Muslim leaders united in terror condemnation

Imam Burhaan Mehtar at the Australian Islamic College's Kewdale campus mosque. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d401827
Imam Burhaan Mehtar at the Australian Islamic College's Kewdale campus mosque. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d401827

As secretary of the Imams Council WA, based in Thornlie, Mr Mehtar said in a press release that the Muslim Theological Council of WA was shocked and dismayed to hear of the incident.

The release urged imams across the nation to condemn the attack.

‘We request the wider Australian society not to judge the religion or Australian Muslims, or act in any negative way, due to the barbaric, unacceptable crime carried out by others in the name of Islam,’ he said. ‘To the family of the dead soldier, we express our sincere condolences.’

Speaking to Community Newspaper Group, Mr Mehtar said that Friday messages given by imams across WA were dedicated to this topic and he had not heard of any harassment occurring against Muslims here.

‘We appreciate the tolerance of the wider society and the silly actions of the few does not represent the faith or the Muslim Australian community,’ Mr Mehtar said.

‘We hope the tolerance and spirit of multiculturalism will continue.

‘In WA, things have been calm, and we will continue with our program of building bridges and education.’