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Sunday, 28 June 2015


Newsletter 0555


......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us .....



Ifthaar preparation at the Gold Coast Mosque: African Style

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor The CCN Food for Thought

Stretton represented in Queensland Multicultural Awards

 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

Muslim Community/QPS Consultative Group meeting notes

What is/was happening in other necks of the woods Events and Functions

Baird's Muslim engagement could work where Abbott is failing

Around the Muslim World with CCN Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Sunshine Coast mosque approved with strict conditions

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Islamic Relief at Underwood Marketplace

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Diversity & Dialogue Iftar Dinner

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

Ramadhan Timetables and Notices

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

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NMC Ifthaar for New Muslims

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Counter-terrorism curriculum developed by Qadri

The First 10 Days of Ramadan with Muslim Aid Australia

The Haramain Heroes – The Cleaners of the Sacred Mosques

49 Ways to get Kids Involved in Ramadan

Ramadan Asylum Seekers Appeal

Ramadhan Around the World

Islamic Children’s Book Day 2015

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10 Pakistani Scientists who Made a Difference
Jumma Lecture Recordings



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Press Release from office of Duncan Pegg MP


Stretton multicultural champion Yasmin Khan (pictured left) has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Queensland Multicultural Awards in recognition of her efforts to create more inclusive and harmonious society.

Member for Stretton, Duncan Pegg said the award winners would be announced at a gala dinner in Brisbane on August 22, which was one of the most prestigious events in the state’s multicultural calendar and the premier event of Queensland Multicultural Week.

The Multicultural Awards, which have been running for 25 years, honours outstanding Queenslanders who contribute to our vibrant and multicultural society.

“The awards recognise individuals, businesses and community organisations who work and volunteer to promote multiculturalism across the state,” Mr Pegg said.

“Yasmin Khan from Kuraby has been selected as a finalist in the Multicultural Ambassador category for her efforts to promote inclusiveness and harmony among Queensland communities.

“I’m pleased that our local area is well represented by such a deserving finalist and I wish Yasmin the best of luck.”

23 finalists have been chosen across the six awards categories from 123 nominations – the highest number in the past five years.

Nominations have been chosen across the following categories:

• Services and Communities
• Business Excellence
• Education and Training Innovation
• Outstanding Volunteer
• Communications and Media Achievement
• Multicultural Ambassador

There is also the Minister’s Award for Multiculturalism in Queensland, with the winner selected from the strong field of nominations.

The 2015 Queensland Multicultural Awards gala dinner will kick off Queensland Multicultural Week from 22-30 August.

Queenslanders have the chance to be part of the gala dinner. Tickets are now on sale and cost $150 per head. They sold out early last year, so get in quick. The dinner includes a three course meal, beverages and spectacular multicultural entertainment throughout the night.

For more information on the awards visit here.


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The Muslim Community/QPS Consultative Group held its regular meeting on Wednesday 10 June at the Islamic College of Brisbane.


Click here to download the notes arising from the discussions between the Queensland Police Service and representatives of the Muslim community.


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Mike Baird (centre) addresses thousands of Muslims surrounding the mosque in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan last year.   

NSW’s and Victoria’s deradicalisation programs seem similar to the federal government’s offering, but Muslim leaders say there is a world of difference

Speaking at a Ramadan dinner on Monday, the New South Wales premier, Mike Baird, recalled the “desperate, terrible times” last December when a gunman took hostages in Sydney’s Lindt Cafe. He remembered the sense of unity that swept the city in its aftermath.

“One of the most incredible things was standing there with young Muslim leaders,” Baird said. “They said to me, they’ve never felt more a part of this state than they did in those days. What a credit that is. What an incredible thing happened amongst us.”

Major Islamic social services have virtually boycotted the federal government’s deradicalisation efforts, either fearing any association with the Abbott government, or dismissing the programs as poorly funded and designed. In Victoria and NSW, the state governments have been taking notes.

In its state budget this week, NSW announced $4m in funding to counter violent extremism. In substance, the programs will largely echo those of the federal government. But their success is staked on something more intangible.

“Baird, the guy is different,” says Randa Kattan, the chief executive of the Arab Council of Australia and a persistent critic of what she calls “Arab-phobia”.

“What happened with the federal government is that it’s extremely dismissive of the community, that’s how it feels on the ground,” she says. “Whereas with the state if feels like it’s a bit different, like they’re actually engaging.”


The Victorian premier, too, has struck a different tone: more reflective than fire and brimstone. “The marginalisation of some of our young people is an issue we need to better understand,” Daniel Andrews said in April, following a wave of terrorism arrests across Melbourne.

His language reflects a fundamentally different understanding of the problem of radicalisation, says Kuranda Seyit, secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria.

“[The Victorian government] actually see this is a community issue, not just a law enforcement issue,” he says.

“The way that the federal government has handled this has been a catalyst for the states not to repeat the mistakes, and basically be seen as more sincere.
“That’s what’s lacking at the federal government, sincerity. When you’re speaking to someone and you know they’re not listening, you can tell. The Abbott government is sort of like that person, they’re not interested in the discussion.”

Like others, he raises the prime minister’s speech to an international summit on violent extremism this month. The prime minister told his audience of diplomats, social workers, and civil society leaders: “Daesh [the term the government prefers for Islamic State] is coming if it can for every person and every government with a simple message: submit or die.”

Abbott persists also in saluting Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, for his call that “Islam needed nothing less than a religious revolution to reverse centuries of false thinking”.



“That language is abrasive and inflammatory and only puts us back in terms of addressing the issue,” Seyit says. “Indirectly, they are jeopardising the successful outcomes we’re working towards.”


The funding announced by NSW this week allocates $4m over two years for “mentoring and support” programs that complement the federal government’s work. If the the details are still vague, that’s by design, the state’s multiculturalism minister, John Ajaka, tells Guardian Australia. “I’m going out on a listening tour,” he says.

“We really need a holistic approach to this issue and the best way we can have one is to go out there, consulting with the entire community, the stakeholders, the experts and leaders and ensure we come up with an appropriate plan.”

Respect would be at the heart of his approach, he says. “I’ve always believed in this: respect is paramount. I want people to respect me, I should respect people. The community of NSW wants to be respected, we should respect all our communities.”

Victoria has established a ministerial taskforce, led by the state’s deputy premier, James Merlino, co-ordinating policy across the education, youth, multicultural affairs and police portfolios.

The state has also established a $4m social cohesion and multicultural research institute, a network of social researchers who will test strategies, and build an evidence base about what works.


“We don’t have all the answers when it comes to tackling radicalisation,” Merlino says. “This is not about creating unnecessary fear or politicians grandstanding to push their own cynical motives. It’s about finding a solution that protects every Victorian from the impact of radicalisation, no matter their background.”


Advocates such as Silma Ihram, from the Australian Muslim Women’s Association, are wary, but she met Baird this week. “There hasn’t been enough consultation as far as I’m concerned, but on the interaction we’ve had so far, I’m looking very positively towards a different approach,” she says.

Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem, a spokesman for the Board of Imams Victoria, says it is still early days, but “it gives some sort of hope for Muslims to see the premiers not talking in the same wavelength as the prime minister. It reduces their anxiousness”.

“And of course, when the programs are up and running, Muslims will probably be more forthcoming to accept it,” he says.

Increasingly, it appears this crucial work – what spy boss Duncan Lewis has called the “silver bullet” in blunting Isis recruiting – will have to fall to the states. Relations between the federal government and most major Muslim organisations are bad, and worsening.

“People have stopped talking,” Seyit says.

Source: The Guardian


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The mosque will be next door to the existing Catholic church in Church St, Maroochydore.   

A mosque has been quietly approved on the Sunshine Coast, but with strict conditions that would limit worship to only three hours a week.

Responding to community fears about the Islamic place of worship, the council has also imposed a limit on the number of people allowed to pray together.

The old house on Church St, Maroochydore — to be used as a mosque and caretakers’ residence — can only operate on Fridays between 12-3pm, with just 25 people attending.

Two special days a year will be allowed for religious observances such as Ramadan — between 7am and 10am and limited to 40 people.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council planning chairman Christian Dickson said the strict mosque conditions reflected residents’ concerns about prayer noise, but were also accepted by the proponent.

“We’ve taken some specific concerns of the residents and put them in the conditions,” Cr Dickson said.

“So, no — there’s not going to be people praying in the street and no, there’s not going to be 4am calls to prayer; that’s not going to happen.

“There will not be 100 people.

“We actually approached the applicant and asked how many people will you need and what hours will suit your group and we put them into time frames they were comfortable with.”
To worship outside those hours or with more people, the Islamic community would have to reapply to the council.

Cr Dickson said council would enforce the conditions.

The mosque was the focus of an ugly community protest in September last year which descended into aggression and vilification.

However other Sunshine Coast groups such as Sunshine Coast Safe Communities, which opposes Sharia law, have also indicated their concern at the perceived spread of Islam.

The application was approved by council officers this week without having to go to a council vote because it was “code-assessable”. This meant the mosque was consistent with the use of that site, which borders Christian churches.


Anti-mosque protesters were countered by supporters of religious freedom   

Cr Dickson said it was not the council’s role to look at religion, but to assess an application based on the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014.

“You’re absolutely not going to please everyone, and many in the community would have liked to see the application refused,” he said.

“But when you apply the fairness test of law there’s no reason to get into a religious or ideological debate.

“All individuals in Australia have the right and expectation to practise their chosen religion in a peaceful and non-threatening environment.

“Regardless of our own personal beliefs, under the Sustainable Planning Act, neither council officers nor councillors can base their assessment of this application on direct or indirect discrimination.”

However he encouraged anyone with concerns about Sharia law, mosques and other elements of Islam to contact their local federal member.


Source: Courier Mail


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Islamic Relief had a successful and fun day at Underwood Marketplace this Saturday. There was face painting, henna, lollies and cupcakes all for sale. We were also selling our Ramadan Food Packs as well as accepting Zakaat, Fitra, Fedya and Kaffarah payments.

Missed out? Don’t be sad…we will be there again next Saturday 4 July 2015, from 10am - 3pm, just for you!


A big shout out to Read Little Muslims who was selling their Muslim Childrens books at the stall. All proceeds made from book sales were donated to Islamic Relief. JazakAllah Khair! For perfect children’s Eid presents, check out



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The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue at the University of Griffith co-hosted an Iftar Dinner on Monday the 22nd June

This event sponsored by Griffith University, the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies and the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, in conjunction with the Queensland Intercultural Society.


"The event was a beautiful success and on behalf of our team, I would like to thank all of you for spending the evening with us. It was great to have the opportunity to meet so many of you face-to-face and see so many faith and community leaders in the same room, enjoying food and friendship," Dr. Brian Adams, ICD Director told his guests.



Photographer: Amanda Briggs, Red Ink Image


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Council of Imams QLD

Australian International Islamic College

Islamic Society of Toowoomba


Slackscreek Mosque

 Al Mustapha Institute




Islamic College of Brisbane

Qyamul Layl

Slacks Creek Mosque


Slacks Creek Mosque

Moulana Sulaiman Moola Schedule


Email your Mosque Ramadhan Timetable & Programme




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New Muslim Care Brisbane are hosting an iftar or breaking of fast for new Muslims and revert Muslims so they can experience as a part of the family.

In most cases new Muslims and reverts open their fast alone, unlike most born Muslims with families and friends around.

What we are asking is to raise $1500.00 to hold this event on 5th of July 2015.

We are asking your help to contribute towards this cause and it can be from a $1.00 to whatever you can contribute.

The bank details are as follows and for reference please use NMCRamadan.

Bank: Commonwealth
BSB: 064 050
Acc Number: 1001 0718
Acc Name: Sisters’ House Services Inc

Should you have any queries you can contact Br Shoaib on 0423 550 733 or Sr Bayaan on 0431 747 356.

If you know any new Muslims or reverts who would like to attend our iftar they can register online by July 1st by following this link.


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Outspoken Islamic scholar Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has created the first counter-terrorism curriculum that he says should be made compulsory in schools and universities around the world to prevent vulnerable teenagers from being radicalised.


Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has developed courses containing theological rebuttals to the interpretations of Islam that extremists have used to justify supporting Islamic State.


The influential cleric and Pakistani politician is planning to bring it to Australia later this year.




Source: ABC News


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It’s the most important month of year; a time for reflection; a time for Quran; and a time for giving and sharing with the needy. For over 26 years Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) has been trusted by the Australian Muslim community to deliver their Zakah, Sadaqah, Sadaqah donations during Ramadan to poorest communities around the world.

How the Australian Muslim community has helped in the First 10 Days of Ramadan:

• Distribution of aid to 35 countries including Syria, Myanmar, Palestine, Cambodia, and Somalia
• Provision of 21,000 iftar and suhoor meals
• Distribution of 11,000 food packs to families in desperate need
• Distribution of aid to the Rohingya refugees who have recently arrived in East Aceh, Indonesia
• Completion of a new water well for Syrian refugees located on the border of Turkey and Syria
• Provision of 21,000 iftar and suhoor meals
• 160 new orphans being sponsored
• Construction of 25 new water wells in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, and Myanmar

The team at MAA have pledged to distribute over $1,300,000 in aid during Ramadan alone and request your urgent support to help make this possible.

Please help reach more places and more people in the next 10 days of Ramadan with Muslim Aid Australia.

To make a life changing donation please visit our website or call our 24/7 toll free number on 1800 100 786.

To donate via direct deposit:
Muslim Aid Australia
BSB: 062 191
ACC: 1044 8216

All donations are Tax Deductible with Muslim Aid Australia!




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Masjid al-Haram in Madinah witnesses the biggest Iftar in the world.

More than 12,000 meters of table cloth are stretched daily for Iftar in the masjid area.

Serving approximately 300 000 Muslims a day, the daily cost is approximately 1 million Saudi riyals (around $290,000).

Consumption includes 130 000 litres of Zamzam, 50 000 litres of arabic coffee, 300 000 bread rolls, 50 000 litres of yoghurt and milk and 50 000 litres of fruit juices, 40 tonnes of dates daily.

The iftars don’t last more than 15 minutes. The meal is sponsored by various benefactors.

The number of dates consumed daily by worshippers in the Masjid al-Haram is estimated to be more than 5 million pieces.

15 minutes after the fast ends, the entire Masjid is spotless without signs of any food or drink.

The cleaners of the two sacred Mosques in Makkah and Madinah play an important role in making sure that Mosques are kept clean. To achieve that, the Saudi government employs around 200 official and seasonal employees, 2700 workers, 260 controllers and 100 supervisors.

The following documentary details the work of The Department of Cleaning and Furnishing at the Grand Mosque in Makkah:



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By Blogger, Faaiza - Modest Munchies



One question I’ve seen floating around on social media a lot is ‘How do I get my children involved in Ramadan?’, so I put together a post to answer this question. Involvement can mean a lot of things, it can mean creating, learning, doing, making or helping, it can also mean so much more.


Essentially it is about including children and getting them to be and feel like they are a part of something and I think the ideas in this post will help you achieve that.

I had my 4 year old in mind when writing this, but there’s so many ideas in this post this could range from babies right up to children 10 years old. I’ve also included links to purchase items where relevant. So here they are, 49 Ways to get kids involved in Ramadan:




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Streets of London



Source: Entertainment Express


Istanbul, Turkey



Thousands of Turkish people break their fasting at the Blue Mosque square in Istanbul, during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because it is during that month that tradition says the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The fast is one of the five main religious obligations under Islam.


Surabaya, Indonesia



Indonesians Muslims pray in the first Tarawih as Muslims begin fasting for Ramadan at Al-Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Source: Buzzfeed



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"Islamic children’s books have come a long way in recent years. We think that this calls for an annual day where we celebrate great quality Islamic children’s books, authors, illustrators, designers, and MOST importantly our dear children, worldwide, for whom these books are a way for them to learn more, ask more questions, and become confident, knowledgeable young Muslims."


The first-ever, Islamic Children’s Book Day using the #IslamicBookDay hashtag and promoting children’s Islamic literature in your online and offline communities take place this Ramadhan.


Hosted by authors Razeena Gutta of and Emma Apple of, the hope of the organizers is that this day "creates awareness about great Islamic children’s books, worldwide".


For more information, click here.


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Mostly, Muslim students are taught about inventions and discoveries of Muslims and they list hundreds and thousands year old inventions by Muslims.


But one important fact needs to be highlighted that Pakistani scientists, too, have a great contribution in where the world is standing today.


There are hundreds of capable scientists which have worked on prestigious scientific missions and many of them even have invented numerous things in their disciplines.

This list of greatest Pakistani scientists prove that Pakistan is not far behind anyone in development of today and has a contribution in the modern world.


Even though resources in the country are minimal, yet these brilliant minds were stronger enough to take over the circumstances.

6) Ayub Khan Ommaya
Dr. Ommaya published over 150 articles, chapters, and books. His research focused on cancer treatment, traumatic brain injury, a CSF artificial organ, and philosophy of mind. He developed Ommaya reservoir in 1963. The reservoir was the first medical port to use silicone which is biologically inert and self-sealing.




NEXT WEEK:  Sayed Amjad Hussain

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DATE: 26 June 2015

TOPIC: "Forgiveness and Repentance"

IMAM: Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh








DATE: 26 June 2015

TOPIC: “The Prophet’s (pbuh) routine in Ramzan”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar








DATE: 26 June 2015

TOPIC: "Purpose of Fasting"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Wooing Islamists with a beer festival


China’s government wonders how to stop terrorism in Xinjiang. Try treating Muslims more sensitively




CHINA: Last year China launched a hearts-and-minds operation in Xinjiang: 200,000 officials were told to spend time living among Uighurs in order to understand their problems. They clearly failed to listen hard enough. Earlier this month, as Muslims in Xinjiang prepared for Ramadan, rural officials near the city of Hotan decided to organise a beer festival. A local news website showed pictures of men glugging down beer in a drinking contest. Uighurs in exile expressed outrage; in a rare climbdown of sorts, the report was censored.

A counter-terrorism law is now being drafted that could allow officials to brand any unauthorised religious activity as “extremism”. That would play into the hands of terrorists. The way to peel violent extremists from the general population is to give Muslims fewer grievances. Heavy-handedness will only make Xinjiang—and the rest of China—less safe.

Arab News

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Indonesia bids to muffle 'noisy' mosques


 An Indonesian mosque equipped with loudspeakers used to call the faithful to prayer is pictured in Jakarta.

Jakarta - Indonesia has set up a new team to reduce noise from mosques, an official said on Thursday, as places of worship go into overdrive during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

There are approximately 800 000 mosques in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation but residents living nearby have long complained that their speakers are too loud.

Places of worship become particularly active during Ramadan, which this year runs from mid-June to mid-July, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and mosques blare out religious sermons even earlier than usual.

In a new attempt to tackle the issue, Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, who is also head of a body grouping many of the country's mosques, has formed a team to take samples of noise from mosque speakers across the country, his spokesman Husain Abdullah told AFP.

“The idea is for mosques to turn down the volume a little so that the sound can be heard only by residents in the immediate area,” he said, adding that the aim was to have a “more harmonious, melodious sound coming from mosques”.

He said that mosques also had to ensure that the sounds they produced did not overlap with noises from others nearby, saying there was often a “war of the loudspeakers” between places of worship in the same area which try to outdo each other by playing sermons loudly.

The new group, set up earlier this month, had collected many samples and would send a report to the vice president, who planned to sit down with Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body and Islamic organisations and discuss how to tackle the issue.

The new group would complement a previous initiative, which saw around 100 teams of technicians deployed across the country to help fine-tune mosque loudspeakers and give advice on how best to arrange speakers to reduce noise.

But Abdullah admitted regulating noisy mosques across the world's biggest archipelago nation would be tough and called on the clerical body, the Indonesian Council of Ulema, to issue a fatwa on the issue.
Source: IOL News


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 Muslims of Norwich – Channel 4 – A Very British Ramadan



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 Pakistani Women’s Football Team


 Syedah Mahpara

(Goal Keeper, Pakistani Women Football Team)



Mahpara loves being challenged and enjoys playing her part as the goalkeeper for Pakistani women's football team. Besides playing for the national football team, she plays for the Balochistan United Team.

Source: Parhlo


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UK waterpark bans bikinis and orders visitors to wear 'Islamically appropriate' clothes


A BRITISH waterpark has sparked fury by banning bikinis and ordering visitors to cover up in "Islamically appropriate" clothing.




UK: WaterWorld in Stoke-on-Trent plans to black out windows and provide a prayer room during a women-only night aimed at Muslims.

Only female lifeguards will patrol the park during the event, which has triggered a flood of complaints.

Staff will also "guard" the front entrance to "make sure that no males enter the facility".

In a statement on its Facebook page, a spokesman for WaterWorld said the Sisters Only event would “attract ladies of all religions/beliefs as we invite you to visit our facility and enjoy its features whilst having the option of wearing attire that our normal operating procedures prevent”.

Conservative MP Philip Hollobone said: "I imagine there would be a lot of outrage if the boot was on the other foot and swimmers were told they had to dress appropriately in respect of Christians. I don’t see how this is different."

One invitation to the "Sisters Only Funday" advises attendees to cover their "awrah" (nudity) by wearing full-length jogging bottoms and a dark-coloured t-shirt.
Protesters are now planning to demonstrate outside the event.

WaterWorld owner Mo Chaudry said: "I'm astonished that we have been targeted. We feel we've been victimised for offering something that we feel there is a demand for."

A WaterWorld spokesman told Breitbart London: "We pride ourselves in having the adaptability and diversity to cater to demands of our guests.

"This is a female-only event and is not specific to any ethnic or religious group."

The session is scheduled to take place outside the centre’s normal opening hours, meaning it would not restrict access to the facilities for those who did not want to comply with the additional dress requirements, the statement added.


An Express reader's response to this article: This is absolutely disgusting reporting. A water-park is holding a two-hour event when the park would usually be closed and promoting it to female followers of Islam who would not normally be able to attend the park because of their religious beliefs with regards to the exposure of their bodies in public and in front of members of the opposite sex. There is absolutely no problem with that at all. There is a demand for it and it's not affecting anyone.

This kind of click-bait is usually bad, but to carefully word the headline in such a misleading manner to promote racist assumptions and the demonisation of Islam in our country is an absolute disgrace. Whoever wrote this should be sacked. There is enough hatred and Islamophobia in the UK already among the working class without a newspaper, which should have a strict code of conduct and ethics, actively seeking to scaremonger the masses and make Muslims an enemy figure. This is on par with the demonisation of the Jews in Nazi Germany and I am absolutely appalled.

Source: Express UK   


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Christians and Muslims rebuild destroyed mosque in Bangui


Christians and Muslims are joining forces to rebuild a mosque in Bangui, where Muslims had previously been persecuted. The mosque held a ceremony ahead of Ramadan, attended by both religious groups, as well as representatives from the French embassy.


Tidjani, Muslim (man, Sango, 14 sec): “I’m asking all Muslims of Lakouanga that at the start of Ramadan we all pray so that peace comes back to our country, the Central African Republic, and so that social cohesion that exists between Muslims and Christians in Loukanga, gets spread to other neighborhoods.”

Ephrem Kosh-Komba, director of the cabinet at the Ministry of reconciliation (man, French, 30 sec): “It’s a commendable act, to be encouraged and to be supported significantly. The meaning of it is that these are two communities that have opposed eachother, these are two communities somewhat at the root cause of what we’re going through today. So we can only encourage and especially thank the partners like the French government, that have brough that meaningful and important support so that this mosque gets rebuilt.”

Charles Malinas, French embassador to the Central African Republic (man, French, 25 sec): “The French embassy is participating in the rebuilding of the Lakouanga mosque which associates all the inhabitants of Lakouabga, regardless of their religion, Christians and Muslims, with an organisational committee that associates Christians and Muslims. An the mosque of Lakouanga, the rebuilding of the mosque of Lakouanga, is the symbol of the reconstruction of the Republic of Central Africa.”

Christian Aimé Ndotah, man at the initiative of rebuilding the Lakouanga mosque (man, French, 17 sec): “We always lived in good harmony. Religion was never a question. And when the mosque was destroyed, it made us sad. I’m a Christian and pray at the parish of the ‘Saints Martyrs de l’Ouganda’ and I couldn’t conceive that my Muslim brothers, some of whom are our parents, didn’t have a place of worship.”

Salleh Ndiaye, Imam of Lakouanga mosque (man, French, 13 sec): “In the past two years, we haven’t been able to pray in this mosque. And I’m staisfied like the entire Muslim community of Lakouanga and even the Christian community of Lakouanga of this reconciliation.”

Source: Aquila Style

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Ramadhan in Iceland



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270,000 tonnes of food wasted during Ramadan


Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) president Datuk Nadzim Johan claims that the excessive leftovers during Ramadan is due to over-preparation of food. 


KUALA LUMPUR, June 19, 2015:

Every year during the fasting month (Ramadan), about 270,000 tonnes of leftovers that could still be consumed are disposed of wastefully.

According to the Solid Waste And Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp), the food could have fed 180 million people, six times the country’s population of 27 million.

If the food is arranged in piles, the height of it would level that of 30 KLCC buildings. KLCC is 452 metres high.

SWCorp chief executive officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor said an average 9,000 tonnes of food were discarded daily during Ramadan. He described the wastage as a worrying trend.

“Food leftovers are the highest component in the solid waste composition scale at 45%, while the cost of managing solid waste in the states under SWCorp reached RM1.4 billion last year,” he told Bernama.

Ab Rahim said the 9,000 tonnes of food could have fed six million people.

Hence, he said, various initiatives had been implemented by SWCorp, among them, an agreement with hotels and eateries that leftovers be donated to welfare institutions.

The corporation oversees the solid waste management system for Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Pahang, Kedah, Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

Meanwhile, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) president Datuk Nadzim Johan claimed that the excessive leftovers during Ramadan was due to over-preparation of food.

“The buffet spread prepared, particularly by hotels, are enormous. In this regard, hotel owners should set up a mechanism to penalise customers who waste food.

“If the hotels have a mechanism in place, I’m sure customers will think twice or thrice about wasting food,” he said.

Malaysian Association of Hotels president Cheah Swee Hee concurred that food wastage during Ramadhan was a result of superabundant preparation.

“Our association is cooperating with SWCorp to educate the public against wasting food particularly during the fasting month.

“To this end, we have been putting up posters to first advise and educate, before taking any action to penalise them, which would be the last resort,” he said.

The association has more than 800 members nationwide.

Source: The Rakyat Post


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Changing western perception of Muslims

If I were a betting woman I’d say the future looks pretty grim for Muslims. I’m no pessimist, but the evidence is a bit overwhelming. In the western world we are witnessing the progressive institutionalization of religious and cultural discrimination against Muslims, and swept along way are other faiths in which individuals that happen to practice their religion by wearing certain clothing and jewelry.


We are not helping ourselves by continuing to kill each other in Iraq and Syria in an effort by some alleged Muslims who seem to think that murder is a righteous path to establishing a caliphate. Many of us living in Muslim countries and in the West sit idle because we mistakenly believe that wanton mass murder has nothing to do with us.

Western societies react to this barbarism in typical knee-jerk fashion. For all of their hyperventilating love to rescue the Muslim woman from the clutches of evil men, Muslimahs (women) are usually the first targets of discrimination. France, a country I once loved for its love of culture, language and beauty, but now I fear, set the tone some years ago by banning the hijab in schools and government buildings and then the niqab on French streets. It implements draconian hate speech laws that target the Muslim community, and ignores hate crimes committed by others.

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Turn empty Catholic churches into mosques, French Muslim leader says



FRANCE: France’s top Muslim official has suggested turning empty or abandoned Catholic churches into mosques, saying as many as 5,000 are needed for the country’s Muslim population - the largest in Europe.

“It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, told Europe 1 radio on Monday.

There are currently about 2,500 mosques in France with another 300 under construction, but the number falls short of what is needed, he said. With roughly 5 million Muslims in France, at least 5,000 mosques are needed, Boubakeur said.

During the interview with French radio he gave an example of the transition of a church into a mosque in Clermont-Ferrand, which was welcomed by the local religious community. The church had been abandoned for more than 30 years and the building was given to the Muslim community in 2012.

"It's the same God, these are neighboring rites, fraternal, and I think that Muslims and Christians can coexist and live together,” he said.

It’s not the first time the lack of places of worship for millions of Muslims has been brought up in France. In April, Boubakeur called for doubling the number of mosques.

His remarks were welcomed by the Christian community as a “legitimate” demand.

“Muslims should, like Christians and Jews, be able to practice their religion,” Monseigneur Ribadeau-Dumas, spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference of France, told French radio station Europe 1.

However, this suggestion has been criticized by the far-right National Front party. In April, Florian Philippot, its vice-president, argued France doesn’t need more, because “100 percent of places of radicalization are mosques.”



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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m a regular cyclist but have been feeling a little ‘under the weather’ over the last few months and have not been cycling as much as I normally would. I can certainly feel that the weight’s crept up on me and have started back at the gym in the last few weeks. Any suggestions on how to tackle my weight loss?

A: Assuming you’ve got clearance from your GP, I’d say ease back into it slowly.


Try a few classes at the gym and see which ones you prefer or suits you.


Mix up your cardio and strength training routines so they compliment each other (you’ll see results quicker this way).

Get back on your bike and set yourself small weekly goals. As you get stronger and fitter, set tougher challenges and be sure to make smart changes to your diet as it plays an even bigger role in losing weight than exercising.

The key is consistency with exercise and a healthy diet – so make it a lifestyle change for long term results. N-JOY!




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CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!

The CCN Read of the Week


Muslim Astronomers in the Islamic Golden Age


Aigerim Korzhumbayeva


Medieval Moslem Astrolabe (Photo courtesy of 1001 Inventions-Musliim Heritage 2007) 

Muslim science, driven by a thirst for knowledge, curiosity, and necessity to observe Islamic practices properly, flourished in the Islamic Golden Age.


In this Age, the nature of Muslim science was of a mixed state: scientists came from different Muslim countries, contributing to all fields of science, with many of their works drawing on the wisdom and practices of the Greeks, Indians, Persians, Chinese, and people of other nations.


Similarly, the theorems, instruments, and other developments that Muslim scientists left behind provided an avenue for the leap of knowledge of Europeans and thus lay the foundation of the Renaissance.


Eminent European scientists such as Roger Bacon, Leonardo Da Vinci, Nicolas Copernicus, and Johannes Kepler drew upon Muslim achievements, which they often referred to in their works.

Muslim astronomy, once at the hub of global science, was not only significant in Islamic tradition, but it played an enormous role in how we calculate time, measure months, navigate the seas, and locate coordinates in present time.


Unfortunately, much of the intriguing history of Muslim astronomers has been scattered to the winds and some of it has never even been heard in the West. In this regard, Muslim astronomers are like supernovae (stars that suddenly increase in brightness, explode, and fade from the view), who were at the centre of attention in their time, but were gradually lost from view over the course of history.


However, despite their forgotten names, I would claim without hesitation, that the power of their contributions to science is so strong that it is impossible to imagine the present-day astronomy and science without their memories.

We cannot return and manoeuvre the past, but we can look back in time when we look at the stars and other celestial bodies.


In fact, when we look at stars, we see not how they look today, but how they looked thousands or even billions of years ago (depending on how distant the stars are in light years).


In a similar vein, many of the technologies and scientific advancements we see today should take us back to their long history and echo of its scientists, geniuses like the Muslim scientists of the Islamic Golden Age who played a crucial role in modern-day science.


Maybe the least that we can do when we look at the stars and the Moon is to remember prominent Muslim scientists such as Al-Farangus and recognize that many of their names originate from Arabic.


As we look at the sky pondering that we can do the incredible by looking to the past, we may also think about what we can do today to become the supernovae of the future.

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KB says: Yaseera Peer, who kindly shares this recipe with us, says she found this recipe especially useful when she had mash left over from another dish.

Aloo Paratha




2 cups flour
2 T butter
1 pkt yeast (10g)
4 Tab. sugar
1 tsp salt
½ cup warm milk
½ cup warm water


1. Sift the flour, add in salt sugar and yeast.
2. Add the butter.
3. Form the dough with the mixture of the warm milk and water.
4. Knead the dough well until smooth.
5. Seal the dough in a dish and leave in a warm place to rise.
6. When ready divide the dough into 4 balls.
7. Roll each ball out into a circle using a rolling pin.
8. On two of the circles add your mash potatoes which is seasoned with add green chillies, crushed garlic, jeeru, salt , pepper, dollops of yoghurt or cottage cheese, chopped peppers etc
9. Place a layer of cheese on the top of the mash mixture.
10. Seal the edges well with another circle and brush the top lightly with ghee.
11. Bake in a pre-heated oven on 180degrees for approx. 15mins.
12. Cut the Paratha like a pizza whilst hot.

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Mula Nasruddin, who had been a retired goat herder for a long time, became very bored with retirement, so he decided to open a medical clinic.


He put a sign up outside that said: "Dr. Mula Nasruddin's Medical Clinic". Get your treatment for $500; if not cured get back $1,000."

Dr. Julaab, a young local GP, who was positive that this old goat herder didn't know the first thing about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.

So he went to Mula Nasruddin's clinic.

This is what transpired:

Dr. Julaab: --- "Dr Nasruddin, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me ?"

Mula Nasruddin: --- "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Julaab's mouth."

Dr. Julaab: --- Aaagh !! -- "This is petrol!"

Mula Nasruddin: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."

Dr. Julaab gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

Dr Julaab: "I have lost my memory. I cannot remember anything."

Mula Nasruddin: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."

Doctor Julaab: "Oh no you don't, that is petrol!"

Mula Nasruddin: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."

Dr. Julaab (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

Dr. Julaab: "My eyesight has become weak, I can hardly see !!!!"

Mula Nasruddin: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that, so here's your $1000 back."

Dr. Julaab: "But this is only $500..."

Mula Nasruddin: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500."

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"And Behold! You come to Us bare and alone as We created you for the first time: you have left behind you all (the favours) which We bestowed on you: We do not see with you your intercessors whom you thought to be partners in your affairs: so now all relations between you have been cut off, and your (pet) fancies have left you in the lurch!"
~ Surah Al-An'am 6:94


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The smart way to keep people passive and obedient


is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion,


but allow very lively debate within that spectrum. 

~ Noam Chomsky


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2 July


Ramadan Story Time

Read Little Muslims & Islamic Relief

IR QLD, Pacific Highway Service Lane

0401 959 295

10am to 11am

4 July


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

0401 576 084

After Taraweeh

4 July


Youth Spiritual Night

FAMSY & Al Nisa

Slacks Creek Mosque, 16 Queens Road



5 July


New Muslims Ifthaar

New Muslim Care (NMC)

2 Rothon Drive, Rochedale South

0431 747 356

4.30pm to 7.30pm

11 July


Algester After Traweeh BBQ

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road

0401 576 084

After Taraweeh

14 July


Lailatul Qadr - Night of Power 1436 (27th Ramadaan 1436)

18 July


Eidul Fitr 1436 (1st Shawwal 1436)

25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

1 August


Fund Raiser & Eid Celebration

Islamic Society of Ipswich

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0421 976 934


8 August


School Fete

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400

11am to 8pm

15 August


Gala Dinner in A Tribute to Women

Queensland Muslims & Muslim Charitable Foundation

Brisbane Technology Park

0402 575 410


22 August


Redbank Community Centre Fund Raising Dinner

Musjiid Ul Huda

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0431 201 164


6 September



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

9am -12pm

12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute




24 September


Eidul Adha 1436 (10th Zilhijja 1436)

26 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld


0418 722 353


3 October


Eid Lunch

Australian International Islamic College

Blunder Rd, DURACK

3372 1400


15 October


Muharram 1437 – Islamic New Year 1437 (1st Muharram 1437)



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.


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Algester Mosque


Zikrullah program every Thursday night after Esha


For more details, contact: Maulana Nawaaz: 0401576084


Brisbane Northside Muslimahs Support Group

To help sisters on the northside of Brisbane to connect with their local sisters.

We will endeavour to have regular meetings, either for a lesson/discussion on

Islam, or for social events.

Please contact :

Ayesha on 0409 875 137 or at


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Lutwyche Mosque

Weekly classes with Imam Yahya


Monday: Junior Class

Tuesday: Junior Arabic

Friday: Adult Quran Class


For more information call 0470 671 109

Holland Park Mosque


All programs are conducted by Imam Uzair Akbar





Tafseer Program

Basics of Islam

Tafseer Program





after Maghrib Salat


Taleem Programe at Kuraby Mosque


Every Thursdays  10.30-11.30am


Bald Hills Mosque Weekly Tafseer






Madina Arabic Course (Urdu)

after Isha


Madina Arabic Course (Urdu)

after Isha



after Maghrib



after Isha



The Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website end of each week, please visit our website to download these recordings at


The Monday and Tuesday's Madina Arabic Course is in Urdu. These sessions too are recorded as well as webcasted live. For webcast details please contact us via our website “contact us” page. The recordings are sent via a download link, if you are interested please again contact us via our website “contact us” page.


Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Meeting Dates & Times

Time: 7.00pm sharp

Date: TBA

Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at


Tafsir & Islamic History Classes


VENUE: Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane, 39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest


Every Monday & Wednesday

7pm - 8:15pm


All Brothers & Sisters are welcome.


For further information please contact Moulana Noor 0432 712 546.


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Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

MUSLIMS AUSTRALIA / Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) Islamic Schools, Halal Services and a whole lot more...

AFIC Schools (Malek Fahd Islamic School, Sydney, NSW) (Islamic College of Brisbane, QLD) (Islamic College of South Australia, SA) (Langford Islamic College, Perth, WA) (Islamic College of Canberra, ACT)

Karratha Muslims (Muslims in Western Australia)

Islam TV

Recording of lectures and events in and around Queensland

Muslim Directory Australia

Carers Queensland

Free service for multicultural clients who are carers, elderly and people with disabilities

Brisbane Muslim Burial Society (BMBS)

Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Coordinated collection & distribution of: Zakaah, Lillah, Sadaqah, Fitrana, Unwanted interest

Islamic Medical Association of Queensland (IMAQ)

Network of Muslim healthcare professionals

Al-Imdaad Foundation (Australia)

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Find out about the latest events, outings, fun-days, soccer tournaments, BBQs organised by AMYN. Network with other young Muslims on the AMYN Forum

Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ)  

Umbrella body representing various Mosques and Societies in Queensland

Current list of businesses certified halal by ICQ  7 August 2011

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Blog of the Association's activities

United Muslims of Brisbane

Crescents of Brisbane's CRESCAFE (Facebook)

Muslim Women's eNewsletter

Sultana’s Dream is a not-for-profit e-magazine that aims to provide a forum for the opinions of Australian Muslim women

Islamic Solutions

Articles and Audio recordings

IQRA Academy Institute of Islamic Studies

Online streaming of Islamic lectures

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

Gold Coast Mosque

 Incorporating Islamic Society of Gold Coast Inc.

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester

Jamiatul Ulama Western Australia

Body of Muslim Theologians (Ulama, Religious Scholars)

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland (IWAQ)

Community based, not-for-profit organisation providing Settlement, Aged Care, disability, social activities and employment opportunities.

Federation of Australian Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)

Queensland Intercultural Society (QIS)

GIRU – Griffith Islamic Research Unit

          Qld Stories link or YouTube link

Gold Coast Halal Certification Services (GCHCS)

Muslim Aid Australia

Serving Humanity

Human Appeal International Australia  Always with you on the road to goodness

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane  

Preserving the Past, Educating the Present to Create the Future

Islamic Society of Darra

Qld Muslims Volunteers

Islamic Shia Council of Queensland

Muslim Reverts Network

Supporting new Muslims

Muslim Funeral Services (MFS)

 Funeral Directors & Funeral Fund Managers for the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities

Islamic Society of Bald Hills (ISBH) : Masjid Taqwa

Tafseers and Jumma Khubahs uploaded every week.

Muslim Community & Qld floods

How the community helped out during the 2010 QLD floods

The CCN Young Muslim Writers Award (Facebook)

The Queensland Muslim Historical Society  (Facebook)

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia, Inc (MWNNA)

Peak body representing a network of Muslim women's organisations and individuals throughout Australia

Sultana's Dream

Online magazine

Lockyer Valley Islamic Association


Celebrating Muslim cultures

AYIA Foundation


Slackscreek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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