Diwan Al Dawla (ديوان الدولة) is a guild that advances a way of living based upon a unitarian epistemology and narrative. 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 members are locally known as the Muhammadan Christians.

The Colo Wilderness site, known as the Southern Chariot Religious Site (banner) or in Arabic Ribat Al Dawla (رباط الدولة) (banner), with its Colo River front is a religious site that is owned by the members of Diwan Al Dawla for the carrying out of religious activities of devotion, self-discipline, ritual baptism (وضوء), inter-community prayers, contemplation and religious study. The name of the guild is based on the Arabic Semitic word al dawla (الدولة), which 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, which is also known as Diwan Al Birr, has been acknowledged as an unincorporated guild by the federal government in Australia. The guild's religious practice includes a religious mission that tackles the structural disadvantage of families and individuals who are members of its community.



2005-08

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 project 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 a Commonwealth-Community Partnership Project, Building Identity and Resisting Radicalisation (BIRR) Project, was established with Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali as the specified project manager.

Between 2006 and 2008, the BIRR researchers and volunteers managed the partnership project 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

In 2009, the BIRR Mentoring Program began operating as a charitable initiative in Western Sydney. It established a practical development framework for confronting the religious based structural 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 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.

Since early 2016, Diwan Al Dawla has 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 by way of living a dedicated life of virtue and piety to God.


 
 
 
 
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