Diwan Al Dawla (ديوان الدولة) is an unincorporated free guild that advances a way of living based upon a unitarian narrative (منهاج التوحيد). Members of Diwan Al Dawla (flag/@Colo), known as aṣḥāb al dawla (أصحاب الدولة), live as a religious guild separated from secular worldviews to pursue a religious mode of worship and lifestyle under an oath of self-sacrifice and dedication to the purposes of Diwan Al Dawla. The religious site of the guild is known as the Southern Chariot Religious Site (banner, constellation) and in Arabic as Ribāṭ Al Dawla (banner). Its adherents are known to outsiders as Muhammadan Christians.

The name of the guild, Diwan Al Dawla, which could be translated as Free Guild, is based on the Arabic Semitic word al dawla (الدولة) that promotes the binding of collaborative effort upon autonomous standards of religious self-governance independent of entities that represent secular socioeconomic structures and modes of living.

Diwan Al Dawla's religious practice includes a religious mission that tackles the structural disadvantage of families and individuals who are members of its community.


In September 2005, Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali, a theologian and community organiser, 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, Dr Kara-Ali founded Diwan Al Birr, formerly known by the acronym BIRR, as a charitable 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 Dr 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.)


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


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 state and federal governments.

Our new way incorporated a community scheme into a charitable model. It was framed within the 3 i’s inform-inspire-integrate, as it aimed to inform and inspire individuals through a charitable religious mission that incorporated them into an emerging spiritual community.

In early 2016, Diwan Al Dawla grew out of the earlier team and it has since been joined by a number of spiritually motivated individuals who have taken a volunteer oath to use their resources and knowledge to build a sustainable spiritual community that overcomes religious based structural disadvantage and to do so by way of living a dedicated life of virtue and piety to God.

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