FORMER terrorism suspect Mohamed Haneef says the Rudd Government may compensate him to “build bridges” following his arrest ordeal.
* Drawbridges is what we need…
* The terrorist who got away:
Looking relaxed and with short-cropped hair, Dr Haneef yesterday spoke of the damage his detention had caused his career and reputation, during a press conference in India following his return from Mecca.
“I’m hopeful of this because the damages that have been done to my career, my job, my aspirations, and my reputation is far too much … they might try to build up some bridges by compensating me,” he said.
Dr Haneef was arrested while working at the Gold Coast Hospital on July 2 last year and charged 12 days later with supporting a terrorism organisation after his SIM card was linked to a failed bombing of Glasgow airport. The charges were dropped a fortnight later, but then immigration minister Kevin Andrews had already revoked Dr Haneef’s work visa.
The full bench of the Federal Court last month upheld a judge’s earlier decision to reinstate his visa, clearing the way for Dr Haneef to return to Australia.
Dr Haneef said he was yet to decide whether he would return, adding his family wanted assurances he would be safe. “There are a few things in this regard, the first thing would be my family … and I have to discuss this in great detail with them,” he said.
“They need a firm reassurance from the authorities and Australian Federal Police that there wouldn’t be any harm to me … when I go back there.
* From the ‘rockin’ the mosque’ department
Natalie O’Brien and Sanna Trad* |The Australian
Thanx to Mullah
AN Islamic group accused of trying to seize control of a Sydney mosque is understood to be part of a hardline religious movement that has been linked to the 2005 London bombings.
The Australian has been told that some of the group’s members follow the Tablighi Jamaat stream of Islam, which is under watch by Western intelligence agencies because of its suspected links to terrorism.
The battle for the Sefton mosque in Sydney’s southwest has already resulted in legal action being taken over ownership of the property and the resident imam being kicked out of his home.
Sheik Abdul Karim Quasimi has also been served with an apprehended violence order forcing him to stay away from the Helen Street mosque.
Sheik Abdul Karim, who is not a Tablighi follower, said the group had gone to extremes to remove him, including calling in police to evict him from his home in the middle of the night.
“It was very scary, the police arrived very early in the morning,” he said.
He said the group was attempting an ethnic and religious-based takeover, wanting the mosque exclusively for Bangladeshi Muslims, particularly those who follow Tablighi, to the exclusion of other ethnic groups including Arabic Muslims.
“Some of the Tablighi in Australia are very dogmatic, bordering on extreme,” he said.
The caretaker of the mosque, Mohammed Zantar, said trouble started last year when a number of new members, who are Tablighi, were elected to the 15-strong committee that runs the mosque.
Islamic Friendship Association president Keysar Trad said the move against the imam was unprecedented. “It is a disgrace to seek out an AVO against an imam unless he’s made a major breach of religious teachings or the law,” he said.
The Tablighi are influenced by a fundamentalist branch of Saudi Arabian-based Islam known as Wahabism. The sect has been linked to two July 7 London bombers, and failed shoe bomber Richard Reid is also known to have attended Tablighi meetings.
Dr Mohsen Labban argues that part of the tension in Australia derives from the fact that some Wahabi, or Salafi, do not like the way many Australians behave â€” the “complete permissiveness” of our society.
“They would consider this secular Australian society going away from the teachings of Jesus Christ and going away from God,” he said.
The Islamic Council of Victoria’s Yasser Soliman agrees many Salafi want Australia to change.
“Some of them are just hoping some miracle happens from the sky and others probably do not participate in the process that can bring about change and they isolate themselves,” he said. “The dangerous ones will link up to other people who may think violence is an acceptable way to bring about change.”
And Sydney’s most senior cleric â€” the Mufti of Lakemba Mosque, Sheik Taj al Hilali â€” worries that some Salafis in Australia do not agree with democracy.
* Hilali, as we all know, is a Salafi himself, which means he doesn’t agree with democracy. Which brings us back to square one:
* Muslims didn’t come to Australia to become Australians, but to make Australia Islamic…
* Manufacturing agit props:
* Mullah smells a rat: Incidentally, Sanna Trad wouldn’t be related to Keysar, would she? Well, yes, apparently, and is also apparently the same Sanna Trad, Condell Park High School, Sydney, who was a “student” who quizzed the Canadian High Commissioner on his country’s position on the war in Iraq at a Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra in 2006. I guess these “Talkback Classroom” sessions are part of the “education” curriculum? Readin’ Ritin’, Rithmetic and Religion o’ Peace – the 4 Rs.