* Gee, these filthy kuffars are so simple minded! They can’t even tell the difference between terrorism and jihad! But wait, its only a matter of time before we will rule, and rule we must. Because Islam must dominate and not be dominated…
Sheikh Al Hilali has rejected suggestions he should be deported. (File photo) (AFP)
Sydney Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taj El din Al Hilali, has arrived back in Australia from overseas, insisting he is not a supporter of terrorism.
Speaking at Sydney Airport, Sheikh Al Hilali vowed to assist any investigation into his activities, after allegations he gave money to the proscribed terrorist wing of Hezbollah.
It has been alleged a portion of $70,000 raised by the Australian Lebanese community and spent by Sheikh Al Hilali during a visit to Lebanon, was given to the proscribed terrorist wing of Hezbollah.
Sheikh Al Hilali told reporters he does not support terrorism and rejected suggestions from politicians that he should be deported.
He says he is happy to cooperate with an investigation by Australian Federal Police (AFP) but he dismissed the claims.
“It is unbecoming to accuse a champion of peace of giving money to anyone involved with terrorism – it is silly,” he said.
* Peace in Islam? That will never be. For the Muhammedans Peace only comes when all unbelievers are conquered, killed or forcibly converted.
But here is another bullshit report about the ‘controversial’ Catmeat Sheik:
Sheik the stirrer back in town and ready to talk
By Nick Ralston from AAP
CONTROVERSIAL Islamic cleric Sheik Taj al-Din al-HHlali flew back to Sydney today, saying he is happy to help any investigation into his activities.
Sheik Hilali arrived on an Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi early today and immediately told waiting media he did not give money to terrorist group Hezbollah.
He said he had been a “champion of peace”, who had opposed terrorism for 50 years and the accusations are “silly”.
“I am a man of peace, I don’t support any involvement in terrorism,” Sheik Hilali said.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are investigating donations allegedly handed out in Lebanon by the mufti to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Asked if he was willing to speak with the AFP about the allegations, the mufti replied: “Of course, I am ready”.
He said that after visiting four countries in 12 days and was now tired but said he would resolve the issues around him in a “few days”.
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) president Tom Zreika sparked the row over the money, which is now being investigated by the AFP as a possible breach of Australia’s new anti-terrorism laws.
Mr Zreika told The Australian newspaper last month that the mufti had been delaying accounting to the LMA for $47,000 raised for the victims of last year’s Israel-Hezbollah war.
In the same report, an unattributed claim accused the mufti of distributing $12,000 to a radio station run by Sheik Bilal Shaaban, the head of the Islamic Unity Movement in Lebanon, who allegedly has links to radical group Hezbollah.
Sheik Shaaban has since denied personally receiving the cash.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said today It was unlikely Sheik Hilali committed an offence if he gave the money to Hezbollah and it was more an issue of governance.
“We are obviously looking at the circumstances surrounding the donations, but I would caution against any speculation about any offence being committed here,” Mr Keelty said.
Only God can ask controversial Sheik Taj al-Din a-l-Hilali to step down as Australia’s mufti, the cleric says.
State and federal politicians have called for Sheik al-Hilali to step down as mufti over controversial comments he has made over the past six months.
Earlier this month, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) – which suspended the sheik’s salary last year after he likened scantily-clad women to uncovered meat – said his future would be decided by the National Council of Imams by June.
But Sheik al-Hilali, who returned to Australia from the Middle East yesterday, said he respected the council but would not necessarily comply with a vote to remove him as mufti.
“I only answer to God,” Sheik al-Hilali told SBS television tonight.
Sheik al-Hilali also told reporters at Sydney Airport yesterday he would defend his innocence in response to allegations he handed over charity donations for victims of last year’s war in Lebanon to Hassan Nasrallah, from the radical Hezbollah group.
The allegations have sparked an ongoing investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
Sheik al-Hilali said he never donated money to terrorists while in Lebanon, and that the money was handled by a local cleric.
“I go to poor village in north Lebanon and about 30/35 families, give them donations hand by hand,” he told SBS.
“I do not touch any money in my hand, in Australia or Lebanon.”
He said he rejected terrorism, was a “man of peace” and labelled reports he allegedly gave $12,000 to a radio station run by Sheik Bilal Shaaban – who allegedly has links to radical group Hezbollah – as “propaganda”.
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) president Tom Zreika sparked the row over the money, which is now being investigated by the AFP as a possible breach of Australia’s anti-terrorism laws.
Mr Zreika told The Australian newspaper last month that the mufti had been delaying accounting to the LMA for $45,000 raised for the victims of last year’s Israel-Hezbollah war.