ABC ‘mystified’ why son of Sheikh Omran went to seek martyrdom in the Islamic State

Son of prominent Australian Islamic leader Sheikh Mohammed Omran dies in Syria

By the National Reporting Team’s Dan Oakes

He was only there for “humanitarian” reasons, of course. No way he could be ‘radicalised’ with a “moderate” father like sheik Omran.

Disaffected members of the group – who left because they did not consider Sheikh Omran to be ‘hardline’ enough – left and formed the now-defunct Al Furqan Islamic studies centre.

Mystery surrounds death of Islamic leader’s son in Syria
The son of one of Australia’s most prominent Islamic leaders dies in the Middle East in mysterious circumstances.–ABC.NET.AU
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Disaffected members of the group – who left because they did not consider Sheikh Omran to be ‘hardline’ enough – left and formed the now-defunct Al Furqan Islamic studies centre.

The son of one of Australia’s most prominent Islamic leaders has died in the Middle East in mysterious circumstances.

The ABC learned today that Ayman Omran, son of Melbourne-based Sheikh Mohammed Omran — also known as Abu Ayman — died recently in the Syrian conflict zone.

Sheikh Omran is the leader of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association of Australia (ASWJ), which has branches across the country and promotes a strict form of Sunni Islam.

In a statement to the ABC, a spokesman for ASWJ confirmed that Ayman Omran had died, and said he had been providing “humanitarian aid” in the region.

“Ayman’s loss is truly tragic and we extend our dua’s and condolences to the family of Ayman and we ask Allah to shower them with his mercy and patience to endure his loss,” said the statement, from ASWJ vice-president Kalid Issa.

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“We request the media and members of the public, respect the family of Ayman’s privacy and right to grieve with dignity and respect.

“All Muslims, together with well-wishing members of the wider Australian community and Government send their condolences to our beloved Sheikhe Abu Ayman and the family of Ayman at this difficult time.

“ASWJ’s policy on travelling to the highly volatile, Syrian warzone remains unabated and the area is to be avoided.”

It is believed Sheikh Omran is travelling overseas and was informed of the death of the his son last night.

ASWJ runs a large, well-attended centre in Coolaroo, in Melbourne’s western suburbs, and has considerable support among sections of Victoria’s Sunni Muslim community.

Disaffected members of the group – who left because they did not consider Sheikh Omran to be ‘hardline’ enough – left and formed the now-defunct Al Furqan Islamic studies centre.

That has been linked with a number of Australians who have either travelled to fight with the Islamic State group or been accused of terror offences in Australia.

Here’s the article from the Herald Sun:

Son of senior Australian Muslim cleric believed killed in Syria

JAMES DOWLING/Herald Sun

Senior Muslim cleric Sheikh Omran, whose son Ayman is believed to have been killed in Syria. Picture: Jason Sammon

EXCLUSIVE

THE SON of one of Australia’s most senior Muslim clerics is believed to have been killed in Syria.

Ayman Omran — the son of Sheikh Omran — died in a bombing in the war-torn nation in the last few days.

Sheikh Omran is the leader at the Hume Islamic Youth Centre and is one of the most senior members of the Sunni sect in Australia.

Community members had claimed Ayman was working at a refugee camp near the Turkish border in Syria — baking bread for refugees. It is not clear yet what part of the war-torn country he died in.

He is the latest in a line of people with connection to the Mosque in Coolaroo to have died in Syria — including Jake Bilardi — who killed himself in a suicide attack in Iraq last year.

Representatives for Sheikh Omran could not be reached this afternoon.

He has publicly denounced the Islamic State in recent months.

He is the leader of the Ahulus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah movement — which has mosques in both Melbourne and Sydney.

5 thoughts on “ABC ‘mystified’ why son of Sheikh Omran went to seek martyrdom in the Islamic State”

  1. Almost brings an itty bitty tear to the outside corner of my left eye, but only during Leap Years, almost …

    1. Always remember that only Muslims are ‘human’. In his twisted worldview, he is right.

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