Annual Islamic Conference.
In April 2011, the Annual Australian Islamic Conference (AAIC) was attended by some 3,000 delegates. The aim of the AAIC is to make positive dawah to the Australian Muslim community and broader Australian society. The conference raises awareness of topics and issues relevant to the Australian community, seeks to provide an intellectual framework within which to discuss and debate these important matters, and will provide a forum for the local community to be exposed to the best international and local speakers, da’ees, and scholars.
The conference is conducted over three days, usually over the Easter long weekend. The conference schedule includes lectures, workshops, and panel discussions. There is plenty of opportunity for delegates to engage with speakers and to ask questions.
The conference includes a “bazaar” area that contains a variety of stalls showcasing Muslim business and service organisations, as well as those non-Muslim organisations that are seeking to raise awareness amongst the Australian Muslim community. Delegates are able to purchase halal food from stalls at the venue. There are also facilities for delegates to make wudhu and to perform the prayers in congregation. Furthermore, the conference is a family-friendly environment such that parents who need to bring their children with them are able to do so.