Australian Federation of Islamic Councils

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The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) (also known as Muslims Australia[1]) 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.

The organisation[edit]

Mr Hafez Kassem is the current president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

The 9 member organisations of AFIC are:


The AFIC provides Halal accreditation.[3] There are concerns raised about this halal food certification,[4] for which AFIC reportedly earns up to $1 million a year.[5] The AFIC has sought taxpayer-funded expansion of halal food outlets.[6]

In the late 1980s, AFIC received more than a hundred thousand dollars in funding per year from Gaddafi's Libyan regime. AFIC's then-leader, Sheikh Taj El-Din Hilaly, had ties to Libya.[7]

In 2010 the AFIC received $5.2 million from an Islamic School which is largely taxpayer funded.[8] In 2012 the NSW government demanded the repayment of $9 million passed on to the AFIC.[9][10]

In 2011 the AFIC advocated that Australian Muslims be able to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of sharia law,[11] claiming that Australian Muslims should enjoy "legal pluralism".[12]

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.[13] AFIC's president and assistant-treasurer were both stood down.[1]

In 2013 the AFIC vice-president was suspended from his position.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Muslim peak body suspends officers". The Australian. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ About AFIC, AFIC website, retrieved 2007-01-26.[dead link]
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  4. ^ "Stop paying a fee for Halal food certification to the Islamic Council". 8 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Masanauskas, John (18 July 2014). "Halal food outrage from anti-Islam critics". Herald Sun. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  6. ^ John Masanauskas (17 May 2011). "Call for taxpayers to fund Muslim schools". The Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gaddafi sending $140,000 a year to Australian Muslims". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 December 1987. p. 1. 
  8. ^ "Malek Fahd Islamic School 'fees' funding Australian Federation of Islamic Councils". The Australian. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Silma Ihram (13 August 2012). "AFIC, Islamic Schools and ethics". Muslim Village. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Islamic council linked to cash shift". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Jacquelyn Hole (17 May 2011). "Muslim group wants sharia law in Australia". ABC. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Patricia Karvelas (17 May 2011). "Muslims to push for sharia". The Australian. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Patty, Anna (16 November 2012). "Islamic council linked to cash shift". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mr Ikebal Patel". Australian Muslims. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 

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