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:

Advocacy[edit]

In 2005 Ameer Ali, president of the AFIC, said that governments should, "rid the community of radical elements" and also prevent radical speakers coming to Australia.[3]

In 2011 the AFIC advocated that Australian Muslims be able to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of sharia law,[4] claiming that Australian Muslims should enjoy "legal pluralism".[5]

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.[6]

Halal certification[edit]

The AFIC is one of Australia's top four[7] halal accreditation certifiers[8] with AFIC having strict rules with regards to Islamic slaughter for animals[9] and for chickens.[10] It is reported that AFIC earns up to $1 million a year from this halal certification.[11]

Controversies[edit]

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.[12]

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.[13]

In 2010 the AFIC received $5.2 million from an Islamic School which is largely government funded.[14] In 2012 the NSW government demanded the repayment of $9 million passed on to the AFIC.[15][16]

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

In 2013 the AFIC vice-president was suspended from his position,[18] and AFIC's bank froze its funds.[19]

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.[20]

See also[edit]

References[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]
  3. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/news/sushi-das/between-two-worlds/2005/07/27/1122143904716.html Between two worlds
  4. ^ Jacquelyn Hole (17 May 2011). "Muslim group wants sharia law in Australia". ABC. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Patricia Karvelas (17 May 2011). "Muslims to push for sharia". The Australian. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  6. ^ John Masanauskas (17 May 2011). "Call for taxpayers to fund Muslim schools". The Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Chris (28 December 2014). "Why halal certification is in turmoil". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  8. ^ http://muslimsaustralia.com.au/halal-accreditation-2/
  9. ^ "What is halal - a guide for non-Muslims". Islamic Council of Victoria. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "AFIC’s rules and condition for slaughtering chicken". AFIC. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Masanauskas, John (18 July 2014). "Halal food outrage from anti-Islam critics". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Gaddafi sending $140,000 a year to Australian Muslims". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 December 1987. p. 1. 
  13. ^ "Revealed: the Saudis' paymaster in Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Malek Fahd Islamic School 'fees' funding Australian Federation of Islamic Councils". The Australian. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Silma Ihram (13 August 2012). "AFIC, Islamic Schools and ethics". Muslim Village. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Islamic council linked to cash shift". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Patty, Anna (16 November 2012). "Islamic council linked to cash shift". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mr Ikebal Patel". Australian Muslims. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "AFIC funds frozen". SBS. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  20. ^ Shanahan, Leo (25 September 2014). "Former chief of Islamic body warns of rise of Islamic fascism". The Australian. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 

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