The 51st Annual Congress of Muslims Australia (AFIC), was held from Sat 16 to Sunday 17 May in Sydney attended by delegates from all States of Australia including Christmas Island, ACT and Northern Territory to review AFIC’s activities, give directives and formulate policies.
During the elections held at the congress, the sitting President of AFIC, Mr Hafez Kassem from Sydney, was re-elected for another term of three years. Other elected office bearers included Mr Farouk Khan from South Australia as the Vice President, Mr Harun Abdullah from Tasmania as the Secretary and Mr Usaid Khalil from NSW as the Treasurer.
Members of the elected Executive also included Miss Rawah El Samman as Assistant Secretary, Dr Senad Smajic as Assistant Treasurer while Dr Abdul Kamareddine, Mr Khaled Jneid and Mrs Soofia Abbas were elected as the members of the Executive Committee.
The Congress Dinner was held to on Saturday 16 May at the Malek Fahd School in Chullora attended by interstate delegates, community leaders, politicians, Imams and interfaith representatives.
Mr Kassem, while addressing guests at the Congress Dinner admitted of the bitter pre-election lobbying where he barely survived the contest. He assured the guests that AFIC under his leadership will continue with the direction in the educational development of the community.
Mr Jihad Dib talked about his experience as the newly sworn member of the NSW Parliament and his feeling while giving his inaugural speech at the Parliament House during the week.
AFIC, in addition to being an umbrella organization for Australian Muslims runs a large number of Schools in various cities of Australia as well as engaged in halal certification of meat and other food products.
Recently there have been media reports and allegations of mismanagement and corruption in schools run by AFIC leading to enquiries and court cases that are still pending.