Let’s Introduce Ourselves

Let’s Introduce Ourselves

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) is the central and peak Islamic body that holds key representation from Australian-based Muslim Imams, scholars and clerics. Registered as a public company, ANIC was established in 2006 as an umbrella organisation consisting of a Council of Imams, representing each Australian state and territory.

ANIC aims to preserve mainstream understanding and teachings of Islam in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah, and the traditional understanding of the Muslim scholars, both past and present. Also, it seeks to unite the Councils of Imams of the various Australian states and territories by streamlining their activities and those of other respected scholars and clerics. It therefore represents the wider interests of the Australian Muslim community in different domains, thereby, leading to greater benefits to all constituencies.

ANIC is governed by a General Assembly of member imams, electing an ANIC executive board of 20 members representing all state imams councils every three-years.

At ANIC’s Inaugural General Assembly Meeting held in March of 2006 in Sydney, a key resolution was passed to empower the executive board to elect and appoint the position of the Grand Mufti of Australia.

Who We Are

Unity - Vision - Strength

ANIC is currently the sole national organisation of Imams and Islamic Scholars with a broad community representation. This places the Council in a unique position of officially representing the wider interests of the Australian Muslim Community. The ANIC members are involved in the day-to-day affairs of the Islamic community and in addressing and assisting in the affairs and concerns of the growing Muslim community.

The vision of the ANIC is to be a leading national body representing mainstream Islam in Australia. ANIC aims to utilise the skills, qualifications and expertise of imams, Islamic scholars and prominent community members to promote and contribute to the betterment of the Australian Muslim community and the wider Australian society at large.

The mission of ANIC is to provide religious leadership, rulings and services to the Muslim community in Australia by supporting local Islamic organisations, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other faith communities and the wider Australian society in an effort to promote harmony and cooperation.

Membership is open to all qualified Imams who are active in the affairs of the Muslim community.

Currently, there are over 250 registered Imams with ANIC as active members from all the Australian states and territories.
To become a member of ANIC you must be a member of the state Council of Imams. In the case where there is no state Council of Imams, i.e. NT and TAS, then you can apply directly to ANIC by completing the online nomination form:

ANIC Organisation Chart


ANIC Executive Committee

Executive Committee Members 2021-2024 including the Grand Mufti of Australia, Imam Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed From NSW

Imams Name  State  Position
1.                   Imam Shadi Alsuleiman NSW President
2.                   Imam Tahar Mechraou NSW Vice President
3.                 Imam Majidih Essa VIC Secretary
4.                   Imam Saeed Warsama Bulhan VIC Assistant Secretary
5.                  Imam Jalal Chami NSW Treasurer
6. Imam Imran Hussain QLD Assistant Treasurer
7.                   Imam Ibrahim Dadoun NSW Executive Committee Member
8. Imam Osman Boyaci NSW Executive Committee Member
9.                Imam Moustapha Sarakibi VIC Executive Committee Member
10.    Imam Isse Musse VIC Executive Committee Member
11.                Imam Abdulsalam Alim SA Executive Committee Member
12.                Imam Burhaan Mehtar WA Executive Committee Member
13.                Imam Ahmed Abdo NSW Executive Committee Member – Council of Imams NSW Chairman
14.                Imam Khalil Hamid VIC Executive Committee Member – Board of Imams VIC Chairman
15.                Imam Yusuf Peer QLD Executive Committee Member – Council of Imams QLD Chairman
16.                Imam Amin Abu Samaha SA Executive Committee Member – Council of Imams SA Chairman
17. Imam Faizel Ghafoor WA Executive Committee Member – Council of Imams WA Chairman
18. Imam Adam Konda ACT Executive Committee Member – Council of Imams ACT Chairman