Australian National Imams Council: Update
Apr 11th, 2007 by Austrolabe

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) have released a statement on what was decided at the meeting last month. The summary of what was agreed is as follows:

1. Fifteen Imams representing all the states are the elected executive members of ANIC, six of which are office bearers;
2. The greater aim of the ANIC is to examine issue which meet the needs of Muslims in Australia, solve problems that affect them as a minority community and regulate their interaction with the Australian communities in a way that is consistent with the Australian laws;
3. An overwhelming majority of the present Imams decided that an Australian Council of Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Research will be established within the next three (3) months. This is to be done after consultation with the boards of Imams of various states;
4. Once formed, this council as a collective body - will take the responsibility of examining issues that affect the Australian Muslim community within the social, economic and political context of Australia. This is to allow the Australian Muslim community to work in harmony with Australian laws;
5. The members of the Australian Council of Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Research should be qualified experts in Islamic law and well conversant with the Australian context. They will also carry the responsibility of electing a council chairperson (Mufti);
6. Sheikh Taj Al-Din Al-Hilali will be given a grace period of three (3) months after which the Australian Council of Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Research will carry such a responsibility.

As for who will be part of the ANIC executive committee, then we can report that it will have the following members:

President: Imam Abdul Moez Alnafti, NSW
Vice-President: Imam Mohammad Abdalla, QLD
Secretary: Imam Shady Alsuleiman, NSW
Assistant Secretary: Imam Burhaan Mehtar, WA
Treasurer: Imam Abdul Aziem Abdulrahman, VIC
Assistant Treasurer: Imam Shabbir Ahmad,NSW

Executive Members:
Imam Yahya Safi, NSW
Imam Mohammad Nawaz, VIC
Imam Mohamad Abou Eid, VIC
Imam Imraan Husain, QLD
Imam Mahmoud Omran, WA
Imam Amin Abou Samaha, SA
Imam Mohammed Swaiti, ACT
Imam Sabri Samson, TAS
Imam Adam Konda, NT