I’m sureÂ Queensland Liberal MP Steve Ciobo has his heart in the right place and the majority of Australians back his call. But it is a bit naive for him to call on “moderate Muslim supportersÂ who recognise there is no place in Australia for these kinds of attitudes”. His appeal will fall on deaf ears.
“Moderate Muslims”, like unicorns and the tooth fairy, are elusive creatures. Moreover, they are irrrelevant.
Ship out Sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah, says Queensland Liberal MP Steve Ciobo
Radical call … Queensland MP Steve Ciobo / Pic: Kym Smith
A RADICAL sheik who has called for Australia to become an Islamic state ruled by sharia law should be “slapped down” by moderate Muslims, according to a federal MP.
Sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah, the Australian head of extremist Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, suggested during a Christmas Eve sermon that jihad should be used to implement hardline teachings.
Queensland Liberal MP Steve Ciobo said the sheik should adopt Australia’s values of tolerance and a fair go for all or “pack up and ship off”.
“Frankly, we have had a gutful of people who deliberately incite hatred and people who want to overturn the foundation principles of this country,” he said. “This Sheik Al-Wahwah needs to be slapped down from moderate Muslim supporters who recognise there is no place in Australia for these kinds of attitudes.”The sheik told supporters it was their duty to “carry the light of Islam to the rest of the world … Not with flowers. It was the army of Muslims which started from Medina, and they went to China, India, and the Maghreb.
“That is jihad.”
He said under an Islamic government, alcohol would be banned, a strict dress code enforced for all Australians and languages other than Arabic banned in schools.
Mr Ciobo said if Mr Al-Wahwah held dual citizenship the government should facilitate his move to another country more to his liking.
“I couldn’t care less if he preaches to five people or 5000,” he said.
“It only takes one or two crazies to take his message of jihad and to cause problems.
“If he’s going to preach a message that this country needs to be under sharia law then he should go to where he can live under sharia law – and that is not in Australia.”