Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi has been appointed as the Grand Mufti of Australia for a three-year term. He succeeds Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammed, who held the post since 2011 for a maximum of two consecutive terms of three years.
The appointment was announced at the 11th General Assembly of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) convened on Sunday 18 March 2018 at its headquarters in Chullora Sydney.
ANIC is the peek Islamic religious and legal authority, representing Muslims in Australia comprising of more than two-hundred Imams and Muslim scholars of different backgrounds and schools of thought across all states in Australia.
The ANIC Executive Committee, led by its current President Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, consisting of eighteen eminent member Imams was charged with electing the new Mufti at the General Assembly.
The newly elected Grand Mufti concluded his acceptance speech with the following words:
“We, as the Muslim community open our hearts and extend our hands to the wider Australian community. Let’s work together in order to advance Australia, to presreve our shared values, which makes Australia the great nation that it is.
Sheik Afifi was born and received his Islamic education in Egypt specialising in Quranic education. In 1994, he moved to Jordan where he was employed as an Imam by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and later appointed as an administrator over the centres for the teaching of Quran.
He arrived in Australia in the year 2000 and served a number of Islamic societies and schools helping them with the institutionalised teaching of the Quran. He served as the elected President of ANIC for two terms from 2010 to 2015.
Since 2010 he has been working at Al-Taqwa Islamic college in Truganina, Victoria and also serves as the Imam and Khateeb at Al-Taqwa Masjid adjoining the school.
His appointment was shown live on Al Jazeera Mubasher Channel as well as broadcast by online channel OnePath based in Sydney.