AFTER living in cities for most his life, the recently appointed Imam of the Baitul Masroor Mosque is loving the rural setting of Stockleigh.
Former Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Canberra, Mohammad Ate Rabbi Hadi made the transition to Queensland about one month ago.
He has taken on the reigns from Syed Wadood Janud, who returned to Melbourne earlier this year.
Mr Hadi said his job was to form connections with the community and offer guidance to people in need.
"We would like to extend the message of what the true teachings of Islam are ... in this day and age that is very important because there is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of confusion," he said.
"It is not against anyone's lifestyle and it can't be a religion that teaches violence or any form of injustice. That doesn't make sense.
"We are here to provide a peaceful picture of the relgion to the community and be involved as well.
"If you are not working with society and being an active member of the community and not giving back in one way or another than you are not living up to your religion."
The Queesland Ahmadiyya Muslim community recently extended their support to people in Logan and the Scenic Rim affected by bushfires.
Mr Hadi was born in the UK and transferred to Australia in 2016 to take on religious ministry responsibilities in Sydney and Canberra.
He said the Queensland community was a large, friendly and young group.
"You have four chapters in Queensland exceeding 1000 members so there is always something happening especially on weekends," he said.
"The community is lovely, there are a lot of youth here who play sports every Saturday which is something I missed in Canberra.
"We have a strong focus working with youth. It is something I really enjoy."
The Baitul Masroor Mosque, located at 1 Neville Road, Stockleigh, is open to the general public.
To book a visit call 5540 3710.