Our Educational Philosophy

Established in 2009 in Sydney Australia, ISRA is a non-profit community organisation characterised by the following:

  • Provides Islamic education from within the Islamic scholarly tradition and sciences in a model of education that fosters critical thinking, intellectual enquiry and investigation - education that is compatible with tradition and conducive to context.
  • Delivers classical Islamic sciences and studies in a contemporary context and when applicable in relation with social sciences, in bachelor, masters and PhD levels according to Australian Universities qualification framework.

  • Founded on principles of ethics, diversity, community, harmony, personal and intellectual growth and civic duty.

  • An apolitical organisation with a deep respect for diversity in thought, educational methodology, social perspective and constructive action.

  • Civic engagement at the local level that aims to serve both the particular needs of the Australian Muslim community and the broader Australian community by recognising the need for intra-community and inter-community/faith dialogue and collaboration.

  • Conducts pioneering research on social and religious issues of relevance to Australian society and the international community.

  • Presents its students and broader audience with diverse perspectives from Muslims and non-Muslims alike with a view of fostering stimulating and constructive classroom and community discussions.

  • Draws inspiration and reference from more than 180 acclaimed classical and contemporary Islamic scholars and academics.

  • Actively involved in the development of local Australian academics and community, religious and scholarly leaders.

  • Staff and students from diverse cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Active participation by second generation Australian Muslim youth in the design and development of community projects and at all levels of leadership.

  • Values the input of Australian Muslims in contributing towards and enhancing the social fabric and cohesion of a multicultural, multi-faith Australia.