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Muslim leader may lose title

AAP, Australia
Mar. 7, 2004 • Monday March 8, 2004

Australia’s Muslim body may discuss stripping Grand Mufti Sheik Taj el-Din Al Hilaly of his title at its next Congress meeting over comments he allegedly made about terrorism.

The mufti has come under fire for comments he allegedly made during a sermon in Lebanon in which he made reference to the Arab martyrs and the September 11 attacks in New York as “God’s work against oppressors”.

The chief executive officer of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Amjad Mehboob, said today the matter may come up at their next meeting on April 17.

“The matter could come up for discussion…,” he said.

“It would be up to the members of our community to decide that.”

Mr Mehboob said he would also be speaking to the mufti during the week.

But he said it was most likely the mufti had been misinterpreted.

“When you go and speak on a subject at length you’re likely to be given an impression in words that you used which can be misconstrued,” Mr Mehboob said.

He said the mufti had also given contrary views in the past to those recently attributed to him on Arab martyrs and the September 11 attacks.

A spokesman for the mufti has said his views in the sermon have been misinterpreted.

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