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The Australian: Hilali blasts the US
AUSTRALIA’S leading Muslim cleric, Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali, says he will only resign when the world is “clean of the White House”.
After emerging from Friday prayers at Lakemba Mosque today, Sheik al-Hilali was asked by a media pack whether he would quit over a speech in which he said scantily-dressed women invited rape.
“After we clean the world of the White House first,” the sheik said.
Supporters of the sheik cheered and applauded loudly at the comments, which were directed firmly at US President George W Bush.
The sheik has previously described Mr Bush, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prime Minister John Howard as the axis of evil.
Despite calls from within the Islamic community for his resignation, Sheik Alhilali has been assured he has the support of grass-roots Muslims, a supporter said.
Islam is the religion of peace – MY ASS!
How about a one way trip to GITMO for this MORON? Or better yet a RENDITION to Eastern Europe with Chinese H20
Other Muslim figures have called for him to stand down over a sermon last month in which he likened immodestly dressed women to uncovered meat.
Several thousand Muslims attended prayers at Lakemba Mosque today where British Imam Abdul Jalil Sajid gave the sermon in English in place of Sheik al-Hilali.
Supporter and president of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, Keysar Trad, says the sheik will not resign but is taking a break which will include a pilgrimage to Mecca.
John Howard should make sure the good Shiek stays in Saudia Arabia. This Shiek is a MORON and very typical of the fundamentalist Islamists who wish to spread Islam throughout the western world.
Women of the West should mind his comments on “UNCOVERED MEAT” because believe it or not this is what they truly believe.
Mr Zrika said Sheik al-Hilali is not speaking for all Muslims and the LMA hopes to meet with him again shortly to discuss his situation.
Mr Zrika fears the sheik’s comments will cause a serious divisions within Muslims and a backlash from the wider Australian community.
He also asked Prime Minister John Howard and other politicians to stay out of the debate.
“Leave the Islam community to the Islam community,” he said.