About Us

What is the Al- Jaafaria Shia Islamic Centre?

The Al-Jaafaria Shia Islamic Centre or AJSIC was established in 1991 operating out of one of the believers’ garages.  The commemoration ceremonies in the Islamic calendar were upheld. The founding committee consisted of many great personalites like Haj Abu Abdallah Alkazemi, Haj Abu  Ammar Khalaf, and many more brothers. Under the guidance of Sheikh Fahd Mehdi, the first Muslim Shia Cleric in Australia and also the founder and builder of Al Zahra mosque, realised the growing community needed more outlets for Islamic propagation.

Why Shia?

We are called the Shia because the Holy Prophet (SAWW) named the Shia of Ali (as) as the best and victorious ones of his nation. We aspire to be the Shia of Ali and therefore bear this name. In the wider community of course we are Muslim, but for too long we have been misrepresented and thus failed to be recognised.

Our History…

In 1992 we moved into larger premises to meet with the demand and growth of the community. Rockdale CBD made a great location. The centre was the cornerstone of the Islamic Education of the Islamic youth in the St George Area. Over the years, through the dedication of  volunteers like Abu Jaafar Bahraini and Abu Hassan Musali and many others, we paved the way for a larger centre in Turrella. In 2000 we moved into our new premises  in Turrella with the intention to create an Islamic Centre with a school to cater for the growth of the community.  Sadly, we we unable to gain council approval  due to traffic requirements.  Suprisingly, the council late in 2010 approved the construction of over 1000 high rise units in the immediate area (with the same traffic conditions).

Our Loss

In 2005 we lost a great leader of the community Sheikh Fahd Mehdi due to arterial complications. This had a negative impact on the community and created a huge vacuum that could never be filled.

We took consolation in the excellent community he had left behind and the lineage of upstanding youth.

In 2007, we acquired a new centre back in the St George heartland in a prime location near the Kogarah CBD. This new property proved to be an excellent staging ground for new and better programmes. We have used this location as a community support centre and a place for Islamic education and youth issues.

2011 and beyond

The Jaafaria centre is a well established community; we have educational programs for children, youth and adults in both English and Arabic. Along with youth activities that range from camping to an upcoming soccer team in 2012.  We will continue to strive and support our community with various programmes and activities and welcome all to take advantage of the centre.  In order to improve our services, we welcome you to contact us with any issues, comments or feedback that you may have of the centre.


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  1. Mohsen says:

    I am new in Australia n like to know if you have any Shia centre around Parramatta, NSW
    Please advise me how to join you
    Kind regards

    1. Admin says:

      Hi brother Mohsen,
      The closest Shai Centre to you is Nabi Akram Islamic Centre located in 36 Cowper Street, Granville, NSW 2142
      for more details visit their website http://www.nabiakram.org.au/

      you can also visit us when there is an event shown on the home page under “NEXT EVENT” section

  2. Saif says:

    Is located at 419 Blaxcell street Granville, NSW 2142 (corner of blaxcell st. and Rawson Rd).
    Mostly attended by Indian and Pakistani community for lectures delivered in Urdu and some times in English.

    Imam Hasan centre
    165 Annangrove Road, Annangrove, NSW 2156
    Mostly attended by Indian and Pakistani community for lectures delivered in Urdu and English.

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks for your reply

  3. Ammar says:


    Wanted to know if Dr Usama is a permanent imam at your centre

    1. Admin says:

      Wa alaykom alsalam, No brother Dr Usama was our guest from Canada for our Fatimiyyah program

  4. younis says:

    salam wa alkium brother, would like to know do you have beginner arabic/quranic classes starting soon?

    1. Admin says:

      Wa Alaycom Alsalam brother, unfortunately there are no classes at the moment, please subscribe to our mailing list and inshallah we update you in the future.

  5. Zahraa says:

    Salam, Al Jaafaria is amazing keep up the good work inshallah all goes rewarded.
    love the speakers and the topics chosen always a pleasure to be there.

    1. Admin says:

      Thank you sister for your feedback, we are happy to hear that.

  6. Sophie Evans says:

    Hi, I am interested in reverting to Islam and have been directed here by a friend . Do you run any woman’s groups or lectures that I can attend?
    Thank you

    1. Ithnaashari says:

      Hi Sophie.

      That’s very pleasing to hear and we pray that Allah illuminates your path and helps you on your journey.

      In answer to your question, there are no specific women’s groups being run at the moment, but every Saturday night at 7:30pm we have a lecture in English which is attended by both women and men. You are more than welcome to attend, as the lectures held on Saturday night are very beneficial to anyone wanting to know more about Islam.

      We wish you the best Sophie and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.

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