the Kaaba's Ibrahimic foundation are as There are no electric lights inside.
follows: The interior walls are clad with marble
- the eastern wall was 48 feet and 6 inches half-way to the roof.
- the Hateem side wall was 33 feet The entire floor is of marble except for a small
- the side between the black stone and the portion which is called “Rukhamat Humra”.
Yemeni corner was 30 feet Tablets with Qur’anic inscriptions are inset in
- the Western side was 46.5 feet
The top part of the walls is covered with a
Following this, there were several constructions green cloth decorated with gold embroidered
before the Prophet Muhammad (peace and Qur’anic verses.
blessings be uponj him) 's time. There are no windows inside.
Reconstruction of Kaaba by There is only one door.
Quraish The space can accommodate about 50 people.
Prophet Muhammad participated in one of its Sourced from soundvision.com
reconstructions before he became a Prophet.
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Jungle, Water, Mosques,
the villages were in fact furnished with modern
amenities yet preserved the traditional way
of life. The speedboat then zipped down the
river outside of the city centre to an area less
developed and surrounded by jungle. Here,
and Palaces By Kawthar Girach
once the speedboat motor was turned off so
as not to frighten them away, we witnessed a
group of Proboscis monkeys at play, dangling
and jumping from tree to tree. This endangered
monkey is prevalent specifically on the island
My Journey into Brunei Darussalam, the Abode of Peace of Borneo, and is recognisable through its long
protruding nose that the female of the species
I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO be a host on during this mundane act of driving to your apparently find highly attractive on their males.
‘Getaway’. Ever since I was young, I would destination, you are reminded about the purpose On returning to the city we stopped amidst a
sit with my eyes glued to the television on and meaning of life. large group of speedboats that seemed to be
Thursday nights, watching with a tinge of The main attraction of Brunei for many, and clustered into two groups. These speedboats had
jealousy as Catriona and the other presenters what the nation is famous for, is its immensely been painted with slogans, such as ‘Never give
of the show, explored and experienced the far- opulent mosques reflective of the Sultanate’s up’ and the like, and were being lovingly cared
reaches of the globe, bringing its breathtaking unimaginable wealth. The Sultan of Brunei, as for by their young male owners. Speedboats,
natural wonder and the diverse customs of its many might know, is the wealthiest monarch in for them, could be likened to the often male
people to my lounge room. the world, with palaces both in Brunei and many obsession with ‘doing up’ cars. Instead of
During my time in Singapore, I was able to major cities across the globe. Within Brunei, mag wheels and subwoofers, they were restoring
fulfil my dream somewhat through being able the Sultanate has commissioned the Jame the look and power of their speedboats, and
to travel and explore the neighbouring countries Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, a magnificent revving their engines for what we then realised
on a whim. I shall describe the highlights of my intricately-created golden structure situated was the late afternoon river race between two
journey into Brunei Darussalam in this article. amidst water fountains and landscaped greenery, rival groups.
Having living in Singapore for a few months as well as Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, The day ended with the a picturesque sunset,
already with many Malay friends, I was already an elaborate white mosque topped with a dome the glittering golden mosque shining and
becoming acquainted with some aspects of of pure gold that is reflected in the water at reflecting on the serene water of the river, with
Malay culture. I was already eating mie goreng its base. Within this mosque is an elevator, the Adhaan soon after calling Muslims for
on a regular basis, and not just the ‘Indomie’ specifically for the Sultan where he ascends to Maghrib prayer; simply breathtaking tranquillity
instant noodle type that we get here in Australia. his own private room for prayer, something that in the ‘Abode of Peace’.
I had learnt that it was never polite to point was highly criticised by a friend of
using the index finger; the pointing of the thumb mine who emphasised that in Islam
in the desired direction using a closed fist was we are all equal in Allah’s eyes and
instead the acceptable way to refer to something are quite used to the quick, perhaps even that the Sultan should join prayer
or someone of interest. I was becoming more subconscious, reading of road signs as you drive with his fellow men. Perhaps he is
and more exposed to the language, Bahasa along the motorway. You perhaps don’t even a man that enjoys his privacy.
Melayu, with the learning of this language pay attention to it; you just look out the window We were escorted to a speedboat
becoming invaluable in later travels yet also on your journey and read those big green signs just behind this mosque to explore
being of assistance when attempting to act like without even noticing. Well, in Brunei they have Kampong Ayer, or the water village.
a local for haggling purposes. I also discovered accounted for this effect, and have used it for This represents a cluster of villages
that Bollywood had well and truly made its way Islamic purposes. In Brunei, when you drive on stilts in the Brunei River where
to this part of the world as, in some areas, once along and are confronted with those big green about 10% of Brunei’s population
it was realised that I am of Indian heritage, I was signs, and when you look up and read them, you live. It has been dubbed the ‘Venice
always asked whether I knew Shahrukh Khan. may come across a consecutive group of them of the East’ with small wooden
On arriving in Brunei Darussalam one of the in Arabic script, the first reading SubhaanAllah, speedboats being the transport of
first things that got me well and truly excited, the second reading Alhumdulillah, and the choice for villagers, and, although
was surprisingly, road signs. I am sure you final one reading Allahu Akbar. Alhumdulillah, it may seem somewhat like a slum,
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Household electronics tops New Mobile Phone Product
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empty aluminium cans in the kerbside recycling
“For every item a participant brings to a Big children aren’t being followed home, to school
bin, but when it comes to electronic waste we’re
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Manager of Recycling Programs, Janet Sparrow. can be used to purchase items which have been friend request from someone they don’t know
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Officeworks outlets, ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ Ark’s Manger of Recycling Programs, Janet they really are. As well, students using the
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printer cartridges and mobile phones.” are great for the environment. And because no their phones in class can use StalkerBlock
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Ark’s RecyclingNearYou.com.au for
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paper currently recycled, workplaces are also
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Recycling Week. from November 8 – 14. National Recycling most mobile phones these days had that tracking out, what they’re into. And if need be, we can
The Friday File Fling is a paper recycling Week is kindly supported by Orange Power, put this block on their phone. “And I am sure this
initiative where participating companies provide device installed and that it could be easily traced,
‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’, Varta Rechargeable could have application to any adult. Particularly
their employees with time to sort through filing Batteries and The Aluminium Can Group. we were all shocked,” said Sydney mother
Marilyn Searle, a co-founder of StalkerBlock. if they were high profile or just uncomfortable
with this new location based trend.”
“I have three children and I don’t understand
StalkerBlock works on many mobile phones
New Halal Butcher these social networking sites. I don’t know
what the kids put on it, who their friends are or
anything. What parent does know? "
with GPS’s . The product does not affect the
individual’s mobile phone coverage, nor does
it result in extra charges on mobile phone bills.
in Labrador “And now there’s new sites where people can
tag themselves – and their friends without telling
For the blocking to work, you just register on
www.stalkerblock.com and follow the simple
With the Muslim population growing on the Gold them – to show where they are. This alerts their prompts. People can register for only $45 for an
Coast there is no surprise that a new halal butcher location to other people who are also registered individual or $50 for the whole family and take
opened its door attracting customers from all over the to these sites. And they could be anyone.” off their mobile phone’s location by blocking the
Gold Coast area. Most new phones on the market have internet GPS tracking system.
Labrador Halal Quality Meats is located in Brown capabilities, with web browsers, email, Phone Facts:
Street in Labrador, only a few blocks away from the locationbased applications and in-built GPS’s,
Mobile Phones can still be traced even
Gold Coast mosque. Owner and manager, Saajid making the internet very mobile. And giving
when they turned off
Khan is a fourth-generation butcher with a wealth parents less opportunity to manage how their
of knowledge that was passed down from his great kids use it. 43 % of Australians own a internet
grandfather who owned and ran several butchers capable smartphone
“In this world parents feel like they are losing
in South Africa. The Khan butchers were famously control. Our kids have a much better grip on 23 % of children aged six to 13 own a
known for small goods and products which Saajid mobile phones, the internet and these networking mobile phone
says he will be introducing to his customers in the sites. We are always one step behind,” Mrs 14% of young children have been bullied
coming months. In addition, the customers will be Searle said. through their mobile
able to enjoy the pre marinated ready to cook meats,
french polonies and hot dogs and boerewors all at
very competitive prices. Saajid Khan
Labrador Halal Quality Meats prouds itself on
service offering customers exactly what they want. Pakiza Naaz Khan and
Nawaaz Movin Khan, originally from Fiji relocated to Surfers Paradise a
year ago and have become regular customers of Labrador Halal Quality
Meats after extended family recommended the halal butcher to them. “We
are very happy with the quality and they have the best value,” said Pakiza.
Her husband Nawaaz added that after trying other butchers they found this
was the best one.
Labrador Halal Quality Meats also caters for functions, weddings and
supply meats to local halal restaurants. They also have regular deliveries
to Brisbane on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
For any more information visit Labrador Halal Quality Meats at 7-7
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The IT Corner Two South Africans
How to pedal their way
Dispose of Ink Cartridgesby Shoaib Dedhi
MOST OF US WOULD throw away our old
cartridge when finished – however reusing or
this service, so call around to office supply
stores in the area and ask if they can refill an
to Haj By K.S. Ramkumar
recycling is the better option, not just for the ink cartridge for you. TWO YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS have decided to pick up Arabic, especially while
pocket but also for the environment. Recycle empty ink cartridges if you’ve pedaled their way to Saudi Arabia to perform this traveling through Syria and Jordan. This suited
already refilled it several times and have year’s Haj. Nathim Cairncross, 28, and Imtiyaz us well when we reached the Saudi border
A few tips to keep the cartridge Ahmad Haron, 25, both from Cape Town, said where the security officials were very friendly
Prior to using recycled ink cartridges, worn it out or if the cartridge is not available
for refill. Rather than placing the cartridge on arrival at the Saudi border before reaching and welcomed and greeted us. They were also
especially if your printer is new, check Tabuk that they felt happy they were fulfilling happy to know that we have undertaken this
the manufacturer’s note of your printer to directly into your home recycling bin for
weekly pick-up, it’s better to participate in a their dream of performing Haj. “Pedaling our arduous journey to fulfill our Haj dream,”
determine if using a recycled ink cartridge can way to the Kingdom from Cape Town was a
recycle program specifically for the recycling Cairncross said. “We came with a very small
void warranty of your machine. grueling experience. We wanted to travel this
of ink cartridges such as cartridge refilling budget and we found to our delight there were
Refill empty ink cartridges before the ink way so that we are prepared to experience the people readily prepared to offer us the local cash
runs out. This significantly cuts the cost of places. In some cases you can do a cartridge
trade in just like gas and go bottles for rigors of performing the pilgrimage,” Cairncross, and meet our needs.”
new cartridges. Refill kits are available in a town planner by profession, told Arab News
all office supply stores. They come with all your BBQ. Both did not encounter any serious problem on
over the telephone on Monday night. their way through nine countries in the course
of the equipment, ink and instructions. Do-it- Remember, when you recycle ink cartridges,
yourself refilling means you pay a fraction of you don’t only save on money, you will also Both set out on their journey for the annual of their nine-month journey. “All we did was to
the cost of a new cartridge. minimize the quantity of non-biodegradable pilgrimage on Feb. 7 on their bicycles. They change tires and tubes, and fix the pedal chain
materials that are harmful to the environment pedaled through Botswana, Zimbabwe, from time to time.
Take the cartridge to an office supply that has Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Turkey,
an on-site refill service. Not all stores provide if allowed to remain as junk in landfills. Asked why they chose to ride bicycles,
Syria and Jordan before reaching the Saudi
Cairncross said: “This gives us a lot of
border. “This is our first Haj. We could have
opportunity to meet and interact with different
Postnatal Depression come for Haj by plane, but it was our cherished
desire to travel differently, so we chose to use
people in different countries. Additionally, we
continued with our Dawa work wherever we
our bicycles, as cycling is what we both love the
Awareness Week – 14-20 November 2010 most,” Cairncross said.
stopped for our overnight stays.”
Both Cairncross and Haron are students of
Depression affects one in 11 women during pregnancy and one in seven after Both pedaled 80 to 100 km daily and took
Islamic law and have studied Shariah. “I
birth.Help is available and with the righttreatment, you can recover. rest in mosques or tents after dusk and set out
again after dawn. “People have been very joined a university and completed a course in
cooperative and courteous. At every place that town planning and am working in the field of
Postnatal Depression: the facts construction,” Cairncross said.
we passed through, they welcomed us and were
• One in 11 mums will experience depression during pregnancy. Both of them are single and love sports.
happy to know that we were going for Haj. Food
• One in seven mums will experience depression in the year following the birth of their child. was never a problem as people took delight in While Cairncross is interested in wind surfing
• Postnatal Depression is not the ‘baby blues’ – it does not go away on its own. offering us the choicest dishes. Of course, it along beaches and seas, Haron, an economics
• Having depression and anxiety is not a normal part of having a baby. was tiresome to pedal throughout the journey, graduate, excels in kickboxing and mountain
• It’s important to get help early especially when negotiating mountainous climbing. After the pilgrimage, both propose to
regions,” Cairncross added. return home via West Africa.
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From Page 17
Fundraisers for Pakistan Unite Community
they just need quilts, as you know one quilt is for
from Australia to Zimbabwe by Ismail Mohamed
$10. At the time of depositing funds into MCF
account please mention the word QUILT,” Zaffar
I AM TRULY THANKFUL TO ALLAH, Nevertheless, the people of Zimbabwe are The Majlisul Ulama have served the On 31st of October The Islamic Council of
Who allowed me to travel to my birth place, patient and resilient, and it seems that they Muslim community of Zimbabwe for Queensland (ICQ), together with a number of
all the way across the Indian ocean, to the have managed to weather the worst part of decades, establishing schools, masjids, Muslim and non-Muslim organisations, staged a
heart of Southern Africa – Zimbabwe. It had the storm. orphanages, halal certification, youth fete to raise funds for the victims of the floods at
been about two and a half years since I last Islam can be traced in Zimbabwe since the activities and many beneficial projects. the Islamic College of Brisbane. The 2000 people
went to Zimbabwe, so I was really looking sixteenth century as being established strongly On my last trip, I was privileged to visit who attended had a wide range of foods and rides to
forward to the trip back. among the northern and eastern tribes. them and share my experiences in Australia choose from and helped raise some $40 000 through
with them. the stalls and the auctions. The monies will be
The journey westwards is always eventful, However, successive colonisation by first,
distributed through a number of charities including,
and this time was no different with the FIFA the Portuguese in the late 1500s and second, Of special mention is the head and founder Dr Rubina Gillani who is heavily involved with
World Cup being held for the first time in the British from 1890 eroded most of Islamic of Majlisul Ulama, Shaikh Musa Menk, a several charitable organisations (including the Fred
Africa. After the short transit in the newly presence in the area. senior and wise scholar of many years of Hollows Foundation) providing aid to those in
refurbished Johannesburg International With the second influx of British ‘pioneers’ experience. He enquired about the Muslim need in Pakistan, the Imran Khan Foundation, Red
Airport (officially known as Oliver Tambo came a fresh wave of migrants, some to work community in Brisbane and sent salaams Crescent and Rotary and Lions.
International), I hop on the fully booked flight on the fertile lands and rich mineral fields (greetings of peace) to all. President of ICQ, Mohammed Yusuf said that this
north to Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. and mines, and some seeking a better life by World Cup euphoria this year spread was an opportunity for the people of Queensland to
The flight is just over an hour, but the trade. Among these migrants were Muslims – show their support for a very worthy cause.
contagiously through the whole of Africa
terrain thousands of feet below is amazingly Malawians and Indians. – from Cape to Cairo! Zimbabwe was The UN estimates twenty-one million people have
diverse. From the vast savannah plains to lost their homes—it is hard to believe, but this
During the years of British rule in Zimbabwe also caught in the midst of it. I would
figure is statistically more than the combined total
great mountain ranges, from wonderful river (then Rhodesia) various ethnicities were always hear the loud trumpeting sound of individuals made homeless by the 2004 Tsunami,
ecosystems to fertile farming acreages – grouped together and segregated from each of vuvuzelas as excited kids in my the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, and the 2010 Haiti
Zimbabwe, like Australia, is one of the signs other. In these difficult times, Indians stuck neighbourhood played soccer. Friends and earthquake. Structural damages are estimated to
and gifts of Allah to His creatures. together, as did Europeans and Africans. relatives made special trips up and down exceed $4 billion, and wheat crop damages are
Arriving into Harare, one can see the shimmer However it was in this atmosphere that the to South Africa for the “once in a lifetime” estimated at half a billion dollars. Estimates of
of lights below – nowhere near as bright early Muslims developed a strong community event. The way things were going, it the total damage to the Pakistan economy are $43
as Brisbane – but still full of promise and and established various Islamic institutions seemed as if people were going for Hajj! billion. Without adequate shelter or reliable supplies
and centres of learning – institutions that still of food and clean water, people are also at risk of
opportunity. Leaving the airport, we drive Looking back at my recent trip, I can severe malnutrition and disease. Since the onset
past one of the most famous parts of Harare run till today, by the Grace of Allah. say that things are looking positive for of the floods there have been 99 reported cases
known as Mbare. Since independence in 1980, till today Islam Zimbabwe. A lot of rebuilding needs to of cholera, and in October there were 78 reported
It is a real eye-opener – thousands of people, has grown in Zimbabwe in leaps and bounds. be done, but with Allah’s help and a bit of cases of polio – a 26 percent jump from last year.
most of them poor, live and work here – More of the local population have now been patience and hard work everything will fit This is a dramatic increase for a disease that’s been
trading, buying, selling – trying to earn their exposed to Islam and have chosen it as their into place. nearly wiped out worldwide.
way of life. After the help of Allah, this Info sourced from CCN
livelihood. In the past few years, it was a
real struggle for survival as Zimbabwe’s has been through the effort of many Muslim
economy went through turmoil. This is most scholars and callers, at the head of them the
noticeable in the infrastructure, such as roads Majlisul Ulama (Council of Islamic Scholars)
and buildings. of Zimbabwe.
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Enigmatic Stragers; Secret Dangers
the niqab, Muslim women are exercising their
full right to reserve their sexuality to where
they believe it belongs. Not towards (other
women’s) husbands and partners but solely
towards their own.”
by Khadija Hurst Dr Mohamad Abdalla, part-time Imam and
Associate Professor at Griffith University,
THE DEEP FOREST-GREEN of the wrought- are afraid of modernity” and victims of “a Council for the second time in June this year. In was first on the scene at the Kuraby Mosque
iron globe, crescent moon and star are silhouetted war against women” by Canberra ABC news his speech he quoted almost 500 words from an blaze on 22 September 2001. He found a lone,
against the blue and white of a cloudy sky atop presenter Virginia Haussegger. Tanveer Ahmed, opinion piece in The Age by Virginia Haussegger unburnt excerpt from a narration of the Prophet
the single minaret of Masjid Al-Farooq in the psychiatry registrar and Sydney Morning Herald entitled ‘The burqa is a war on women’. His Muhammad which said: ‘The strong is not the
Brisbane suburb of Kuraby. The sky moves columnist, attributes wearing the niqab to an admiration for her position is obvious; whether one who overcomes the people by his strength,
behind it, sailing slowly by. The minaret stands assertion of ‘individual identity’ and ‘protest.’ she returns that admiration remains to be seen. but the strong is the one who controls himself
tall, detached from the main building except for The call to ban the niqab and the surrounding Elizabeth Farrelly, however, writing in the while in anger.’
the first-floor balcony which reaches out and media furore, has prompted niqab-wearing Sydney Morning Herald recently, said that it is
Bayaan, mother of six and coordinator of the
wraps around its middle, securing the mast to Muslim women of Australia, including myself, “alarming to find one self agreeing with Fred Muslim Women’s Convert Support Group
the ship. who are not usually given to public expression, Nile, especially on gender issues”. website says to those who are offended by
The sky is greying but sun still glints off the to convey their dismay at the present tide of Ironically, while these feminist writers who want the niqab, “I understand that I am a highly
shiny cars that line the street outside the mosque. public discontent which assaults them whenever to ‘ban the burqa’ abhor the fact that they hold visible symbol for that which you fear… but
A light breeze lifts the leaves of a mango tree they leave the house, turn on a television, or anything in common with Fred Nile, I discover I cover myself not to annoy or provoke you.
in the yard next door. The tree was witness to open a newspaper. that I could have many things in common with It’s between me and my Creator, the Creator
the fire that consumed all but the front steps and These women are mostly well-mannered, the man who is synonymous with the Christian of all of us. When you oppress me with your
some roof tin of the previous mosque building well-educated, world-aware, and tech- right-wing in Australia and whose name I have verbal abuse, I choose not to retaliate with
here where it stood when the twin towers fell savvy wives and mothers. The principle known since childhood. He currently has 19 an equally ignorant reply. I will not pour
in New York City, half a world away. The motivation that the women I know and have Bills before the NSW Legislative Council on petrol on your fire, instead I will pour water.
fires that burned there provoked retaliation and spoken to on the subject have professed for issues such as alcohol advertising, abortion I will smile and wish you a good day.”
destruction that singed and suffocated this fruit- wearing the face-cover is love for God and information, child protection, banning X18+ On the niqab, Dr Abdalla says that ‘as the
bearing tree and the community of the Mosque. belief that wearing niqab will bring her movies, prostitution, the age of consent and Shar’iah (Muslim law) allows the covering
The call to prayer emanates from the interior as closer to Him.. drinking age and prohibiting public nudity. of the face, and the Australian constitution
the Friday Prayers begin. “I put the niqab on in a time in my life where I In a press release before the planned ‘Burn a protects freedom of religion, the choice
The women’s entrance is unseen from the street. wanted to do more to please Allah,” says Andree Quran Day’ in Florida, he expressed his ‘total belongs to women’. He does think a ban could
Long flowing multi-colored dresses and scarves, who became Muslim while working as a diving opposition and condemnation’ of the event and be brought about here though “if the hate and
the Indian salwa-kameez (loose pants with a instructor in an Egyptian tourist resort. “At the said that the pastor who had initiated it was ignorance dominates.” Sheikh Aslam Hussain,
dress and scarf), as well as demure black gowns time, I was increasing my worship in a number ‘obviously a strange and unbalanced person.’ of Sunnah Inspirations Inc, says the media
or abayas move in from the car park. We listen; of ways, taking Qur`an lessons and paying In her original call for a ban on the ‘burka’ often misportrays Islam and Muslims and it
we stand; we worship; we exchange the Salam, particular attention to my prayers.” Iman, who in her Canberra Times column in June 2009, is the media that “tends to drive public and
or greeting of peace; we part, armed with prayer, works in childcare says, “I wear niqab for myself Virginia Haussegger wrote that a burka- parliamentary opinion in a Democratic society”.
to steer a straight course back out into the world. and for God. It doesn’t mean you’re better, it just wearing woman is “relinquishing the right to “People,” he says, “quite often are too busy in
I tie my niqab (Islamic face-cover) over my means you’re devoting more to Islam.” express herself as a female’ and ‘is agreeing to pursuit of personal enjoyment to spend time
scarf and step out into the afternoon. suppress her own sexuality”. to verify the false claims of the media against
Fred Nile, the longest serving member of the
Niqab-wearers are portrayed in the New South Wales parliament, introduced his Responding to Ms Haussegger’s article, Nada,
Australian media as “feeble women who Full Face Covering Bill to the Legislative a Brisbane naturopath, said that “by wearing Continued Page 19
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Baklava made Easy
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Enigmatic Stragers; Secret Dangers question of whose values should be applied in
Tanveer Ahmed, psychiatry registrar and opinion At a recent Sydney protest against Fred Nile’s
columnist in The Sydney Morning Herald, This flaky pastry dish makes an excellent treat for Eid
proposed Bill, niqab-wearing women were
mentioned on SBS’s ‘Banning the Burqa’ quoted as saying that hijab (literally meaning
Insight program on 21st September, his ‘protest’ Ingredients
barrier) isn’t a matter of free choice, but of
theory as to why women wear niqab. “There Islamic obligation. Fatumeh Ardati said ”to use 2 cups white sugar 1 1/2 pounds chopped almonds
is (sic),’ he said, ‘more elements of political freedom of choice as a justification, then we are 2 cups water 2 tablespoons white sugar
protestors, they link their own grievances to that also accepting of women who undress… and we 1 cup honey 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
of Palestine or Iraq and… a religiosity and they can never do this as Muslim women. We dress
are more likely to express their observance by 1 cinnamon stick 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
like this because it is the command of Allah”.
outward symbols.” 1/4 lemon 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted
At the same rally Umm Jamaal ud-Din said
If wearing niqab is a protest, it is more likely “What this bill has effectively done is open the 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (16 ounce) package frozen filo pastry, thawed
to be against Australian and western society’s door to the racist element in Australian society,
preoccupation with the female body. Nada says whereby some people think they have free rein Directions
that “A woman has a million commercial and to vilify, abuse and even physically assault
male pressures telling her that her physical Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a saucepan over medium heat,
women who wear the veil.” Whatever the cause,
appearance is what makes her who she is. In niqab-wearing women are regularly targeted for
combine 2 cups sugar, water, honey, cinnamon stick, lemon and vanilla. Bring to a
2001 I took a stand and made the choice to be abuse; from verbal insults in the supermarket boil, then simmer for 15 minutes, skimming any foam that is formed. Set side.
judged for my intellect… what I have to offer to worse. One sister revealed that she had been
the world.” She says the niqab is “the strongest In a small bowl, combine chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons sugar, ground cinnamon
walking along a main road with her five children and cloves; set aside. Brush butter on bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Each sheet of filo
stance a woman can ever take in declining to several years ago when two men in a passing
partake in society’s judgment based on looks.” car screamed “Go back to your own country, dough is twice as big as the pan, so cut each in half, making 2 sheets. Place a sheet
Tanveer Ahmed comes to an interesting you terrorist!” and threw a beer bottle narrowly of filo on bottom of pan, and brush with melted butter. Repeat process for a total of
analytical point regarding the wearing of missing her child’s head. “That day I made the 8 sheets, buttering each. Sprinkle about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of nut mixture evenly over the
‘outward symbols’ of Islam. He says the veil is choice that I couldn’t continue,” she said. She filo, and cover with 4 more sheets, buttering each. Continue sprinkling nuts after every
“increasingly an assertion of individual identity” stopped wearing the niqab.
which is a “very western thing”. This is true 4 sheets of filo, until all but 8 sheets (4 full sheets) are used.
I would like to ask media commentators whether
but it does not necessarily follow that it is not they feel any responsibility for giving licence Use remaining 8 sheets for the top layer, buttering each sheet of filo. Before buttering
religious or Islamic, as is implied. As Muslims to those who feel justified in abusing Muslim the last sheet, tuck in any loose edges. Press down layers with palms of your hands.
in a predominantly non-Muslim country, we women due to her widely expressed views on
find ourselves in a similar situation to the Pour remaining butter over
niqab. I presume not.
earliest Muslims, being the Prophet Mohammad the top. With a large knife,
and his companions, albeit a much less brutal Many people say they feel threatened by women cut 5 strips lengthwise about
experience, at least in Australia. All Muslims in niqab. They fear for their safety. They call
us terrorists. Statistics on crime committed 1/2 inch deep, then cut
were converts at that time and were seen as
deserting their families and customs, threatening by niqab-wearing women in Australia do not diagonally to form diamond
the very fabric of their society. They were exist. I could quote statistics on death and shapes.
persecuted, tortured and murdered. To outwardly disease caused by alcohol, tobacco and drugs
in Australia. The numbers on child abuse and Bake in preheated oven for
profess one’s identity in the face of adversity can
be seen as Islamic in a historical context. sexual assault every year are appalling. And yet 50 to 60 minutes, or until
Freedom of choice is the common argument face-covering by perhaps 200 Australian women golden brown. Remove
against a face-covering ban in Australia. catches the headlines. Feminist author Naomi from oven, and immediately
Wolf wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald in
Common also is the ‘when in Rome’ argument
2008 that “Ideological battles are often waged
pour syrup over baklava.
for a ban, exemplified by a comment on the Allow to cool thoroughly.
online chat forum of the Insight program, with women’s bodies as their emblems, and
“imagine a western world female walking Western Islamophobia is no exception.” Cut diamonds to go all the
around in a mini skirt in teheran or any islamic The Prophet Muhammad said over 1400 years way through, and serve.
country it wouldnt go down too well either ! talk ago, “Islam began as something strange, and
about freedom of choice”. This argument seeks it shall return to being something strange,
to override freedom of choice here as there is so give glad tidings to the strangers.”
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also looking for people to lead congregational Jummah prayers at the schools.
School of Brisbane, work;
2) Religious studies talks on Islam at Non-Muslim • Dialogue with project Producer and Curator
Health Medical Centre
South Australia, Islamic schools in Queensland about the conceptual development and
School of Canberra and
Langford Islamic College in Perth have achieved results above the
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In the past few years, a number of Muslim sisters and brothers have been
actively involved in giving interviews to students from private Christian
production of your work;
• Assistance with connecting with other
national and state averages. colleges for their Grade 11 and Grade 12 religious studies class assignments. professionals and/or organisations to support
Mr Patel stated, “the NAPLAN mean marks of our students at Malek These religious studies classes study Islam as part of their curriculum and are your project’s development;
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The Islamic School of Canberra ranked above the ACT and the
The increasing number of requests has called for a need to increase the number
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Mr DERMATOLOGY. the students’ achievements to the focus and
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and fullest potential through concerted effort, study and pride in training to equip you with techniques and strategies in addressing various Rights Commission, Casula Powerhouse,
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Australia schools who had contributed to the exemplary NAPLAN please email contact: Council Of Imams Queensland, PO Box 2378 RUNCORN contact Project Coordinator on (02) 9824 1121
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Message from the Chairman – AIIC
In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon
our beloved Nabi Rasulloolah. Sallalahu Alaayhi
This time of the year is considered to be important • I have placed felicity and great pleasure in
to summarise all events and activities which have paradise, but people seek it in this world.
occurred during the year. It is an opportunity to How will they ever find it?
present the wider range of activities undertaken • I have placed prosperity in contentment, but
by staff, students, volunteers and community people seek it in greed. How will they ever
members. We are pleased to report that AIIC find it?
students continued to achieve great outcomes in all
• I have placed the honour and dignity in
KLAs (Key Learning Areas) in 2010.
obedience to me, but people seek it at the
There are two main areas of achievement at AIIC portals of kings. How will they ever find it?
during 2010. Our students demonstrated excellent • I have placed knowledge, vision and wisdom
behaviour and attitude, and have also demonstrated in hunger and hard work, but people seek it
a high level of academic achievement in all in satiety (over indulgence) and easy going.
areas. The year began with challenges to improve How will they ever find it? (Hadith of Qudsi)
academic standards and finished with outstanding
2. "There is to be no envy except with regard to
results in both the internal and external assessments.
two kinds of individuals: one to whom Allah
has given wealth, which he strives to spend
In ICAS academic performance, our students righteously, and one to whom Allah has given
have received 4 High Distinctions, 23 Distinctions the wisdom of the Qur’an upon which he models
and 42 Credits. In the 2010 NAPLAN tests his behaviour and which he teaches to others".
conducted by the Commonwealth Government, (Hadith of Bukhari)
our students performance was at 93%, this is 3. "When you travel fertile land, give the camels
well above the National Minimum Standard in their share of the vegetation of the land, and
literacy and numeracy. when you travel through barren land, hasten your
Alongside these great results, we have also pace and thus conserve their energy. When you
commenced teaching at our Gold Coast Campus halt for the night, leave the track unoccupied, for
and have completed two new buildings at it is also a passage for the beasts and a haunt of
Durack giving us 8 new classrooms and our new insects and reptiles during the night" (Hadith of
multipurpose hall. Alhamdulillah. Both our new Bukhari)
buildings are of the highest standard and we will At the end I would urge the parents, teachers,
Insha Allah commence using them in January 2011. volunteers and community members to continue to
2011 is going to be very important for us because play a key role in
we will be restarting our City Campus and will be our children’s learning and tarbiyah development in
constructing additional facilities at the Gold Coast order that we can achieve our aims and objectives
along with upgrading 200 car car-park to ensure where every
that it meets our community’s expectations Insha
child can contribute meaningfully in Australia and
in the global society.
I would like to share with you the following three
I would like to take this opportunity once again to
thank the parents, the teachers, the school board
1. Allah says in Hadith Qudsi, "I have placed members,
five things in five others, but people seek them
the trustees and the Whole Community at large for
elsewhere, how will they ever find them"?
their guidance, cooperation and continuous support.
• I have placed my pleasure in self denial, but
people seek it in self delight and in luxury. Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu.
How will they ever find it? Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari
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2 Brisbane Adventist College Mansfield 96%
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Breast Cancer Awareness:
Be Breast Aware - By Hanan Batchelor
GROWING UP IN AN ARAB community, the Early detection through self whilst dressing, but is important to discuss any
word is never mentioned, instead when talking changes or concerns that you may have found to
about it, it’s referred to as ‘that illness’. I am your local doctor.
Being breast aware starts with knowing your
talking about breast cancer, a subject that no body well and getting to know what is normal
body wants to talk about, despite that we all
What can increase our risk of
for your breasts. Women of all ages, even though developing breast cancer?
know someone who has been diagnosed with you may be healthy and fit, should be regularly
cancer or currently has cancer. Trends suggest • getting older; about 13% of new cases are
checking their breasts for signs of changes or
that 1 in 11 women will be diagnosed with among women aged 20-44, 61% in women
abnormality. The more aware of the normality’s
breast cancer before the age of 75, however, aged 45-69 and 26% among women over 70.
of your breasts you are, the better aware you will
according to the cancer council Australia, 1 in 3 be at the slightest changes. • having a family history of breast cancer
cancer cases can be preventable So get yourself in front of the mirror (which The following can slightly increase
It is important to note that all women are at risk of shouldn’t be so hard for the majority of us, with the risk:
developing breast cancer, so instead of avoiding your shirt and bra off (okay, a little awkward) nutrition, changes to diet and exercise habits on
• if you have had breast cancer in the past
the realities of life, preparing ourselves with the and be comfortable (breathe!). Place your their website.
• starting menstruation prior to 12 years old or
awareness and knowledge in cancer detection, hands beside you body and just observe your
breast size and shape- noting if there are any starting menopause at later age after 55 years Breast screening:
causes and prevention is most beneficial. • not breastfeeding- the more months spend If you have noticed a change to your breasts,
differences between the breasts.
breastfeeding, the lower risk of developing your local doctor may advise you to have
So what is breast cancer? Look for any changes to the appearance of
breast cancer a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray
Cells in our body make up the foundation of your breasts, any swelling or discoloration to a
particular area; dimpling/puckering- resembling • not having children, or having the first child of the breast used to look for signs of breast
tissues and organs, including the breasts. Breast after 35 years of age cancer. BreastScreen Queensland provides
cancer occurs when cells in a woman’s breast the skin of an orange. Look at your nipples
and its position and note whether there are any • putting on a lot of weight in adulthood, free screening mammograms for all women
start growing or moving in ways that they aged over 40 years. It is most advisable for
changes or discharge from them, or whether they especially after menopause
shouldn’t; women aged between 50 and 69 years to have
are inverted (pulled in) or if there is any rash on • taking combined hormone replacement
the cells in the body divide without control or the nipple or surrounding area. Now lift one arm therapy (HRT) after menopause, especially a screening mammogram every two years as a
order. If these cells keep dividing uncontrollably, up in the air and with the opposite hand to breast when taken for 5 years or longer mammogram can detect early breast changes
a mass of tissue forms. This is called a growth (i.e. use right hand to examine left breast), feel • drinking alcohol before a woman is feeling any symptoms.
or tumor. The term cancer refers to malignant your breasts for lumps, lumpiness or thickened Mammography for women under the age of
tumors. They can invade nearby tissue and areas that feel different to the rest of the breast So how can we reduce the risk of 40 is less effective in detecting changes as
spread to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, tissue. It is important to also note any changes to breast cancer? breast tissue is often too dense for the x-rays
what causes these cells to start dividing out of your armpit and collarbone region and pain from The cancer council of Queensland states that to recognise breast changes. Never the less,
control is still unknown. your breasts. This can be done in the shower or the first step in reducing your risk of developing women who have a family history of breast
cancer is healthy eating habits, as unhealthy cancer should discuss screening options with
eating habits lead to weight gain and then obesity their health professional/local doctor.
LIFE SPAN SPECIALISTS Pty Ltd increasing your risk to cancers. Furthermore,
the Cancer Council of Queensland states that Useful websites for more information:
being physically inactive is a common risk Cancer Council Queensland:
Dr. Mohammed A. Khateeb factor for developing bowel and breast cancer, http://www.cancerqld.org.au/
and possibly prostate, uterine and lung cancer, National Breast Cancer Foundation:
Consultant Physician (Gen. Medicine) http://www.nbcf.org.au/
for much of the same reasons as keeping a
Geriatrician nutritious diet. The Cancer council Queensland Breast Cancer Australia:
has a lot of really useful information regarding http://www.breastcanceraustralia.org/
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