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Toowoomba Mosque is not like any other mosque. In fact, since its first establishment it has been subject to racist and extremist attacks.
The mosque was established in 2014 as the first ever mosque in the Toowoomba region and it was a joyous occasion for the community. However, they were not able to experience it for very long as in the next year, the only mosque in Toowoomba was burnt twice by a fear mongering extremist.
Since then, the community has had a wealth of love and support in the journey to build up the new and improved Toowoomba mosque and community centre.
We are committed to rebuilding the mosque in order to build a stronger and better community than Toowoomba was before. Toowoomba mosque is a distinct part of the identity and history of the city and for Muslims it is the heart of their community.
In fact, the first thing the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did when he came to Medina was to build a Mosque. Following Prophetic tradition, the Toowoomba mosque is a place to unite Muslims of Toowoomba, support the community and to emit the light of Islam by creating a hub for enlightening locals, visitors and Non-Muslim neighbours about our deen.
Alhamdulillah, about 75% of the work of the mosque project have been completed with help of Allah and brothers and sisters like yourselves.
But we need your help to cross the final hurdle, the remaining 25%.We are calling on you and our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world to join our efforts to complete the rebuilding of Toowoomba Mosque.
Through your passion to support Mosques, we would like to reach out to everyone in your contacts via social media. Please let your family, friends and relative know about this great opportunity.
With your generosity, influence and ability to reach out, you can make a great difference and accumulate immense Sadiqa Jariya InshaAllah.
City Mosque food festival crowds educated and entertained at annual event
Crowds who attended the Toowoomba Mosque’s seventh International Food Festival and open day left the event not only entertained, but also educated about the Islamic community in Toowoomba. USQ professor and Islamic Society president Dr Shahjahan Khan knows better than anyone that a community divided is a community in distress.Dr Khan’s solutions to misunderstandings between community groups came down to just a few simple elements: food, friendship and faith.The Toowoomba Mosque’s seventh annual International Food Festival drew crowds from across the town.One special feature of the day was a 100 year old, handwritten copy of the Qu’ran, provided by George Helon.Dr Khan said the annual celebration was an important way of breaking down barriers between community groups in Toowoomba.
“A lot of people do not know a lot about Islam,” he said.“They might have a misunderstanding or questions, and we want to give them an opportunity to come here and meet us and talk to us and ask the questions so we can know each other.“This is our seventh one here so we do it every year after the mosque was established, and we’ll continue to do that which is important.“There are misgivings, misconceptions, and misunderstandings everywhere so the more we can work to remove all the fear of the unknown and move closer to each other, respect each other and know each other a bit more.”Food stalls and activities for the children kept families busy, and presentations from community leaders and academics enlightened and educated attendees throughout the day.Guests were also given an inside tour of the mosque and its rebuilding efforts after the fires in 2015.
Dr Khan said he was pleased with the way people responded to the open day, and hoped it had helped educate the people of Toowoomba about Islam and their practices. “Toowoomba is a lucky city to be united and to live in peace and harmony,” he said.“The mosque is contributing towards that.“We are always open, participating and engaging with the community.“This gives an opportunity for us to know each other and get out the fear of the unknown.“We’re all human beings, we all react similarly to the bad things and good things.”
Community leaders have strongly condemned the perpetrators of the attack, which a mosque spokesman says is uncharacteristic of the city
POWER 100 2020: Toowoomba’s most influential people
These are Toowoomba's most influential people, the men and women who make our city what it is today.
49. Shahjahan Khan
Professor Shahjahan Khan is one of the few public faces of social and religious harmony in Toowoomba.
The Toowoomba Islamic Society founder has been a strong advice for the city's Muslim community and helped fundraise tens of thousands of dollars for the rebuilding of the city mosque after it was damaged in two separate arson attacks.
He has broken down the barriers of ignorance and xenophobia, opening the mosque to the wider public for food festivals and other events.
He has publicly condemned terror attacks and acts of extremism, no matter where it comes from.
On top of his religious activities, he specialises in statistics in the School of Science at the University of Southern Queensland.
Shahjahan placed 65 in the last Power 100.
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