A mosque in Auckland has been shut down indefinitely following violent attacks and the declaration of jihad, or holy war, by waring Muslim factions against private security staff hired to guard the premises.
NZ Herald (h/t Colin W) Bill Frost, who leads the Global Security Intelligence team at the Avondale Islamic Centre, was assaulted twice on Sunday and said he feared for his life and the safety of his family after one worshipper threatened him with jihad. High fences, seven security guards and two police officers were yesterday seen on the site as worshippers were turned away from afternoon prayers.
The New Zealand Muslim Association, which owns the property, said it was shutting down the centre until further notice because of safety concerns.
The centre’s administrator was brutally beaten two weeks ago after issuing trespass orders to a Salafist imam and some of his supporters, and spent 10 days in hospital with fractures and eye injuries.
Mr Frost said he was assaulted twice as he was handing out six trespass orders to people causing trouble at the Blockhouse Bay Rd mosque on Sunday. “A man spat at me and another struck me, and there was no reply from me,” he said. One of the men then started shaking and chanting in Arabic, and Mr Frost heard some others saying the man was declaring a jihad.
“My understanding of jihad is that it is a religious assassination notice, I take this threat really seriously … and I’ll be acutely aware of the vulnerability of up to seven children in my home,” said Mr Frost.
“It appears that these [people] are radical fundamentalists … to actually put a jihad on a New Zealand citizen trying to enforce New Zealand law is ludicrous.”
Two Islamic factions have been embroiled in a battle for control at the mosque for over two years.