Please don’t let Hilali be seen as misunderstood
Jill Rowbotham, Religious affairs writer/The Australian
January 19, 2007
ISLAMIC specialists have scoffed at the idea that Taj Din al-Hilali had been using exaggeration for effect when he questioned the right of non-Muslim Australians to live hereduring an Egyptian television appearance.
The Reverend Fayek Iskander, an Egyptian-born Presbyterian minister, said he had heard Sheik Hilali make similar derogatory remarks about non-Muslim Australians in the past and rejected that he had been misunderstood.
“It’s not true,” said Mr Iskander, who speaks Arabic fluently.
“It’s not colourful exaggeration. They speak literally and they mean it literally. Many times I have heard Sheik al-Hilali and he is not misunderstood.
“Many things he says in Arabic which the translator tries to hide, I think. And jihad means fighting and killing Christians and Jews. Full stop.”