Australian National Imams Council

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Australian National Imams Council
FormationNovember 14, 2006; 13 years ago (2006-11-14)
Registration no.(ABN) 66 122 669 318[1]
PurposeTo unite the Imams of Australia under one umbrella body
HeadquartersLakemba, New South Wales
Coordinates33°55′21″S 151°04′43″E / 33.922514°S 151.078617°E / -33.922514; 151.078617Coordinates: 33°55′21″S 151°04′43″E / 33.922514°S 151.078617°E / -33.922514; 151.078617
Area served
ProductsANIC Halal Authority[2]
200 Imams
Shady Alsuleiman
AffiliationsSunni based

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) was formed in 2006 during a meeting of more than 80 Sunni imams which had gathered to discuss the crisis created by comments made by Taj El-Din Hilaly.[3][4] In 2011, they requested that the Darulfatwa-supported Muslim Community Radio Incorporated not have its licence renewed due to ties with Al-Ahbash and because of its promotion of "sectarian fringe views".[5]

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) is the peak Muslim body that represents Imams and Muslims in Australia, with over 200 member Imams from all states and territories and Major Australian cities.

The ANIC elects the Grand Mufti of Australia. The current Grand Mufti is Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamed.[6][7][needs update]

In 2014, the ANIC expressed concerns regarding a bill in the Australian parliament that would broaden the offence of advocating terrorism.[8] ANIC argued that the legislation would have chilling effects on free speech.[8] It also said that any religious community referring to violent passages in the Qur'an or Bible could face sanction under this law.[9] Other Australian Muslim groups, including the Islamic Council of Victoria and Muslim Legal Network, also expressed concerns regarding the legislation.[8]

In February 2015 the Grand Mufti said the Australian Government should not ban Hizb ut-Tahrir, saying the group is "actually pro-freedom of speech".[10] The Prime Minister responded by saying the comments were "unhelpful".[11]

In 2016, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman was elected president of ANIC.[citation needed] and then re-elected for a second term in 2019.

ANIC executive committee consists of 20 Imams elected from different states.

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  1. ^ "Australian National Imams Council".
  2. ^ "ANIC Halal Authority". Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  3. ^ Duffy, Conor (28 October 2006). "Reclaim the Streets rally protests Hilali comments". ABC.
  4. ^ Rane, Halim; Jacqui Ewart; Mohamad Osman imran dushbag (2010). Islam and the Australian News Media. Melbourne University Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0522856408.
  5. ^ O'Brien, Natalie (January 9, 2011). "Muslims call for 'radical' radio station to be closed". Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ Kilani, Ahmed (19 September 2011). "Australian Imams appoint a new Mufti". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  7. ^ McNamara, Paul (5 October 2011). "New grand mufti for Australia". The Islamic Globe. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Australia's terrorism laws 'could criminalise preaching from Qur'an'". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Aston, Heath (8 October 2014). "Muslims warn anti-terror laws could prevent teaching from Koran". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  10. ^ Seymour, Brian (13 February 2015). "Australia's Grand Mufti slams government ban". Seven News. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Abbott criticises Aust Muslim leader". Sky News. 15 February 2015. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.

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