KILL THE NON-VIOLENT, FOR THEY CONSORT WITH THE TILTED ONE
Australia’s moderate Islamic leaders – “moderate” being a relative term – are in trouble for being too peaceful.
Islamic State has taken aim at several Australian religious scholars in its latest propaganda video, calling on followers to kill the sheikhs because they discourage violence.
Youth leader Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, NSW Police Force chaplain Sheikh Ahmed Abdo and the Grand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, have been branded “collaborators, informers and apostates” in the 25-minute video titled Fight the leaders of disbelief.
The video, which mentions several Muslim clerics around the world, is a chilling and unprecedented escalation on previous calls to boycott leaders who work with governments, police and leaders of other faiths.
Well, not exactly unprecedented. The piece continues:
The three Australian sheikhs are criticised for discouraging violence in the name of Islam and encouraging Muslims to follow the laws of the land in which they live.
“Those traitors are sitting in airconditioned rooms attacking the mujahideen and supporting the polytheists,” the Arabic video says, without directly naming the Australians. “Put an end to their evilness and kill them.”
Fairfax Media has chosen not to publish most of the disturbing fatwa …
Why cover for them? This is Fairfax and Man Monis all over again.
Footage of Sheikh Shady, a popular youth leader in Western Sydney, is included in the video, in which he gives a sermon criticising the idea that violent extremism will get a person to heaven …
Sheikh Ahmed Abdo, who provides spiritual guidance to Muslim police officers, is depicted in photos alongside Commissioner Andrew Scipione and community leader Jamal Rifi.
Dr Abu Mohamed is featured in photos shaking hands with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and with inter-faith advocate and Gosford Anglican minister Rod Bower.
Bower’s reaction is fascinating:
Rod, Islamic State wants to kill everybody who isn’t Islamic State. You’re nobody special.