The Muslim Association of Hawai’i – The History of the Muslim Association of Hawai’i

Muslim Association of Hawaii (MAH), formerly known as The Muslim Student Association (MAS), started more than 30 years ago.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) was formed by a group of students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, many were members of the East West Center from various parts of the world from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and from the Middle East. The unofficial organization existed since 1968, according to the Honolulu Advertiser (10/23/1973 ). Muslims, at the time, prayed in a cottage at East West Center before Manoa mosque was purchased.

On July 23, 1979, The Muslim Students’ Association of Hawaii, Incorporated became the first official organization representing Hawaii’s Muslims. About 90% of the members were non-students, but according to the president at the time, Makhdoom Shah, “The name “students” [was] retained because Muslims believe that human beings learn as long as they live” (Honolulu Star Bulletin, 09/11/79: E14).

As stated in the first constitution draft, the founding members are: Najibullah Lafraie, James Abdullah Raushy, Saad Abdul Rahim, Abdul Haq, Makhdoom Shah, Nasir A. Saidy, Mohammad Yusuf Popal, Mohammad Bilal Farooq, Mohammad Haniff, Pramudita Anggraita, Hussain Haikal Latif, Abdul Zainal, M. Asad Khan, Nazir Ahmad, Mohammad Ashraf and Zamir Uddin. In its first Charter of Incorporation, The Muslim Student Association of Hawaii initial office address was at P.O. Box 2028, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848 as of July 23, 1979. (Hawaii State Archives/Government Records Collection Hawaii Corporations (Dissolved) Case Files [series 158] Muslim Students Association of Hawaii, Inc., File no. 40625D2 [1990 MFL 81]).

The founding members tried to promote fundraisers to open an Islamic Center in Hawaii. According to the Star Bulletin writer Nadine W. Scott, James Abdullah Roushey stated that he met with the prince Abdulaziz Bin Fahad Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia and “was rejoiced to learn theprince [was] interested in constructing not only a mosque, but educational and cultural buildings, restaurants, shops and a theather in the Islamic Center” (January 12, 1979). The prince was affiliated, according to the article, with the United Establishment for Trading Co. of Saudi Arabia. However, a handful of Hawaii’s Muslims know who is the anonymous benefactor, a Saudi businessman, that donated money to purchase a mosque and a cemitery for Hawaii’s Muslims. The benefactor’s wishes is to remain anonymous and there are reports that he still visits Manoa’s mosque during his trips to Hawaii.

The Manoa mosque was purchased in Manoa between 1979 and 1980. The reason for the location of the purchase was the closeness to the University of Hawaii and its facing to the Kaaba, according to Farook Wang. The reason to be a house was to generate revenues from renting portions of the building.

On April 28, 1983, Makhdoom Shah created a liason between the Hawaii’s Muslim community and the Muslims in the military by recognizing PFC Tyrone James (Abdul Shakur Ali) of Schofield Barracks as the first Muslim contact person for the military.

The Incorporation (MSA) was involuntary dissolved on November 30, 1990 due to delinquency in re-registering with Hawaii’s Business Registration Division. (Hawaii State Archives/Government Records Collection Hawaii Corporations (Dissolved) Case Files [series 158] Muslim Students Association of Hawaii, Inc., File no. 40625D2 [1990 MFL 81]).

The Muslim Association of Hawaii (MAH) was incorporated on February 04, 1997. The officers were as president Nizar Hassan, Vice-president Nafez Hasan, Treasurer Ather Dar, General Secretary Anwar Kazi and as Social Secretary Lionel E. Price.

 

This piece is taken from the website of the Muslim Association of Hawai’i.

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Bendigo Islamic Association – Moslem in Bendigo

Most Muslims in bendigo are International Students studying at La Trobe University and so are non-permanent. Some years there is a large intake of Muslim students and other years there are less. Students come from all over the world; the Middle East; the Indian sub-continent, South-East Asia, Africa. The Bendigo Muslim community is ethnically diverse.

Muslims have been in bendigo since early times. In the early days of the town Afghan traders lived here. There are some old Muslim graves in local cemeteries.

The nearest centre with a large Muslim population is Shepparton to the north-east of Bendigo. There are large Turkish, Albanian and Iraqi communities and several mosques in Shepparton.

 

This piece is taken from the website of the Bendigo Islamic Association.

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Bendigo Islamic Association – Prayer Room Photos

The main entrance of prayer room. It’s in the room 2.12 in the corridor between Student Support Services and Computer Hall in Old Engineering Building. There is a cupboard beside the door to store shoes and sandals.

 

This is the prayer space for Ikhwan (Male). The capacity is about 20-25 jama’ah. The Jum’ah prayer is held here and usually attended by five to ten jama’ah.

 

The prayer space for akhwat (female) with capacity approximately 5-10 jama’ah. It is located in same room with Ikhwan and equipped with several muke’na and sajadah.

 

Some collection of Koran and Islamic Books.

 

Kitchen facility such Microwave, Fridge and Water Tap for drink. There are also some glasses and plates to use. Therefore moslem students can use this facility during the break.

The Ablution Room is located separately for male and female. For male the ablution room is inside male toilet in front of computer hall. For female the ablution room is inside the disable person toilet, opposite the prayer room.

 

This piece is taken from the website of the Bendigo Islamic Association.

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Bendigo Islamic Association – Prayer Room Facilities including Map Access

In Bendigo there is only one place for pray, it is the Prayer Room Facilities which is located in La Trobe University Bendigo Campus on Edwards Road. The Prayer Room is in Old Engineering Building Room 2.12, in front of Student Support Service. It’s open only during the semester or university day from 09.00 am to 10.00 pm. The Friday Prayer usually hold every friday 12.30 pm on normal days and around 01.00 pm on Daylight Saving days.. Saturday and Sunday (and public holidays) the prayer room is open between 09.00 am to.09.00 pm The access to the room is free without lock/pin number. There are ablution rooms separate for male and female in the toilet near the room.

You may contact us for the details.

Heri Febriyanto (Local Resident)  (3)54445580 

hfebriyanto86@yahoo.com.au

or Mohammad Rosmizi (Student from Malaysia) 0411351974 mohdrosmizi@yahoo.com

Map Access to La Trobe University Bendigo Campus :

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/bg/assests/images/drawings/ben-loc.pdf

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/bg/assets/images/drawings/ben-site.pdf

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/assets/images/drawings/ben-core.pdf

 

This piece is taken from the website of the Bendigo Islamic Association.

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Bendigo Islamic Association – Bendigo

Bendigo is the third largest city in Victoria, Australia. In 2008, the total population is approximately 100.000 people with density of 31,3 persons/km square.

Bendigo is well known as the town of gold rush between 1850 and 1900. At that time, Bendigo was the richest field of the world with around nine billion dollars worth of gold was found. Today many past historic buildings attract many visitor to enjoy the history of gold and romantic tourism.

Situated in North-West region of Victoria, the distance is about 150 km from Melbourne. It needs a two-hour journey to travel wether by train or car. Bendigo is also famous for its winemaking, agriculture and picturesque landscape. It includes numerous State Parks, and Forests, with rivers and lakes.
 
This piece is taken from the website of the Bendigo Islamic Association.
 
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Bendigo Islamic Association – More Jama’ah in Bendigo

Alhamdulillah, for the past one year, the number of Muslims brother and sister has increased. Some of them are students who study in La Trobe University. Particularly in Pharmacy, Oral Health and Destistry. They live in Melbourne but in weekdays they stay in Bendigo to study. The rest are some GPs and destists. Mostly they are coming from Pakistan and India. They are working in some hospital and private clinics here. There is also a Malaysian dentist who come last February. Recently, a Malaysian family just moved to Bendigo. The husband is aiming to study in La Trobe in religious study.

As a conseqeunce, the Musholla cannot fully accommodate all the jamaah if they come to pray together. For this month alone, around 25 people are attending the pray every week which creates crowded. This is good, but certainly in the future we need solution to solve this. Because ramadhan is coming, and insha Allah some brothers and sisters will join with their families in tarawih and we need more space.

Insha Allah, we will try to propose our own Mosque in Bendigo.     

 

This piece is taken from the website of the Bendigo Islamic Association.

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Bendigo Islamic Association – Early Muslim Settlers

There are some findings which prove that some Muslims had been living in Bendigo long time ago. We have found a grave of “Glaum Mohammad Bux” in White Hills Cemetery. He also known as Mattab Shaah, is recorded as an “Indian Hawker”, received Islamic burial rites and his grave, unlike the Christian graves nearby, is aligned to the qibla (Mecca). There is a small neglected Muslim section of the old White Hills cemetry.

A local historian confirms that there are two others “Hawkers” named “Deedee” Khan and “Old” Swahree, both Afghans and practising Muslims, who were based in Bendigo for many decades. There were once a dozen Afghans resident in Bendigo working as Hawkers. All accounts say that they were well-like and respected. Travelling with horse and cart they brought fabrics, utensils and other goods to remote homesteads. The Afghans once camped in the old haymarket beside the old Town Hall (now parkland).    

 

This piece is taken from the website of the Bendigo Islamic Association.

See on-line at: http://bendigomoslem.multiply.com/journal/item/16/Early_Muslim_Settlers 

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