Imam in hiding after calling for closure of Islamic schools
Australian imam Mohammed Tawhidi, above, claims he has been forced into hiding after voicing support for the ideas of anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Tawhidi, of the Islamic Association of South Australia, said he agrees with Ms Ali’s call to close Islamic schools in Australia. He has also rejected extremist groups.
Ali cancelled her tour of Australia this week because of fears for her safety.
According to this report, the imam said:
These schools do exist that are a problem and they need to be either shut down or changed completely.
Fearing reprisals, the Adelaide-based Imam said he was escorted into hiding by police.
A video released on Facebook has been credited, in part, with stopping Ali’s speaking tour.
In the video, which was posted to Facebook a group of Muslim women speak out against Ms Ali saying:
You’re not here to help us or stand with … you’re here to profit from an industry that exists to dehumanise us.
Hana Asafiri, of the Persons of Interest group, which is behind the video, said they opposed Ali because her rhetoric could inspire random attacks against Australian Muslims.
There’s nothing to be celebrated through a divisive and very hostile and fear-mongering conversation.
Asafiri said Ali cancellation was seen by her group as a victory for free speech.
The group had condemned Ali as an extremist and a hatemonger and signed a petition against her visit.
But the Somali-born former Muslim has hit back, saying her critics are doing the work of radical groups.
These are people who are far more interested in defending Sharia Law, that’s Islamic law and the doctrine of radical Islam over human rights.
Ali added that these women criticise her, but say nothing about the millions of repressed women in Islamic countries.
There is no feminist ideology of Islam.
Asked in a 7 News interview whether groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir should be banned in Australia she said they should be treated like “skinheads”.
White supremacists and all sorts of remnants of the Nazi Party … are stigmatised and they are actively marginalised and that’s what we should do with Hizb ut-Tahrir, Jemaah Islamiyah, with the Diobandi, with the Muslim Brotherhood, with all Islamism organisations that set up shop in Australia and other liberal societies.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn