Filmed over a year, this is the inside story of a mosque and its community as it confronts the unexpected impact of global events on daily life in Brisbane, Australia.

Imam Ali and Usman with bat, Brisbane, Australia.
Imam Ali and Usman with bat, Brisbane, Australia. (TRTWorld)

For many non-Muslims, the mosque is a symbol of growing fears that Islam is antithetical to modern life. But many viewers have never stepped inside a mosque, let alone seen what goes on inside or met the community. Now, this groundbreaking series documents the journey of the mosque community as it tackles the myths, misconceptions and anxieties head on. 

With exclusive, unprecedented 24/7 access, this 3 x 1-hour observational documentary goes inside the oldest mosque on the Australian east coast to join a community that is deeply misunderstood. 

We meet its cricket-loving patriarch, mosque leader Imam Uzair; his best mate and community fix-it man, Ali Kadri; as well as a diverse and engaging congregation, including outspoken change-maker, Galila Abdelsalam, ex-bikie turned youth worker, Robbie Maestracci, and fourth generation mosque-goer Janeth Deen.

Filmed over the course of a year like no other, the mosque community finds itself tackling Islamophobia, extremism, and a host of everyday adventures, challenges, romance and tragedy. As their mosque comes under increasing pressure, both from inside and out, this is a never-before-seen look at a community on the frontline of seismic change in Australia and the world today.


Storyteller’s The Mosque Next Door, Episode 1 premiers on TRT World this Sunday, April 7th at 18:00 GMT/ 21:00 IST/ 13:00 WASHINGTON DC/ 02:00 SING

Source: TRT World