“…a group of Jews” was “having a party when they heard that the Twin Towers had been burned”

When Mohammedan headbangers and savages do da’awa downunder, this is the kind of manure you can expect.  Our immigration minister should be asked why he granted entry to these savages.

Islamic conference keynote speaker says September 11 not unjust

The September 11 terror attacks were neither unjust nor committed by Muslims, according to the “guest of honour” at an Islamic conference to be held in Melbourne tomorrow.

Malaysian cleric Hussain Yee, who has also claimed a “group of Jews” was “having a party when they heard that the Twin Towers had been burned”, was announced late last night as the headline act at the Islamic Research and Educational Academy’s Islamic “peace” conference, to be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Conference organiser, IREA director Waseem Razvi, also last night told a Muslim man who attacked him for giving “a Jew and a Christian a platform to address an audience” with their “kufr beliefs” that he understood and appreciated his concerns, in a conversation on Mr Razvi’s Facebook page.

Tomorrow’s conference promises to feature a “multifaith” panel with a “Christian representative” and a “Jewish representative”, which IREA has not yet named.

Anglican bishop John Bayton and The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne founder and director Helen Summers, who attended IREA’s 2013 peace conference at the Melbourne Showgrounds, have confirmed they will not be attending tomorrow’s event, which coincides with Palm Sunday.

Other speakers advertised for tomorrow’s conference include New Zealand Salafist Sheikh Anwar Sahib, Qatari Sheikh Abu Bakr and Kuwaiti Qari Abdulaziz Almathkour, as well as Islamic Council of Victoria vice-president Bayram Aktepe, a panel of children as young as five who will showcase their abilities as “Da’ees”, or preachers, and Australian convert Sheikh Isa Graham.

Graham has regularly spoken at the Hume Islamic Youth Centre, attended by Jake Bilardi and at least two other radicalised youths who later left Australia to battle with ISIS in the Middle East.

In a 2006 video clip, which is still readily available on YouTube, tomorrow’s keynote speaker Sheikh Yee tells a large Muslim audience that “nobody really knows” what happened on September 11, 2001.

“We do not know who is behind that,” said Yee, who is also due to speak tonight at an event at IREA’s Hoppers Crossing headquarters, in Melbourne’s west.

“If they want to say it is the Muslims, what can we do? It’s their word against our word.”

“In Islam, in the international court, you cannot act on suspicions. Anything you do when you act you must have what is called hard proof, hard evidence. But the world is very unjust. Who is unjust? We? No. The Twin Towers is unjust? No. What is happening in Iraq is very unjust. What is happening in Palestine is very unjust. So don’t worry about the Twin Towers. We have nothing to do with it.”

But Sheikh Yee said he had suspicions of his own about who might have been behind September 11.

“You know who is very happy when the Twin Towers had been attacked?” he said.

“A group of Jews was so happy in America. They were having a party when they heard that the Twin Towers had been burned.

“Why did they do that? We don’t know. Who is behind that? Allah knows.”

On his Facebook page last night, Waseem Razvi addressed the concerns of a Muslim man, Benjamin Jurd, who said he was based in Medina, but intending to return to Sydney in early June.

“Why would you give a Jew and a Christian a platform to address an audience, the majority of whom I assume will be Muslims, concerning their “perspectives” and kufr beliefs?” Jurd asked.

“I understand and appreciate your concern, but I will say just attend this conference and u will understand the very reason inshallah,” Mr Razvi responded.

“I get your point, anyone living the west will have much more crisis of faith at various points, rather interfaith dialogue is the place where it gets stronger (for the very reason u mentioned that Islamic belief is very strong compared to any other). Though i wont allow any muslim (even knowledgeable) to do interfaith except the experts in this field approved by scholars. Thats why here in melbourne, Australia generally its only IREA which leads interfaith for muslim community, as thats our expertise coming from Sheikh Ahmed deedat’s strategy of dawah (sic),” Mr Razvi said.

Sheik Deedat, who died in 2005, was a South African Muslim missionary of Indian descent whose books have been banned from sale in France since 1994 for being “violently anti-western, antisemitic and inciting to racial hate.”

Mr Razvi has not responded to repeated calls this week. In a statement released late this afternoon, he invited The Australian to attend tomorrow’s conference but declined an interview, advising journalists to book a month in advance if they wish to speak with him in future.

“I would love that your staff at ‘The Australian’, be my Special Guest at the Melbourne Convention Centre for ‘Australian Islamic Peace Conference 2015’ (dated Sunday 29 March) and observe the event, it’s activities, my mission and decide for yourself the peaceful message and convey it to my beloved Australian community at large. Looking forward to seeing you,” (sic) Mr Razvi said.

“We appreciate your request for an interview with Br Waseem Razvi (President IREA).

Due to short notice from your channel, very busy schedule of Br Waseem Razvi & pre booked appointments, it’s not possible at this stage to go ahead with your request.

“Br Waseem Razvi is more than willing to accept any such requests in future. Make sure you book an appointment at least a month prior to the date of request.”

The Australian has contacted the Immigration Department regarding the visa status of several of the advertised international speakers, including Sheikh Yee.

The Department of Immigration did not confirm whether or not the advertised international speakers, including Sheikh Yee, had been granted visas, but a spokesman said the department took a range of factors into account when considering visa applications, including the powers in the Migration Act to refuse an application on character grounds.

“The Australian Government supports freedom of speech. However, the exercise of this freedom involves a responsibility to avoid vilification of, inciting discord in, or representing a danger to, the Australian community,” the spokesman said.

“In cases where a person is assessed as representing a risk that they may vilify or incite discord, or otherwise represent a danger to the Australian community, a person may be refused a visa.”