Inspired by Holy Quran and the Sunnah (exemplary teachings) of the Prophet Muhammad SAW, Board of Imams Victoria envisages to build a religiously upright, virtuous and just Muslim community in Victoria that is empowered, socially fair and responsible.
Our mission is to;
- bring unity and solidarity among the Imams and Islamic scholars.
- disseminate authentic Islamic teachings
- provide religious and pastoral care and services to all.
- reach out to youth, women and marginalised members of our community
- facilitate community support programs
- strive to build a cohesive and peaceful society in Victoria.
We are committed to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an, the Sunnah (the exemplary conducts) of the Prophet Muhammad SAW and universal Islamic values most specifically;
- Compassion (Rahma)– We believe and value in the divine attribute of compassion and mercifulness. We try to render our services with compassion and avoid prejudice in our dealings with members of our community.
- Sincerity (Ikhlas) – Our efforts are driven by sincerity to Allag SWT and the need to fulfil our obligations to humanity.
- Excellence (Ihsan) – Our actions are marked by excellence in our operations and the conduct through which we help the deserving people we serve.
- Custodianship (Amana) – We uphold our duty of custodianship over Earth and its resources, and the trust people and stakeholders place in us and to be transparent and accountable.
- Social Justice (Adl) –Our work is founded on enabling to fulfil the rights of every individual. We work to empower the dispossessed towards realising their God-given human potential and develop their capabilities and resources.
Board of Imams Victoria (BOIV) was established in 1984 by a handful of Imams who have dedicated their life to serve the Muslim community in Victoria. It was the first Imams board in Australia. At the time of its foundation there was only handful of registered members. Namely Sheikh Rexhep Idrisi (President), Sheikh Fehmi Naji Imam Rahimahulklah (Secretary) Shk. Ibrahim Omerdic, Shk. Abdullah Mahmud Shk. Hassan El Wafai and Shk. Eljam Bardi. As of today the BOIV have 42 registered member Imams.
The first Constitution believed to be adopted by the BOIV on the 30th of August 1990 sets out the basic rules to govern its affairs.
The BOIV was registered as an incorporated organisation on 1ST December 2003 under Consumer affairs Victoria (CAV). At the time of the registration no legally compliant constitution was adopted. The management and administrative affairs of the BOIV was governed by ‘model rules’ as required by Association Incorporation Act.
For the first time the BOIV adopted a legally binding constitution in December 2016. It was a legal requirement under the Association Incorporation Reform Act 2012. The affairs of the BOIV are now governed by this constitution. Under the law the BOIV is now a ‘legal person’ that is a legal entity that stays the same even if its members change. It can enter into contracts in its own name; for example to borrow money or buy equipments.
On 1st of October 2017 the BOIV was registered under ACNC Charity Register. Australian Charities and Not-for- Profit Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. The ACNC was established in December 2012 to achieve the following objects:
- maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased accountability and transparency
- support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative not-for-profit sector
- promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the sector.
Compliance with legal and regulatory framework that governs not-for-profit organisation was necessary to build BOIV’s capacity to raise funds, receive grants from Government and run community projects efficiently.