Central Adelaide Mosque

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Coordinates: 34°56′02.5″S 138°35′30.4″E / 34.934028°S 138.591778°E / -34.934028; 138.591778

Adelaide Mosque

The Adelaide Mosque was built in 1888, and is the oldest major city mosque in Australia. Its original four minarets were added in 1903. Muslims from as far away as Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie gathered at least once a year at the Adelaide Mosque, usually for the Fast of Ramadan. In 1890 it was reported that 80 Afghans were present to observe this important festival.

In 1959, Ahmed Skaka (originally from Bosnia) was an Imam at the Adelaide Mosque.[1]

In January 2016 it was reported that almost two-thirds of the mosque’s income comes from halal certification and that the mosque had not submitted the requisite financial returns for two years. The Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission had revoked the Adelaide Mosque tax exemption status as a charity as a result in 2015.[2] It was re-registered as a charity in January 2016.[3]

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  1. ^ "Religion - Places of worship - Muslims practising their religion in Adelaide mosque". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Charity status stripped from Adelaide's oldest mosque and main halal certifier for failing to reveal financial dealings". The Advertiser. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Adelaide Mosque Islamic Society of SA Inc". Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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