Jamaah Times (Canberra)
Fajr – 5:00 am
Dhur – 1:00 pm
Asr – 5:00 pm
Maghrib – 10 minutes after adhan
Isha – 10 pm
Jumuah – 1.00 pm (khutba) – 1:30 pm (prayer)
In Islam, a mosque (masjid in Arabic) serves as a place to perform daily prayers for Muslims, which are obligatory and an essential aspect of Islam.
As a centre for community events, mosques also offer educational opportunities for children and adults and support social welfare and charitable activities.
The Sabah Al Ahmad Mosque at the Canberra Islamic Centre (CIC) serves the Muslim population in the wider Australian Capital Territory. It was built with the generous assistance of the Kuwaiti government and is named after the former Emir of Kuwait who ruled between 29 January 2006 until 2020.
The Sabah Al Ahmad Mosque accommodates around 1,000 people over two levels with a separate upstairs area reserved for ladies. Attached to the mosque are a two-bedroom apartment for accommodating visitors, several functional classrooms and full body washing and storage facilities for the deceased.
The Sabah Al Ahmad Mosque is the central and an essential facet of the Canberra Islamic Centre.
Imam Adam Konda
Born in the village of Koungoussi, a commune of Bam Province in north-western Burkina Faso (Land of the Upright people), Adam Konda commenced his Quran and Islamic studies at the Sabilul Falah (The Path of Success or Prosperity) School in Koungoussi under Sheikh Abubakar Saana.
Adam won a scholarship to Syria and with the assistance from Christian and Muslim families travelled to Syria to study Arabic, Sharia and the Quran.
In 1990, Adam enrolled at the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia and over the following five years studied Sharia and the Science of the Qiraat of the Quran.
Graduating from Madinah University in 1995, Adam went to China to study martial arts before moving to Malaysia to pursue a master’s program at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur.
Before completing his studies in Malaysia, Adam accepted the Imam’s position at the Darwin Islamic Centre and after ten years moved to Melbourne as a teacher at the Victoria Islamic Centre and Imam of the Faulkner Mosque. Adam returned to Darwin after a year and spent three years as Imam of the Darwin Islamic Centre.
In 2009, Adam was appointed Imam of the Canberra Islamic Centre and also as a full-time teacher at the Islamic School of Canberra. He is currently a full-time Imam at CIC and part-time teacher at the Islamic School.
Imam Adam Konda comes from a rich upbringing in a multicultural and multi religious society and is heavily engaged in community activities.
Function of an Imam
An imam is a religious leader in the Islamic faith who leads prayer services, delivers sermons, and provides guidance.
An Imam’s functions are to:
- Lead the five obligatory daily prayers for Muslims.
- Deliver sermons especially during the Friday prayer which focus on ethical and moral issues, as well as topics related to Islamic theology and spirituality.
- Provide spiritual guidance and advice to members of the community.
- Provide religious education, teaching the basic beliefs and practices of Islam.
- Perform religious ceremonies at weddings, funerals, and other special events.
- Participate in interfaith dialogue and promoting an understanding between the wider religious communities.