Diwan Al Dawla is a public guild [نقابة مستقلة] that advances a way of living based upon a Qur'ānic narrative and approach [منهاج القرآن]. Associates of Diwan Al Dawla [ديوان الدولة] pursue a practical mode of living under an oath of allegiance and dedication to govern their lives by the precepts of the Book of Allāh.

The name of the guild is based on the Arabic word al dawla to promote its binding of collaborative effort upon standards of religious self-governance, while remaining unincorporated under any secular legal system [غير مقوننة تحت أي سلطة قانونية].

Diwan Al Dawla's flag (@Colo) contains a yellow six-pointed star which is considered to be the seal [خاتم] of the Masīḥ ʿĪsā Ibn Maryam (aka. Jesus Son of Mary), as it appeared in the hexagonal weaved iron armour [لبوس] of Dāwūd (David), which he was taught by Allāh ([21:80] وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ صَنْعَةَ لَبُوسٍ لَّكُمْ). It is a symbol of divine support by the Almighty. The seal symbolises the perfect compactness in nature, as it appears in the densest packing patterns of the honeycomb cube cells (see e.g. pattern in top right-hand corner), the six-cornered snowflake and the tight packing of spheres. It was used as a royal sultanic symbol by groups, such as the Ottomans, the Timurids and the Mughals, who emerged out of greater Khurasān (the east).

Today, it is believed that the word "Australia", which is cognate to "Austria" with the same Proto-Indo-European root meaning “east” (rather than “south”), also implies the meaning of Khurasān [خراسان], which is the Persian word for the "east" or the Arabic al-sharq [الشرق]. This implies that Australia as a modern-day Khurasān would qualify as the eastern land from which the black banners of guidance emerge prior to their arrival in the Levant (Bilād Al Shām).

The religious site of the guild in 2017/2018 at Colo in Australia was known as the Southern Chariot Religious Site (banner) and in Arabic as Ribāṭ Al Dawla (banner). The Southern Chariot constellation (7 stars) is the original name of the constellation that points to the South direction. The idea of a 'southern cross' constellation as it appears in New South Wales state symbols and in Australian federal symbols, such as the coat of arms and the flag, is taken from a later invention from the 1800's by colonialists who were agitating for southern migration. Diwan Al Dawla strongly rejects the use of religious symbolism in public Australian symbols, such flags and court house logos, and the guild's use of the original Southern Chariot was in response to that.

Diwan Al Dawla's religious practice includes a religious mission that tackles the structural religious disadvantage of individuals and their families, whether they are members of its community or only friends and supporters.



2005-08

In September 2005, Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali was invited to join the Australian Prime Minister's community reference group to advise the federal government on community religious issues. As part of engaging the federal government with the community, Mustapha cofounded Diwan Al Birr, formerly known by the acronym BIRR, as a community initiative that focussed on the issue of disadvantaged youth living in Western Sydney.

Early in 2006, the BIRR team put forward a proposal to the Australian federal government for a partnership initiative between the Commonwealth and the community that tackled the structural disadvantage of youth in relation to the issue of radicalisation. In June 2006, the initiative was agreed to by the federal government and the Building Identity and Resisting Radicalisation (BIRR) Initiative was run with Mustapha Kara-Ali as the team leader and manager.

Between 2006 and 2008, the BIRR researchers and volunteers managed the partnership initiative and authored a youth mentoring guidebook that was made available in the community and also through the National Library of Australia. (The guidebook was later updated from its 2010 version by new research.)


2009-10

The BIRR Mentoring Program began operating as a community initiative in Western Sydney in 2009. It established a practical development framework for confronting the structural religious disadvantage that individuals face.


2011-18

In 2013, the BIRR team underwent a fundamental change of approach after a series of attempts to forge a sustainable model for tackling structural religious disadvantage failed due to a continued politicisation of the issue and a lack of political will for reform by a class of concerned state politicans.

Our consequent new way incorporates a community scheme into a pro bono model. It is framed within the 3 i’s inform-inspire-integrate, as it aims to inform and inspire individuals through a common religious initiative that incorporates them into an emerging spiritual community.

Since early 2016, Diwan Al Dawla has grown out of the earlier team, and it has since been joined by a number of religiously motivated individuals who have taken a volunteer oath to use their resources and knowledge to build a sustainable spiritual community that overcomes structural religious disadvantage and to do so by way of living dedicated lives of virtue and piety to Allāh (fī sabīlillāh).


 
 
 
 
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