USQ Islamic Centre Open Day
The Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc and the USQ Multicultural Centre invites University students and staff along with Toowoomba local community to attend the USQ Islamic Centre Open Day on a regular basis. It is held at the USQ Islamic Centre which is located on the Toowoomba campus behind the USQ Tennis Court and Steele Rudd College.
Activities which take place during the day generally include:
Morning tea & Cultural socialisation
Poster display and Information booths
Display of Islamic crafts and books
Traditional Islamic songs
Islamic Centre tours
This year the event was additionally supported by the Queensland Government, Multicultural Affairs Queensland and PureLand Learning College. The guest speakers were Professor Peter Goodall (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Social Justice) who officially opened the day's activities, Faiza El-Higzi, Keynote speaker, Romero Centre, Mercy Family Servcies, Australia, who spoke about "Islam at the turn of the 21st Century", Mr Greg Otto, USQ Chaplain who spoke on behalf of Mr Evan Reichelt, USQ Chaplain Coordinator and Dr Shahjahan Khan, Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc.
The first part of the program took place at the USQ Toowoomba campus Quadrangle from 11:30am with the second part of the program commencing at 1:00pm at the USQ Islamic Centre. Throughout the program traditional coffee and tea was provided in addition to a well organised lunch for those in attendance. Visitors were given the opportunity to hear and learn about Islamic tradition with Quran recitation and translation provided along with "Athan" (call for Prayers) carried out by USQ student Naif Albabtain.
The guest speakers were Ms Bobbie Brazil, Chancellor of USQ, Dr Shahjahan Khan, President of IST Inc., Professor Peter Goodall (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Social Justice), Eng Ikebal Patel, President, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Dr Mohammad Abdalla, Co-Director, National Centre for Excellence of Islamic Studies, Australia and Dr Krzysztof Batoriwicz, Director, USQ Multicultural Centre.
The guest speaker was Mr Gary Lee Edwards, Director of Studies for the Forum on Australia's Islamic Relations (FAIR) who spoke about "Islam as a Universal Faith".
The guest speaker was Professor Akhtar Kalam who is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science, Victoria University, and Fellow of Institute of Engineers, Australia and UK.
For futher information on this event and the Islamic Society of Toowoomba Inc, please contact Associate Professor Shahjahan Khan or Mr William Conwell, Manager, USQ Multicultural Centre.