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Jihad Dib visits ICB

Births, Marriages, New Migrants and Condolences

The CCN Food for Thought

Launch of HAI

The CCN Weekly News & Views Briefs

An Ayaat-a-Week

QPS Multi-faith Dinner

Jumma (Friday) Khutba (Lecture) Recordings

Events and Functions

Is 'Allahu akbar' the equivalent of OMG?

 The CCN Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Islamic Programmes, Education & Services

French court suspends 'illegal' burkini ban

 The CCN Classifieds

Businesses and Services

Halal baby food: Muslim ‘mumpreneurs’ feed the gap

Around the Muslim World & Muslims Around the World

The CCN Date Claimer

Continental Club Tournament results

CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN on Facebook

Federal police commissioner warns MPs 'words matter'

KB's Culinary Corner

Useful Links

Non-Muslims flock to buy burkinis

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


$11.5T Muslim wealth leaves asset managers salivating

Fitria on Food Appears monthly

Write For Us


Get your fingers green with Ahmed Esat



Taufan's Tip on Self Defence



The CCN Chuckle


The CCN Weekly Hansard of Hanson Harangues


CresWalk2016 is just days away!


Join us at Orleigh Park, West End on Sunday 4 SEPTEMBER for a pleasant walk or jog along the Brisbane River on a delightful Spring morning.


This year we are creating greater awareness of domestic violence in Australia and you can help us change attitudes and behaviour.


There will also be the famous and fabulous CresWalk breakfast to round off the morning's activities.


The first 300 entrants qualify for a CresWalk2016 t-shirt.


Don't forget to register yourself, your kids and grand kids (if you have any) for the Creswalk 2016...

Have a fun morning out with family. Great fun for the kids...




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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Last week Mr Jihad Dib MP, the Member for Lakemba and Shadow Minister for Education in the Legislative Assembly of NSW visited the electorate of Stretton as the guest of local Member Duncan Pegg.

Mr Dib took time out of his busy schedule to speak to senior students at the Islamic College of Brisbane. He spoke to the students about the importance of believing in yourself and being the best person you can by utilising your talents and working hard.

Mr Dib also spoke about the importance of inclusiveness and that being Muslim and being Australian are not mutually exclusive and that we are all Australian whatever our differences.



As a former Principal of Punchbowl Boys High School he has worked with many students in difficult circumstances to achieve their best and to never give up.

Duncan Pegg said, “Mr Dib was the first Muslim member of the NSW Parliament to be elected and it was great to have him visit Stretton which has the highest proportion of Queenslanders identifying Islam as their religion in this state. It was great to sit down with Jihad and local Islamic leaders to talk and exchange ideas over morning tea.”



“Lakemba is similar to the electorate of Stretton in that it has a high proportion of people born overseas. It also has a high proportion of people speaking a language other than English at home,” he said.

“It is great to have people of the calibre of Jihad Dib in Parliament, providing strong leadership and representing the wider Muslim community, and I hope to see him back again soon” he said.



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The launch of the Queensland branch of Human Appeal International Australian took place at the Slacks Creek Unity Centre (Slacks Creek Mosque).


Imam Akram Buksh will be the Queensland representative.


Speakers included the Hon Shannon Fentiman, Imam Peer, David Forde and Imam Akram.


Both David and Imam Akram recounted their own experiences in refugee camps where conditions were horrific. All speakers spoke with passion about the need to support refugees and displaced persons.

"An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. In a world where nearly 34,000 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution." Source UNHCR



More images available here courtesy of Saifullah Akram


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Some 240 invited guests represented a number of religions and denominations at the annual Queensland Police Service multi-faith dinner this week at the Greek Club.


Now in its 9th year this event started within the South Brisbane District in 2008, as an opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity, sharing a meal and the contribution to our community made by all members. In 2008, 35 faith and community leaders attended the inaugural dinner, and this year in excess of 240 faith and community leaders were in attendance. It is now a major part of the Queensland Multicultural Month.

"The QPS understands the vital importance of community engagement – and has elevated this engagement to a key priority across the state. It is now common to see police officers at all ranks and levels interacting with members of the community through formal and informal activities," Sergeant Jim Bellos, the inspiration behind the initiative, told CCN.


Sylvia Papamanolis was acknowledged for her contribution of sweets and desserts to the event over the past 9 years.


Police Liaison Officer Sabrina Rabbani was also officially thanked for her work on coordinating the dinners. Sabrina has been working for the QPS since July 2008 and was an integral member of the QPS team who have been putting these dinners for the past 9 years.


Dr Brian Adams took on the role of Master of Ceremonies coordinating a long line of speakers including The Honourable Grace Grace MP - Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs; Mr Thomas Albrecht –- Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Canberra and Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart.




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Ali Kadri on 'Allahu akbar'

An Islamic community activist and rights campaigner wants Muslims to claim back the phrase 'Allahu akbar' from terrorists.

Queensland Police yesterday announced that they were investigating whether a man who allegedly stabbed a 21-year-old woman at a backpackers' hostel in Home Hill on Tuesday night had any links to extremist groups, after it emerged he had yelled 'Allahu akbar' at the scene.

Today cops ruled out radicalisation as a factor. But not before a lot of speculation about whether the attack was motivated by religious extremism.

Ali Kadri wasn't happy about it. He's a spokesman for the Islamic Council of Queensland, an NGO that represents Muslim organisations and mosques across the state.

"Media should be more responsible than this, and not just make it a terrorist incident because at this stage I don't think we can speculate it is a terrorist incident," he told the ABC yesterday.

"Just because someone says 'Allahu akbar' does not mean that person's motivations are religious."

So what does it mean?

Essentially, 'Allahu akbar' translates into English as 'God is greater'.

We asked Ali to explain a little further.

"This phrase 'Allahu akbar' is so misunderstood that every time a criminal says it people think that it's a religiously motivated crime, but Muslims would use 'Allahu akbar' across the board," he told Hack.

"It's an expression of powerlessness sometimes — let's say for example when you're frustrated with something and you don't have power, you say 'God is great'.

So if it can be used the same way many Westerners blaspheme (on the reg), do non-Muslim Arabic speakers say it a lot?

"Yes, Arabic-speaking non-Muslims would use 'Allahu akbar'. They would mean it in the same sense 'God is great', but it's more like 'oh my God!'," he said.

We don't know exactly how Smail Ayad meant it when he used those same words on Tuesday night. But police have ruled out any links to extremism.

It's true that the phrase has been used by terrorists before carrying out criminal acts they say are in the name of Allah — including the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in 2013.

But Ali says most people who use these words are not criminals or extremists.

"I'll tell you how much anxiety people have. Me and one of my friends were in the plane going to Sydney the other day," he said.

"Now he's a Muslim, he's got a big beard, we were on the plane — we were rushing because we got delayed — and as soon as he sat down he says 'Allahu akbar'. And I said 'hang on mate we're gonna get kicked out', because people looked at us.

"So I want an education campaign around it so people understand what 'Allahu akbar' is."




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Amnesty International said the decision has "drawn an important line in the sand"

FRANCE: France's highest administrative court has suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups.

In a judgement expected to lead to bans being overturned in around 30 towns, the State Council ruled the measure was a "serious and clearly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms".

The court said local authorities could only introduce measures restricting individual freedoms if wearing the Islamic swimsuit on beaches represented a "proven risk" to public order.

The judges said there was no such risk in the case before the court concerning Villeneuve-Loubet, a resort on the Cote d'Azur between Nice and Cannes.

"French authorities must now drop the pretence that these measures do anything to protect the rights of women,"

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) hailed the ruling as a "victory for common sense".

Police have fined Muslim women for wearing burkinis on beaches in several towns, including in the popular tourist resorts of Nice and Cannes, and the ban has triggered a fierce debate about women's rights and France's strictly-guarded secularism.

Anger over the issue was further inflamed this week when photographs in the British media showed police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a beach in Nice.

The mayor's office denied the woman had been forced to remove clothing, telling AFP she was showing police the swimsuit she was wearing under her top, over a pair of leggings, when the picture was taken.

The court decision to suspend the ban was praised by the United Nations.

"We welcome the decision by the court," spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, adding that the UN stressed "the need for people's dignity to be respected".

Amnesty International said the ruling had "drawn an important line in the sand".

"French authorities must now drop the pretence that these measures do anything to protect the rights of women," Amnesty's Europe director John Dalhuisen said.
Reacting to the court ruling on Friday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that France needed a modern, secular Islam and wearing a burkini clashed with that idea.

"The Council of State ruling does not close the debate on the burkini," Mr Valls said on Facebook.

But in a sign of the divisions within the Socialist Government on the issue, Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the "proliferation" of burkini bans "was not a welcome development".


The judgement is expected to lead to bans being overturned in around 30 towns.

Ms Vallaud-Belkacem took issue with the wording of the ban in Nice which linked the measure to last month's jihadist truck attack in the resort that killed 86 people.

"In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach," she said.

Ange-Pierre Vivoni, the mayor of the small Corsican town of Sisco, said he would keep the ban in place because the issue had sparked a violent beachfront brawl earlier this month.

"I introduced the ban for the safety of property and people in the town because I risked having deaths on my hands," he said.


Source: ABC




Linking backpacker stabbing to extremism 'opportunistic' says police minister Bill Byrne says there’s no evidence to suggest extremism a motive and commentary from ‘predictable sources’ is unhelpful






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Sisters Maryam and Sarah Mounajed prepare their new line of halal baby food at their home in Yagoona

WHEN sisters Sarah and Maryam Mounajed went on the hunt for halal food for their new babies they thought it would be simple. What they found instead was a big gap in the market.

“We had a look around and said ‘what do we do?’ We didn’t want to feed them rubbish, so we started making our own baby food,” Sarah said.

Maryam, 22, used her skills as a chef to design a menu of pastas, purees, deserts and soup.

On a lazy weekend the sisters launched Halal Bubs on Facebook. In two days they had 200 online orders.

That was six months ago, and since then the “mumpreneurs” have built an impressive home kitchen production line of halal-certified baby cuisine.

Dotted throughout their Yagoona home, including the living room, are freezers full of sealed tubs.

“On average we probably get about 150 orders per week and that is with us cutting off the menu,” Sarah, 28, said.

“We release it on a Tuesday and cut it off on a Friday, if we let it go until the Monday we would be inundated.”

The pair design a new menu every week and even have interest from a grocery store in New York.

The exhausting pace is wearing out Maryam, who has worked with the likes of top chefs Matt Moran and Manu Feildel.

They are planning to hire helpers and rent space for a kitchen and industrial cooking equipment.

Sarah, a qualified schoolteacher, said Halal Bubs hadn’t become the target of anti-halal certification groups yet, but she was “bracing for it”.

Halal food is prepared in accordance with Islamic law, animals need to be slaughtered in a particular way, it has to be free from pork products, alcohol and certain other ingredients. Halal certification in Australia has long attracted the ire of anti-Muslim groups.

“If anyone wants to come to me I’m very well spoken to put them back in their place,” Sarah said.



Halal bubs, a new line of halal baby food


Source: The Daily Telegraph



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Played at Palmer Colonial on Sunday 21st August


Nearest the Pin Hole #4: Yoonus Omar
Nearest the Pin Hole #16: Zeyn Kara

Approach Shot Hole #3: Mohammed Meer
Approach Shot Hole #14: Kassam Mohammed
Longest Drive Hole #2: Shahaad Suleman
Longest Drive Hole #17: Nizam Leeya

Winner: Iqbal Omar

Open Division
1st Place: Imraan Abdulla
2nd Place: Taahir Suleman
3rd Place: Andrew Thompson

C Division
1st Place: Mohammed Meer
2nd Place: Yoonus Omar
3rd Place: Junaide Latif

B Division
1st Place: Yacoob Omar
2nd Place: Idris Jangda
3rd Place: Ahmed Saloojee

A Division
1st Place: Bashshar Hussien
2nd Place: Safy Leeya



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Asked about One Nation MPs calling for ban on Muslim immigration, Andrew Colvin says police rely on having a good relationship with Muslim community



Commissioner Andrew Colvin (at right with the PM) says he doesn’t want to intervene in political debates but people need to be careful about their public interventions.

The Australian federal police commissioner, Andrew Colvin, has warned federal parliamentarians that words matter, emphasising that police rely on good relationships with the Muslim community to keep Australians safe.

Colvin was asked during an appearance on Sky News on Monday about whether he had any concerns about the newly elected One Nation MPs calling for a ban on Muslim immigration, or a royal commission into Islam.

The police commissioner was reminded about previous interventions by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) warning Coalition MPs to tone down florid rhetoric about Islam because the contributions were considered unhelpful to agencies trying to maintain public safety.

Colvin said he didn’t want to intervene in any political debates but he emphasised that people needed to be careful about their public interventions. “What I have been on the record saying and I will say it again, words do matter,” Colvin said on Monday.

He emphasised the police needed to maintain a good working relationship with the community, and he said successful disruption efforts to combat terrorism threats were a direct consequence of working constructively with the community.

“It’s very important to me that I maintain good relationships with the community. Words do matter. They listen very carefully to what’s said,” Colvin said.



The Guardian



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Fashion designer Aheda Zanetti and her burkini, modeled by Farrah Zbib

Over the past eight years, Aheda Zanetti​ has sold 700,000 swimsuits to clients all over the world. Her designs, costing from $80 to $200, are sought out from Norway to Israel and are each made in Villawood, western Sydney.

Zanetti is the Australian inventor of the burkini and the swimsuits she sells under the label Ahiida are full body, hooded and inspired by Islamic modesty.

But what is particularly interesting about Ahiida, which now finds itself in the crosshairs of controversial French rules banning the garment on the basis of secularism laws, is that 45 per cent of its clients, Zanetti estimates, are non-Muslims.

"This is about choice," says Zanetti, who hails from Lebanon and moved to Bankstown when she was two. "The burkini stands for freedom, flexibility and confidence, it does not stand for misery, torture and terror."

She says she receives messages from shoppers of all religions and backgrounds. One, from a non-Muslim in Warwick, Queensland on Friday morning said "It is just a swimsuit for heaven's sake." Another, from a client in the US: "I am a non-Muslim southern Californian woman. I am a skin cancer survivor, which means I can't get out in the sun [in a regular swimsuit]."

"We get so many emails from people asking 'Would the Islamic community be offended if I purchase a burkini swimsuit?'" says Zanetti.

And news of recent bans in France has only increased sales, she says, forcing Ahiida to change courier companies to enable faster delivery to Europe.

"Every time anyone says something bad about the burkini, I get enquires and sales out of it."

The Sydney Morning Herald



People are sharing these seven images to show how ludicrous the burkini ban is





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According to the Pew Research Center, Islam will remain the world’s fastest-growing major religion over the next few decades.

Muslims have a whopping $11.5 trillion of wealth to their names, triggering a race among asset managers to tap this massive pool of capital, a Bloomberg report says.

According to Washington-based Pew Research Center estimates, Islam will remain the world’s fastest-growing major religion over the next few decades, with demand for investments that comply with the Qur’an tenets rising.

Over the past year, Islamic funds have lured global money managers from BNP Paribas to Schroder Investment Management Ltd.

Shariah law forbids investments in shares of companies with excessive debt and those involved in unethical activities such as gambling, prostitution, and alcohol or pork-related businesses.

According to Bloomberg, worldwide sales of debt complying with Islamic tenets have climbed 18% to $27.2 billion so far this year, after reaching $35.6 billion for the whole of 2015.

A report by the Malaysia International Islamic Financial Center in February forecast the global Islamic asset management industry to grow to $77 billion by 2019 from $58 billion at the end of 2015.

The industry is also forecast to grow to mammoth proportions given that about $9.5 trillion of Islamic wealth still remains outside the Shariah finance industry.

Asian asset managers have been cashing in on the chance, offering a series of Sharia-compliant vehicles for investment in private equity, property, sukuk and shares.

“Bearing in mind that Asia houses two-thirds of the Muslim population, Asian countries are most well-positioned to leverage from this demographic,” Raj Mohamad, managing director at Singapore-based consultancy Five Pillars Pte., told Bloomberg.

Trade in other Islamic fields is also gaining traction. Halal tourism is already becoming a vogue industry even in non-Islamic countries.

The global halal industry is estimated to be worth more than $2 trillion, including a $1 trillion food market which is expanding.

Muslim tourists are seen as one of the fastest growing travel groups, accounting for 10% of the global travel spending in 2014, worth $150 billion.

Halal means permissible in the Islamic law and covers everything from food to finance, logistics and tourism.

A growing middle-class Muslim population in the face of rising demand from non-Muslim nations has sparked a race among many countries to scrape a niche in the halal market.

Major Muslim countries from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Turkey and Pakistan to non-Muslim nations such as Japan, New Zealand and the UK are jockeying for position.

Iran also plans to turn into the world’s hub for halal tourism which could draw as many as 15 million Muslims a year from around the world, officials have said.

In September, an official said Iran planned to launch its international halal food brand, aiming to tap an under-served regional market of 400 million people.


Source: Press TV



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10 Ways to Lose Your Spouse & Children

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Islamic Relief Australia (IRAus) and iCare Qld will be hosting an Al-Yateem Child Sponsorship Dinner on Saturday the 8th of October 2016. The aim of this event is to raise funds to empower underprivileged children around the world.

As per the Islamic definition of ‘Al Yateem’, we sponsor children who have lost their bread-winning parent, or both parents. The sponsorship program offered by IRAus provides support to the child and their carer, making sure the child is able to be cared for within their family and community.

The sponsorship also ensures that the sponsored child can attend school and have access to health care, nutritional food, and water. A sponsorship officer visits all children sponsored on an ongoing basis to confirm the sponsorship is being best utilised to assist the child.

IRA spokesperson told CCN: "The suffering of children is one of the hardest things to witness, especially because they are the most vulnerable to the effects of poverty and conflict. The prophet (saw) said: "The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this," and he held his two fingers together to illustrate."

Join IRA at the Al-Yateem Child Sponsorship Dinner and help make the world a better place for a child in need.

To purchase tickets call: 0456 426 523 OR visit our website.



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18 to 30-year-olds invited to complete survey



Muslims from all over the World live in Australia and nearly half of them are young (18-30 years). Young Muslims are often misunderstood by the larger society. It is therefore important to study this group of Muslims. The purpose of this project is to collect a large sample from all over Australia to understand current wellbeing of young Muslim Australians. The day to day factors that promote or deter the wellbeing of young Muslim Australians will be explored.

The research team from QUT are looking for men and women, who are between the ages of 18-30 years, identify as Muslims and are Australian citizens/permanent resident.

You can support this study by 1. taking the survey and 2. passing on this email to all potential young Muslim-Australians on your contact list by inviting them to participate.

It takes 30 minutes to fill out an online survey. Your participation is completely voluntary and confidential, and you can stop completing the survey any time. All collected data will remain confidential and anonymous. You can also participate in a prize draw. Five participants, selected by random draw, will receive a gift voucher for the value of $20 (e.g. Coles).

To access the survey, please click on the following link (or cut and paste this link into your browser):



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  Opinion: Pauline Hanson demands answers following fatal stabbing attack at Home Hill hostel

ONE has to wonder sometimes if Pauline Hanson doesn’t lie awake at night in a sheen of excited sweat, preparing her response to a terror attack on Australian soil. Such an event could be seized on as vindication that Australia is being invaded — invaded I tell you! — by terrorised extreme radicalise Islamians. Only Pauline stands between Straya and a slippery slope leading to a pit of halal lamb chops. So it was no surprise to see her this morning embracing the Home Hill stabbing attack with unbridled glee, saying it “could well be the first Islamic terrorist attack in Queensland …” and reiterating her call for a ban on Muslim immigration. Worse, and not that our Pauline tends to attract conspiracy theories or anything, she reckons the police are trying to downplay any possible terrorism links, because … well … just because.


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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:

15. Maliha Masood

Maliha Masood is a Karachite who moved to US in 1982. She is an award-winning writer in creative nonfiction and the author of two travel memoirs. Her works include “Zaatar Days”, “Henna Nights ”and “Dizzy In Karachi”. Having selected for the Jack Straw Foundation writers forum in 2005, Masood’s writings on women, culture and Islam have been featured in many prestigious publications.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 16. Heina Rizwan Mohammad



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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:


"I avoid public transport with my children"


Chloë Green, 41, Sydney, British


I'm scared that my children or grandchildren might end up in a concentration camp one day. I avoid public transport with my children because I don't want them to hear me being harassed. I have been harassed on public transport while an entire carriage full of people pretended not to notice. My children are still in primary school, but they know that extremism has nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with being violent criminals.


Source: Brisbane Times


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Debunking Halal Hysteria



 Visit to Detroit's Eastern Market to debunk the myths around "halal hysteria."





A Tote Bag for Those Who Fear Arabic (Facebook) 



This tote bag is the perfect accessory for those who are terrified by the Arabic language.



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To know the future just look to the past


24 of the Most Influential Black Muslims in History


14. Askia Muhammad I (c. 1443 – 1538)

Askia Muhammad, also known as Askia the Great, was an emperor, military commander and political reformer of the Songhai Empire. Under Askia Muhammad, the Songhai empire became the largest ever in West Africa and one of the largest empires in Islamic history.

NEXT WEEK IN CCN: 15. Mustafa Zemmouri/Estevanico (c. 1500–1539)


Source: Atlantic BlackStar


The Chinese admiral who spread Islam across Southeast Asia


Near my childhood home in Kunming (昆明), Yunnan (雲南) province, is a park dedicated to its most famous son: Admiral Zheng He. Our teacher would take us to pay tribute to the great eunuch of the Ming dynasty, recounting his legendary seven expeditions that brought glory to the motherland.

The marble bust of Zheng He shows the face of a typical Chinese, with a square chin, brushy eyebrows and a flat nose. My father joked it more resembled comrade Lei Feng than the admiral. Not until years later did I realise how true this was.


The statue was erected in 1979 – a year after Deng Xiaoping (鄧小平) launched his open-door policy. Zheng, barely mentioned during the Cultural Revolution, was plucked from obscurity and hailed as a national hero who embodied China’s open spirit. A park near his ancestral home was dedicated to him. The same craftsmen who churned out revolutionary statues were employed to build his.

In real life, Zheng probably looked very different. My school textbook mentioned only that he was a Hui minority (Muslim Chinese). In fact, the admiral was a descendent of a powerful Persian family. Records discovered in 1913 trace his lineage to Sayyid Ajall, who was sent by Kublai Khan to conquer Yunnan and became its first governor. In 2014, Chinese scientists at Fudan University in Shanghai put the theory to test. They examined DNA samples collected from descendents of the admiral’s close kin and found they originated from Persia, modern-day Iran. In addition to Zheng He, most senior officers of the storied Ming armada were also Muslims.

South China Morning Post


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 August 2016

TOPIC"The tests of Ibrahim"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar


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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 August 2016

TOPIC"10 best days of the year Dhul Hijja By Sh Akram Buksh"

IMAM: Akram Buksh   







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 August 2016

TOPIC"Nabi Ebrahim AS"

IMAM: Ahmed Muhammad Naffaa







Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 August 2016

TOPIC"Are we winners or losers"

IMAM: Mufti Junaid Akbar








Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 26 August 2016

TOPIC"The sacrifice of Ibrahim alaisalam" PART 1

IMAM: Mufti Naeem Ali







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 While France Bans Burkinis, Canada Welcomes Hijabi ‘Mounties’


US: With the possible exceptions of maple syrup and ice hockey, nothing symbolizes Canada quite like “mounties,” the police officers who patrol on horseback Canada’s rugged frontiers and historically wore scarlet tunics, riding boots, and flat-brimmed campaign hats.

Now, some of those mounties will also be allowed to wear hijabs, in line with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to welcome people of different faiths into government service.

“This is intended to better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option,” a spokesman for Canada’s public safety minister told the news wire service Agence France-Presse. The change was quietly introduced earlier this year but not reported until this week.

The uniform, a pastiche of British imperial army dress and the fashion sensibilities of the American West, has undergone few changes since its adoption in the 1800s. Originally, it was worn by an all-white and all-male gendarmerie force as they policed newly acquired territories in the west, enforcing Canadian rule over Native American tribes and dismantling an American whiskey smuggling network. Today, mounties typically wear modern police uniforms but will don the red jacket of their forebears for special occasions.

Women weren’t permitted to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) until 1975, and the first attempt, in 1990, to accommodate religious minorities by letting Sikh officers wear turbans provoked public outcry.

Trudeau’s policy of protecting the rights of Muslims to freely express their religion comes as other Western nations take increasingly restrictive measures against public displays of Islamic faith. In France, a growing number of coastal towns are banning Muslim women from wearing full-body swimsuits, or burkinis, in keeping with their beliefs.

The style of hijab approved by the RCMP doesn’t encumber officers and can be easily taken off, according to an internal memo obtained by Montreal daily La Presse.

Muslims comprise the second-largest religious group in Canada, a group that is reportedly growing faster than any other religion.

Fueled by fears of Islamic radicalism, Canada’s conservative parties have opposed Trudeau’s refugee asylum policy, with his plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this year more or less evenly splitting public opinion. 

Foreign Policy


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 Police Scotland uniform to include Muslim hijab


The Metropolitan Police approved a uniform hijab more than 10 years ago

SCOTLAND: Police Scotland has announced women from Muslim communities may now wear the hijab as part of their uniform.

It is part of an attempt to encourage Muslim women to consider pursing a career in the force.

Officers and police staff have always had the option to wear religious headwear but the announcement ratifies the use of the hijab.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley said the police force should be representative of the communities it serves.

The move comes 10 years after the Metropolitan Police in London approved a uniform hijab.

Mr Gormley said: "I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland."

'Positive step'

The announcement was welcomed by the Scottish Police Muslim Association's chairman Fahad Bashir.

He said: "This is a positive step in the right direction, and I am delighted that Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organisation is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland.
"No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland."

There are currently six female Muslim officers working for Police Scotland - but none of them wear the hijab either on duty or outwith the force. The most recent figure for the overall strength of the force - released at the end of June - was 17,242.

Official figures showed that there were 127 applications from black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates in 2015-16. That was just 2.6% of the total number applying to work for the force.

In order to reflect the 4% figure across Scottish society, the force said it would need to recruit an additional 650 ethnic minority candidates.



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 Nigerian Christians Muslims open historic peace centre



Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and Sultan of Sokoto Sa'adu Abubakar both spoke at the ceremony.

NIGERIA: Nigerian Christians and Muslims gathered on 19 August to open the International Centre for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony (ICIPH).

The centre is located in Kaduna, where more than 20,000 people have died in various conflicts over the last three decades.

Amid a growing number of interfaith initiatives in Nigeria, the new centre has a unique goal: to systematically document interfaith relations to inform national and international policy-making.

Key local Nigerian organizations, the Christian Council of Nigeria and Jama’atu Nasril Islam, led the effort to open the centre, which was preceded in 2014 by a consultative forum held in Abuja that drew about 40 Muslim and Christian leaders.



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 Young people explore role as “ambassadors of peace” during Cairo seminar



Participants meeting with the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmad Al Tayyeb. 

CAIRO: “I have an absolute confidence in your youthful and great enthusiasm and your heightened state of awareness that you will be ambassadors of peace, mercy and cooperation among all peoples.” This message, from Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, visibly uplifted and inspired young people attending a seminar, “Youth Engagement, Religion and Violence,” in Cairo this week.

About 40 young people from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East met with Al-Tayyeb and other religious leaders to discuss the impact of religious discourse on contributions to peace-building.

Al-Tayyeb added: “The divine religions, sealed by Islam, affirm that man is honored and respected. They prohibit shedding the blood of, assaulting or terrorizing the innocent.”

He had a clear vision to share with today’s young people: “Your first cause should be how to create a new world where there is no place for blood-shedding, poverty, illness or ignorance.”

Participants also visited the Arab League, meeting with deputy secretary-general Ahmed Bin Heli, who said: "Religion holds a divine message of peace on earth. Christian and Muslim religious texts hold imperatives of dialogue, conviviality, and mutual understanding. Our values are one. Today we are facing critical challenges incarnated in terrorism and fanaticism, in values of exclusion. Those values are against our teachings, not only against the teachings of religion but also against the teachings of humanity.” 



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 Marks & Spencer burkini collection sells out


UK: It was launched with big fanfare in March, and now Marks & Spencer has confirmed its burkini swimwear collection has sold out.

Despite attracting criticism from fashion mogul Pierre Bergé and Laurence Rossignol, France’s women’s rights minister, the design appears to have proved popular with British customers.

Marks & Spencer has told The Independent the collection, part of its summer and spring 2016 collection, is out of stock.

The retailer has sold the outfits for the past three years in its stores in Dubai and Libya, before lauching them in its flagship Marble Arch store last year and online for the first time this year.

“M&S provides a wide range of quality swimwear offering our customers lots of choice. We have sold this item for a number of years and it is popular with our customers internationally,” a spokesperson said,

The garment covers the whole body with the exception of the face, hands and feet. It was initially intended to appeal to Muslim women but may have also proven popular with non-Muslim customers worried about the damage that exposure of the sun.

It was brought to public attention in the UK when TV chef Nigella Lawson wore the head-to-toe three-piece garment while holidaying in Australia in 2011. She explained the outfit allowed her to not reapply sunscreen after swimming. 



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 West Ham striker Sofiane Feghouli takes pride in combining Muslim faith with playing in the Premier League

West Ham & Algeria’s exciting new winger Sofiane Feghouli speaks for the first time about his pride in being a Muslim Hammer


Feghouli is one of many Muslims currently playing every week in the Premier League

UK: When Sofiane Feghouli scored on his debut for West Ham United at the start of this season he celebrated like Mo Farah: prostrating himself in the Olympic Stadium in London and spending a moment in silent prayer.

As when the running champion won double gold there in 2012, Feghouli’s gesture of reverence during a charged football match was greeted by cheering and rapturous applause.

The overwhelming sense of respect was not lost on the French-Algerian 26-year-old, who is as proud to be a Muslim as he is an elite sportsman.

“British crowds are outstanding – generous, supportive and passionate,” said Feghouli, the hugely exciting winger whom West Ham signed from Valencia, in Spain last month.

“My faith is very important to me, but also very personal. When I pray on the pitch, it is always spontaneous.

“That crowds can accept this, and make a player feel comfortable as he expresses himself with honesty is very touching.”

Feghouli is one of a highly influential group of new Premier League stars who are not just devout Muslims, but also ones who grew up in the less salubrious suburbs of greater Paris.

They include the world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba of Manchester United, N’Golo Kanté of Chelsea, and Riyad Mahrez of champions Leicester City, who is a great friend of Feghouli’s.

The pair were part of the outstanding Algeria side that gave Germany a scare in the 2014 World Cup, narrowly losing to the eventual champions 2-1 after extra time.

Feghouli, who was the captain of Algeria, is only too well aware of the way young men from similar backgrounds are demonised and discriminated against in France, but knows that perceptions can change.

Meeting him in his temporary home – the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, near West Ham’s new ground – the soft-spoken, highly intelligent sportsman certainly came across as the perfect role model.

“My faith is all part of leading an exemplary life,” said Feghouli. “It’s part of a good lifestyle that teaches me to be respectful of other people at all times, and generally to try and do good in the world.

“I’m of course very proud to see Muslim players like Riyad doing so well in the Premier League, but they’re not there because they’re Muslims. They’re there because they’re great players.”

Feghouli was born in Levallois-Perret, around five miles from the centre of Paris, and then grew up in nearby Saint-Ouen, in the Seine-Saint-Denis department bordering the capital. 



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 Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin: First Iranian Woman To Win An Olympic Medal



Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin poses with her bronze medal after the women’s taekwondo event in the 57kg category at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. “I am so happy for Iranian girls,” she said.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin kicked and punched down opponents and barriers as she became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal by taking taekwondo bronze in the 57kg category on Thursday.

The 18-year-old former junior world champion fell to the floor and kissed the mat after beating Nikita Glasnovic of Sweden 5-1 in a one-sided contest at the Carioca Arena 3 to secure a breakthrough bronze.

“I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold,” said Zenoorin.

“I am very excited and I want to thank my parents and my coach. They really stand behind me and I am so happy.”

Iran have won 65 medals at the Olympics in just four sports - wrestling, weightlifting, taekwondo and athletics - with Zenoorin’s bronze the Asian nation’s fifth medal in Rio. 

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KB says: What is gluten? As you may know, gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt and kamut. Millions of people around the world – cannot stomach this protein (literally) and have to have a diet which is gluten free, so here is another great tasting recipe to add to your collections of gluten free recipes.

Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread



3 bananas mashed or 1 cup
3 eggs
½ cup almond butter
¼ cup coconut oil melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup almond flour
½ cup coconut flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup chopped walnuts 



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a loaf pan with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Use a hand blender to combine.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Blend the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, scraping down the sides with a spatula. Fold in the walnuts, leaving aside a few walnuts to sprinkle on the loaf.
4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan in an even layer. Sprinkle some chopped walnuts on the top. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place the bread on a cooling rack and allow to cool before slicing.

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 TIME TO WALK THE WALK – only 1 week until race day

Get through the week by training smart, not hard..

Please note that the following program is suitable for beginners. For the more competitive or serious athlete, intensity, duration and frequency of exercises need to be increased!


DAY 1:
Change up your routine by really challenging your body - push yourself & fight the fatigue.
Walk / jog for an hour or more. Add some 30 second sprint sessions in between.
Healthy Tip: Always keep your body hydrated - carry a bottle of water with you daily!

DAY 2:
Getting your body race-ready does not mean hard work only. Be smart with your workout - do one of your fave sessions..

DAY 3:
If possible, try another hiking session with fellow - race goers.

DAY 4:
See how your body feels. Have a rest day or stretch session.

DAY 5:
Head out for a walk / jog. Do t push too hard today. Time to ease up & relax.

DAY 6:

Same as day 5. Get an early night.

Have a good breakfast to fuel your body & give it your best shot! N-Joy!!

PLEASE NOTE: The above training program assumes a healthy participant. Those with medical conditions or who are not already physically active, need to seek clearance from their GP before starting any form of exercise.









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Time for Spring Chores! What to do this Weekend?

Everything is bursting back to life - Plants will repay you for your love


• Get on top of weeds quickly!
• Prune back dead or weak stems.
• Time to fertilise fruit trees.
• Mangoes are flowering early-They will love a deep watering.
• Plant out chilli plants now..
• Watch the weather radar then fertilise the lawn just before the rain sets in (Wednesday)
• Re-pot and pay attention to hanging baskets.
• Most important-put a comfortable bench outside where you can wind down and enjoy your garden..


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Jallalludin was a philosophy major during his first semester at university.


One day in a seminar class, they spent a great deal of time debating whether the glass was half full or half empty.


After the class, Jallalludin was feeling pretty good about himself and what he was learning at university, so when he met his friends for coffee, he tried to continue the discussion with them.

With maximum drama, he went to the counter and took a 12 ounce glass and poured in 6 ounces of water.


Then he returned and placed it in the middle of the table.


He proudly asked his friends, "Can anyone tell me whether this glass is half full or half empty."


Without missing a beat, Mula Nasruddin replied, "Depends if you're drinking or pouring."


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An Ayaat-a-Week






Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents, that they may become companions of the Blazing Fire.

~ Surah Fatir 35:6


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You die only if you don't swim”


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