Melbourne’s Al-Furqan Islamic Centre, attended by several terrorism accused, closes its doors

Melbourne’s Al-Furqan Islamic Centre, which was attended by three men charged with terrorism-related offences this week, has announced it is closing its doors.

In a statement on its website, the centre said it had come under a lot of pressure following the charges.

“This statement is to announce that, effective immediately, Al-Furqan Islamic Centre is ceasing its activities and closing its doors,” the statement read.

“This decision has not been taken lightly.

“We believe that given the constant harassment, pressure and false accusations levelled against the centre – particularly by media and politicians – this is the best course of action for the protection of the local community, its members, and the broader Muslim community that is often implicated in these insidious campaigns.”