About Us

This is official website of Pimpinan Cabang Istimewa Muhammadiyah (PCIM) Australia it is not for profit organisation for Muhammadiyah community in Australia. Central board of PCIM Australia located in Victoria.

PCIM Australia is one of amongst 28 Special Branches of Muhammadiyah Organisation across the world.

Our parent organization Muhammadiyah was established in 1912 by Kyai Hajj Ahmad Dahlan in the city of Yogyakarta as ‘a reformist socioreligious movement, advocating ijtihad – individual interpretation of Qur’an and Sunnah, as opposed to Taqlid – conformity to the traditional interpretations propounded by the ulama.’ (*)

Muhammadiyah is one of the biggest modernist Islamic based non-governmental organization in Indonesia that faithfully follows the school of thought of Ahlus-Sunnah (Sunni Islam) and devotes itself to education, health and social activities.

The organisation owns over than 5000 primary and secondary schools, as well as over 175 universities & colleges in Indonesia. Some of Muhammadiyah’s school and universities located in eastern part of Indonesia are fully enrolled by non-Muslim students. Furthermore, Muhammadiyah is a charitable organisation & owns several hundred non-profit medical clinics and hospital across Indonesia. Read Muhammadiyah’s profile to learn more.

PCIM Australia was first initiated in 2005, by International students from Indonesia and local residents. Eventually it was formalized as PCIM Australia by Pimpinan Pusat (Central Board of) Muhammadiyah on the 4th June 2010 – Decission Letter Number 118/KEP/I.0/2010

We have representative branches in other states called ‘Special Branch / Pimpinan Ranting Istimewa (PRIM)’ in such as:

  • PRIM New South Wales
  • PRIM Queensland
  • PRIM Western Australia (currently in the process of establishing)

PCIM Australia often colaborates with other community groups for religious and social activities such as Halaqa, Clean – Up Australia Day, Talk event in various topic inviting expert in the field, Natural Disaster Fundraising, Donation collection and distribution to local communities specially during pandemic. We would love to collaborate more in the future with like minded people / organisation, to grow together, building the bridges of communication, solidarity and understanding in Australian society.

The History of Muhammadiyah

Kauman Grand (Sultanate) Mosque, Yogyakarta, Centra Java, Indonesia

Muhammadiyah was founded in Kauman Village, Yogyakarta, on Dzulhijjah 8, 1330 in Islamic calendar or November 18, 1912 by a man named Muhammad Darwis, who is at a later time known as Kyai Hajj Ahmad Dahlan.

He used to be a royal servant in Yogyakarya Sultanate Royal Palace in charge of being a preacher, and he also worked as a trader.  Seeing a rigid, obstinate condition of Muslims at that moment full of mystical rituals, he was touched to urge people to go back to real Islamic teachings based on Al Qur’an and Hadist (the sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad). Therefore, at the breaks of his activity as a preacher and trader, he taught religious teachings at home.

Initially, people declined his teaching; however, owing to his patience and resilience, his family and close friends gradually accepted it. His trading occupation truly supported his urging, so in a short time his teachings went beyond Kauman Village, reaching outside the region and even Java Island. To organize his activities, he founded Muhammadiyah organization that nowadays exists nationwide.   

Apart from giving lessons/knowledge to men, KHA Dahlan also taught women in a study forum called “Sidratul Muntaha”. At daybreak, he taught male and female children, and he taught grown-ups at night.

KHA Dahlan led Muhammadiyah from 1912 to 1922, the period still using organizational yearly meeting system. On the 11th meeting, Muhammadiyah was under KH Ibrahim’s chairmanship until 1934. In 1926, annual meeting changed to yearly congress that at a later time changed to every-3-year congress. Today, Muhammadiyah congress is held every 5 year.