The Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisation (CISAC) at Charles Sturt University in partnership with Islamic Science & Research Academy (ISRA) held its third yearly graduation presentation on Saturday 12 December at The Waterview, Sydney Olympic Park.  

Twenty-two successful graduates received their Diplomas, Associate Degrees, Bachelor degrees, Graduate Diploma and Master degrees handed by Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, Grand Mufti of Australia.

The formal event was also attended by ISRA and Charles Sturt University academics, community leaders and families of the graduates where, in addition to brief comments by staff, the graduates also shared their feelings from the stage in a one minute speech, many of them shedding tears of joy at the completion of their unique educational journey.

The successful candidates were from a very diverse background in terms of ethnic background, faith, language, professions, religious training and ages.

CISAC is a unique institution where its courses are designed to synthesize modern academic excellence in combination with traditional Islamic learning.

Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, the Director of CISAC during his keynote speech stated the raison d’etre for his unique institution in these words, “Ultimately we have a duty that we need to understand Islam from its sources, from its traditions and restore that tradition in an Australian context, and transmit that to future generations. This is a momentous task, and it requires all generational learned Muslim scholars who will confidently come out and speak and write about knowledge and traditions.”

“We have to really express Islam in a self-evident authentic way, but in a fresh language for the people of this country,” he added


In his one minute speech, Samar Alsayed Ibrahim who obtained his Masters in Islamic Studies said, “What an amazing experience it is to reach your dreams and capture them. ISRA has given me the opportunity to allow a small dream to grow into a long achievable dream. Three years of hard work have passed by so fast. I would like to thank all my teachers at ISRA and what a wonderful moment to get my certificate by Dr Ibrahim (Abu Mohammad, Grand Mufti of Australia). Thank you very much to my family, supportive husband, lovely children. Thank you to my parents for their supplication. I make dua to Allah to give me the strength to serve this religion and my community”

While ISRA has a strong educational and research emphasis, it also focuses on community building and cooperation in religious, social, environmental and other major areas for Australia and the global society. ISRA courses prepare its students to get actively involved in dealing with issues facing the Australian society and, in the process, assist in the development of local religious and scholarly leaders.

There will be a special information session on Sat 15 January 2016, 7-9 pm for those interested in ISRA courses. This will be a great opportunity to meet the Director of CISAC and other lecturers and understand what ISRA offers in face to face discussions,

For further information and registration for the information session call ISRA by phone 9649 9040 or contact via email [email protected] .

List of successful candidates at the 2015 Graduation Presentation:

Diploma of Islamic Studies:

Gurel Ismail

Associate Degree of Islamic studies:

Amira Hawwash

Bachelor of Islamic Studies:

Mehtap Aydemir, Gulse Gulseven, Ali Ozcelik, Fouady Sakar.

Graduate Diploma of Islamic Studies:

Syed Ahmed Al-Attas, Hussain Baabud, Huda Baluel, Inas Khudruj.

Master of Islamic Studies:

Mohammad Ahmad, Sana Ajaj, Nina Ajaj, Samar Alsayed Ibrahim, Dalya Ayoub, Rania Basheer, Ayesha Bhuiyan, Samira Din, Erol Kaso, Zainab Naqvi, Diana Sedlarevic, Lisa Tribuzio.