Muslims in Australia have a long and varied history that is thought to predate European settlement. Some of Australia’s earliest visitors were Muslims from east Indonesia and Muslims from Indonesia have been coming to Australia for many years and they made contact with indigenous Australians as early as 16th and 17th centuries.
During the colonial period, some 200 years ago, Muslim immigrants from coastal Africa and island territories under the British Empire.
The first significant Muslim population was formed with the arrival of Afghan cameleers who were brought from the then India to help open up the interior of the country.
Islam in South Australia, for example, dates back to 1865, when 31 camel handlers arrived in Adelaide from several countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. The oldest mosque in the southern hemisphere built in 1888 is in Adelaide and it still serves the community today.
According to the 2016 Census, the size of Muslim population in Australia is 604,200 or 2.6% of the population.
Muslims in Australia are a minority religious group and Islam is only the fourth largest religious grouping in the country.
Muslims from more than 60 different countries have now made Australia home.
The Muslim community is fragmented further by being the most racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse religious grouping in Australia
The Australian Muslim community is fragmented into sectarian divisions of what each sect defines as Islam
There are so Muslim organisations representing small groups / societies of Muslims, often based on country of origin
There is so little unity (if at all any) between Muslim communities on a common platform that is actively promoting the social, economic, and professional development of Muslims in Australia
There is often open animosity and public disagreement between Muslim communities based very often on sectarian and ethnic divisions
Muslims in Australia do NOT have a clear IDENTITY
It is NOT because others don’t want to recognise Muslims as ONE community. Muslims ourselves have NOT created ONE clear identity just as Muslims.
Muslims have been in Australia for so long. The population of Muslins in Australia is growing. But the DIVISIONS between us is also growing.
We have come to Australia. Most of us are quite happy and contented with our own homes, our own jobs, our own little circle of friends, our own business, our own little societies, and our own little food fairs and gatherings we hold from time to time
Most of us DO NOT STOP FOR A MOMENT TO THINK ABOUT OR WORRY ABOUT WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF US AND OUR CHILDREN AS MUSLIMS IN AUSTRALIA.
It is alright to be proud of our ethnic origins. But MUSLIMS IN AUSTRALIA DO NOT HAVE ONE SINGLE IDENTITY AS MUSLIMS
Muslims have been in Australia for more than 100 years. But WHAT DO WE HAVE TO SHOW FOR IT AS A SINGLE MUSLIM COMMUNITY?
MUSLIM YOUTHS have unique difficulties in coming to terms with their identity, especially when they have conflicting value systems at home compared with school or work
Without one single identity as Muslims in Australia, our future and the future of our children and youths are in real danger. We will remain:
Weak and without one strong united voice
Without a sense of purpose,
With no desire coming from within us to make our community and our rights count
Our future will become the same story as the Afghan camellias who came to Australia more than 100 years ago
We need to build and gain our identity a MUSLIMS IN AUSTRALIA
Our differences should enrich us and strengthen us as one community united by our Kalimah
We can look back with nostalgia and sentiment to our past and countries of origin. But we must look forward with pride, hope, confidence, and Iman to our future as a community - Muslims in Australia AND Muslims FOR Australia.
We must look at Australia as our beloved country that we will fight for and die defending it if comes to it
We need a COMMON PLATFORM to provide the opportunity for ALL Muslims in Australia to be able to come together freely to develop and progress and promote a whole range of activities covering every aspect from:
Business and Investment
Rapport and Bonding with all Australians
Education and Training
Muslims acknowledge and respect the contribution of all other Australians
Muslims want to join hands and contribute along with all Australians
We acknowledge and respect the contribution of all Muslims, Muslim Organisations and Islamic Movements
We wish provide a platform for all Muslims, Muslim Organisations and Islamic Movements to join hands and together commit to contribute to Australia
To make the Australia we love Peaceful and Prosperous for all Australians M4A is NOT a society or an organisation belonging to any one individual, or group, or ethnic community, or organisation, or sect in or outside Australia. M4A is merely a common PLATFORM for ALL Muslim individuals and groups and organisations IN Australia to come together to strive for the common goal of building and reinforcing the IDENTITY of all Muslims in Australia as AUSTRALIAN MUSLIMS and part of the AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY.
BUILDING AND PROTECTING THE FUTURE MUSLIM GENERATION’s IDENTITY: PROUD TO BE AUSTRALIAN MUSLIMS
SAFEGUARDING OUR COMMUNITY’s VALUES.
MOBILISING OUR RESOURCES AND TALENTS TO CONTRIBUTE MEANINGFULLY TO BUILD AUSTRALIA’S BRIGHT FUTURE FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS.