News

Bloodshed in Iraq stuns Islamic leader based in Rockhampton

GROWING CRISIS: Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather for humanitarian aid at the Syria-Iraq border. Kurdish authorities at the border believe about 45,000 Yazidis passed the river crossing in the past week and thousands more are still stranded in the mountains.
GROWING CRISIS: Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather for humanitarian aid at the Syria-Iraq border. Kurdish authorities at the border believe about 45,000 Yazidis passed the river crossing in the past week and thousands more are still stranded in the mountains. Khalid Mohammed

DR ALI Arshad is horrified by the bloody warfare being waged by Islamic radicals in Iraq.

The president of the Islamic Society of Central Queensland has condemned the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists and is fearful of the growing reach of radicalism.

"This is absolutely not acceptable," he said yesterday. "It is simply inhuman and really disturbing.

"I just cannot believe it. We are deeply saddened by what is happening.

"This has nothing to do with religion; it is nothing to do with Islam."

The ISIS reign of terror has seen more than 500,000 people in Iraq displaced by violence since June.

Dr Arshad said his sentiments were shared by the society's 350-strong membership.

He was concerned that the community often had trouble distinguishing between the genuine followers and the radical element.

"The meaning of Islam is peace," he said.

"We are told by our prophets very clearly that even the enemy should be treated humanely.

"Ours is a very moral religion. People need to understand what our view is.

"These radicals are harming our real religion, real Islam. It is harming what we practice and what we believe."

There was public outcry yesterday after an image was published on the front page of The Australian showing a seven-year-old boy holding the decapitated head of a slain Syrian soldier.

Dr Arshad described the photograph as "absolutely frightening".

He believes the longer the conflict runs in Iraq, the greater the chance more youngsters will be radicalised.

And he said the events in Palestine, and the horrific killing and endless suffering in Gaza, would also play a significant part.

WHAT IS ISLAM?

Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Koran, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God.

An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim.

The root Arabic word from which Islam is derived implies peace, safety, salutation, protection, blamelessness, wholesomeness, submission, acceptance, surrender and salvation.

Most Muslims are of two denominations: Sunni or Shia.

About 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country; 25% in South Asia; 20% in the Middle East; and 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa.

With about 1.6 billion followers or 23% of earth's population, Islam is the second-largest religion and arguably the fastest-growing major religion in the world.

REGION'S RELIGIONS

2011 census figures show the most common responses for religion in Rockhampton (statistical local areas) were:

Catholic 26.5%

Anglican 19.3%

No religion 18.2%

Uniting Church 7.6%

Presbyterian and reformed 4.4%




Tributes flow for man killed in tragic driveway accident

Tim Pickering's childhood friend Michael Fingland said he was a real family man who aregularly spoke with pride about daughter Tegan, who he is pictured with here.

Friends have remembered Tim Pickering as selfless and loyal

Rockhampton's not-for-profits score big pokie profits

North Rockhampton Bowls Club secretary manager Tracey Kelly said the club employed 10 staff and it contributed to the economic fabric of the city.

Not-for-profit organisations cash in on pokie profits.

Tight Lines reels in big crowd

GOOD CATCH: Tristen Dunn with 4kg King Salmon and 4kg Barramundi at the Tightlines competition this weekend.

PICTURE perfect weather conditions meant locals were hooked.

Latest deals and offers

Mountain biking dreams come true for Rockhampton enthusiasts

First Turkey is expanding to cater for all ages and all riding abilities, with an aim to one day host state and national competitions.


Get Set for Summer!

Win One of Ten Prize Packs
Learn More

Fishermen reel in a Classic catch

Jackson Slack with 2.2kg Coral Trout and 4.1kg Sweetlip at the Tight Lines Fishing Classic on Friday.

Fishermen line up to weigh-in big catch for Coast Guard Yeppoon

That's a wrap: Gympie Muster celebrates 35 years in style

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at the Muster Club on Sunday August 28 at the Gympie Muster.

Country music festival blessed with great weather and bumper crowds

Julia and Sasha top The Block's leaderboard

Julia and Sasha in their winning master en-suite in a scene from The Block.

FIRST room reveals of the season deliver mixed results.

Nene lives dream life in Oz

Yeppoon author Nene Davies with her books based on a family who emigrated to Queensland from Wales.

Yeppoon woman writes novels about family's move from Wales to Oz

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa