Abdul Quddoos Azhari is an international educational entrepreneur, with more than 40+ years of experience, particularly in the Australian education system.
A visionary Islamic scholar who firmly believes that the Muslim community can live in harmony with the wider community and contribute towards Australian economic growth and progress.
He is a well-known and accomplished leader for his activities towards progressive inter-cultural dialogue and exchange. Fluent in English, Hindi, Arabic, Urdu and Tamil languages.
The founder of the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) which is a registered school with the Queensland and Australian Government. AIIC is a member of the Association of Independent Schools Queensland offering kindergarten to year 12, with high school boarding facilities to help prepare students to integrate into the Australian university system. AIIC provides a very high standard of education in a safe and caring environment.
A graduate of Al-Azhar University in Egypt and holds an Australian Graduate Diploma in Education from Northern Territory University, DARWIN, AUSTRALIA, He also holds an ESL Degree from Massey University in New Zealand, and is a Justice of Peace (Qualified) a registered and authorized Marriage Celebrant.
He has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia and Honourable John Howard, Prime Minster of Australia for his contribution to Multicultural and Multifaith Advancement in Australia.
1990 Graduate Diploma in Education from Northern Territory University, Darwin Australia
1986 Advanced English from Darwin Institute of Technology.
1983 Certificate in E.S.L. Teaching English as a Second Language from Massey University – New Zealand.
1977 Master of Art in History, Culture and Civilisation from Al Azhar University, Cairo – Egypt (2 years of Master Course completed) Thesis Topic: Muslims in India
1975 Master of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Darul Uloom University, Deoban, Delhi – India
1974 Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Studies, Bakiyathus Salilath Arabic College, Vellore N.A.Dt
Hafiz Al Quran – Committed entire Quran to memory
Alim Fazil – Specialist in Islamic Law and Theology.
2005-2015 Founder & Administrator of Australian International Islamic College – Durack
2002-2005 Founder & Principal of Brisbane Muslim School – Brisbane
1994-2002 Principal of Darul Uloom Academy of Brisbane – Brisbane
1991-1994 Imam, Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher for Islamic Society of QLD. Holland Park. QLD
1983-1991 Imam, Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher for Islamic Society of Northern Territory, Darwin
1982-1983 Co-ordination work for Islamic Dawa with Pusat Islam, Kualal Lumpur- Malaysia
1977-1982 Imam, Director of Education, Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher for Fiji Muslim League at Sabeto Centre, Nadi – Fiji Islands
Including approximately fifty articles for various journals and magazines such as, Nida-e-Muslim Fiji, Azan Darwin, Crescent Brisbane, Australia etc.
After his graduation from Al Azhar University, he was appointed as the representative of World Islamic Call Society. (WICS) by the Libyan Government in Fiji and South Pacific.
The first Islamic Academy of South Pacific was established in Nadi Fiji with the collaboration of the Fiji Muslim League where more than 40 children had been admitted and educated. For five years, they completed secondary education. All of them graduated and enrolled in Al Azhar University in Cairo, Mohamed Bin Saud in Riyadh and many other Universities and colleges. Upon completing their tertiary education, many of them returned to serve in Fiji. Some have migrated to Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand serving their respective communities.
Imam Abdul Quddoos spent more than 10 years in Darwin and Northern Territory organising the Muslim communities in the Northern part of Australia and played a very important role in establishing Mosques, Madrasas and Maktaabs in various isolated parts of Northern and Central Australia, including Rockhampton, Bundaberg, MacKay, Townsville’s, Cairns, Mareeba, Kalangary, Mt Isa, Julia creek and Alice Springs.
With the help of local communities, we managed to build mosques, madrasas and the Afghan mosque in Alice Springs was an achievement.