Sunday, 19 July 2015


Newsletter 0558


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



EID 2015

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

Eid Messages

 The CCN Classifieds An Ayaat-a-Week

MP George Christensen for plans to attend right-wing rally

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

‘Avoid thobe’ plea to Saudis in Australia

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

Waleed Aly: Bringing a new perspective to the conversation

CCN Readers' Book Club

Businesses and Services

Snapchat's sneak peek into Mecca wins over social media

KB's Culinary Corner

The CCN Date Claimer

Quran recitation competition in Toowoomba

Kareema's Keep Fit Column

CCN on Facebook

The Modern Eidie

The CCN Chuckle

Useful Links

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Islamic College of Brisbane

Mr Ismail Cajee, president of the Islamic Council of Queensland, issued the following press release:

The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) would like to thank everyone for their participation at the Eidgah which was held on Saturday 18 July 2015 at the Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha.

The logistics of coordinating such a large gathering requires the cooperation of a significant number of individuals and organisations. ICQ would like to express its sincere gratitude to everyone who assisted in making this event a success. The Eidgah is a fantastic expression of the power of unity among our society and we pray that Allah accepts our efforts.

In addition to this, we would specifically like to thank the Islamic College of Brisbane, our member societies and our organising partners Holland Park Mosque and Kuraby Mosque. We would also like to thank the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) for collecting the Zakat and Fitrah, the Deen family for serving food to the attendees and the many volunteers who assisted with the car parking, set up and various other matters.

We were also fortunate enough to listen to the beautiful recitation of Surah Ar Rahman from Qari Ziyaad Patel, a wonderful khutba from Mufti Ziyaad Ravat and a noteworthy reminder from Moulana Uzair Akbar. May Allah continue to bless our scholars for their tireless efforts.

Please accept our apologies if we have missed anyone else that should have been mentioned.

The official attendance was approximately 7,500 and we understand that we had capacity to handle another 1500. We also had ample car parking and we estimate that we would have managed to accommodate another 100 to 150 cars.

Given the extremely cold weather this year, the Eidgah was held indoors and under cover. We thank everyone for their understanding in this regard.

Finally on behalf of the Islamic Council of Queensland we would like to wish you all a very blessed Eid and we look forward to actively working with you in future. Please feel free to provide us any feedback through our website at


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Nationals MP George Christensen (right) says a petition calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to block him from attending a Reclaim Australia rally is "intimidation".

Coalition MP George Christensen plans to attend a right-wing extremist rally in Mackay today (Sunday), despite warnings from NSW Police about the rising danger of such movements.

Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen announced on Thursday that he plans to attend a rally in his electorate being held by anti-Islam group Reclaim Australia.

Mr Christensen posted a statement on Facebook to explain his attendance: "I want to support people who seek to defend our Australian way of life, our culture and our freedoms from the threat of radical Islam."

At previous Reclaim Australia rallies in Sydney and Melbourne, neo-Nazis have clashed with anti-racism protesters.

This week, NSW Police deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas described far-right extremism and marches that "encourage divisive notions of us and them" as some of the biggest challenges facing police.

At the University of Western Sydney's Advancing Community Cohesion conference, Mr Kaldas expressed concern about upcoming rallies by Reclaim Australia but was reluctant to speak about the size of the threat because he was "loath to give them any oxygen".

"There is definitely activity on the extreme right-wing of politics and people using events around the world to [justify] events in Sydney," he said. "We are not taking our eye off that."

A petition calling for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to ban Mr Christensen from attending the rally has gathered 700 signatures.

Mr Christensen responded that "hell will freeze over before I give in to such intimidation".

Ms Bishop revealed that none of the 400 extremists under government surveillance are right-wing, anti-Islam campaigners.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald



Hon Richard Marles MP, Acting Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism and Member for Corio, released a press statement in which he called on Tony Abbott "to show some leadership" and denounce George Christensen for planning to attend and address the anti-Islam, Reclaim Australia rally.


He went on to say:

It is extraordinary that a member of Tony Abbott’s Government would even consider attending such a hate-filled event.

The Prime Minister should do what Julie Bishop failed to do this morning and call on Mr Christensen to not attend the extremely divisive event.

Reclaim Australia rallies are synonymous with racist behaviour.

Mr Christensen’s decision to address this event comes as academics and police have told a conference on social cohesion that right-wing extremists are posing a significant threat to Australia.

Divisive and inflammatory actions from members of the Government undermine efforts to build community harmony. Social inclusion involves concentrating on what brings us together, not whipping up division.

Australia is a successful multicultural nation that continues to be enriched by the contribution of people from a diverse range of backgrounds. The Labor Party is proud of Australia’s rich multiculturalism and will always stand to defend it.

It would be nice if all members of the Abbott Government said more about promoting social inclusion more often, and meant it.

Tony Abbott is happy to stop members of his Government from appearing on Q&A, yet he allows Coalition MPs to attend these racist rallies.

He should put his foot down and stop a member of his Government from addressing and promoting Reclaim Australia events.


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Saudis studying in Australia are advised against using the Saudi attire while in public places to avoid complications.


JEDDAH: The Saudi Embassy in Australia has advised all Saudi scholarship students and their families in the country to refrain from wearing the thobe or the national dress in =5 places.

The warning comes amid preparations for Eid Al-Fitr celebrations as authorities are keen to ensure the safety of Saudis from miscreants, who may find it easy from the clothing to identify and target them.

The embassy also advised the citizens to avoid any discussions, heated arguments and unsafe places.

“These warnings aim to protect the safety and security of our citizens in Australia,” said Ali Al-Haji, head of the media department at the embassy.

“Nabeel bin Mohammed Al-Saleh (Saudi ambassador to Australia) is providing comprehensive support to the Saudi citizens on the continent,” he said.

Source: Arab News


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Waleed Aly is a curious cat. He's a deep-thinking academic fronting a prime-time alternative news show on commercial television.

At the start of the year he left a sweet gig as host of the prestigious Drive slot on Radio National to go to Channel Ten. He's self-deprecating, quick-witted, a Richmond Tigers diehard, a lawyer and a university lecturer who specialises in terrorism studies. He plays in a rock band, writes regular opinion pieces for Fairfax and hosts a weekly show on RN that delves deep into the prickliest issues of the day.

Admirers want him to go into politics. Detractors (well, Andrew Bolt) attack him for being "a pet of the establishment Left". When the Walkley Foundation recognised him for the contribution his Fairfax columns make to public commentary, opinion and critique, it praised him for bringing a "fresh perspective" to familiar issues by approaching them from "overlooked or contrarian angles".

It seems Aly is many things to many people. Looking at his career you could assume his media presence and persona are part of a cunning strategy to cultivate recognition and a following in a range of key demographics in the electorate with a view to running for office. He insists it's not.

As we sit in a small meeting room in Ten's South Yarra offices – him in a Tigers hoodie, eyes sharp, ready to dissect anything that comes his way – Aly speaks freely about his politics, his intellectual disposition, the media and the evil of social media (it has a "corrosive" ethic that impoverishes public discourse). The discussion is complex. Aly never answers without addressing the assumptions of the question, analysing its context and defining its terms before launching into an answer full of finely shaded precision.

It's impossible to do justice to even the smallest part of the nuance and complexity. When you try an experiment and insist he gives only a yes or no response to a range of contentious issues – same-sex marriage, asylum seeker boat turn backs, universal health care, wind farms – he becomes a writhing, tortured mess. It's not in his DNA to simplify, to not give deeply considered answers. The academic and lawyer in him shout ON THE ONE HAND THIS and ON THE OTHER HAND THAT.


Sydney Morning Herald


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Social media has given the world a sneak peek into Mecca as millions of Muslims make their way to the holy city as part of Ramadan celebrations.


The city is closed to non-Muslims, but image sharing app Snapchat allowed users to take in the event as it unfolded on Monday, the Muslim holiday of Laylat Al Qadr.

Laylat al-Qadr, or Shab-e-Qadr, is believed to be the night when the Quran was first revealed and is celebrated on one of the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan.

Millions of Muslims travelled to Mecca, with Snapchat documenting the event with the hashtag #Mecca_Live.

The hashtag was soon trending on Twitter with users praising Snapchat for its innovative story.



Social media users also praised Snapchat’s role in giving many a different view of the Muslim world.

One account operating under the name Leah described Mecca as “inspiring”.

“Media made me blind to what Islam had to offer,” she said.

“#mecca_live shows how you are all 1 big family. I want to learn about more Islam.”





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The Garden City Mosque in Toowoomba organised a Qur’an Recitation Competition for the children on 13 July in the Masjid Hall. It was sponsored by the World Assembly of Youth (WAMY).

The Director of the Australia and Pacific branch of WAMY, Mr Fuad Abdin (pictured bottom left) was the special guest on the occasion. About 100 Muslim boys and girls participated in the event.

Certificates were awarded to all participating children.

The President of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Prof. Shahjahan Khan distributed the certificates to children, and Imam Abdul Kader coordinated the competition.

Like in the past, the Islamic Society of Toowoomba presented Eid Gift to all Muslim children after the Eid prayers.


This year the Eid Gift project was sponsored by the Muslims businesses in the city, Amahl Groceries, Bay Leaf Restaurant, Nando’s Toowoomba South and Cioccolato Australia.




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The Australian Federal Police has cancelled an annual Ramadan dinner after Muslim community leaders vowed to boycott the event.

In a sign of deepening fractures between the Muslim community and Australian authorities, a petition was circulated on July 2, urging imams and other representatives to boycott dinners in Sydney and Melbourne because they were a tokenistic attempt "to create a false image of co-operation, harmony and trust which could not be further from the truth".

"I can't break fast with those who authorise flash bombs to be used against families," said Australian Muslim Women's Association spokeswoman Silma Ihram, who was one of 840 people to sign the petition.

The authors of the petition, a group called Concerned Muslims Australia, said police have targeted Muslims in "phoney raids" and the government has introduced legislation to "demonise, marginalise and victimise the Muslim community".

"It is incredulous that the same agencies that harass, discriminate and target the Muslim community would expect it to break bread with them," the group said. "We interpret these overtures as insult to injury."

The AFP sent an email to community leaders last week, saying the Sydney Eid dinner on July 21 will not go ahead. The Melbourne dinner on July 24 is still going ahead.

"The AFP has consulted with community representatives and as a result has made the decision not to proceed with an event in Sydney this year," the email from the Community Liaison Team said.

Among the leaders who supported the boycott were author and social justice campaigner Randa Abdel-Fattah and Sydney lawyers Mariam Veiszadeh and Lydia Shelly.

One community leader told Fairfax Media that so-called moderate voices were increasingly joining the calls to turn on the AFP and other government agencies.

Last year, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, boycotted the AFP's Eid dinner due to proposed anti-terrorism laws.

Ms Veiszadeh said previous efforts at community engagement had been disheartening and leaders felt like they were being used "as a rubber stamp for draconian legislation".

"We have been continuously echoing our communities' concerns to the Abbott Government but it largely seems to fall on deaf ears," she said.

Ms Shelly said community leaders were suffering from "engagement fatigue".

In a statement, Concerned Muslims Australia hailed the cancellation of the dinner as proof of the "abundant strength in the unity of the Muslim community".

An AFP spokeswoman said they will conduct an alternative event at a later date.

"The decision not to host this year's dinner shows that the AFP and its partner agencies are consulting with and responding to the community," she said.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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The number of people celebrating Eid-al-Fitr this year, and in years to come, will grow as the world's Islamic population continues its growth.


Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is predicted to rival Christianity in terms of global population by 2050. But, despite popular perception, Islam is not the fastest growing religion in Australia.

With the world’s population of Islamic people set to grow at twice the rate of the total population, fasting and other spiritual practices during the month of Ramadan are becoming more significant events around the globe.

But while Australia’s Muslim population continues its above-average growth since the 1970s, Islam is not the fastest growing religious group in Australia. Here's a closer look at the numbers.

Islam is said to be the fastest growing religion with the world's population of 1.6 billion Muslims predicted to expand to 2.3 billion by 2050, according to the Pew Research Centre.

"By 2050, Muslims will be nearly as numerous as Christians, who are projected to remain the world’s largest religious group at 31.4 per cent of the global population," the report said. Muslims are predicted to make up 29.7 per cent of the global population by 2050.

Two population growth rates help explain this. The world's Islamic population is expected to grow at a rate of 73 per cent in the 40 years between 2010 and 2050; while the world's Christian population will grow at just 35 per cent during that period, which is roughly in line with the world's total growth rate.

Professor of Demography at Australian National University Peter McDonald said the accuracy of the Pew Research report would depend heavily on what assumptions were used, of which there would be many. Predicting a population of Muslims would be problematic, he said, since there were so many groups of Muslims.


But while the growth rate of Australia’s Muslim population has outpaced that of our total population, Islam is not the fastest growing religion in Australia. The latest census figures show that Hinduism is the fastest growing religion here, which coincides with the growth in the number of Australians born in India.

"Four source countries dominate our [overall] intake: India, China, UK and New Zealand – more Hindus, Confucians and Christians entering Australia than Muslims by a very long way," Prof McDonald said.




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An Australian woman has been arrested and jailed in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for "writing bad words on social media", the ABC reports.

Jodi Magi, aged 39, posted a photo to Facebook she had taken of a car parked across two disabled parking spaces outside her apartment in Abu Dhabi.

She blanked out the licence number and did not post any identifiable detail, according to the ABC's PM program on Monday night.

But a complaint landed Ms Magi in an Abu Dhabi court, where she was found guilty of "writing bad words on social media about a person" and told she would be deported.

"I have zero idea [what I have done wrong]. I used the internet," Ms Magi told the ABC.

The photo appeared to have been removed from Ms Magi's Facebook page.

Ms Magi tried to voluntarily deport herself in early July and pay the roughly $3600 fine, but local authorities refused, until she presented herself at court.

When she arrived at court to pay her fine she was arrested and jailed.

"No one's talking to me. No one's telling me what's going on," she told the ABC from the back of a police van.

"...they were about to put me in male lock-up and then they turned me away and no one knows what to do with me.

"I'm pretty scared," she said.

It is not known how long Ms Magi will be held by Abu Dhabi authorities.

According to her blog, Ms Magi spent time as a graphic designer in Perth and Melbourne before moving to Abu Dhabi in 2012. She wrote that she has been teaching local Emirati women graphic design, and working on her own art projects.


Sydney Morning Herald


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The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) made a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment Bill:


It provides "high level views on a number of key issues in relation to the Bill" which was introduced to the Federal Parliament on 23 June 2015.



ICQ website


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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.

9) Mahbub ul Haq
Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq introduced the concept of 'The Human Development Index' in 1990. Since then, this concept is used to rank countries by level of human development.



NEXT WEEK:  Abdul Qadeer Khan

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 July 2015

TOPIC: "Making Eid a joyous occasion"

IMAM: Dr Mohamad Abdalla







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 July 2015

TOPIC: “The Richness of Allah”

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar





2015 Eid-ul-Fitr Message








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 July 2015

TOPIC: "  "

IMAM: Muhammad Uzair Akbar







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 17 July 2015

TOPIC: "Preserving the Deen - Ramadan Talk"

IMAM: Qari Ziyad Patel




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Embattled Koran reader Mohamed Gebreel banned from leaving Egypt

Mohamed Gebreel was banned from leading prayers in all Egypt's public mosques 

EGYPT: Egypt's airport authorities prevented prominent Koran reader Mohamed Gebreel from traveling to London on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the ministry of religious endowments banned him from reciting the Islamic holy book in mosques in Egypt.

The travel ban against Gebreel was executed based on directives issued by government security, Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The religious endowments ministry announced on Tuesday evening that it has banned Gebreel from leading prayers at public mosques in the country because he "used prayers for political purposes".

During Ramadan-evening Taraweeh prayers on Monday at the popular Amr Ibn Al-As mosque in south Cairo, Gebreel appeared to criticise government officials, media pundits, and religious preachers.

He pleaded to God to "protect us from corrupt media, the ignorance of rulers, and preachers who lead us astray."

The strong words came after Gebreel completed leading prayers to mark the 27th night of day of Ramadan, when it is believed Prophet Mohamed first received revelation.

"Gebreel preyed on people's emotions," the ministry said.

"A real religious cleric cannot use worship to achieve personal glory, or financial or political gain, at the expense of God's religion," the ministry added.

"And those who really understand God's religion could never accept this [type of] improvisation in worship."

The 51-year-old Gebreel, who has long been renowned for his Koran recital skills, has not been known as a politicised preacher.

He has led prayers at various public mosques dating back to the years of rule of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

The government has recently tightened regulations on religious practices at mosques aimed "to combat the spread of extremist ideas at unregulated prayer venues."

In March 2014, Religious Endowments Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa placed all mosques and prayer venues under the control of the ministry.

The ministry also stipulated that all mosque imams and preachers must be certified by the government.

Gomaa has also issued orders to imams in all mosques to preach a standardised message set by the ministry on Fridays.

Ahram Online


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Mosque burnt down during Eid prayers


INDONESIA: Christians in Tolikara, Papua (Indonesia) stormed a mosque today whilst people were performing the Eid Prayer setting the masjid on fire and attacking the worshipers with stones.

The Christians also burned down 6 homes and 11 stores; and forced Muslims to flee the city.

The GIDI (Evangelical Christians) self-pronounced a ban on Eid prayers, wearing of the hijab and more in the city saying Muslims can go elsewhere.


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German TV airs Muslim prayers in historic broadcast


Live coverage of Eid prayers from a mosque near Munich also includes speeches by Catholic and Protestant leaders.


At least 1,000 worshippers are expected to perform prayers in the mosque in the Bavarian town of Penzberg  

GERMANY: German TV has broadcast live Muslim Eid prayers from a mosque in a town near Munich, a move that is the first of its kind in the country’s history.

The prayers, at 4:45am local time on Friday, were aired from the Penzberg Mosque on public TV and radio broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk.

The sermon marked the beginning of the Eid el-Fitr holiday and the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The broadcast was part of a wider two-hour coverage on the Muslim holiday that will include the sermon, narration of the Islam's holy book Quran, Islamic chanting, and speeches by Christian Catholic and Protestant priests.

Ahead of the sermon, Benjamin Idriz, the preacher who led the prayers, told Al Jazeera the move was historic for Muslims in Germany.

Lead preacher Benjamin Idriz hailed the move as historic for Muslims in Germany   

"In the sermon, I will deliver messages to both Muslims and non-Muslims in Germany. I will talk about the common values, and will urge the German society to open up to Muslims and visit their mosques, and also urge Muslims to open up to the German society,” the Macedonian-born German preacher said.

The emergence of “extremist groups” like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has added psychological pressure on Muslims in Germany, the 43-year-old preacher said.

He said that broadcasting the Eid programme will help the Muslim community feel more welcome and as an integral part of Germany.
The move comes just two weeks after German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended an iftar, the meal to break the Ramadan fast, for the first time as the head of government. At the event, she said that Islam “is a part of Germany”.

Centre of worship

At least 1,000 worshippers were expected to perform prayers in the mosque in the Bavarian town of Penzberg, with many coming to the small town of from elsewhere in the country.

The prayer hall of Penzberg Mosque, one of the most prominent Islamic places of worship in Germany, has a capacity of 300 to 400 people. The organisers had equipped other rooms in the mosque to accommodate the crowds.
The cubic mosque, built in 2005, has an impressive contemporary architecture, with steel sheets covering the minaret in the form of Arabic calligraphy.

Germany is believed to be home to nearly four million Muslims.

More than 200,000 asylum seekers registered in 2014, most of whom came from African and Middle Eastern countries.

The rise in asylum applications has been followed by a growing trend of xenophobic attacks targeting non-European migrants. In 2014, there were 150 attacks by right-wing groups in Germany on accommodations housing asylum seekers.

Earlier this year, a grassroot movement by the name of PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, organised protests that Merkel called “racist”.

Idriz had told Al Jazeera that, in his Friday sermon, he would call on Germans “to take care of refugees and help them integrate in society”.

Source: Aljazeera


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UK retailers braced for sales jump to rival Christmas, as 'Ramadan Rush' gets under way


UK: Retail experts believe sales could more than treble at some department stores as wealthy shoppers from the Middle East flock to Britain

The UK's top retailers are braced for a surge in wealthy shoppers from the Middle East, as the "Ramadan Rush" gets under way.

After a 30-day period of fasting, Muslims from places such as Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia are expected to flock to London's department stores, causing a record spike in sales to rival Christmas.

Retail experts believe sales could more than treble at some department stores in the period after Eid al-Fitr on July 18 and 19, bringing in millions of pounds for Britain's high streets.

"We expect spending by Middle Eastern shoppers to break records this year, with turnover as high as Christmas for some luxury stores," said Dave Hobday, UK managing director at payment processing company Worldpay.

The influx of Arabian shoppers to the Knightsbridge store has led to it being called the “Harrods Hajj”, after the traditional Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
Bond Street jewellers, designer outlets and five-star hotels are often surrounded by Bugattis, Lamborghinis and Bentleys in the weeks after Ramadan as their wealthy Arab owners peruse the shops.

"This is about far more than just premium retail, though. From bargains in Bicester to boutiques on Bond Street, retailers across the UK are wise to the opportunity that Eid offers," Mr Hobday added.

According to Worldpay, turnover from Middle Eastern shoppers is expected to rise by an average of 368pc in the month after Eid Al-Fitr, with an average of £251.05 spent on each transaction.

Visitors from Qatar are expected to lead the way, with an average spend of £466.89, followed by UAE at £275.17, Saudia Arabia at £186.29 and Bahrain at £134.07. In comparison, people from Europe are expected to spend an average of just £32.76 in the UK in a single transaction.

The Telegraph UK

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Q: Dear Kareema, I read your Q & A last week and just wanted to ask another question on diet. I have terrible eating habits and am looking at challenging myself over the next 3 months and go from there. I know I definitely don’t drink enough water and sometimes I only have one meal and then I binge-eat. I train really hard but my eating habits are letting me down. Help..

Think of food as fuel for your body, instead of a reward.

Be sure to stay hydrated as the body can confuse thirst for hunger.

Keep on training hard, but eat healthy meals that will fuel your body for energy.


Too often we think of food as a reward or comfort (which is where we might binge-eat).

Catch up with friends at the park and go for a walk rather than sitting down for a coffee.

A good support network may help – surround yourself with people who motivate you to eat better and workout harder.

Always carry healthy snacks with you for when you are pressed for time and might just reach for that sugary treat.

Stay positive and keep on setting yourself small achievable goals. N-JOY!




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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: Here's a bit of sweet heaven you can deservedly indulge in after a month of fasting. Also try adding any kinds of nuts or sweets you enjoy. Another favourite is M&M's

Rocky Road




2 X 250g Milk Chocolate
1 x 55g Turkish delight
1 cup salted peanuts
250g pink and white marshmallows
2 large Crunchy Chocolates 


1. Cut up the marshmallows, crunchies and Turkish delights into large portions.
2. Melt the milk chocolate and combine all the ingredients together.
3. Place the mixture into a pan lined with baking paper.
4. Refrigerate to set for approx. an hour.
5. Cut into slices and serve.
6. You can store any extras in the refrigerator and it can stay for a long time and can be made in advance for children’s parties.

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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Mula Nasruddin said to his ageing eighty-year old friend, Jallaludin:

'So I hear you're getting married?'

'Yes, akhi!'

'Do I know her?'

'No, my friend, you don't!'

'This woman, is she good looking?'

'Not really.'

'Is she a good cook?'

'No, she can't cook too well.'

'Does she have lots of money?'

'No! Doesn't have a riyaal to her name.'

'Why in the world do you want to marry her then?'

'Because she can still steer a camel!'




Hitler wants a united Eid



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(Pray:) "Our Lord! Do not condemn us if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Do not lay on us a burden like that which You laid on those before us; our Lord! Do not lay on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector; help us against those who stand against Faith."

~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:286


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Sometimes the people with the worst past,


create the best future.

~ Umar ibn al-Khattab (RA)


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25 July



Eidfest QLD

Rocklea Showgrounds

0418 722 353

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1 August


Just Kidding - Charity Eid Party

Read Little Muslims & Muslim Aid Australia

Rochedale Mosque, Logan Road

0434 984 520


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


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

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


Facebook :





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



Weekly Tafseer


Program from Monday 27 July 2015

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

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)

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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