The Australian National Imams Council – a peak leadership body of Australian Muslims, attests that Before 1770, Muslims engaged with the Aboriginal people of this land. The Council supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
ANIC Endorses The Uluru Statement
Since the European settlement in Australia, the land we stand on today was deemed ‘terra nullias’ meaning no one’s land. The Aboriginal people have been the inhabitants of this land for thousands of years.
The Uluru Statement states:
“Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years “
Before 1770, Muslims engaged with the Aboriginal people of this land. They shared resources, engaged in trade and had a respectful relationship. It is a rich history and proud moment for both the Aboriginal and Muslim community. We continue with this respectful engagement and relationship. Therefore, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) proudly endorses the Uluru statement on behalf of the past and the present Australian Muslims.
Take some time to read ‘The Uluru statement: from the heart’ to reflect on the history of this country. https://ulurustatement.org/the-statement