The two day national convention, first of its kind in Australia, held in Sydney last weekend Sat 30 Sep to Sun 1 Oct hosted by Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims, was a resounding success owing to overwhelming response by the Muslim community.

IFAM, a grass root non-profit national organisation managed  to stage an extravaganza with cooperation from Muslim organisations, institutions and businesses showcasing distinguished local speakers including scholars, politicians and activists as well as overseas guests, specially Sheikh Dr Yasir Qadhi being the main drawcard.

During the deliberations at the 2-day convention, a number of speakers called on the audience to vote YES at the upcoming indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum scheduled for Saturday 14 October 2023.

The IFAM Convention 2023 was a groundbreaking event that brought together Australian Muslims from diverse backgrounds to explore the multifaceted theme of  the convention “Australian Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Attendees lauded these sessions for providing valuable insights into the challenges faced by Western Muslims while living with freedom with rule of law and enjoying  the blessings of diversity, equal opportunity and pursuit of knowledge.

Dr Yasir Qadhi, a distinguished scholar and preacher from the US, hailed the convention as a historic event for Australian Muslims, heralding it as a beacon of success for future generations and a means to illuminate the path of for living Islam in Australia.

Mr Rais Kan, President of IFAM thanked his dedicated large team for their tireless efforts selflessly for the pleasure of Allah in order to make the event a great success.

With the success of this initiative and experimentation, it is anticipated that IFAM will now be highly encouraged to make this an annual feature with bigger, better and more effective conventions in future.

A number of federal and state ministers, parliamentarians and mayors of various local councils also addressed the audience during the opening session of the IFAM convention on Saturday 30 September.

A breakfast reception for overseas and local community leaders and interstate delegates was held on Sunday morning 1 October at Rydges Hotel Parramatta where after introduction Dr Yasir Qadhi gave his keynote address.

He advised the Muslim community leaders to seize the moment at this relatively early stage of community development in Australia, use their freedoms and guide the future generations to live Islam in this lucky country, learning from the experience, achievements as well as the mistakes from Muslim communities in North America and Europe.

The 2- day convention was attended by Australians, regardless of their background and experienced the unique environment of peace and security while listening to enlightened addresses by a wide range of speakers including:

  • Sheikh Dr Yasir Qadhi: An American preacher, theologian, and chair of the Fiqh Council of North America. Yasir Qadhi holds expertise in Islamic theology and contemporary Muslim issues.
  • Mr Rais Khan: A civil engineer and the current President of IFAM, Rais Khan has been an active member of the organization for over 15 years. He is dedicated to promoting the comprehensive message of Islam in Australia.
  • Sheikh Abdool Rahman: A graduate of the Islamic University in Madinah Munawwarah, specializing in Islamic Inheritance. He currently serves as the chairman of the Shari’ah Council of the Islamic Circle of North America.
  • Sheikh Muhammad Saad Nomani: A remarkable reciter of the Quran with a strong academic background in Islamic Studies.
  • Sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman: A prominent Imam, community leader, and preacher based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of the United Muslims of Australia (UMA) and currently serves as the President of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC).
  • Sheikh Bilal Dannoun: A renowned Marriage Counselor & Islamic Consultant in Sydney, who will be delivering a lecture on “Relationships – challenges in finding a spouse and challenges in keeping a spouse.”
  • Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim: A specialist in Spirituality and the Qur’an, educated in Tafsir, Fiqh, and Hadith with scholars from Hijaz and Egypt.
  • Sheikh Dr Shabbir Ahmed: A prominent Islamic scholar dedicated to providing Islamic service, assistance, and guidance to the Muslim community. He is the president of the former Al-Tadhkeer Society and the founder of Masjid Qubaa.
  • Sheikhah Umm Jamaal ud-Din: An Australian revert to Islam with a deep understanding of Fiqh and Usul-al Fiqh. She has been a teacher of various Shariah sciences for almost 20 years and is an official member of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC).
  • Ms Ramia Abdo Sultan: A lawyer, community advocate, and Community Relations Advisor to the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC).
  • Mr Waseem Rizvi: The Founder and President of the Islamic Research & Educational Academy (IREA) and an Electronics Engineer by profession. He is an exceptional presenter of Islam to non-Muslims in Australia.
  • Imam Adama Konda: A full-time Imam at Canberra Islamic Centre (CIC).
  • Mr Anthony Mundine: An Australian former professional boxer and rugby league footballer who converted to Islam in 1999.
  • Sheikh Farhaan Khalil: The Imam and Chaplain at Australian International Academy, Kellyville.

A number of delegates from New Zealand, US, Canada, UK, South Africa, Pakistan, India and Japan also attended the IFAM Convention and addressed the audience introducing their organisations and sharing their experience of community building.