When you move to or visit a new area, as a Muslim, you’ll want to know very early on where to find your nearest mosque. Fortunately, Brisbane is a city with a number of mosques that will welcome you.
Depending on where you will be staying or visiting, you should be able to find a mosque within comfortable driving distance.
- Holland Park Mosque – Arguably Brisbane’s best-known mosque, it has a long, rich history dating back to the 1880s when Afghan and Indian Sunni Muslims made their homes in the area. Originally, they would meet to pray on a small block of land and planned towards erecting a proper mosque. By 1910, the local Muslim community had built a wooden Queenslander (the local style of architecture) as the mosque and it became a landmark among locals. Families would descend on the site for religious festivals and feasts and of course, to pray. The Queenslander underwent multiple renovations as the community grew and was demolished in 1966 when a brand new two-story mosque was completed. Now, Holland Park Mosque is Australia’s oldest mosque that’s been in continuous operation. The 2008 centenary was a huge celebration that welcomed all. There is a museum on the site which now features a number of additional buildings including a hall. Address: 309 Nursery Road, Holland Park East. Phone: 07 3396 1407.
- Algester Mosque – Established in 1990 as part of the Islamic Society of Algester, this mosque is growing rapidly. It is well loved by the local Muslim population who are applying concerted efforts to raise funds to add extensions to the building. The mosque is a venue for Eid celebrations and Muslim weddings and provides funeral services as well. ISOA even hires out event items such as tables and chairs, pots and pans for community events. Madrassah classes are held at Algester Mosque three times a week for students and full-time and part-time Hifz classes. Algester is located 18 kilometres south-west of Brisbane’s CBD. Address: 48 Learoyd Road, Algester. Phone: 07 3272 4111.
- Kuraby Mosque – Also known as Masjid Al Farooq, Kuraby Mosque was founded in the early 1990s. Attached to the mosque is the Amanah Institute, one of the fastest-growing educational institutions in the local Kuraby community. There is also a two-year program for young people, entitled Applied Islam, which aims to equip students with a solid Islamic foundation. Situated in the south-eastern suburb of Kuraby, it is approximately 16 kilometres from the CBD. Address: 1408 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby. Phone: 1300 133 956.
- Masjid Taqwah Bald Hills – At Bracken Ridge, approximately 16 kilometres to Brisbane’s north is Masjid Taqwah. Since mid-2000, this Sunni mosque has been a meeting place for prayer and today, is presided over by Mufti Junaid Akbar. What began as a tin shed grew over the years and is now an air-conditioned facility that caters to around 300 men and 80 women. Approximately 40 families regularly frequent the Masjid. Children’s madarassa is conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week. Address: 119 Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge. Phone: 07 3261 1471.
- Islamic Society of Darra – Formed in 1983, the Islamic Society of Darra was established by a group of migrant Fijian Indians. It soon outgrew its original premises and now stands at Douglas Street, Oxley. Completed in October 2003, it was largely financed by the Brisbane Islamic community and donations also came from many other countries. The mosque holds children’s madrassah classes for ages 5 and up, and hifz classes for children who have already completed reading the Qur’an. Hall hire and kitchen facilities are offered for events. Address: 219 Douglas Street, Oxley. Phone: 07 3375 4579.
- Eight Mile Plains Mosque – Set on 10 acres of donated land at Eight Mile Plains, about 14 kilometres south-southeast of Brisbane, construction of this mosque is underway. It will feature a community hall, auditorium, offices, youth centre, museum, information centre, library, serviced offices and 400 car parks. Address: 161 Underwood Road, Eight Mile Plains. Phone: 0402 898 741.
- Lutwyche Mosque – The Masjid As-Sunnah facility in Lutwyche, just 5 kilometres north of the City is small but friendly. Arabic lessons for adults and children and Quran lessons for children are conducted there. Address: 33 Fuller Street, Lutwyche. Phone: 07 3857 5898. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LutwycheMasjid/.
- West End Mosque – An inner-city prayer room in a small mosque. Address: 12 Princhester Street, West End.
- Logan City Mosque – Get together with brothers and sisters at Logan City Mosque. Address: 262 Third Avenue, Marsden.
- Capalaba Mosque – Located at 26 Veronica Street, Capalaba, 19 kilometres from Brisbane City.
Obviously, the mosque is the preferred venue for prayers however there are times when reaching the mosque is not possible.
- University of Queensland – Regular prayers are held in the UQ Multi-Faith Centre (Ground Floor of Building 38). UQ students can register with the Muslim Students Association of the University of Queensland (MSA-UQ).
- Queensland University of Technology – Abbreviated to QUT, there are two campuses, one in the City at Gardens Point and the other at Kelvin Grove on the inner northside. There are allocated prayer rooms and prayer facilities at both sites. Consider joining Muslim Students Association-QUT.
- Griffith University – The four Brisbane campuses (and one at the Gold Coast) welcome Muslim students to their prayer rooms and prayer facilities. Membership is available to the Griffith Uni Muslim Students Association (GUMSA).
- Brisbane International Airport – The airport offers a quiet, serene, non-denominational prayer room on Level 4 in the International Terminal.
When hunger needs to be satisfied, you’ll find a huge array of Halal food outlets in Brisbane, some dedicated and others which offer a range of Halal menu options. The very handy Muslim Student Guide features information about Brisbane mosques, Halal butchers, Halal grocers and a wide array of Halal restaurants and cafes that serve a variety of cuisines. You don’t have to be a student for the guide to be useful either.
When you come to Brisbane, you will easily find many Muslims who will greet you warmly and welcome you to their mosque and community. By doing your homework first, you should be able to find the right destination for you and your family.