Australia wraps itself with some of the most intriguing offerings that the travelers can seek out in their humble pilgrim and for the Islam believers; Australia does have some wonders in store. The tiniest continent and the largest island upon this planet also boast of a multicultural population. It has in store little miracles for all. The vast and eclectic diversity is almost engrossing, it’s devotional.
Don’t only go by the summery looks of it. Apart from the beaches, blues and the beyond Australia will surprise you with some of the most intricate and preciously beautiful mosques, sculptures and architectures from yester-era. Here, in the melting pot of customs and customary bifurcations, the cultural boost is where a mélange of rituals melt together. The best part about Australia is the accommodative of a multicultural population. According to the recent consensus, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the country. And all these amazing mosques make Muslim travelers in Australia more enthusiastic than ever!
So go ahead and make your plan for the trip to Australia but while you are at it, don’t forget the beautiful mosques to add to the list of places you never want to miss. Visit these beautiful mosques and explore the communities.
1. Lakemba Mosque
Lakemba Mosque was founded in 1977 by the Lebanese Muslim Association. The mosque is also known as Masjid Ali Bin Abi Talib. This one is considered to be one of Australia’s largest mosques. Lakemba also happens to be the main mosque in Sydney. The mosque is famous for the Islamic classes, sermons and Friday prayers it holds. The mosque is especially celebratory in its mood during the Eid prayers and it attracts one of the largest crowds in all of Australia. The numbers go over 30,000 attendees!
What to do: You can plan your visit according to the National Mosque Open Day, Lakemba Mosque is one of the mosques that take part in the open day celebration, it’s the centre of the celebration. The National Mosque Open Day has been organized by the Lebanese Muslim Association collaborating with mosques across the country..During this open day the Non-Muslims members of the community are especially invited to the mosque. The days is dedicated to educating everyone about Islam and on the day people learn about the religion, and indulge themselves into festivities, explore the religious exhibitions while also enjoying fabulous BBQ parties!
How to reach: Lakemba Mosque, 65-67 Wangee Rd, Lakemba NSW 2195, Australia.
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2. Auburn Gallipoli Mosque
Looking for a prayer place in New South Wales? In Australia, you will find the perfect mosque to offer your prayers. Auburn Gallipoli Mosque is the perfect place where you can pray in peace and also enjoy a bit of a rest. It’s a serene mosque and beautiful in its picturesque tone. The mosque is well maintained and easily accessible. The mosque is one of the largest in Australia with a separate prayer hall for women and children. The interiors are especially gorgeous with Ottoman calligraphy, mosaic tiles, and scripts.
What to do: Plan your visit so that you can go for one of the free guided tours that the mosque offers but make sure that you book ahead. Added charm is free food after prayers.
How to reach: Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, 15-19 Gelibolu Parade, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia.
Phone: +61 2 9646 5972
3. Central Adelaide Mosque
Another one of the must-visits in Australia is The Central Adelaide Mosque. It’s the highlight of the Halal trip to Australia. It’s such celebrated primarily because it is one of the oldest one and still surviving in Australia. The mosque has been a pilgrimage for the Islamists since more than a century. The mosque was originally built back in 1888.It was a dedicated place, a safe haven for the people of faith and place to offer the prayers and it has been serving the religious needs of Muslim travellers in Australia for more than 100 years. The original for minarets of the mosque was added back in 1903. The surrounding garden was created around the same time. Since then the mosque has been regarded as an anchor the Muslim migrants of the land.
What to do: Visit the 100s of years old mosque and pray to the ancient god, explore the gems of architectures and appreciate the history behind its stone walls.
How to Reach: Central Adelaide Mosque, 28/20 Little Gilbert St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.
Phone: +61 8 8231 6443
4. Sunshine Mosque
The official name of the Sunshine Mosque is The Cyprus Turkish Community of Victoria. Through ages the mosque has gained much popularity with its local name, the Sunshine Mosque. The name is owing to the suburb of Victoria where the mosque is situated in. It was built back in 1992. The Cypriot community in Melbourne built the mosque. It surely makes it to the lists of mosques you cannot miss when you are in Australia. The structures would remind you of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque of Istanbul which indeed was the inspiration of its architecture. The façade of the building is built out of 17 domes and a single minaret of strikingly brilliant white. The mosque is surrounded by magnificent courtyard!
What to do: Explore the unique Ottoman/Turkish-style architecture of the mosque.
How to Reach: Sunshine Mosque, 618 Ballarat Rd, Sunshine VIC 3022, Australia.
Phone: +61 3 9363 8245
5. Baitul Huda Mosque
The Baitul Huda Mosque in Sydney is located in Marsden Park. It is an iconic structure built in 1989. The mosque is especially celebrated through its 25 years of existence and involved into various community services and in its splendor of spirituality. The mosque has been run by the Ahmaddiyya Muslim Community (AMA) in Australia. If you are in Australia and are in pursuit of mosque architecture or religious respites, your journey will be incomplete if you don’t stop by the Baitul Huda Mosque (House of Guidance). The importance of this mosque to the Muslim community of Australia and even among Non-Muslims is massive.
What to do: Explore more about the religion of Islam and learn the basics while you build bridges getting to know more about Islam and Muslims. Go for a Quran exhibition, or plan a guided mosque tour.
How to Reach: Baitul Huda Mosque, 45 Hollinsworth Rd, Marsden Park NSW 2765, Australia.
Phone: +61 2 9627 4521
If you’re done exploring the beaches of Australia, do pay a visit to some of these mosques to witness their beautiful architecture and history.
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