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Belo Horizonte, Brazil



Rua Joao Camilo Oliveira Torres, 20 - Mangabeiras - CEP: 30210-260

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(31) 3227-7157

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  • The 10 Most Popular Events of the Summer Olympic Games

    The Olympic Games 2016 will be held in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil this year, and sports enthusiasts worldwide are getting ready to see their favorite athletes compete. The Rio Olympics 2016 will be taking place from 5th to 21st August and visitors will be coming in from all over the world to experience the event.    What are the most popular Olympics Sports? Listed below is a compilation of some of the most popular sports included in the Olympics - with various events ranging from athletics to soccer to swimming to gymnastics. 1. Athletics - Track and Field Events    At the Rio Olympics 2016, some of the best Olympic events to watch include the 4 x 100m relay, 100m sprint, high jump, pole vault and javelin throw. These sporting events are some of the most watched Olympic events that have still remained popular throughout the years with viewers and spectators alike. These events will be held within the last 10 days of the Olympics. Top athletes Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, including Muslim Olympic athletes Mo Farah and HabibaGhribi will be participating in the Olympic Games 2016. 2. Football / Soccer As one of the world’s best loved sports and Brazil’s national sport, it is hardly any surprise that football is one of the most popular events at the Olympic Games. Both the men’s and women’s football events are greatly anticipated this year. Matches will be held in five cities which are São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Salvador, and Manaus apart from Rio. 3. Volleyball Both indoor and beach volleyball tournaments are interesting sporting events that have become some of top summer Olympic sports. This sport is also a favorite in Brazil next to football. The beach volleyball tournament will be held in Copacabana Beach and the indoor tournament will be held in Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Maracana. 4. Modern Pentathlon This event includes five sporting events - fencing, swimming, horse riding, shooting and running all taking place within one day. This action packed, unusual event makes it one of the most watched Olympic events. 5. Swimming  This particular sport is one of the most popular events at the Olympic Games. There are 16 events which include relays and events in four strokes - breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and backstroke. American swimmers Michael Phelps and Missy Frankilin including Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson will be participating at the Rio Olympics 2016. 6. Synchronized Swimming Synchronized swimming consists of water gymnastics being performed to music. This event has achieved its place as one of most watched Olympic events. Synchronized swimming is complete with graceful movements, coordination and rhythm that is beautiful to watch. 7. Tennis Another favorite sport that is enjoyed by many. The tennis tournaments will be taking place from 6th to 14th August 2016 where top tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovik will be participating in one of the most popular events at the Olympic Games. 8. Gymnastics The trampolining, artistic and rhythm gymnastic events will be taking place from 6th to 21st August 2016 and just might be one of most watched Olympic events. Simone Biles and Oksana Chusovitina are two gymnasts to watch out for.  9. Rowing Rowing tournament is set to take place from 6th to 13th August 2016 in Copacabana. This one of the oldest and traditional sporting events, and there will be eight events for men and six for women at the Summer Olympics 2016. 10. Cycling Cycling events are scheduled from 6th to 21st August 2016 at the Summer Olympics 2016. There are four exciting sporting events to watch – track, road, mountain and BMX cycling and are the most popular events at the Olympic Games. Prayer facilities at Rio Olympics 2016 There is a multi-faith centre located in the athlete’s village with separate prayer rooms for men and women. Muslim travelers can also find Mosques in Rio Janeiro such as SociedadeBeneficenteMuçulmana which is a mosque and community centre, and The Mesquite da Luz. Halal food at Rio Olympics 2016 Finding Halal food will be hard in Rio, however, Brazil is well known for exporting Halal meat. Muslim travelers should confirm their queries with restaurant staff to make sure the food is Halal and contains no pork or alcohol. Muslim travelers can also order vegetarian or seafood items on the menu instead of meat just to be sure. Click here for more information about Rio Olympics 2016 ...

  • A Guide to Finding Mosques in Brazil

    There are a growing number of Mosques in Brazil, especially in the cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Pualo, to cater to the growing interest from Muslim tourist to visit the country. Brzail offers so much to do and see, that an opportunity to visit the country cannot just be passed up. Home to picture-perfect white-sand beaches, epic jungles, an incredible variety of fascinating wildlife, renowned waterfalls, and so much more, we think Brazil deserves a spot on every individual’s travel bucket list! Islam in Brazil Although Brazil houses a small population of Muslims, Islam in Brazil has a long history. When Africans were brought to the country as slaves, they brought with them their religion – Islam. Muslims from Arab countries such as Lebanon and Syria followed, and today they, along with reverts, make up Brazil’s Muslim population. While Muslim communities can be found throughout the country, some areas have a larger Muslim population than others, such as the states of São Paulo and Paraná. This means that Muslims will be able to locate more Muslim-friendly facilities such as masjids, and Halal restaurants in these areas. Muslim visitors are also sure to find at least one Halal restaurant in close proximity to a mosque. Mosques in Brazil Today there about 151 mosques in Brazil, and the number is constantly growing. Muslim tourists will be able to find quite a number of mosques in São Paulo. The Islamic Center of Brazil, Masjid Abu Bakr Assiddik, Mesquita Salah Ad-Din Al Ayubi, Centro de Divulgacion do Islam da America Latina, Al Firdaus Masjid, Masjid Hanzala, Sociedade Beneficente Musulmana, and Masjid Hamza are just a few mosques in São Paulo frequented by the local Muslim community, and by tourists from around the world. The Islamic Center of Curitiba and the Mosque of Curitiba can both be found in Paraná’s capital, Curitiba. Muslim tourists will also be able to locate numerous other mosques across some of Brazil’s major cities. The large Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque has become a landmark in Foz do Iguaçu as it was inspired by the architecture of the Al Aqsa mosque. Muslims will also be able to offer their prayers at Brasilia’s Islamic Centre Mosque, the Mosques in Cuiabá, as well as the one in Belo Horizonte. Prayer facilities are also available at Centro Islamico de Campinas in Campinas, Cemitério Islâmico De Guarulhos in Guarulhos, Sociedade Beneficente Muçulmana in Rio de Janeiro, the Islamic Cultural Center of Bahia and Arab Islamic Cultural Beneficient Center in Salvador, Centero Islamico Do Amazonas in Manaus, Centro Islamico de Florianopolis in Florianopolis, Centro Islâmico de Porto Alegre in Porto Alegre, the Islamic Center of Ceará in Fortaleza, the Islamic Center of Recife in Recife, and at the Islamic Center of Natal in Natal. Listing of Mosques in Brazil Details of these mosques, including addresses, contact details, facilities offered and more, can be found here. Find out more about the cities in Brazil, in our city guides section here. ...

  • Visiting Brazil for the FIFA World Cup

    Brazil; officially known as federative republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. It is one of the most beautiful and vibrant countries in the world, and has become one of the most visited in South America. Visitors to the country have much to do and see; from the mysterious wilderness of the Amazon to a rugged coastline, Brazil is such a diverse and unique country. The country is famous for its football tradition and its annual carnival. Football is the most popular sport in Brazil and the national team is ranked among the best in the world in the FIFA world rankings, since they have won the World Cup a record five times. Brazil is the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held between 12th of June and 13th of July, and this is the country’s second time hosting this event. 32 countries will be participating, playing a total of 64 matches in 12 cities across Brazil. An estimated 500,000 football fans are said to attend the World Cup from around the world. The government of Brazil will issue a special visa for spectators and participants free of charge. This is a temporary visa lasting only for the duration of the game. Muslims planning on attending the FIFA World Cup need not worry about finding adequate Muslim-friendly facilities as there are numerous mosques spread across the country for Muslim fans to offer their prayers in, and halal restaurants may not be hard to find as the country is home to a sizeable Muslim population consisting mainly of Middle Eastern immigrants. Muslim football fans can also download an app which has been created by the Federation of Muslim Association in Brazil (FAMBRAS), especially to help visitors during the World Cup to find the nearest mosque and for prayer times, and it also includes a compass to show the qibla direction. FIFA has chosen 12 cities to host the World Cup, these cities are scattered around various regions of the country and is home to a diverse array of attractions and activities. Most of these cities have built new arenas and stadiums, while other existing stadiums have been remodeled. The chosen cities are Belo Horizonte, Cuiaba, Brasilia, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Recife and Rio de Janeiro. Each of these cities will host four to five matches each in the qualifying rounds while a few others will host six to seven matches including the quarter finals, semi finals and the final. The final will be played in Rio de Janeiro, in the Maracana Stadium. This stadium is considered to be the temple of football in Brazil as it was built for the 1950 World Cup when Brazil hosted the event for the first time. This stadium has been recently modernized and will host the final again. Rio de Janiero known famously as Rio is the most popular tourist destination in the country; with its beautiful sandy beaches and many famous monuments. The city has a lot to offer its many visitors who will be traveling to the city for the upcoming World Cup. When it comes to transport within Brazil, the country is connected by good air service with many domestic airports. This would be convenient for those traveling from city to city during FIFA. The metro is also a good option for visitors to get about within the city and it is the fastest way to get to where you need to be. Muslim travelers looking to find mosques to offer their prayer need not worry as each of the 12 host cities do have mosques. However finding halal food may not be as easy. Brazil has only a few restaurants which have been certified halal. Muslims could make inquiries in mosques or even use the special app to find halal food. The app provides users a phone number which could be called for inquiries. The FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be an amazing experience that most fans would love to be a part of, so if you have the chance to travel to Brazil for this much awaited event then do so and enjoy the game, the atmosphere and the fascinating country of Brazil!...

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