The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is the peak umbrella body which represents the interests of Muslims in Queensland. ICQ represents numerous organisations and mosques across approximately ten Queensland cities, which stretch from Brisbane and the Gold Coast to Cairns in North Queensland. We are a Charitable Institution and we are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
ICQ has set about implementing a number of improvement projects which it hopes to achieve in the short to medium term (In Sha’ Allah). ICQ requests the prayers and support of all community members around Australia as we strive to contribute positively to our society. An overview of some of the key initiatives is set out below.
- Community consultations – Engaging and building a stronger relationship with all of ICQ’s Member Societies as well as many other Muslim and Non-Muslim community based organisations.
- Halal Certification Services – offering a commercially viable proposition to various retailers (e.g. restaurants, butchers, etc.) and producers (e.g. Abattoirs, processors, etc.) through advertising and promotions.
- Living Safely Together Grant applications – Subject to grant approval (In sha Allah) ICQ will conduct training workshops for Member societies and community organisations. ICQ will assist in the coordination of various projects through an interactive digital platform.
- Active digital presence – ICQ intends to establish a strong digital presence through its own website and various social media channels. ICQ aims to become the central source of information in relation to any matters involving Islam and/or Muslims. The information provided will be suitable for all audiences including Muslims, Non-Muslims, Media outlets and Politicians. A wide range of matters will be addressed including but not limited to religion, training workshops, politics and current affairs, job opportunities, classifieds, Umrah and hajj packages, and business promotions and marketing.
- Media representation – ICQ as Queensland’s peak Islamic body, has developed strong relationships with various media outlets in Brisbane. ICQ constantly engages with the media in dialogue to ensure that the Muslim perspective is heard and portrayed to the public. It is important that ICQ continues to work with various Muslim organisations to ensure a consistent message which will be of benefit to all Australians. ICQ adopts a very proactive approach with the media and responds quickly to media requests. This provides significant benefits when major news items break.
- Government representation – ICQ adopts a bipartisan approach to political engagement. ICQ is very active in engaging with politicians on both sides of the political spectrum and constantly raises matters of importance and/or concern on behalf of the Muslim community. To date, ICQ has found the open dialogue approach with politicians to be productive – politicians show more empathy to those whom they are familiar with. ICQ’s goal is to establish a formal lobby group in due course.
- Support services – ICQ continues to offer a range of support services to its Member Societies. These services include the arrangement of hufaaz for the month of Ramadaan, organising group discounts for commonly acquired products and services (e.g. public liability insurance), development of a centralised Islamic education curriculum, development of various other programs and workshops (e.g.youth development)
- Property – ICQ aims to source new premises (land) for a new Muslim cemetery due to the current one approaching full capacity. ICQ also aims to purchase or lease office space to establish a head office which may be used by other organisations.
- Sustainability – ICQ aims to develop a self-sustainable operating model to support the QLD Muslim community. The exact form is yet to be developed, however current considerations include a format which is akin to a scaled down version of an Islamic Chamber of Commerce.
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