Taraweeh Medley: Eleven Sydney Mosques YOU need to visit during Ramadan
During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims perform special prayers called Taraweeh after every evenings last daily prayer (Isha).
But what is Taraweeh? The word “Taraweeh” means “to rest and relax” in Arabic. It is called as such as it is seen as a special form of Islamic meditation. At Taraweeh time, Muslims line up to observe a number of optional rakaats during prayer and listen to and reflect on the recitation of the Quran.
In turn, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Therefore, performing Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan is seen as a great act of worship. Likewise, while Taraweeh can be performed both at home and in the mosque, praying taraweeh in congregation at mosques grants more rewards for us from Allah (SWT).
So, for this Ramadan, make Taraweeh time more fulfilling and exciting by exploring the many great mosques Sydney has to offer. With how many mosques there are in Sydney, here is a list of the eleven mosques you need to pray Taraweeh at during the blessed month.
65-67 Wangee Rd, Lakemba NSW 2195, Australia
02 9750 6833
Also known as Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb Mosque, Lakemba Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Sydney. Built in 1972, the mosque is located in the heart of Western Sydney in Lakemba, and is run by the Lebanese Muslims Association (LMA).
As the local area is dominated by a diverse Muslim population, the mosque also offers many programs that cater towards brothers and sisters of all ages. During Ramadan, visitors of this Sydney mosque can also look forward to the Ramadan Nights’ food stalls on Haldon St for a delicious bite to eat!
Auburn Gallipoli Mosque
15-19 North Parade, Auburn, NSW 2144, Australia
02 9646 5972
Built in the style of Classical Ottoman architecture, Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn also services a diverse population of Muslims in another integral suburb of Western Sydney. Officially opened in 1999, the mosque is a common hub for Muslims all across Sydney to gather for congregation prayers of all occassions, including Taraweeh and Eid.
For both Muslims and non-Muslims, the mosque is also a great place to stroll around and just appreciate the beauty of its architecture. Visitors can likewise dine-in at the variety of cultural restaurants available nearby and around the mosque.
445-447 Forest Road, Penshurst, Australia
02 9580 3390
Built in 1989 by the Bosnian-Australian community, the Penshurst Mosque has been fulfilling the needs of Muslims within the area for over 30 years. This beautiful Mosque also offers open days for Muslims and Non-Muslims to visit and explore the history of Muslims in Sydney and celebrate the diversity of our Muslim communities.
Masjid Al Noor
1 Ferndell St, South Granville NSW 2142
0455 777 557
Built in 2010 in South Granville, this mosque is led by Sheikh Omar El Banna. This mosque offers daily, Friday and Eid prayers and has rapidly been growing in popularity through its many events and facilities available for local Muslims. During Ramadan, visitors are welcome to grab a bite to eat at the BBQs and food trucks located right outside the Mosque. Likewise, for visitors looking to increase their knowledge of the deen, Masjid Al Noor also offers Islamic courses all-year-round.
64 Mountford Avenue, Guildford, NSW 2161, Australia
02 8034 7875
Initially built as a church, Guildford Mosque was purchased in 2010 by the Islamic Community and converted into a Mosque. This Mosque is open for daily, Friday and Eid prayers. It likewise services local Muslims through top-notch facilities such as a community hall, large car park and a youth room.
19 Enterprise Ave, Padstow NSW 2211
0416 000 862
The United Muslims of Australia (UMA) is an organisation that strives to bring the Australian Muslim community together. Located in Padstow and led by Sheikh Shady Suleiman, its UMA Centre provides an ever-expanding mosque for Muslim communities to use and increase their knowledge in the deen.
In addition to a mosque, the UMA Centre also offers state-of-the-art facilities, including a cafe, classrooms, offices, gym, a function hall and more, including plans to build Australia’s First Islamic University.
Redfern Islamic Society, 328-330 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia
02 9698 4149
Open since 1977, Redfern Mosque serves as one of the first Mosques in Australia. Conveniently located close to the CBD, the mosque offers daily and Friday Prayers to both local Muslims and Muslims commuting to the CBD. Regularly maintained by the Islamic community of Redfern, the mosque also offers events that cater to Muslims working and studying in the CBD.
Markaz Imam Ahmad
230 Macquarie St, Liverpool NSW 2170
02 8712 9219
Liverpool Mosque, also known as Markaz Imam Ahmad Mosque (MIA), offers daily, Friday and Eid Prayers and weekly reminders. The mosque also provides lessons in Qu’ran, Arabic and Madrasah classes led by renowned Mashayekh such as Ustadh Muhammad Al-Bizry, Sheikh Abu Ishaaq and Sheikh Arshad Khan. Visitors hungry after praying can also treat themselves at Blazin Grills located next door to the Mosque.
45 Station St, Tempe NSW 2044
02 9591 1593
Managed by the local Indonesian community, Tempe Mosque offers facilities that cater to brothers and sisters of all ages. In addition to daily, Friday and Eid prayers, the mosque also offers classes on weekends to sisters and kids to learn Qur’an and enhance their knowledge of Islam.
15 Fourth Ave, Blacktown NSW 2148
02 9831 2436
Blacktown mosque, also known as Osman Mosque, is managed by the local Afghan community. In addition to prayer facilities, the mosque also offers classes for brothers and sisters of all ages.
Rooty Hill Mosque
33 Headcorn St, Mount Druitt NSW 2770
02 9675 6246
Located in Mt Druitt, Rooty Hill Mosque is maintained by the local Pakistani and Indian community. In addition to prayer facilities, the mosque often holds events catered to brothers and sisters of all ages and aims to provide everyone with a welcome atmosphere and sense of belonging.
From South to West to even the CBD, there is no shortage of Sydney mosques available for you to visit. But no matter where you go in Sydney for your Taraweeh prayers, the most important part of each night in Ramadan is the rewards you receive from pleasing Allah (SWT) through this great act of worship. So wherever we may pray Taraweeh during this special month, may Allah (SWT) accept all our good deeds and grant us a blessed Ramadan.
Ramadan is the perfect time to give zakat
The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to use the Power of Zakat. It is a time for us to pause and reflect, leave behind bad habits and replace them with good ones, increase our acts of worship and good deeds, and practice self-discipline – all for the sake of Allah SWT.