Grand Mufti of Australia

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The Grand Mufti of Australia is a Sunni Muslim cleric in Australia. Unlike Grand Muftis in some Sunni Muslim majority countries, the Grand Mufti of Australia is not state appointed and has no official role in the Australian state. Instead, the Grand Mufti of Australia is elected by the Australian National Imams Council.[1][2]

Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi was the Grand Mufti of Australia from March-July 2018, dying in office on 11 July 2018 only 4 months into his tenure. Ibrahim Abu Mohamed was reassigned as the acting Grand Mufti until the next Australian Nation Imams Council General Assembly in 2019.[3][4]

List of Grand Muftis[edit]

  1. Taj El-Din Hilaly (1992–2007)
  2. Fehmi Naji (2007–2011)
  3. Ibrahim Abu Mohamed (2011–2018)[5]
  4. Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi (2018)[3][4]

Since Al-Afifi's death in July 2018 Ibrahim Abu Mohamed has assumed the role in an acting capacity.


  1. ^ Kilani, Ahmed (19 September 2011). "Australian Imams appoint a new Mufti". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b "The New Grand Mufti of Australia has just been announced …". OnePath Network. 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Grand Mufti of Australia Mufti Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi dies, Samantha Donovan, ABC News Online, 2018-07-11
  5. ^ Kilani, Ahmed (19 September 2011). "Australian Imams appoint a new Mufti". MuslimVillage Incorporated. Retrieved 9 October 2015. Imams and Sheikhs from around Australia held a meeting last night in which they appointed Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammad as the new Grand Mufti of Australia.