One blog post can’t even begin to tell the story of all the amazing Australian Muslims who have achieved wonderful things. There are just too many to mention. But we have to start somewhere, so we are starting with a list of 75 Aussie Muslims who have made us proud.
Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah
Randa has written 11 books, including Does My Head Look Big in This? Her books have won many awards and she is currently researching the generational impact of the war on terror. You can follow her work at @RandaAFattah.
Aziza is founder and President of the Muslim Women’s National Network. She helps all Australians, both Muslim and non-Muslim, to understand the ways that Islamic texts have been interpreted incorrectly in relation to the role of women.
Yassmin regularly commentates on news and current affairs for the BBC and Aljazeera and has hosted numerous podcasts. You can follow Yasmin on LinkedIn.
Ian was an Ngarrindjeri man from South Australia, whose naive art works have been exhibited around the world. They are on permanent display at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Leila has received a number of awards, including the Centenary Medal, for her work with the Somali community and other immigrant groups.
Since being granted citizenship in 2013, Fawad has played for the Australian Cricket Team. He is now in the Trinbago Knight Riders Squad. You can follow Fawad on Twitter.
Shaniera is an Australian social worker living in Pakistan, often referred to as the Aussie Princess of Pakistan. She is doing wonderful work with The Akram Foundation.
Ameer is the former President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and was the chairman of the Australian Muslim Community Reference Group.
Dr Anne Aly MP
Anne Aly is a Labor politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2016. Anne is the first female Muslim federal parliament member. Connect with Anne on LinkedIn.
The well-known co-host of The Project, Waleed also writes and lectures in politics.
During his three year battle with cancer, Ali founded the Muslims Around the World Charity. Ali donated everything he had to help build schools, support widows, and repair mosques.
Mark Bin Baqar
Although best known as his radio and television character, Mary G, Mark also campaigns for indigenous rights. Follow Mark on LinkedIn.
Amir is the Director of the Australian Muslim Public Affairs Committee. His views on vilification based on religion are often quoted by media and parliament.
Susan teaches at Monash University and focuses on Muslim women and Muslims in Australia. She often appears on television and radio. Connect with Susan on LinkedIn.
Selma is a Managing Editor at IslamOnline and has written a number of books, including Islamic children’s stories.
Noor is a founding member of the Australian Islamic Foundation Inc and is the Principal at MLC Lawyers in Melbourne. Connect with Noor on LinkedIn.
Hanifa’s book, The Jihad Seminar, won the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and was shortlisted for a Human Rights Award.
Billel Babyface Dib is a super-featherweight champion boxer who also does community work for Islamic Care, helping disabled refugees in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.
Bilal ‘Billy’ Dib is a two time world champion boxer and is the WBC Australasian Champion.
Jihad Dib MP
Jihad is the Member of Parliament for Lakemba in the New South Wales Parliament. Follow Jihad on Twitter.
Mehmet is a former Socceroos player who now coaches Perak FC in the Malaysian Super League.
Tarek is an Australian international footballer who plays with the Mt Druitt Town Rangers.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi
Mehreen is a Senator for NSW with the Greens. Follow her here.
Ahmed is the CEO and Managing Director of Latitude Financial Services, and former CEO of Australia Post. Ahmed is on LinkedIn.
Blake is a rugby league player who plays for the Parramatta Eels and Australia. He’s also an amateur boxer.
Friedrich von Frankenburg
Also known by his Sufi name of Sheikh Momin, Friedrich helped bring Sufism to Australia in the 1930s.
Payne plays for the Brisbane Broncos and for Australia. He has represented NSW in the State of Origin.
Emeritus Professor Riaz Hassan AM, FASSA
Riaz was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his work as a researcher, teacher, and author. Connect with Riaz on LinkedIn.
Yahya El Hindi
Born in Australia, Yahya has dual citizenship with Lebanon and plays football for the Lebanon national team.
An Aussie Rules player, Bachar has been in three premierships with the Richmond Football Club.
Sabrina won Miss World Australia in 2006, and is now an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Connect with Sabrina on LinkedIn.
The Honourable Ed Husic MP
Ed Husic is a Member of the Australian Parliament for Chifley. His LinkedIn profile can be found here.
Nazeem created and starred in two comedy shows: Legally Brown and Orange is the New Brown. You can follow Nazeem on Twitter.
Associate Professor Rafat Hussain
Rafat is a physician who specialises in population health. Her research is widely cited. Connect with Rafat on LinkedIn.
Silma founded the Noor Al Houda Islamic College in Sydney. She has written two books and starred in the documentary “Silma’s School”. Connect with Silma on LinkedIn.
The founder of Crazy John’s mobile phones.
Seri Wati Iku
Seri is President of the Cocos Islands Shire Council. Only a few women have served on this Council since it was formed almost 30 years ago.
Safwan is an Olympic Taekwondo athlete who competed for the bronze medal in the London Olympics.
Sham plays goalkeeper for Canberra United in the W-League. Follow Sham on Twitter.
Sham’s sister Leena also plays for Canberra United. Follow Leena on Twitter too!
Adib has written 5 novels, including Seasonal Adjustments. His works have won him many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book.
Usman is a left-handed batsman who represents Queensland and Australia in cricket. Follow him on Twitter.
Stephanie is breaking barriers in the dance world as she works towards being the first Hijabi professional dancer. Follow her progress on Twitter.
Before he was a Greens politician, Mohammed raced his way around Australia in The Amazing Race Australia.
Rashid is a central midfielder who played for Melbourne Victory for a number of years.
Sallay was a cameleer who helped Robyn Davidson in her 1977 expedition. She wrote about Sallay in her book, Tracks.
Carmen became Australia’s first world taekwondo champion after winning gold at the 2013 World Taekwondo Championships.
Hazem El Masri
Hazem is known as one of the greatest rugby league goal kickers of all time. He is also well known for his community work.
Zachariah is an educator who is involved with several community groups and is the Director of Just Media Advocacy.
An artist is known for his political content, Azlan’s work has stirred some debate.
A boxer and former rugby league player, Anthony is a well known and somewhat controversial figure in Australia.
Saeed founded CharterNet and is the Chief Financial Officer of Crescent Wealth, Australia’s only Islamic Super Fund.
Khoder is a sporting agent who represents Sonny Bill Williams.
Cory is both a professional rugby league player and a professional boxer.
Aamer is a comedian who teams up with Nazeer Hussain to form Fear of a Brown Planet.
Jamal is a GP who won the Australian newspaper’s Australian of the Year title in 2015 and received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2017.
Fariha writes about her experience as a queer Muslim woman. You can find out more here.
Adam is an Aussie Rules footballer who plays for Carlton, and one of two practicing Muslims in the AFL.
Fatma is the Business Operations Manager for Crescent Wealth and is the National Coordinator of the Crescent Foundation.
Osamah’s book Good Muslim Boy won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2016.
Aidan is a rugby league player who has played for the Indigenous All Stars and the Huddersfield Giants.
Shanina is a model who has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Maxim. Follow Shanina on Twitter.
Captain Mona Shindy
Mona is a Captain in the Royal Australian Australian Navy and the most senior Muslim serving in the force.
Sedat was the first Muslim to play senior level AFL. He played for the Western Bulldogs between 1995 and 1998.
Jessica Smith OAM
Jessica is a Paralympic swimmer who received the Medal of The Order of Australia. Follow her work on LinkedIn.
Maha became a police officer in Victoria in 2004, and then became the first police officer allowed to wear a Muslim hijab as part of her uniform.
Mehmet was a Senator for Victoria with the Australian Labor Party.
Born in a refugee camp, Esma went on to become Miss World Australia in 2017.
Sonny Bill Williams
Once a professional rugby union player, Sonny Bill now plays professional rugby league.
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Samina is the Director of the Centre for the Muslim States and Societies. She writes on the role of Muslims in Australia. Follow Samina on LinkedIn.
Professor Talal Yassine OAM
Irfan is a social commentator and author who campaigns against violence against women, especially in the Muslim community. Follow Irfan on LinkedIn.
Adam is a coach with the Hawthorn Football Club, and used to play for Melbourne.
Aheda is a fashion designer who designed the ‘hijood’ and the ‘burkini’ so that Muslim girls and women can play sports.
Haneen plays for the AFL Women’s Greater Western Sydney Giants and was nominated for a Women’s Rising Star award in 2019.
Which Australian Muslims Have We Missed?
75 is a great start to a list of influential Australian Muslims, but we’d love to make it to 100. Can you help us out? Let us know who we should add to our list. Let’s make it huge!
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