Mesihat Bosnian Islamic Council of Australia was formed in 1994. It later became an association incorporated in NSW, Australia and it is also registered as a charity organization. Mesihat is structured as an umbrella organization comprising six (6) independent Bosnian Islamic Societies (mosques) that operate in all major Australian cities. It provides limited representation on behalf of its member societies in relation to some activities involving dealings with the Supreme Islamic Council (Rijaset) of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  • Mesihat assists its member societies across Australia in relation to the appointments of new imams (religious ministers) from Bosnia-Herzegovina when and if that becomes necessary.
  • Mesihat also coordinates the provision of an educational material in Bosnian language (textbooks – ilmihals, sufara) for the Bosnian children attending Islamic Sunday Schools (mektebs).
  • Mesihat organises conferences, lectures, seminars and coordinates visits to Australia by religious scholars, dignitaries and intellectuals from Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Mesihat coordinates the annual project of Zakat and Sadaqatul-Fitr collection (Almsgiving) on behalf of Rijaset in Sarajevo. The major beneficiary of this project is the central body of the Islamic community in Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina. This type of humanitarian activity has been a common practice across the Bosnian Diaspora network for many decades. Rijaset in Sarajevo has established a special office to deal with its Diaspora network. This office is directly responsible and reports to the Supreme Head of the Islamic Community in Bosnia-Herzegovina , H.E. Mr Husein ef Kavazovic, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Mesihat coordinates the Qurbani project (Annual slaughter of sheep) in conjunction with other humanitarian organizations and subsequently distributes the sheep meat to the Bosnian Islamic schools across Bosnia-Herzegovina, thus providing the important food supply to the students of those schools. The part of the meat slaughtered is also distributed to the poor segments of the population in Bosnia.
  • In addition, significant portion of the meat shipment is also sent as a donation to the needy Muslims in a natural disaster affected areas of Muslim world. This part of the project is conducted by utilising larger and more experienced relief organizations such as Human Appeal International.
  • Mesihat has been actively involved in the interfaith dialogue and community harmony and peace-building activities. So far the representatives of Mesihat have delivered presentations or participated in various forums, conferences and seminars organised under the auspices of the following organizations in Australia:
  • World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) – Australian branch, Shalom College (UNSW), Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Australian Intercultural Society, Australian Islamic Friendship Association, The Feza Foundation, International and Interrelations Federation for World Peace (IIFWP), Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and many other likeminded organisation.
  • Mesihat occasionally publishes or broadcasts its views on the importance of peace, tolerance and the community harmony in Australia. Its message is usually published in the Bosnian print media and various radio programs across Australia that broadcast it in the Bosnian language.

Jasmin Bekric