The first and only Mosque in Toowoomba was established in January 2014 by purchasing an old church in a prime area in the city. It is less than 0.5 km from the main Hospital, 2 km from the city centre and 4 km from University of Southern Queensland.
The then USQ Vice Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas took the Founding President of Islamic Society of Toowoomba, Professor Shahjahan Khan to see the church property in 2013 which was later purchased by the Muslims to set up as the first Mosque in Toowoomba.
Almost all local dignitaries and leaders, including churches and major political parties welcomed Toowoomba Mosque.
The Mosque property is owned by the Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Trust, and operated by the Executive Committee of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba.
The original property had 2780sqm land including a dedicated car park. In order to make room to meet car parking requirement of Toowoomba Regional Council a next-door property was bought in 2018. Now the total area is just around one acre with another double story building to the Mosque property.
There is no other Mosque to the west of Brisbane, and it is located about 125 km from Brisbane city.
The original church was built in 1910, two years after the first Mosque in Queensland was established at Holland Park, Brisbane. There are three buildings in the Mosque property.
Toowoomba Mosque is also known as Garden City Mosque and is open to people of all faith and no faith.
We have a full time Imam who is a graduate from Al-Azhar University, Egypt. Imam Abdul Kader also holds a Masters Degree from the UK. The Mosque is the centre of all Islamic rituals, services and activities in Toowoomba and serves over 2000 Muslims in the region.