A monotheistic faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah. Primary religious text is the Qurʾān. Believers meet together in mosques, musallas or places of prayer. Two main faith groups are Sunni and Shai.
Imam Yahya Ibrahim
Imam Yahya Ibrahim is Curtin University’s Sunni Chaplain available to support all Curtin Muslims on campus and online.
Imam Yahya Ibrahim is Head of Islamic Studies & Asst. Principal at Langford Islamic College, Senior Imam at Thornlie Mosque, Islamic Chaplain at Curtin University & the University of Western Australia and lecturer for the internationally acclaimed alMaghrib Institute. Yahya is, also, a Minister of Religion, empowered to officiate marriages for the Australian Islamic community.
He is Canadian by birth, Egyptian through ancestry, Turkish via marriage, and Australian by choice of residence and migration.
Yahya is respected for his dedication to promoting multiculturalism and the principles of social cohesion and cross-cultural dialogue to community groups. His initiatives, in Australia, include diversity training, cultural sensitivity programs, educational lectures and media presentations. His expertise is sought by schools, universities and a wide range of government & non-government organisations.
Yahya has Eastern ancestry, was born and educated in a Western country, and now lives with his wife Songul and their three children in a proudly multicultural Western society. His religious training began in Toronto wherein he committed the Quran to memory & studied Fiqh/Jurisprudence upon the principles of Imam Shafi’ee’s Madh-haab. Over the years, beginning 1993, Yahya has continued to further his study of Islam by meeting, translating and travelling to scholars in Egypt & Hijaz & South East Asia. Throughout that time he has received Tazkiyah and Ijazah to instruct in a variety of Islamic disciplines – Hadith, Fiqh and Quranic sciences, Alhamdulillah.
Although, Imam Yahya is known for his spiritually uplifting discussions and addressing topics of Quranic exegesis, Sunnah and tradition and juristic limitations, he is passionate also presenting on non-conventional topics including domestic violence, misogyny, gender discrimination, child protection, respectful relationships, disability and mental health.
A message of anti-militancy, religious tolerance, multiculturalism and moral universality are constant themes that he stresses.
Reflecting his dedication to these goals, Imam Yahya was awarded the West Australian Multicultural Community Service Award for Individual Excellence in 2013. He has been profiled in the Australian Government’s initiative, ‘Sharing our achievements: Mosaic of Nations’. He was also a selected facilitator for the federal government’s Muslim Community Reference Group for the Conference of Australian Imams.
Muslims have five basic beliefs which can be summarized:
- Belief in oneness of God;
- Belief in all his Angels;
- Belief in divine books revealed: Thaurath (Thorah -ten commandments), Zaboor (the Old testament, Injeel (the new testament) and Furqan (the Holy Quran)
- Belief in all Prophets as messengers from God(Muslims believe that 1,24,000 prophets were sent to this earth, beginning with Adam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad as the last);
- Belief in Day of Judgement when all creatures will be judged according to their actions.
The fundamental teachings are contained in the Qur’ān and known as the Five Pillars of Faith which all Muslim must abide by:
- Shahadah: A covenant that all Muslims take -Bearing witness and professing one’s faith by reciting the creed: There is no God but God and Muhammad is the last and final messenger of God.
- Salāt: To pray five times a day at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and evening. Muslims must face in the direction of Makkah when they pray. Also, attendance at he mosque, the place of worship, for group worship on a Friday is compulsory for all males.
- Zakat: Giving alms and caring for the welfare of those in need. Every Muslim has to give 2.5% of his wealth as charity each year
- Sawm: Fasting during the month of Ramadan from dawn to sunset for 29 to 30 days (the Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar)at which time the fast is completed and a person could have a meal. In the evenings people attend special prayers in the mosque.
- Hajj: A pilgrimage to Makkah that all Muslims should undertake in their lifetime if they are fit and well enough to do so and have the necessary funds. This is seen as an act of great faith which unites Muslims around the world.
Location: Building 510
This facility is specifically reserved for Muslim prayer. It has ritual washing facilities and separate men’s and Women’s sections.
Five Daily prayers:
- Salat al-fajr: dawn, before sunrise.
- Salat al-zuhr: midday, after the sun passes its highest.
- Salat al-‘asr: the late part of the afternoon.
- Salat al–maghrib: just after sunset.
- Salat al-‘isha: between sunset and midnight.
Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah: Friday prayers
Please note due to Covid-19 restrictions this venue has limited capacity.
If you celebrate Ramadan you are expected to continue studying and your usual duties and obligations. If you have any health issues please discuss these with your health professional to see if fasting is a good idea for you at this time or if there are alternative faith appropriate.
Eid is considered an obligatory religious observation so if you have an exam booked during Eid you can request either an alternate exam arrangement or deferred exam. For further information see Religious Equity
CMSA is dedicated to promoting the well being of Muslim students through the provision of religious, social and academic activities. We aim to promote a better and more accurate understanding of Islam as a way of life, whilst representing the interest of Muslim students on campus.
Curtin’s Shia Muslims are welcome at Curtin University we respect and support all religious faiths. You are also welcome to pray at the Musalla. If you need support please contact the Ahlulbayt Community of Western Australia
Perth WA 6063, Australia