Sunday, 9 August 2015


Newsletter 0561


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



Houli urges Muslims to be ‘patient’ in the face of terrorist taunts

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


 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

New Aussie anti-Islamic party guns for 20 per cent of the vote

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

Bernardi takes aim at Australian Institute over dining hall halal

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

Consultative Cabinet in Sunnybank with Premier Palaszczuk

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Students from Aquinas College visit the Gold Coast Mosque

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Challenges faced by Muslim women living in West

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

2015-16 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

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Richmond Football Club's Bachar Houli and players from Minaret College, Ilim College and Darul Ulum College of Victoria.

FOOTBALL star Bachar Houli says young Muslims are being unfairly branded as terrorists — and he urged them to show patience in response.

Promoting his football program, the Richmond midfielder and AFL multicultural ambassador claimed the toughest challenge for Muslim youth was to overcome the racial slur.

Radio star John Burns was forced to apologise in April after he allegedly called Houli, 27, a terrorist.

“It is common what they’re probably facing — the biggest thing is being called probably a terrorist,” Houli said.

“The best way to respond to that is just to be simply patient. Even if you are wronged, just be patient because you always come up on top.”

The Bachar Houli Program reaches about 10,000 students each year and uses football to connect the Muslim and wider communities.

The “Sherri” or Sherrin, in Arabic.

“With what’s happening all around the world, there is so much disunity,” Houli said.

“These programs are special because we can bring all these kids together and celebrate that we are all proud Australians living in this country together.”

Students from three of Melbourne’s Muslim colleges — Minaret, Ilim and Darul Ulum — battled it out at Punt Rd Oval in his Bachar Houli Cup.

Thirty five players will be plucked from the pack for a week-long football academy in September to help them break into the AFL.

Houli said while nobody was perfect, he relished being a role model — even if it was a “24 hours, seven days a week” job.

“Every move I make in society is so important because I feel like the whole world is watching me,” he said.


“The main concept is just to become practising Muslims and the right Muslims in this country — being peaceful people, being people that are respectful to others.


“If these boys can grow up with that sort of mentality this country will be a great country to live in and people will start to accept us more.”


The Federal Government pledged $200,000 to the program in its bid to engage Muslim youth and counter violent extremism.



Bachar Houli shares a joke with Justice Minister Michael Keenan.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said that during “difficult times internationally” Australians must stand together.

“It is very important that we focus on what unites us and not what divides us,” Mr Keenan said.

“The half a million Muslims in Australia are very good Australian citizens and we are focusing on a tiny element in that community.”

Source: Herald Sun


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The Muslim Buddy Training program is conducted to ensure YOU are able to engage with new Muslims that you come into contact with effectively and can contribute confidently to their development. In this training session, we will cover the following:

Introduction to New Muslim Care
Roles & Key Expectations
Effective new Muslim engagement
Study and implement 7+3 milestones model
The 10 objectives of a new Muslim

What does it mean for you to be a Muslim Buddy?
You will be trained by NMC to provide mentoring support for New Muslims. This will be to facilitate and guide New Muslims on an individual level on the basics of how to live life as a Muslim.

Training is provided for FREE and you must register online for this event. This is a great opportunity to multiply your rewards for the akhirah exponentially.

Date: Sunday 23rd August
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Venue: IWAQ, 11 Watland St, Springwood

To register please click here.


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The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the recent Pew Research Center report projecting the future of religious groups. Indeed, Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population between 2010 and 2050 and, in the second half of this century, will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group.

While the world’s population is projected to grow 35% in the coming decades, the number of Muslims is expected to increase by 73% – from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion in 2050. In 2010, Muslims made up 23.2% of the global population. Four decades later, they are expected to make up about three-in-ten of the world’s people (29.7%).

By 2050, Muslims will be nearly as numerous as Christians, who are projected to remain the world’s largest religious group at 31.4% of the global population.

The main reasons for Islam’s growth ultimately involve simple demographics. To begin with, Muslims have more children than members of the seven other major religious groups analyzed in the study.


Each Muslim woman has an average of 3.1 children, significantly above the next-highest group (Christians at 2.7) and the average of all non-Muslims (2.3). In all major regions where there is a sizable Muslim population, Muslim fertility exceeds non-Muslim fertility.

The growth of the Muslim population also is helped by the fact that Muslims have the youngest median age (23 in 2010) of all major religious groups, seven years younger than the median age of non-Muslims (30).


A larger share of Muslims will soon be at the point in their lives when people begin having children. This, combined with high fertility rates, will accelerate Muslim population growth.

More than a third of Muslims are concentrated in Africa and the Middle East, regions that are projected to have the biggest population increases.


But even within these high-growth regions – as well as others – Muslims are projected to grow faster than members of other groups.


For example, Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, on average, are younger and have higher fertility than the overall population of the region. In fact, Muslims are expected to grow as a percentage of every region except Latin America and the Caribbean, where relatively few Muslims live.

The same dynamics hold true in many countries where Muslims live in large numbers alongside other religious groups.


For example, India’s number of Muslims is growing at a faster rate than the country’s majority Hindu population, and is projected to rise from 14.4% of India’s 2010 population to 18.4% (or 311 million people) in 2050.


And while there were roughly equal numbers of Muslims and Christians in Nigeria as of 2010, Muslims have higher fertility there and are expected to grow to a solid majority of Nigeria’s population (58.5%) in 2050.

Meanwhile, religious switching, which is expected to hinder the growth of some other religious groups, is not expected to have a negative net impact on Muslims.


By contrast, between 2010 and 2050, Christianity is projected to have a net loss of more than 60 million adherents worldwide through religious switching.


Source: PEW Research


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Australia officially now has a political party modelled on the far-right wing movements in Europe and dedicated to the idea that Islam is a "totalitarian ideology with global aspirations".

The Australian Liberty Alliance gained approval from the Australian Electoral Commission on Wednesday for registration as a party, having signed up well over the required 500 members and attracted no objections.

Its national secretary, Ralf Schumann, confirmed that controversial anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders planned to launch the party on October 20.

Mr Schumann told sympathisers this week that the party faced "a strong headwind and ... some nasty windshears", but reminded supporters that "so did like-minded parties with similar policies in Europe".
"And see where they are a few years later: In the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Austria, France and Italy – they are supported by millions, already poll in the 20 per cent bracket, win seats and slowly return common sense and Western principles to their parliaments."

Mr Schumann refused an interview about the party, which is the political offshoot of the "Islam-critical" Q Society. But Q Society national president Debbie Robinson, who is also a director of the ALA, told Fairfax Media that Islam was "a dangerous ideology that's definitely not compatible with Western culture and society".

"There is no moderate version of Islam ... there may be people who don't follow it to the letter, but there is no moderate version, so it's dangerous. It's dangerous for our society."

In Q Society emails, Ms Robinson has said the Australian Liberty Alliance intends to "rebuild the lucky country".

An ALA director and Q Society national president Debbie Robinson.

The party's manifesto says "Our Australia stands for individual liberty, small government, Western values built on Judaeo-Christian and Humanistic foundations, social fairness and an integrated multi-ethnic society".

It outlines a number of policy positions including "smarter, smaller government", and "integration over separation" when it comes to multiculturalism.

Islam, the manifesto says, "uses the religious element as a means to project itself onto non-Islamic societies ... No other religious ideology in our time has both the doctrinal aspiration as well as the economic and demographic muscle to impose itself globally".

"Core policy" was that "all attempts to impose Islam's theocracy and sharia law on our liberal society must be stopped by democratic means, before the demographic, economic and socio-political realities make a peaceful solution impossible".

The party would ban full-face coverings in public spaces, and calls for a 10-year moratorium on resident visa applications by people from member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. These countries include Indonesia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Egypt, as well as many African and Middle Eastern countries.

People from "persecuted non-Islamic minorities" within those countries may be exempted from the visa moratorium.

Other ALA policies include a "back to basics" Australian Broadcasting Corporation with the "non-core" parts privatised; the teaching of "respect for others" from an early age; and removing Australia from the UN Charter of Refugees because "resettling people from Africa, the Middle East and Asia is counter-productive, and drains these nations of their most valuable assets".

The policies driven by the ALA spring from an increasingly assertive anti-Islam push in Australia, which has been encouraged by some prominent federal Coalition MPs including Cory Bernardi and George Christensen. It's expressed most vocally by the Reclaim Australia street protest movement, and anti-Halal food and anti-mosque organisations.

Ms Robinson, who lives in Perth, said the party was not against individual Muslims, but against their "ideology". She said she supported the ideas of Reclaim, but that ALA and the Q Society "try to do it from a more intellectual side of things".

Company documents show the ALA's directors are Ms Robinson, her husband Tony, a prominent Perth orthopaedic surgeon, Andrew and Susan Horwood, who run Adelaide wholesale bakery Emmaline's Country Kitchen, and Mr Schumann, who is based in Melbourne.

Ms Robinson is also the director of fund-raising company Skipngirl Productions, which has registered "72 Virgins" and "Hal and Al's" as business names. Skipngirl sells "Hal & Al's 72 Virgins", which is described as "a very drinkable Australian sparkling wine" from the Barossa Valley.

A note to consumers on the label says: "Consumption of this fine Australian wine may prevent you from entering the Islamic Paradise. However, both the Jewish and Christian paradises remain open as alternative (sic)."

The anti-Islam movement has sparked a response from a new group called Voices Against Bigotry, whose co-founder, Susie Latham, said, "It's time for all Australians to unite (against) this hate-mongering".

"Groups such as the Q Society and ALA are mainstreaming bigotry. This emboldens people to launch verbal and physical attacks on Muslims, and Australians of all backgrounds should stand against this."

Islamic Council of Victoria spokesman Kuranda Seyit said it was quite ludicrous for the ALA to worry about the Islamisation of Australia "considering that about 2 per cent of Australians are Muslim, and about half of them are just nominal Muslims".

"The majority of Australians will be able to differentiate between a genuine political party and what is bigotry and a conservative and narrow version of Christian dogma embedded into a quasi-political agenda," he said.

"On the lighter side, this party will be known as ALA, sounds close to Allah, don't you think? We can call them Hezb-bollah, 'The party of ALA', perfect nickname for the group."

Author and consultant Tasneem Chopra said Muslims in Australia had been successfully integrating for centuries, but that, "the way that this party is talking you'd think they were an anomaly who has no place, who have no fit".

"There are an enormous number of obstacles, from racism and discrimination, that people are experiencing, but they're still forging ahead to do it. The presence of a party like this and ... what they are trying to suggest, doesn't help anybody," she said.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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Cory Bernardi has demanded answers from the AIS on its dining hall meats.

Firebrand Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has set his anti-halal sights on the Australian Institute of Sport.

The controversial backbencher, who is a leading critic of the Islamic certification of food and set up a contentious Senate inquiry into the issue, has demanded answers from the AIS about its halal policies in its dining hall.

In a series of "questions on notice" that have just been made public, the South Australian politician called on the AIS to explain an information manual that says all its dining hall meats are halal certified.

The manual has stoked online controversy among halal opponents. A "Boycott Halal in Australia" Facebook page that has more than 80,000 likes calls the AIS policy "outrageous". Earlier this year readers of Senator Bernardi's blog urged him to get to the bottom of it.

Critics were particularly incensed that halal food appeared to be provided as standard but kosher food could be provided only on request and incurred very high additional costs, a point Senator Bernardi takes up in one of his questions.

"Does the AIS acknowledge that there appears to be a discrepancy in religious food requirements, between the provision of food for Muslim athletes and the provision of food for Jewish athletes?" he wrote.

But the Australian Sports Commission, which is responsible for the institute, said the manual was not strictly accurate. A spokesman for the ASC said while meat supplied in the dining hall came from a halal-certified supplier, the institute had not specifically requested halal-certified products.

"The AIS has now amended its dietary guidelines to reflect this," the spokesman said.

The AIS can cater for halal requirements on an "as needs basis" – the same approach it takes to kosher food.

Halal meat has been requested by some clients following the changes. "The AIS apologises unreservedly to people who have unknowingly consumed food that was not halal certified at the AIS," the spokesman said.

Senator Bernardi's inquiry into "third party certification of food" has attracted a flood of sometimes bizarre and hateful submissions.

The inquiry received around 600 public submissions before the July 31 deadline, many of which contained vicious attacks on Muslims and the Islamic faith. It is due to report to parliament in November.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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In the West, the common picture of a Muslim woman is the stereotype of a woman hidden behind a veil, a voiceless, silent figure, bereft of rights.

Although generally pitied as objects of oppression, visibly Muslim women also bear the brunt of anti-Islam sentiment.

As a result, Muslim women living in the West continue to face many challenges and struggles when it comes to practicing their faith in Western countries.

There is an assumption that Muslim women are oppressed and uneducated in many cases due to the hijab.

However, the reality couldn’t be more different. The world’s oldest university was founded by a Muslim woman in the 9th century, and today, Muslim women are working tirelessly to ensure women have access to education.


Source: Press TV


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The 2015-16 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program is now open.

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program funds diverse multicultural events and needs based projects that celebrate and promote Queensland’s multicultural identity, increase community awareness of the benefits of multiculturalism, foster community cohesion, and support equitable access to opportunities by people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The Queensland Government is committed to a safe, caring, harmonious, united and inclusive Queensland with investment focussed on celebrating our wealth of cultures as well as supporting social cohesion.

Through the 2015–16 funding round, funding will be allocated to events and projects across Queensland to be held in the 2016 calendar year with up to $20,000 available under the Signature Events category, up to $10,000 under the Cultural Events category, and up to $25,000 under the Multicultural Projects category.

Community groups, local councils and non-government incorporated organisations that involve or support migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to consider submitting funding proposals with practical strategies to:

· enhance appreciation and recognition of diverse cultures in Queensland

· promote community awareness about the benefits of multiculturalism

· foster cohesion across diverse cultural groups and the wider community

· address emerging issues for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

· facilitate increased understanding and cohesion between diverse cultural groups

· support government’s multicultural initiatives

· sustain positive outcomes achieved through diverse cultural events and community projects.

To view the 2015-16 Funding Information Paper and to access the online application forms, please click here.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 14 September 2015.

For more information, email Multicultural Affairs Queensland at


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Australian International Islamic College has won the Golden Boot Award challenge for the highest percentage of students using public transport for June.


AIIC achieved 28% of their students using public transport to College.


The next Golden Boot Award Challenge will be the highest percentage of students cycling to College.


Good luck!


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Susie Latham


Reclaim Australia rally in Sydney

Racist groups have always existed on the fringes of Australian society but lack of national political leadership could propel bigotry into the mainstream.

It might be tempting to dismiss claims by new anti-Muslim political party Australian Liberty Alliance that it hopes to eventually poll "in the 20 per cent bracket" at election time as wishful thinking, but this would be a serious mistake.

Racism is flourishing in Australia. AFL legend Adam Goodes has been criticised by many public figures for drawing attention to it and there have already been many rallies against Muslims nationwide this year.

The Abbott government has fostered this atmosphere by declaring that people have the right to be bigots and attempting to repeal part of the Racial Discrimination Act. Banning the burqa in Parliament, declaring that a death cult is coming for us at every conceivable opportunity, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi's instigation of an inquiry into halal food certification, and Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen addressing a Reclaim Australia rally suggest that an embattled government is belatedly acting on Scott Morrison's advice to exploit community concern about Muslims.

The Opposition's silence, seen by some as a clever way to avoid being wedged on national security, has also contributed.

The Age


Susie Latham is a PhD candidate at Curtin University, and co-founder of Voices against Bigotry.


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Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane wishes to advise that Moulana Noorul Hassan no longer occupies any executive position in the Institute.

The schedule for Islamic education will remain the same and all brothers, sisters and children are invited to participate.

Zikr - every Thursday at 7pm

Hifz & Quran Reading Classes (for brothers and sisters) - Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00pm & Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm

Madressa (for children) - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm

Islamic Studies - one year courses for sisters. Saturday 10:30 - 2:30pm. Enrolments now available for 2016.

Ilm-e-Deen Degree Course - for brothers. Nationally accredited with three full-time and part-time courses available. Enrolments now available for 2016.

The new Executive Board will invite all brothers and sisters to join new working groups in the near future.

Over the coming months the Institute seeks to engage the support of the wider community as they embark on a major fundraising campaign for the new building.

For course enrolment forms or any further information please email  or ph: 3809 4600.



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It is now a Federal Government requirement that a register of attendance is kept for all students who attend prayer meetings/groups at schools.


When students attend a prayer meeting/group, their names will be recorded by a teacher and this register will be kept by the school.


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Farkhanda Chaudhry MBE and Ghizala Avan

Believing Women for a Culture of Peace and Griffith University’s Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue are hosting two sessions of a three-day interactive training program titled Engaging with Religious and Cultural Diversity.


It aims to help participants develop skills and strategies for creating inclusive intercultural environments.


Developed over four years in several European countries, the program will be facilitated by two highly qualified and experienced Muslim women from Scotland, Farkhanda Chaudhry MBE and Ghizala Avan.


Interested participants can choose either of the 2 sessions:

25 - 27 September or 29th September - 1 October.


For more information contact or 0439 771 692.


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Muslim Link interviewed Ilhan Ibrahim, who, along with her two sisters Hodan Ibrahim and Ayan Ibrahim, have co-founded Qurtuba Publishing House.

1. Tell us about yourself

My name is Ilhan Ibrahim and I am a 20 year old Somali-Canadian born and raised here in Ottawa. I am currently a 4th year student at the University of Ottawa completing my undergraduate degree in Nursing. I am also the co-founder and CEO of Qurtuba Publishing House.

Hodan Ibrahim is a 25 year old social entrepreneur, author, and publisher who specializes in capacity development for emerging businesses. Her passion lies in helping develop the next generation of social change makers and entrepreneurs by cultivating eco-systems to help them thrive. She is the co-founder and Marketing Manager of Qurtuba Publishing House.

Ayan Ibrahim is a 23 year old writer, aspiring photographer, and registered nurse. Her writings focus mainly on cultural/social, political and global health issues. As a fitness enthusiast and 1st Degree Black-belt in Taekwondo, she aims to cultivate a new generation of health-conscious Muslims through health education and fitness motivation. She is the cofounder and Managing Editor of Qurtuba Publishing House.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 2. How did you come up with the idea for Qurtuba Publishing House?


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 July 2015

TOPIC: "Obedience and good character"

IMAM: Visiting Imam Ahmad Naffaa (Al Azhar)








Friday khutbah (sermon)


Unfortunately due to technical issue the Kuthba sermon did not get recorded

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused










Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 31 July 2015

TOPIC: "Cultivation of the Heart PART 2"

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 7 August 2015

TOPIC: "Taqwah"

IMAM: Sheikh Gardee



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Assalamu aleikum

I have been subscribed to your newsletter for a few years now since living in QLD and I thoroughly enjoy it, jazzak Allahu khair to you all.

I have been living in Melbourne since a year and have found that there is not a comparable publication being prepared or emailed.

I was wondering if it would be possible to unify efforts nationally and have this newsletter cover Australia as a whole, with activities in each state highlighted?

I feel this would be of great value to all Muslims in Australia and would especially provide a sense of community nationwide.

I sincerely hope that this idea is agreeable and that your great team make it happen insha'Allah!



Muslim Praying In New York Streets


Newlyweds feed Syrian refugees instead of hosting a banquet wedding dinner

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat handing out meals

TURKEY: The Turkish border town of Kilis is home to tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing war-torn Syria.

Last Thursday, it also became the setting for an act of kindness that's gone viral.

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, just married, decided that instead of spending their families' savings on a banquet for their wedding guests, they would instead donate the money to feed 4,000 refugees in Kilis.

The Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu tweeted two photos of the couple on Monday, and the images quickly spread on Instagram and on Facebook.
A spokeswoman for KYM told The Washington Post said that the idea came from the groom's father, Ali Üzümcüoğlu, who is an active volunteer with the organisation.

Üzümcüoğlu thought that hosting a banquet for family and friends was "unnecessary" when people living "next door" were in need of food. He presented the idea to his son, who agreed.

"I'm very happy that he accepted it and they started their new happy journey with such a selfless action," the father said, according to KYM spokeswoman Hatice Avci.

The relief organisation operates a mobile soup kitchen in Kilis that serves about 4,000 refugees every day. The Turkey-based organisation operates in more than 110 countries and has partnered with the United Nations on projects to help Syrian refugees.

According to the United Nations, Turkey has hosted more than a million Syrian refugees since the conflict began there in 2011.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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First halal cruise to set sail from Turkey


TURKEY: Four nights sailing on the beautiful Aegean Sea is not a novel idea but a new 'halal cruise' unveiled this week is a tourism concept which is gaining ground in Turkey.

In Istanbul on Tuesday, Antalya-based Fusion Tour Company revealed an enterprising approach to tourism.

On their September voyage to neighboring Greece, there will be no alcohol, no pork-related products and no gambling.

Everything on board will be in accordance with Islamic religious values; segregated sports centers, single-sex spa facilities, separate Turkish baths and masjids [prayer rooms].

'Halal tourism' is one of the fastest-growing markets in the country. The number of 'halal' hotels and tour agents has been increasing over the last 15 years.

However, there has not been a 'halal' sea cruise so far until Fusion Tour organized this special voyage, copying a lucrative format which has seen kosher-friendly and Catholic cruises internationally.

Turkey's first Muslim-friendly cruise – themed 'On the track of the Ottomans' – will leave a port in Turkey's western Izmir province on September 27 and take passengers to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Crete as well as the port city of Piraeus by October 2.

"It will not be just a cruise which does not have alcohol or pork-related products. It will be a cultural and historical tour which promises an atmosphere of social networking," says Kemal Günay, Fusion Tour general manager.

Gökmen Aydınalp, tour project manager, claims organizers have thought of everything: "We don't even have a painting on a wall of the ship which is against Islamic values," he says.

"Although the tour has been just announced, interest is quite high right now because there is a huge demand for this concept," Aydınalp adds.

Passengers who booked a spot on the cruise are glad to be part of what they describe as a "much-awaited" concept. "I believe it will be an atmosphere where I and my family will feel comfortable," says 46-year-old Hamit Kütük, a banker, who will be one of the passengers.

"To be able to eat halal foods, being together with people who share the same Islamic sensibilities with you and being away from alcohol on this kind of cruise are important for us," he adds.

Twenty-eight-year-old Serap Akalı, who will take the tour with her husband, agrees: "There has been a big need for this kind of cruise in Turkey for many years."

Under the guidance of popular Turkish historian Talha Uğurluer and author Fatih Çıtlak – Ottoman heritage in the region will be explored.

The cruise will feature Sufi whirling dervishes, photo exhibitions, Turkish classical music and a prayer-bead artist will have a workshop on board.

Organizers have seen huge potential in a market of over two billion Muslims worldwide, and are planning to host varied tour packages to include the Adriatic Sea, Italy, Malta, Budapest, Belgrade and Vienna in the upcoming months.

Their target will not only be Turks but also Muslims globally. According to the Turkish Statistics Institute, around 3 million Arab tourists came to Turkey in 2014. This number was 2 million in 2013.

The Muslim-friendly cruise will be a first but conservative people have been enjoying 'halal' hotels in the country for around 15 years – all part of a rising trend.

Daily Sabah

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Q: Dear Kareema, I’m looking at making some lifestyle changes and was wondering how much exercise I should be doing to get me on my way?

A: Set your goal to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity endurance activity on most or all days of the week.


Every day is best, but doing anything is better than doing nothing at all.

Try to do all four types of exercises — endurance, balance, flexibility, and strength.


Try to do strength exercises for all of your major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week for 30-minute sessions each, but don’t do strength exercises of the same muscle group 2 days in a row.

Most of all, enjoy what you do and you’ll find yourself getting fitter and stronger, faster…




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter?

Send your question to Kareema at

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


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

The CCN Read of the Week



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Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

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KB says: The coconut milk tames the spiciness and combines deliciously with the lemon grass. You could use the leftovers as a sauce in a pasta dish.

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup


2 tab olive or coconut oil
½ kg Cubed chicken fillets
1 onion sliced
½ tsp green chillies
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp salt
5 cups of water
2 pieces of lemon grass
2 Bay leaves
2 Tab lemon juice
200ml coconut milk
200ml coconut cream
1 Tab Worcester sauce
2 Tab chopped water chestnuts
I pkt white onion soup powder
1 Tab fresh coriander for garnishing


1. Heat oil and quickly stir fry the onion for 1 minute and then add the chicken with the salt, lemon pepper and green chillies.
2. When the chicken is cooked, add water and the remaining ingredients with the exception of the onion powder.
3. Boil until it becomes ¾ of its quantity.
4. Then add the onion soup paste (cold water was added to the powder to make it into a paste.)
5. Then boil further until it becomes half its quantity and thick, if you would like the soup thicker boil further until it’s the consistency you like.
6. When the soup is done, remove lemon grass and bay leaf and before serving sprinkle with fresh coriander.

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to me at and be my "guest chef" for the week.

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A passenger in an Uber taxi heading for the station leaned over to ask the driver, Jallalludin, a question, and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.

Jallalludin screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a
bus, drove up over the curb and stopped just inches from a large plate window.

For a few moments everything was silent in the cab.

Then, the shaking Jallalludin said, "Are you OK? I'm so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me."

The badly shaken passenger apologized to Jallalludin and said, "I didn't realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle someone so badly."

Jallalludin replied,
"No, no, I'm the one who is sorry, it's entirely my fault.

Today is my very first day driving a cab. I've been driving a hearse for 25 years."

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Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.
~ Surah Al-Imran 3:104


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The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write,


but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

~ Alvin Toffler



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Events and Functions

AIIC Fete 8 AUGUST AIIC Fete 8 AUGUST Qaimul Lail Slacks Creek Mosque 7 AUGUST A Tribute to Women 15 AUGUST BMW Golf Challenge 16 AUGUST Redbank Centre Fund Raiser 22 AUGUST Rahma Mercy Australia Dinner 12 SEPTEMBER AMYN futsal 13 SEPTEMBER

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Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

Slacks Creek Madressah Slacks Creek Mosque Activities Marriage celebrant - Imam Akram iHelp About Us High School Subjects Tutoring Sisters House Beuty of a Muslimah Youth Group NMC Islam 101 Course MCF Beauty of a Muslimah
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15 August


Gala Dinner in A Tribute to Women

Queensland Muslims & Muslim Charitable Foundation

Brisbane Technology Park

0402 575 410


16 August


The BMW Challenge

The Continental Club

Palmer Colonial Golf Club

 0434 193 801


22 August


Redbank Community Centre Fund Raising Dinner

Musjiid Ul Huda

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0431 201 164


29 August


Unity Cup 2015


Acacia Ridge Futsal Centre

0431 800 414

8am onwards

5 September


Muslimah Night Bazaar

Umm Abdullah

45 Acacia Rd, KARAWATHA

0405 816 102

4pm to 9 pm

12 September


Amanah Institute Fundraising Dinner

Amanah Institute

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0403 009 003


12 September


Nasheed & Fund Raising Dinner

Rahma Mercy Australia

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0418 738 432


13 September


AMYN CUP Indoor 5-a-Side Futsal

Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN)

Logan Metro Sports Centre

0414 156 900

9am to 6pm

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


11 October




Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786

8am -12pm

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



On Going Activities


1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.


For all activities beside Adult Quran classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987




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


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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Weekly program at Masjid Taqwa, Bald Hills


Monday Tafseer – Juz Amma*
Tuesday Arabic Grammer/Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Wednesday Reading & Reciting Quran (Adult class)
Thursday Tafseer Quran (URDU)
Friday Tafseer Quran (URDU)

All the above programs are after Isha salah
All are welcome! See you at the Masjid – The place to be!

Please note that the Tafseer gets recorded and uploaded on to our website as an mp3 file, so that you can download and listen at anytime.
Visit our website at:


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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Sunnah Inspirations

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)


Islamic Finance  & Investments

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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