- Imams call for interest free loans
- Want recognition of sharia law in court
- Read the full text of the interviews
ISLAMIC leaders want Muslims in Australia to get interest-free loans for religious reasons.
The nation's Islamic leaders want recognition of sharia law as it applies to banking practices, according to an exclusive Herald Sun survey of imams.
There was also a call for recognition of sharia law as it applies to family law.
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The survey showed some imams are sceptical that Osama bin Laden's death will be of benefit to ordinary Muslims, and they are unhappy with the way US forces disposed of his body.
The survey has also revealed:
STRONG condemnation of MPs who criticise Muslim women for wearing the burqa/nijab.
CONCERN that ordinary Muslims are still being linked to terrorism.
The survey was conducted in the wake of a $55,000 Federal Government training program for imams on Australian laws and values.
They have been told to preach core Australian values such as the fair go, freedom, and responsibility.
Imam Yusuf Parker, from the Alhidayah Centre in Perth, said Australia should consider recognising sharia law as it applied to finance and family law matters.
Imam Parker said Islam forbade the charging or paying of interest "so finding interest-free loans will again help Muslims to practise their Islam better".
"Other than the two major issues mentioned, I don't see other sharia law that Muslims would seek to have legally recognised," he said.
Fellow WA imam Sheik Burhaan Mehtar said sharia law often was raised to scare non-Muslims, but a dialogue would lead to better understanding.
"Islamic banking and the non-slavery of humans is a classic example. Interest is slavery," he said.
Islamic Council of Victoria board member Nazeem Hussain said legal and tax barriers currently prevented local banks from offering Islamic finance products.
"That's a massive market ... we'd encourage the Government to seek ways to tap into that market," he said.
Imam Parker said bin Laden's demise might serve as closure for those convinced he masterminded the 9/11 attacks.
"But the reality is that the negative impact on Islam and Muslims has not changed, and it will take many decades for that to change," he said.
Sheik Burhaan Mehtar said the symbolic victory of bin Laden's death would remain hollow while people in nations such as Afghanistan suffered a "terror of death delivered from the skies" by the US and its allies.
Gold Coast imam Imraan Husain reflected a general view that bin Laden's burial at sea was a violation of Islamic funeral rites.
Victorian imam Sheik Ramy Najmeddine said Muslims felt there was an unfair link between terrorism and Islam.
"But we believe this is being broken down by the good work that members of both the Muslim and non-Muslim community are doing."
Sheik Mohamadu Saleem, a spokesman for Board of Imams Victoria, accused some MPs of trying to get political mileage out of the burqa issue. "It is mere political expediency," he said.
...............Are they freaking kidding me with this?!?!!? Do they WANT to be hunted down by every other minority group in Australia NOT allowed to have what these people want???
..........Jesus Mary & Joseph........ these people are that rabid HORRID little percent of a group that has access to money and a big mouth - so they spew their hatred like bile-filled gobs of spit and stomach acid all over the rest of their community - bathing them with the same disgusting secretion and thereby labelling them as moronic and as extremist as themselves....
............Try it - put it in place - and watch the rest of "Give Everyone A Go - Refuse None" Australia go absolutely bat shit over this......... and l'll be in the front with the Uzi - mowing people like these down......
......Really - THESE MORONS (along with Ultra-Orthodox Jews) are why there continues to be a problem in the Middle East - and quite frankly it just makes me tired - I'm so bored with people like this I could use them as target practice and not have one little moral quandary about it at all.....
.......Now in breaking news - the very same Imams who want the tax free loans have just learnt that there was apparently this big collection of men and guns in a REALLY big tantrum called World War II - fought against a man who had the same very ideas of exclusivity.....