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EDU: Showcased one of the largest Muslim celebrations

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Sultan chosen to represent the face and history of Brisbane

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

Mackay Mosque Open Day

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Oman exhibition opens at ICD

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

The QLD Multicultural Awards 2016 finalists announced

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Eid in Toowoomba Indoor Bowling Association Hall

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Intimate Teacup Conversation with Sue Lockwood

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Anne Aly: The campaign to be first female Muslim MP

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

Sara stands up to ALA supporter

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Ramadan Cup 2016

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us

Madina and two other cities attacked by terrorists

Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat


Amanah Institute Update

Taufan's Tip on Self Defence



The CCN Chuckle








The CCN Weekly Hansard of Hanson Harangues

Changing How People Around the World View Pakistanis
Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Back to the Future with CCN

The CCN's "We'll take that as a comment" Column




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by Ali Kadri


On Saturday 9 July 2016, the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) held its first annual Eid and end of Ramadaan celebration, “Eid Down Under” at the Islamic College of Brisbane.


Planning for the festival started at least four months in advance. The planning committee included Ismail Cajee, Ali Kadri, Fahim Khondakar and Junaid Qadri of ICQ. Ali Ghafoor was appointed the project manager within first few weeks of the formation of the ICQ Eid Down


Much of the organization of Eid Down Under took place through community consultation including the name Eid Down Under, which was finalized through an online naming competition #namethefestival. ICQ received 72 entries with interesting and unique names in the mix of entries, including “Need for Eid” and “Eidelicious”. The organisers settled for the very Australian name “Eid Down Under” suggested by Mohammad El Khafaji.

The day

"ICQ expected it to be a big day but from the very first moments we realised that the numbers would exceed our expectations," said Ismail Cajee, president of ICQ. Buses were arranged to shuttle visitors between the parking spaces and the venue. the Church of the Latter Day Saints generously offered their neighbouring venue to accommodate up to 3000  vehicles. These arrangements were made with the expectation of around 10,000 people but the final estimated numbers that came through the day were double this figure.

Over 70 stalls were present including food stalls from various countries, clothes, souvenirs, charity organisations and community service organisations. Seventeen different rides entertained the crowd at a very low rate of $25 per ticket for unlimited use of any rides. The highlight however was the helicopter ride, which provided the participants a birds eye view of the event and picturesque horizon stretching all the way to the Gold Coast. The night was topped off with a spectacular fireworks display.

Official opening ceremony

At the opening of the event, Mr. Ismail Cajee welcomed the guests followed by speeches from Minister for Multicultural Affairs Queensland, Grace Grace (representing the QLD Premier); Cr Angela Owens (representing the Brisbane Lord Mayor); Catholic Archbishop, Mark Colerige; Imam Uzair Akbar of the Holland Park Mosque, Logan City Mayor, Luke Smith and Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart. Other dignitaries included Senator Claire Moore, Graham Perrett MP, Tracy Davis MP, Councillor Kim Marx and representatives from all levels of Governments. A nasheed performance by pupils of the Australian International Islamic College started of the proceedings..

ICQ community service recognition awards

ICQ also acknowledged the selfless service of many Muslim community members and organisations. Award recipients included, Imam Uzair Akbar, Janeth Deen, Dr. Nora Amath, Hussin Goss, Islamic Women Association of Queensland, Muslim Charitable Fund and Eid Fest.


Also, Dr Mustafa Ally took the occasion to acknowledge the contributions of Prof Mohammad Abdalla, who leaves to take up an appointment at the University of South Australia. A plaque and gift were presented to Dr Abdalla by Mr Ismail Cajee on behalf of the community organizations who contributed to this recognition.  



Local media coverage


Brisbane Times: Eid Down Under: Festival showcases the best of the Islamic community


Courier Mail: Delicious food from across the world at Eid Down Under at the Islamic College of Brisbane




EDU Project Manager savouring a job well done.

Aysha Mohd Ali with her bubble toy

Marie Millan and Feroze Khan get ready to serve up a global cuisine

Dr Naadir Gutta tucks into an Aussie-styled Durban Lamb Curry Bunny Chow at the Crescents of Brisbane's CresCafe




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Haji Sultan Deen (left) takes up 45th spot in the 100% Brisbane

What does the face of Brisbane look like? Museum of Brisbane recruited 100 people with 100 different stories to represent the city for its 100% Brisbane exhibition which opened this week.


100% Brisbane is an exhibition like no other. In a world-first, Museum of Brisbane has collaborated with Berlin based theatre company Rimini Protokoll, to create a powerful and unforgettable interactive exhibition experience, bringing together 100 residents of all ages and from all walks of life.

Their personal stories are revealed alongside beliefs and attitudes that shape who we are, creating a real-time snapshot of our city, and the 1.1 million people that call Brisbane home.

From the enduring culture of our Aboriginal community to the modern metropolis which continues to grow and change, 100% Brisbane puts our city under the microscope like never before, and highlights some of our city's most defining moments.

This landmark exhibition will also give you the opportunity to have your say and share your Brisbane story in 612's Storybooth studio on location. You may even hear your story aired on 612 ABC Brisbane!

For a sneak preview of the exhibition click here to listen to some of the 100 participants' stories captured by 612's Rachel Fountain recently at their first gathering.

100% Brisbane
July 15 2016 - 2019
Museum of Brisbane
Level 3, City Hall


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'People fear what they don't know': Mackay mosque opens doors in hope of educating community on Sunday 10 July 2016


A north Queensland man says he is grateful his neighbours invited him along to a mosque open day to learn more about their faith.

Colin Hofmeier prides himself on learning about other people's religions, and encourages others to do the same.


Colin Hofmeier and Mizanur Khandar and his family at the mosque open day

"We have a Muslim family who live next to us who we found are just beautiful people," he said.

Mr Hofmeier and his wife Debra were among dozens of people who attended the open day in Mackay on Sunday.

"There are lots of people out on the streets who are very confused I suppose ... this is an opportunity to come along and say, 'This is what we've heard, can you tell me and put it in the right perspective?'" he said.

"My mind says they can't all be bad; there's a lot of bad Christians too, and I jumped at the chance to come along today to see what made these people tick."

As part of the open day, information pamphlets were handed out to people interested in learning more about Islam.

Ready to provide further insight to those attending, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri attended the event and helped answer community members' questions.

"The idea was to allow people to come to the mosque and talk to us, the Muslim community and the representatives of the Muslim community, and learn what Islam is about."


Helping people gain a better understanding of Islam, information pamphlets were displayed for guests attending the Mackay Mosque open day.

Asked about recent events overseas, Mr Kadri said he did not believe religion or God was to blame for what human beings had done in the name of God.

"It is an unfortunate fact that if a few priests do wrong things by children in a Catholic church, then people start blaming the church and God, and people start moving away from religion," he said.

"I don't think we'll get there by taking extreme positions in any shape and form."

Islamic Society of Mackay secretary Imran Abdul Khaliq said there was a larger turnout to the open day this year in comparison to previous years.

"We've had open days before but not many people came, but I think people really came here to show they're concerned or want to know more, and they are generally interested in knowing what we practice and what we believe in," he said.

Mr Khaliq said there were about 200 people in the region who attended the mosque on a regular basis.


Imran Abdul Khaliq is the secretary of the Islamic Society of Mackay.

"We always have people coming in, and actually we have a lot of visitors who are backpackers who are travelling from Brisbane to Mackay, and they come from a different country and they see the mosque," he said.

"They are very happy, say hello and go.

"The most important thing I want to say is that we are very peaceful people and we love to live in harmony, and if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask us what you like."

Open day talks were followed by traditional food, prayer and henna painting activities. Inside the mosque, Farhana Akbar had women waiting patiently for her to paint intricate designs on their hands.

"I was a painter all my life so it is easier if you know a bit of drawing," she said.

Ms Akbar said henna played a big part in Muslim celebrations, and said she was covered in henna because they had had a celebration following Ramadan.

"We recently had a henna party because we fasted one month," she said.

"At the end of the fasting that night, after 1 o'clock we enjoyed ourselves. Everybody put henna on; we put music on, and we enjoyed food."

Mr Kadri encouraged people not to make assumptions based on fear about the Islamic community, but to instead make decisions based on knowledge and proper information.

Source: ABC News

Tonia Binsiar posted on the Mosque Facebook page: I was one of the visitors you all welcomed to the open day at your Mosque and I want to say thank you for your warmth, love and hospitality. I enjoyed the day immensely and learned so much by speaking to, and listening to, your Imam and other representatives, right down to the lovely young lady (I feel so bad that I have forgotten her name but it starts with M and she is a trainee doctor) who was kind enough to do a beautiful henna tattoo, her mother and aunties. I found the Mother of your Mosque to be a most beautiful lady and all the gentlemen attending to be kind and respectful. Events like this and people like you all help to break down the, often unnecessary, barriers in our community and I hope that this is able to grow and turn into an annual event.


Children taking part in henna activities at the Mackay Mosque open day.

Farhana Akbar painting intricate henna designs during the open day.


(l to r): Ali Kadri, Dr Waheed Haider, Mariyam, Imam Peer, State MP for Mirani Jim Pearce, Mayor Greg Williamson and his wife Annette, State MP for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert. Behind is Secretary for the Islamic Society of Mackay, Imran, Mackay Crime Prevention Unit's Sergeant Nigel Dalton, Councillor Laurence Bonaventura, and Frank Gilbert, Magistrate Nerida Wilson.


Interviews by Ali Kadri


With Mayor of Mackay 

With Mackay Magistrate

With Local Mackay Family


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The official launch of the exhibition: Oman’s Message of Islam: Tolerance, Understanding and Coexistence took place on Tuesday evening at the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue (ICD) at the Nathan Campus, Griffith University

"The event was a wonderful success and on behalf of the Oman Society of Queensland and all the Representatives from the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, we would like to thank all for spending the evening with us, " Dr Brain Adams of the ICD told CCN.

Professor Lesley Chenoweth AO, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head, Logan Campus welcomed the guests and Dr. Mohamed Said Khalfan Al Mamari, Adviser to the Minister's office, Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs gave an introduction to his travelling exhibition.



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Amongst the nominees in the Outstanding Volunteer category of the Queensland Multicultural Awards for 2016 is Ms Naseema Mustapha.

Naseema has worked tirelessly since 1998 in various volunteer roles helping to support multiculturalism and harmony in her community.

She has taken an interest in a range of cultural and community groups and has been involved in causes such as blanket and clothing drives to assist asylum seekers, English tutoring, fundraising for orphanages in Africa and the Griffith University Refugee Students’ Association Refugee Day Festival.

She is currently working with the Faces of Islam project which aims to encourage a diverse group of every day Muslim Australians to share their stories and quotes with the community. Naseema works in conjunction with a team to demystify Muslim people by breaking down false stereotypes, and sharing common experiences, to bring people together.


In the Communication and Media Achievement the Reporting Islam Project Team was nominated:

The Reporting Islam Project aims to combat the negative stereotyping of Islam and Muslims in the media through the development of a research-based best-practice guide for journalists reporting on stories about Islam and Muslims.

Developed and first tested here in Queensland in consultation with south east Queensland Muslim community leaders, the project team has created a suite of research-based multi-media training and education resources for Australian media practitioners and tertiary institutions to encourage more mindful and accurate reporting of Muslims and the Islamic faith. The project team is now delivering targeted training courses nationally.

Strong partnerships have also been formed with Muslim community members, international academic experts, educators and media industry personnel. The project team’s innovative and proactive approach promotes acceptance and understanding of Islam across diverse cultural groups and the wider community.

You can read more about the achievements of the other nominees here.


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Labor's Anne Aly has claimed victory in the Perth-based seat of Cowan, becoming the first Muslim woman elected to the House of Representatives.

Dr Aly, an anti-terrorism and de-radicalisation expert, also believed the Liberal campaign to paint her as soft on terrorism backfired and did not lose her any votes.

Dr Aly said she was humbled and looked forward to becoming a strong and fair voice in parliament for the Cowan community.

She said she recognised the significance of becoming the first Muslim woman in the Lower House of federal parliament.

"I think having a diverse parliament in these very trying times is an absolute positive and bodes well for the future of Australia," Dr Aly told reporters.

During the campaign, Liberal frontbenchers criticised Dr Aly's judgement, claiming she had provided support to radical Islamic preacher Junaid Thorne during his trial for flying with a false identity.

She countered it was a smear campaign and the de-radicalisation program she had suggested for Thorne was funded by the Coalition government.

Dr Aly said she did not think the criticism had played a huge role in the Cowan result.

"I do believe it backfired, whether or not it actually helped, I think that's a long short to call, that's a difficult call to make," she said.

Source: ABC


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Women are hardworking, resilient and marvellous multi-taskers! These women have shown that Pakistani women are especially exceptional because of all that we have to overcome and yet we are able to not only become leaders in our fields but also pioneer into uncharted territories. All over the world, and beyond.


Read on about these super Pakistani women gathering respect and accolades the world over:


9. Shaila Abdullah


Shaila Abdullah is known as a “Word Artist” for being an award-winning Pakistani- American author, writer and designer. Her work focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of Pakistani women and their often unconventional choices in life. She is the author of five books, Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall and three children’s books,” My Friend Suhana”, “Rani in Search of a Rainbow”, and A Manual for Marco.” Abdullah has received many awards for her work including the Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, the Golden Quill Award and the Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction.


NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 10. Shahzia Sikander



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Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia


Continued from last week's CCN


Report by Beau Donelly


A Muslim mother in Sydney fears her grandchildren will end up in a concentration camp. A Victorian father won't tell his football team he is Muslim so he doesn't have to explain himself. To be Muslim is to be judged for everything you do, says a Brisbane woman. An international student living in Melbourne says she feels segregated in class.

What is it to be Muslim in Australia today?


Fairfax Media asked readers who are Muslim to speak of their experiences and how they explain extremism and Islamophobia to their children. Dozens of people responded.


CCN publishes one response each week:


"Being a minority is harder"


Nada, Melbourne, Indian

Being a Muslim in Australia is not the concern. Being a minority in Australia makes day-to-day activities harder. You have to constantly prove yourself, your beliefs and your existence in a land that itself was invaded. There are bad people out there who are disenfranchised and searching for avenues to show they stand out. They will do anything. These people don't reflect us. Their minds are not normal and they are doing things irrationally.


Source: Brisbane Times


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Mehreen Faruqi MLC   

Refugee Action Network Newcastle



Fear-mongering and dog whistling on refugees, and on immigrants by opportunistic politicians who try to gain popularity by trying to divide us, has reached a new low. Typified by the rhetoric of fear and division espoused by the rise of Pauline Hanson and One Nation.




UK New Prime Minister Theresa May Quotes Quran





How to make a Halal Snack Pack
How to make the perfect HSP, according to Sam Dastyari.





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To know the future just look to the past



24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


8. al-Jāḥiẓ (781 – 869)

Originally from Basra, Abu Uthman Amr, aka al-Jāḥiẓ, is renowned as one of the most important writers in Islamic history. In addition, he was an accomplished theologian, poet, philosopher, grammarian and linguist. Known as “the first Islamic zoologist,” he authored about 200 books on various subjects. Among his most famous works is his Risalat mufakharat al-sudan ‘ala al-bidan (Treatise on Blacks), an impassioned defense of the superior qualities and accomplishments of the people of sub-Saharan and East Africa.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 9. Abū al-Misk Kafūr (905–968)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar

During Ottoman rule, Sarajevo was heralded as the “European Jerusalem,” as its invaluable contributions to civil engineering, industry, trade and architecture attracted people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Revealing the Muslim world’s ‘forgotten’ role in European history


Muslim travel writer Tharik Hussain, who has been uncovering some of Europe's forgotten Islamic history for nearly two decades, has launched London's first European Muslim Heritage Exhibition this week.

Hosted at the London Muslim Center in the heart of Tower Hamlets, east of the capital, the exhibition has already attracted a diverse crowd of both Muslim and non-Muslim visitors, with a sold-out launch event.

The exhibition showcases a selection of photographs from Hussain’s travels across Europe - Spain, Bulgaria, Estonia, France and England, as part of his quest of uncovering the continent’s forgotten Muslim heritage.

Highlights in this section include a photo of a medieval Muslim tomb in the Balkans, today revered by both Christians and Muslims, one of a ninth century coin found in Estonia minted by the Muslim Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad, and a man worshipping in the mosque that was home to Britain’s earliest indigenous Muslim community who were led by converted Victorian Lords and Ladies.

Speaking to Al Arabiya English on the launch night, Tharik explained how the exhibition serves a role in debunking the popular myth that the heritage of Europe is exclusively Judeo-Christian:

"A common story has developed throughout history that Muslims have not played a pivotal role in shaping European culture. The exhibition strives to reorientate that misconception. It's not about a triumph of one religion over another. Instead, it's about seeking parity - that Islam like its Jewish and Christian counterparts, has contributed to European culture."

"Not many people would know, for instance, that Muslims have in fact been part of Europe's evolving cultural identity for 14 centuries."

With the launch coinciding with the 21st anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, the exhibition also had photographs commemorating one of Europe's darkest events since World War II.

The images were captured by Bosnian photographer Jasmine Agovic during his decade-long tenure at the International Commission on missing persons.

Reflecting on the images, Tharik said: "Often Muslims are presented as the 'Other' in Europe and that's no truer than today. Srebrenica reminds us what happens when that goes to the absolute extreme."

Al Arabiya

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Op-Eds; Commentaries & Blogs



Professor Jakelin Troy is Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at the University of Sydney and a proud Ngarigu woman whose country is the Snowy Mountains of NSW. 

Time for us to give thanks to Muslim brothers and sisters

COMMENT | Yesterday was Eid, the end of Ramadan, and as an Aboriginal Australian I give thanks in NAIDOC week that we have a strong and thriving Muslim community in Australia, says Professor Jakelin Troy.

My thanks are firstly for all the Aboriginal people who share a proud heritage with the Muslim cameleers, many were Afghan and from what is now Pakistan, who made our first national communications network possible – the famous Australian Overland Telegraph that united our ‘outback’ with the rest of the country. They were the people who carried the supplies and the equipment that made this huge national venture possible.

Aboriginal people married these courageous men and their descendants have gone on to be great leaders in our land councils, community organisations and in the national political arena.

Aboriginals with Muslim ancestry

There would be very few Aboriginal people in the Centre of our country who don’t claim Muslim ancestry. Indigenous lawyer Josephine Cashman recently talked about the widespread Muslim ancestry of Aboriginal people in Central Australia, including some of her relations. One descendant, a leader from the Central Land Council, told me that one of the first mosques in Australia was built in Alice Springs and the date palms in that city and throughout the centre marked where the cameleers had their camps.

Sad business of deflecting Hanson’s attention

I next give my sorrowful thanks to the Muslim community for deflecting the sad, bad and frankly dangerous attention that is drawn to us as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by extreme individuals like Pauline Hanson. It is with great humility that I say this because I would not wish the attention of Pauline Hanson or anyone who shares her views on anyone. When Pauline Hanson was elected again to Parliament in the last week my first reaction was to laugh loudly at the ignorance of the people who voted for this caricature of a human. But then I remembered her vitriol against my people in her last political incarnation 20 years ago.

Hanson’s new target

Indeed it might be us that Pauline and her kind are once again focused on but mercifully it is not. She has a new target in the Muslim community of Australia. Hard working people making this country their home and enhancing the lives of all their fellow Australians. It gives me no joy but I do feel solidarity with all Muslims who come under the gaze of the racist inhumanity of Hanson and her supporters. So in NAIDOC week, as it coincides with Eid, I personally commemorate and reflect on all the Muslim people who have contributed to enriching the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.



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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 15 July 2016

TOPIC"Patience & Seeking the Help of Allah through Unity"

IMAM: Moulaana Shazad









Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 15 July 2016

TOPIC"The place to check Taqwa"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 15 July 2016

TOPIC: “How we can make our deen strong"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar






Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 15 July 2016

TOPIC: “Shukr - Thanks to People and Allah SWT"

IMAM: Prof. Mohamad Abdalla




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 Nkandla Mega Muslim event in South Africa


 Islam going mainstream in Nkandla

SOUTH AFRICA: On Saturday, 23 July 2016, a first of its kind event has been scheduled to take place in Nkandla, Kwazulu-Natal. The infamous town associated recently to the plus R250 million rand presidential scandal, will witness the the Zulu King, His Majesty, King Zwelethini and his followers officially introduced to the religion.

The event, organised and hosted by Muslim scholars from the Mkhize family who form an important part of the Zulu royal household, will also be attended by Shaykh Ibrahim Baye Haiba, tribal authorities, tribal Indunas, mayors and municipal councillors, Muslim scholars from Africa and religious leaders from other faith groups. 



Ml Bham Call For Muslim To Support The Islamic Event in Nkandla


Salaam Media


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 Abu Dhabi resident serves free Biryani to 4,000 people daily


25 cooks and helpers use 450kg of rice, 400kg of meat and 100kg of veggies to prepare the meal   

ABU DHABI: It is 4pm and the steady trickle of people has by now swelled into a huge crowd at the open area behind villa No 59 on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

A kandura-clad man emerges from the building and gestures at the crowd to queue up.

Within seconds, pots of piping hot biryani are placed on a table, with the aroma of Indian spices wafting through the air. As as a team of helpers gets ready to serve the dish, the men in queue jostle as they thrust plastic boxes, metal pots and even big casseroles for a free fill of the Ramadan special biryani.

Abdul Khader, the kitchen supervisor at the villa, said more than 4,000 people are served free biryani daily during Ramadan.

“This is a daily service at the villa during Ramadan. Our landlord has been doing this for the last 10 years,” said Abdul Khader, a Keralite who has been working at the villa for 40 years. XPRESS got access to the villa’s kitchen, specially set up for Ramadan where a team of 25 cooks and helpers prepares the dish.

Abdul Khader who is helped by his wife in managing the kitchen said they use 450kg of rice, 400kg of meat (chicken, mutton or beef) and 100kg of vegetables daily to prepare the meal.


“This is what our religion and our leaders, especially late Shaikh Zayed, has taught us. It is our duty to help those in need and we should not shout from the rooftop about an act of kindness,” said the man who is a senior official in the Abu Dhabi government.

“One thing I can tell you. We do not differentiate between religions. All are welcome to have our food,” he added.

Gulf News


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The CCN Book-of-the-Week


What Is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic


Shahab Ahmed



What is Islam? How do we grasp a human and historical phenomenon characterized by such variety and contradiction? What is "Islamic" about Islamic philosophy or Islamic art? Should we speak of Islam or of islams? Should we distinguish the Islamic (the religious) from the Islamicate (the cultural)? Or should we abandon "Islamic" altogether as an analytical term?

In What Is Islam?, Shahab Ahmed presents a bold new conceptualization of Islam that challenges dominant understandings grounded in the categories of "religion" and "culture" or those that privilege law and scripture. He argues that these modes of thinking obstruct us from understanding Islam, distorting it, diminishing it, and rendering it incoherent.

What Is Islam? formulates a new conceptual language for analyzing Islam. It presents a new paradigm of how Muslims have historically understood divine revelation—one that enables us to understand how and why Muslims through history have embraced values such as exploration, ambiguity, aestheticization, polyvalence, and relativism, as well as practices such as figural art, music, and even wine drinking as Islamic. It also puts forward a new understanding of the historical constitution of Islamic law and its relationship to philosophical ethics and political theory.

A book that is certain to provoke debate and significantly alter our understanding of Islam, What Is Islam? reveals how Muslims have historically conceived of and lived with Islam as norms and truths that are at once contradictory yet coherent.


"One who does not read is no better than one who cannot read."

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CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

CCN's favourite books »


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KB says: A creamy, rich soup of sautéed cauliflower florets blended with a little cream, Dijon mustard and parmesan cheese.   

Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan



50g olive oil
50g unsalted butter
15g peeled fresh garlic cloves,
finely diced 150g peeled brown onion,
diced 12g sea salt
½ tsp ground green chillies
Freshly ground white pepper, to taste
800g cauliflower florets, roughly chopped
900ml fresh chicken stock
50g single (pouring) cream
15g Dijon mustard,
approximately 50g parmesan cheese, finely grated (approximately)


  1. Heat oil and butter in heavy-based pan; add garlic, onion, salt and pepper, sauté for 10 minutes.

  2. Add cauliflower and sweat over low heat for about 10 minutes or until florets are soft and golden (the browning of the cauliflower is essential for the flavour of this soup).

  3. Add stock, bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 15 minutes or until cauliflower is very soft.

  4. Remove from heat, process soup until very smooth.

  5. Return to pan, place over low heat, stir in cream.

  6. Add mustard and cheese in batches tasting soup each time to judge whether more is needed. It depends on the strength of flavour of both products as to the amount required. Check seasoning.

  7. Add more chicken stock if necessary to give the desired consistency.

  8. Serve hot with crusty bread.

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Q: Dear Kareema, apart from having breakfast, what can I do to get my metabolism going in the morning?

A: Try a 5-10 minute metabolism jumpstart - a high-intensity interval training session should do the trick.

Exercises such as skipping, mountain climbers, sprints/runs, etc., coupled with strength exercises such as squats, push-ups, tricep-dips, etc.

Take 20 second breaks between exercises and keep alternating upperbody versus lowerbody challenges.


Be sure to stay hydrated and replenish your body with proteins for muscle recovery.





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Weeds-Hit them at their ROOT cause!



Weeds are the gardener’s enemy, spoiling the beauty and stealing the nutrients meant for good plants. If you follow a simple time-effective strategy, the problem can be easily solved.

Here are the best tips:

* Weeds must be removed by the roots. Using a whipper snipper is a waste of time and money as the weeds will come up even more vigorously.
* Never allow weeds to go to seed as this will multiply the problem. Removing them before they flower will destroy their life cycle.
* Use mulch in garden beds. This will eliminate at least 70% of your weeds.
* Mow your lawn regularly to encourage sideways growth that chokes weeds.
* If runner grass encroaches onto your garden bed use a chemical killer because that’s the only way to kill them right down to the roots.
* Once you’ve eliminated the weeds, sit outside and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.


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You can also contact Ahmed Esat by phone (0404070498) or email ( and visit his blog site.

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Jallaludin was driving in town when he saw the flash of a traffic camera.

He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the limit, even though he knew that he was not speeding.

Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed.

Now he began to think that this was quite funny, so he drove even slower as he passed the area again, but the traffic camera again flashed.

He tried a FOURTH TIME with the same result.

He did this a FIFTH TIME and now was laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past, this time at a snail's pace.

Two weeks later, he got FIVE tickets in the mail......for driving WITHOUT A SEAT BELT.


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty. 
~ Surah An-Nur 24:23


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"Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency asks the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
But, conscience ask the question, is it right?

And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,

but one must take it because it is right.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Stick with a friend or two when walking through unsafe places. This could be enough to help you to stay out of trouble.

Only fight as a last resort. Talking your way out and getting away are infinitely better options. 

For more info on self defence classes please contact Taufan on 0447004465 or Or visit our Facebook page for updates and info on Southside Academy of Combat - Silat PD


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I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.

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23 July


Annual Futsal Tournament

Islamic Society of Algester

98 Factory Rd, Oxley

0416 103 123.

10am to 4pm

24 July


A Muslimah's Closet - PreLoved Fashion Market

Loriza Koya

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0405 816 102

10am to 3pm

6 August


Ladies Night dinner

Wisdom College

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0452 373 774


6 August


Night of Quran

Islamic Society of Eight Mile Plains

Bosniak Islamic Centre of QLD



6 & 7 August


Sat & Sun

The Divine Light
Sh Wasim Kempson

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

All day

13 August



School fete: Family Fun Day

Gold Coast Islamic School (AIIC)

19 Chisholm Road Carrara, Gold Coast

5596 6565

12pm to 6.30pm

24 August


Pink Hijab Day


Gould Adams Community Centre, Kingsto

3808 9233

9.30am to 12.30pm

27 August


Just Kidding

Muslim Aid Australia and Read Little Muslims


0434 984 520

10am to 3.30pm


4 September




Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, WEST END

0402 026 786


10 September


Marriage and Parenting workshop with Edris Khamissa and Sajid Hussain


Griffith University, Nathan Campus


9am to 1pm


10 September



Muslimah Night Bazzar (Sisters Only)

Loriza Koya

ICB, 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha

0405 816 102

4pm to 9pm

12 September



EID al-ADHA 1437 (10th Zilhijja 1437)


17 September



Eidfest @ Dreamworld



0419 025 510

6pm to 11pm

1 & 2 October September

Sat & Sun

Parenting Toolbox Workshop with Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah and Jamilah Samian  




9am to 4pm

3 October



1st Muharram 1438 – Islamic New Year 1438

8 October


Al Yateem Fundraising Dinner

Islamic Relief Australia

Greek Hall, 269 Creek Road, Mt Gravatt

0456 426 523


8 & 9 October

Sat & Sun

The First Kingdom by Sh Bilal Ismail

Al Kauthar Brisbane

Griffith University NATHAN

0438 698 328

8.30am to 5.30pm

12 October



Day of Ashura

12 December



Birth of the Prophet (pbuh) / Milad un Nabi



1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and 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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"InShaAllah we will get back to the normal Tafseer and Sahaba program soon, most likely the days would be Mondays and Wednesdays."





Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
Phone 07) 3809 4600



Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher


Algester Mosque



Naath and  Queesadah session every  Saturday night, after Taraweeh




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, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987


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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




Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group


Next Meeting


Time: 7.00pm
Date: Tuesday 19th July 2016
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha

Light refreshments will be available.




For more information and RSVP:

Sergeant Jim Bellos at



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Kuraby Mosque

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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

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)

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

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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 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

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -


Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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