Workshop seven highlights

6th November, 2014

The seventh workshop of the National Imams Consultative Forum (NICF) was held on 6th November, 2014 in Melbourne.  A total of 7 imams attended from around Australia.

The purpose of the one day workshop was to develop a range of responses to a number of issues of interest to the community, with the intention of forming the basis of a resource that could be used by imams and relevant parties.

The imams’ main focus was to address the various issues through an Australian imam’s perspective with supporting Islamic legal or theological arguments. The issues were discussed over three sessions, they include: the caliphate, citizenship and emigration for session one; jihad and rebellion for session two; and takfir, forced conversion and slavery for session three.

The imams concluded the session discussing about compiling a resource document and its structure. Given the scope of the project, imams were in agreement in preparing two types of documents; first being a brief overview addressing key questions such as a frequently asked question guide/sheet followed by an extensive report with relevant details including Islamic theological and legal arguments as well as modern day commentary.