The leader of the Sydney mosque has called for an end to violent extremism, saying that Muslims who reject Australian values should leave the country.
Farhad Jabar, 15, a radical teenager who shot dead the 58-year-old last week while reportedly shouting religious slogans before dying in a counter firing with police, was a regular at the mosque in the western multi-cultural Parramatta district, FMT reported.
Mosque chairman Neil El-Kadomi explained to reporters what he had told the faithful at morning prayers and ahead of a planned evening protest by right-wingers to close the Moseque down.
“I said you waited long time to come to this country. You should not abuse the privilege you are Australian, which is very important.
“Get out. We do not need scumbags in the community.
“We reject terrorism.”
Kadomi said Muslim youth needed education, adding that Jabar was too young “to know what he was doing”.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also advised people to leave if Australian values were “unpalatable”.
“It is not compulsory to live in Australia,” he told a press conference urging Australians not to go down the path of violent extremism.
“If you find Australian values, you know, unpalatable, then there’s a big wide world out there and people have got freedom of movement.”
Turnbull, who met earlier in the day with figures from the Muslim community, asked his countrymen to “call out hatred” saying “violent extremism is a challenge to the most fundamental Australian values”.
“The success of our society is founded on mutual respect and we have to recognise that people who preach hatred, preach extremism, are undermining the success of this extraordinary country,” he said.
Grand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, and other community and religious leaders address the media amid rising community tensions.
Mufti Mohamed said violent religious extremism was a rare but serious issue threatening the whole community.
“Sadly, a very, very small number of Australians of Muslim faith have chosen this path,” he said.
Police issued a warning ahead of the planned Parramatta protest called by a far-right group.
“Police want to remind any member of the public against engaging in reprisal actions or inciting violence against any community group or individuals,” a statement said.
The authorities lifted their terror threat alert to high a year ago, introduced new national security laws and have conducted several counter-terrorism raids.
The Grand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, and other community and religious leaders address the media amid rising community tensions.
Mufti Mohamed said that violent extremism was rare and was being fuelled by violent online teachings emerging from overseas.
"Sadly, a very, very small number of Australians of Muslim faith have chosen this path," he told reporters.
"It's religious, ideological, social and other factors that may have contributed to this kind of motivations. Any remedy should include all the factors, all the ingredients of this mix for us to have a proper remedy, not just focusing on the religious point of, or part of the story."
The mufti said the "misguided teachings (were) imported to us and not made in Australia".
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