The Islamic Center of Brisbane is planning to open its doors to a wider Australian community this year, as it opens its doors for the first time in Brisbane.
The mosque will be located in the former Brisbane City Hall and is scheduled to open this year.
The centre will host about 60 people, with more to be added as it becomes more popular.
The group, called the Centre for Islamic Research and Education (CIRRE), said the decision to open was made after discussions with the community, including the mosque, local councils, local Islamic organizations and the Queensland Government.
“We are extremely grateful to all the Queensland government agencies who helped us with our planning and construction, and to the local Islamic groups who have supported us through the years,” the organisation said in a statement.
“This mosque will provide a place for Muslims and non-Muslims to meet and discuss, and a place where they can meet in the community and discuss issues related to their faith.”‘
This is the only mosque we know of in Australia’The mosque is a landmark for Brisbane.
It is one of only a handful of mosques in the country.
“It is very special, because it’s the only one in Brisbane,” Brisbane Islamic Society (BIS) president Zaid Shakir told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“I know there are others that are quite big but it’s certainly the only and only one that’s located here.”‘
It’s a great place to worship’Mr Shakir said the building will be built with a local design that is based on its history.
“Its been here for over 50 years, and the local design is the best in Australia,” he said.
“They’ve got the best roof that we’ve seen in Brisbane, and we have a very nice courtyard for prayer.”
“This is an iconic mosque, it’s got this huge arched ceiling, and this building is very much a symbol of Brisbane.”
Mr Shakire said the centre was in a good position to host events, and would be able to offer accommodation to a greater number of people.
“The mosque was built with local materials, which will be able for us to offer a number of services,” he added.
“So the idea is that this is the first mosque that we know about in Australia, and hopefully it will continue to grow.”
Mr Dhammeh said the community would also be able meet other people, whether Muslims or non-Muslim, in the mosque.
“For a lot of us, it is not about the colour of our skin, it comes down to a sense of belonging, and if you don’t feel at home, then you can’t feel that sense of community,” he told ABC Brisbane.
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