Muslims in Melbourne are part of the muslims of Australia. According to the 2001 census
Australia's Muslim population numbered 221 856, of which approximately 72000 had been
born in Australia. The Muslim
community in Australia is ethnically and linguistically diverse, with more than 70 groups
represented, including Turks, Lebanese, Egyptians, Malays and, latterly, Somalis, Afghans
and Bosnians. Arabic, Turkish, English, Farsi and Urdu are the main languages.
Muslims in Melbourne enjoy the freedom of worship. Muslim religious life in Melbourne is
centred on more than 25 mosques and a large number of prayer rooms at university
campuses, workplaces and other venues.
The best attended mosques in Melbourne are at Preston, Broadmeadows, Newport and
There are five Islamic schools in Melbourne, established from the 1980s onwards: King
Khaled Islamic College (Coburg), Minaret College (Springvale), Islamic College (Werribee),
Darul Uloom College (Fawkner) and Illim College (Dallas). Muslims concentrate in Muslim
suburbs in Melbourne such as Coburg, Springvale and some are in Doncaster. Muslims in
Melbourne live near mosques usually and wherever they can buy Halal food (butchery for
Islamic weekend schools operate in most mosques and Islamic centres. These weekend
schools are often ethnically based, with the basics of Islamic education and the language
of the dominant ethnic group in the area being taught.
Melbourne is also host to Australia's first Islamic financial institution (the Muslim
Community Cooperative of Australia), which functions as an
interest-free Islamic financial institution. There are also welfare and youth organisations,
and media outlets.
The main entity for Muslims in Victoria is the Islamic Council of Victoria, established in the
late 1960s. Many Muslim societies are part of this Council, although a significant number
of societies and organisations opted not to join it. The Islamic Council of Victoria, despite
its limited resources, is involved in a range of activities to help the Muslims of Melbourne,
including settlement of newly arrived refugees, dialogue with other faiths, and chaplaincy
services to Muslims in prison and remand centres. The Council also co-ordinates the
activities of the Board of Imams of Victoria.
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