Sheik Taj El-Din Hilaly was appointed Grand Mufti of Australia by Queensland’s long serving Imam Abdul Taub Raza at Logan Mosque in Brisbane on Friday.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara) Hilaly was apparently reluctant to take the role of Grand Mufti of Australia, a position he last held 11 years ago before he stepped down amid a series of controversies. A source from within the Muslim community told the publication the outspoken Mufti only accepted the role after he was ‘pressured’ from community leaders.
‘They were begging him,’ the source told The Daily Telegraph. ‘They said he is the only person who can clean up this position.’ The outspoken sheik stepped down as Australia’s Grand Mufti in 2007 after he caused offences with a series of controversial comments.
In 2006, he caused outrage after he said women who do not wear the veil are like ‘uncovered meat’ who attract sexual predators. And then in 2007, he upset critics by saying Muslims are more Australian than those with convict ancestors, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The move to reinstate Mr Hilaly comes just days after he reposted a comment from 2016 on social media that called for the position of Grand Mufti to be abolished. However, a former spokesperson for Mr Hilaly, Keysar Trad, told the publication the decision to reappoint him had been on the cards for several months.
‘Discontent has grown over what many in the community see as an exclusive club with musical chairs, known as the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and the position of Grand Mufti,’ Mr Trad said.
While Mr Hilaly has agreed to take on the role, Imam Abdul Quddoos told The Daily Telegraph his appointment won’t be finalised until Imams meet in Sydney next week. Mr Hilaly was chosen for the role because he ‘is the most capable person in Australia’, he added.
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