Statement on His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia

11 July 2018

Today we acknowledge the passing of His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi.

His vision as Grand Mufti of Australia spoke eloquently and with great authenticity to every audience he encountered. In doing so his words had a profound effect on those before him. He could communicate with grace and clarity on issues that impacted all communities.

We would also like to recognise his previous contribution as President of the Australian National Imams Council, and his sustained service to the community, which will be greatly missed.

On behalf of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, I would like to express our deepest condolences to his friends, family, the Muslim community and all Australians who have been deeply saddened by his passing.

While we mourn the loss of this great spiritual leader, his legacy will live on through the goodwill and contribution of Muslim Australians, especially his work with young people, the torch-bearers of an inclusive Victoria.

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