The 5th National Summit of the Alliance of Australian Muslims (AAM) was held in Sydney on Sunday 30 October 2022 at the Orion Centre, Campsie joined by leaders and representatives of over 200 Muslim organisations, largely in person and some via Zoom.

AAM serves as a collaborative platform to coordinate and enhance efforts of common interest and benefit for the Australian Muslim community and its contribution to the wider Australian society.

It is working with both government and non-government organisations to address key challenges facing Australian Muslims and the wider Australian society as well as to convey a positive and accurate representation of Islam and Muslims.

The National Summit focused on the key areas of promoting and preserving the Australian Muslim identity, enhancing media and political engagement, strengthening public relations, advocating for the protection of the civil rights of minority groups and religious freedom, countering Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment and matters of special interest to Australian Muslim women.

The formal program at the summit started after early morning breakfast with recitation of Quran by Sheikh Anas Yaghmour followed by welcome by Sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman together with each delegate introducing himself and herself with name, organisation and state.

The Summit was officially opened by Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, Mufti of Australia with words of advice emphasising the importance of the Summit and the responsibility on its members to serve the interests of The Australian Muslim Community.

Sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman during his formal address pointed out the import importance of the AAM Summit, listed its goals and objectives,  highlighted many key initiatives and achievements specially during the last one year and talked about the future challenges that the community will be facing and how to face them from the AAM platform.

There were a number of presentations from the AAM Operation Committee  with ample time allocated for delegates,  those present at the summit as well as by those on line to comment and pose questions on various issues arising from the presentations.

Anas Yaghmour provided further explanation on the national survey to gain better understanding of the Muslim Community in Australia pointing out the significant population of Muslims in Western Sydney Labor electorates.

Bilal Rauf gave an update on religious freedom and vilification laws on federal and state level and advocacy for the passing of laws pertaining to religious vilification.

Ramia Sułtan talked about the concern and mitigation of  Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim sentiment in some sections of Australian society specially as it affected Muslim women as well as the threat of right-wing extremism on the Muslim Community and its institutions.

Ahmad Bassal proposed a National Mosque Open Day and a National Community Ramadan Iftar in 2023 among other activities to expand community engagement with the wider Australian society.

Adel Sulaiman reviewed the last federal election and welcomed the change with a forward looking Labor government and presented a debrief on the upcoming state election in Victoria in November and in March in NSW.

During comment/question time delegated welcomed the change of policy re Jerusalem by the Albanese government and urged for advocacy for the recognition of Palestine and concern on gross human rights violations of Palestinians by Israeli authorities.

Concern was raised against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate being espoused from India specially via social media and its effect on Indian diaspora in Australia affecting social cohesion and community harmony.

Maha Abdo talked about Muslim Women leadership and their empowerment and called for involvement and participation of women at all levels in the society providing them a safe space to live, work and play while mitigating domestic and family violence.

The 5th National Summit constituted a new AAM Board for a 3 year term that  consists of representatives from all states and territories, including the coordinators of each of the 6 committees.

The Alliance of Australian Muslims aims to meet in Sydney for the 6th AAM National Summit on the Sunday 29 October 2023.

The 5th AAM Summit passed the following motions:

  1. AAM members stress on the unity of the Muslim community is the utmost priority and objective and need to continue collaborating.
  2. AAM congratulates the recent federal elected two Muslim MPs and Ministers, the Hon. Ed Husic and the Hon. Dr. Anne Aly and two Muslim Senators, Senator Mehreen Faruqi and Senator Fatima Payman.
  3. AAM supports implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart and enshrining an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Australian Constitution.
  4. AAM supports the recognition of Palestine and the rights of the Palestinian people. AAM and the Australian Muslim community welcome the recent announcement of the Australian Government that it will no longer recognise West Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
    • AAM thanks the Prime Minister – Hon. Anthony Albanese, The Foreign Affairs Minister – Hon. Penny Wong, the Leader of the House – Hon. Tony Burke and the Government for this positive step and calls upon the Albanese Government to fulfil the election promise by recognising the State of Palestine.
  5. AAM asks for the removal of the legal and administrative category of ‘religious cause’ and ‘religiously motivated’ terrorism so that all terrorism is instead treated as ideological or political, thereby reducing the conflation of our religion as a cause for terrorism in the media, in politics, and online.
  6. AAM supports the need for religious freedom protections for faith communities to preach and advocate their faith and belief freely and openly. The right of parents and religious communities to send their children to schools that conform to their moral convictions be recognised as a human right. The ability of religious schools to adhere to their religious ethos should form part of the legislation’s human rights considerations
  7. AAM notes the disproportionate impact of terrorism laws on the Muslim community in terms of their legal, civil, and human rights. AAM requests the Australian Government review counter-terrorism laws to ensure compatibility with human rights, including the human rights of minors, and the human right to rehabilitation.
  8. AAM welcomes the Albanese Government’s plan to introduce a religious discrimination bill, including protections against discrimination and vilification.
  9. AAM believes it is vital that the Australian Government is transparent and consistent with its application of human rights norms toward foreign countries. Australia is a culturally diverse country. By defending international rules consistently, we uphold the dignity and humanity of the entire Australian community and thus reinforce social cohesion.
  10. AAM asks that the Australian Government uses levers of trade and diplomacy to advance human rights, including with countries it considers to be a partner. It should consider Magnitsky Act sanctions, trade conditions and condemnation for:
    1. Israel, which is engaged in illegal occupation of and expanding settlements on Palestinian territories, racial apartheid, the bombing of civilians and civilian infrastructure, and numerous human rights violations.
    2. China and introduce protections against imports made using forced labour, to defend Uyghurs.
    3. Myanmar in relation to their genocide and treatment of Rohingya people.
    4. India, which has allowed nationalist political rhetoric, widespread hate and laws that endanger minorities, including Muslims, and which continues the oppressive occupation of people in Kashmir.
  11. Commitment to developing and implementing a coordinated Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) 5-year action plan to improve the community’s responses for support, awareness and education, in line with National frameworks aligned with our Islamic traditions.
  12. AAM supports the action in combating climate change by stopping all new coal and gas projects and ending public subsidies to the fossil fuel sector.

AAM Board State Representatives:
1. Shadi Alsuleiman NSW Australian National Imams Council
2. Khalid Mousa NSW Alliance of Australian Muslims
3. Ertiz Chowdary NSW Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle
4. Mohamad Charchouh NSW United Muslims of Australia
5. Usaid Khalil NSW Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims

6. Tareq Khodr VIC Islamic Society of Victoria
7. Saara Sabbagh VIC Benevolence Australia
8. Moustafa Sarakibi VIC Board of Imams Victoria

9. Binil Kattiparambil QLD Queensland Muslims Inc
10. Rita Jabri Markwell QLD Australian Muslim Advocacy Network
11. Habib Jamal QLD Queensland Muslims Inc
12. Ali Kadri QLD Islamic School of Brisbane

13. Abdul Salam Durrani ACT Islamic Society Of Belconnen
14. Yusuf Mansuri ACT ACTMA

15. Hajrah Kamran NT The United Muslims of Northern Territory

16. Adel Razi NT The United Muslims of Northern Territory

17. AdnanAbu-Ajamieh SA Islamic Society of South Australia
18. Waleed Alkhazrajy SA Islamic Society of South Australia

19. Abdullah Khan WA Islamic Schools Association of Australia
20. WA

AAM Board Committee Representatives:
1. Preservation of Islamic Identity Anas Yaghmour
2. Media Representation Bilal Rauf
3. Defence of Muslim Rights Ramia Sultan
4. Public Relations Ahmed Bassal
5. Lobby and Political Advocacy Adel Salman
6. Muslim Women Advocacy Maha Abdo