The Australian National Imams Council rushed to minimize the fallout from Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed’s comments re: Islamophobia and racism (What ‘race’ is Islam?) as being the cause of the Paris Islamic terror attacks which so far have killed 132 and critically injured many.
Daily Telegraph Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamed drew criticism following the attacks for dismissing anti-terror strategies as ineffective, while saying the focus should be on racism, Islamophobia, foreign policies and military intervention.
One of the people who led the chorus of voices slamming Dr Mohammed was radio broadcaster Ray Hadley. The 2GB morning presenter also called for the Grand Mufti’s resignation.
Hadley made the comments on Channel Nine’s Today on Tuesday morning and also claimed Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed did not attend the funeral service of police accountant Curtis Cheng who died after he was shot dead by teenage terrorist Farhad Jabar.
‘He [Dr Mohammed] didn’t attend Curtis Cheng’s funeral service. That was a disgrace. He should have been there representing the Muslim people given the poor man died at the hands of a Muslim terrorist,’ the outspoken presenter said.
In response, the Council said in a statement on Wednesday the reference to causative factors was not justification for the acts of terrorism. While not specifically condemning the Paris attacks, Dr Mohamed had “consistently and unequivocally” condemned all forms of terrorist violence, the council said.
The council referred to a 2014 statement from the Grand Mufti that stated Islamic State were criminals “committing crimes against humanity and sins against God”.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed the Grand Mufti snubbed a requiem mass for the victims of the Paris attacks and refused to explain why he would not condemn the extremists who carried out the horrific killings.
Three years ago the Mufti led a delegation to meet leaders of Hamas in the Gaza strip and said he was pleased to be “in the land of jihad”. But unlike the Grand Mufti, even the leaders of Hamas denounced the Paris attacks.
And after police accountant Curtis Cheng was shot in Parramatta last month, Dr Mohammed refused to call the shooting an act of terror because he was “not an investigative body”.
However, he did find time to fly to Mecca last year to meet the region’s most influential leaders and sign an agreement, under the banner of his own Australian Islamic Culture Establishment, to divide and conquer the multimillion-dollar halal certification market.
Muslims who are outraged that the Daily Telegraph dared to compare the Mufti to a monkey, (Yes, very insulting to monkeys) hurry in to say he didn’t say what everyone heard him say…and accuse the media of a “smear” job against all Muslims.