Preserving the Albanian Muslim identity and promoting harmony,
mutual understanding and cooperation among other communities in Australia.
The Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) was unofficially formed in 1962 by Albanian Muslim migrants, who travelled from Albania, Kosova, Macedonia and Montenegro; to built their new lives in Melbourne, Australia.
The AAIS was formally establishment in 1963. This was both a historic and symbolic event for the Albanian Muslim migrant community because it signified that they had accepted Australia as their home.
Shortly after the formation of the Society, the Executive Committee purchased a double-story old Victorian Terrace in 1963, which is in close proximity to the City of Melbourne; located at 765 Drummond Street, North Carlton.
The Society has operated from this address to the present day.
The very first Albanian Language Classes in Australian were organised by the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) in 1965.
The Albanian Language program was re-established by the AAIS Executive Committee in 2014.
Construction of Melbourne’s first purpose built Mosque – The Albanian Mosque – was initiated in the mid 1960’s and officially opened in 1969.
The original design of the Albanian Mosque remained, more or less the same, that is until the Executive Committee initiated major ‘Building & Renovation‘ works in the early 2000’s.
The first officially recorded collection made by the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) to the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) was in 1971. The annual collection has become a long held tradition of the Society and it is still held to the present day.
In addition, the AAIS Executive Committee introduced an annual ‘Cars & Coffee‘ event in 2016 to help raise funds for the RCH.
The AAIS published it’s first member newsletter in 1983. It was the first known Albanian language publication in Australia.
The publication was titled “Zeri Shqiptar Musliman | The Voice of Albanian Muslims” and contained community news and other educational articles in both English and Albanian.
After winning a favourable decision from the High Court of Australia, which also set a precedent for other Islamic Societies, the AAIS constructed the Albanian Mosque’s Minaret in 1994.
The construction of the Minaret was a very important development for the Society and also a key feature for the Albanian Mosque.
After the closure of the Sydney based ‘Muslim News’, which the AAIS Executive Committee subscribed all its financial members to in early 1998, the Society began publishing its own Financial Member Newsletter – Drita Islame | Light of Islam – in 1999.
Initially, publications were limited to two per year, however from 2005 to 2017, financial members received ‘Drita Islame | Light of Islam’ on a quarterly basis via post.
The publication, which is still mailed to every financial member to the present day, has always contained articles in both English and Albanian.
In 2001, the Executive Committee of the Albanian Australian Islamic Society of the time attended a special hearing, which was organised by the City of Yarra at Richmond Town Hall, to advocate for the proposed ‘Building and Renovation‘ plans to the Society.
At the conclusion of the hearing, which was also attended by Br. Bilal Cleland and Issam Nabulsi (Architect), City of Yarra unanimously voted in favour of the plan and approved the building application.
After receiving approval at a special hearing, which was organised by the City of Yarra in 2001, the AAIS Executive Committee initiated a major ‘Building & Renovation‘ project at the Society in 2003.
The project, which cost over half a million dollars, was completed in stages and included major improvements to all facilities at the Society, including the AAIS’s Albanian Mosque.
In a first for the Albanian Muslim community in Australia, the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) held its first ever Public Open Day on Sunday, 9th September 2005.
This special event was well received by the general public with approximately 270 people attending the day at the AAIS and its Albanian Mosque in Carlton.
On 7 December 2007, the Executive Committee of the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) initiated a special meeting between all four Albanian Islamic Societies in Victoria to promote unity among Albanian Muslims in Australia on important Religious occasions.
It was on this day that all four Albanian Islamic Societies signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding‘, which is first of its kind among Albanians living in Australia, to observe all Islamic religious occasions together on the same dates.
In 2008, the AAIS Executive Committee of the time established international relations with Albanian Islamic Institutions in Albania, Kosova and Montenegro.
Since this time, the AAIS has maintained regular contact and strengthened its bonds with other international Albanian Islamic Institutions.
The newly formed working relationships greatly assisted the Society in acquiring Albanian literature for its educational programs and additional resources, particular in the area of official, as well as special guest Imams.
In 2009, the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) organised a big community event to celebrate the Albanian Mosque‘s 40th Anniversary.
Over 700 people attended the occasion, which included street stalls and activities for kids, Mosque tours, historical exhibition and a big Albanian style lunch for all who helped celebrate the occasion on the day.
In 2010, during an Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held at the Society’s Multi-Function Room, the Executive Committee of the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) proposed the introduction of a ‘Workplace Agreement‘ for the Imam role at the AAIS’s Albanian Mosque.
After presenting the benefits of introducing a ‘Workplace Agreements’ to the Society, the Financial Members present also agreed to have it implemented at the AAIS.
In 2013, the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) organised two special events to commemorate the AAIS‘s 50th Anniversary.
Over 100 special guests, which included dignitaries, friends and neighbours attended the occasion at the Society’s Multi-Function Room.
In addition, a very special evening was organised at The Palm Reception. Over 470 AAIS Financial Members and their families attended the occasion to celebrate the special milestone.
In 2013, almost fifty years after its formation, the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) purchased and established a Youth Centre.
The project cost exceeded one million dollars, however with the support of the Society’s Financial Members, the newly established Youth Centre was fully paid in 2017.
The AAIS’s Youth Centre, which is also the Society’s very first endowment (Wakuf), was established with the sole purpose of providing Financial Members with additional services and further support the AAIS to achieve its noble Mission.
In 2014, the Executive Committee of the Albanian Australian Islamic Society (AAIS) re-established the Albanian Language Classes as an additional service to all Financial Members and their families.
Three (3) classes were opened for children and the program operated from the AAIS’s Youth Centre.
50th Anniversary Celebrations …
Me datën 16 Shtator 2012, në Xhaminë Myslimane Shqiptare në Karlton, u mbajt mbledhja vjetore e anëtarëve të kësaj xhamie. Numri pjesëmarrjes në këtë mbledhje ishte shumë inkurajues, që tregon se besimtarët janë të interesuar të marrin sa më shumë informata për punën e kësaj Xhamie.
Me 5.05.2012 Shoqata Islamike Shqiptaro-Australiane nga Melburni ne krye me Vahid Gogen dhe imam Dr.Bekim Hasanin ishin ne vizite Komunitetit shqiptaro-australian ne Sydney.
U mbajt nje tubim ku muarren pjese nje numeri konsiderueshem antaresh te Komunitetit shqiptar ne Sydney.
Gjatë tre muajve të kaluar, vendlindjen (Ulqinin) e vizituan disa nga mërgimtarët nga Australia e largët. Takimi me mërgimtarët gjithmonë zgjon tek njeriu një ndjenjë të veçantë, aq më tepër me ata të cilët, siç thonë ulqinakët, “kanë shkuar në fund të dynjasë”.
Shpeshherë kemi debatuar se si të gjejmë rrugë dhe mënyra të reja që të ecim përpara dhe të përballojmë sfidat që ballafaqojmë. Shumëherë kemi ardhur në përfundim se gati se është e pamundur që ti ndryshojmë gjërat dhe se duhet të pajtohemi me këto që i kemi dhe mos të kërkojmë “tepër” dhe të bëjmë premtime tepër ambicioze.
Vendosa ti shkruaj disa rreshta në librin e mysafirëve, që së paku në këtë mënyrë tua shprehi falemnderimin tim për mikpritjen e ngrohtë dhe vëllazërore që ma bëtë gjatë qëndrimit tim në Mellburn.
Nga data 31 gusht e deri 4 tetor të këtij viti  pata rastin që të isha mysafir i Shoqatës Islamike Shqiptare Australiane. Ky nder ishte shumë i veçantë për mua pasi që unë isha imami i parë mysafir i qendrës më të vjetër dhe më të rëndësishme të fesë dhe kulturës sonë në Australi.
Gjatë muajit nëntor me 25 deri më 5 dhjetor 2006 vizitova Komunitetin Shqiptarë në Australi, gjegjësisht në Sydney, Melbourne dhe Dandenong.
- What time is Friday Prayer?
During daylight savings, the Friday Prayer is performed at 2:00pm.
During non-daylight saving times, the Friday Prayer is performed at 1:00pm.
- Is there a prayer area for Women?
Yes, there is adequate space for women to perform their prayers, as well as an ablution area for sisters too.
- Are there tours conducted of the Albanian Mosque?
Yes, simply send an email to our office with the name of your organisation and number of people in the group.