Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
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Grand Mufti of Australia
Taj El-Din Hilaly • Fehmi Naji • Ibrahim Abu Mohamed
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) (also known as Muslims Australia) was founded in 1964 as an umbrella group for various Islamic groups and councils, and is Australia's most important Islamic organisation. The mission of AFIC is to provide service to the community in a manner that is in accordance with the teachings of Islam and within the framework of Australian law, and to advocate for the Muslim community on matters that will affect the community's relevance, settlement and integration within Australian society.
The main role of AFIC is to represent Islam and Muslims of Australia as one "Ummah" to the government and other bodies nationally and internationally. AFIC coordinates and provides resources for activities of its State Islamic Councils and member Islamic societies.
Mr Hafez Kassem is the current president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.
The 9 member organisations of AFIC are:
- the Muslim Council of NSW,
- the Islamic Council of Victoria,
- the Islamic Council of Queensland,
- the Islamic Council Western Australia,
- the Islamic Council SA,
- the Islamic Council ACT,
- the Islamic Council of Tasmania,
- Christmas Islands Islamic Council and
- Northern Territory Islamic Council.
In 2011 the AFIC advocated that Australian Muslims be able to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of sharia law, claiming that Australian Muslims should enjoy "legal pluralism".
In 2014 the AFIC has advocated for increased government funding for faith-based schools, as well as funding to establish services such as new halal and kosher food stores, as a means of helping Muslim Australians to settle in new areas.
The AFIC is one of Australia's top four halal accreditation certifiers with AFIC having strict rules with regards to Islamic slaughter for animals and for chickens. It is reported that AFIC earns up to $1 million a year from this halal certification.
In 2003 the AFIC and the Supreme Islamic Council of Halal Meat in Australia were involved in a 'poisonous battle' to control the millions of dollars in halal meat trade rights, granted by the Saudi King.
In 2012 a government audit discovered a number of irregularities relating to financial transfers between AFIC and its schools in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide. Issues identified included the transfer of large sums of money, the lack of appropriate documentation and rental-payment concerns. AFIC's president and assistant-treasurer were both stood down.
In 2014 the founding president of the AFIC identified internal dysfunction and corruption as the cause of a long running feud within the organisation, which he says has disenfranchised Islamic councils around the country.
In May 2015 AFIC schools were described as being in the midst of leadership crisis along with allegations of fraud and that a power struggle had developed within AFIC with competing demands by those advocating conservatism and those advocating liberalism. Dr Jamal Rifi believes AFIC, as Australia’s peak Muslim body, is "not capable of providing the leadership its communities need".
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- Grand Mufti of Australia
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