Former Al Risalah bookstore owner Wisam Haddad avoids jail after counter-terrorism raid

Controversial Islamic fundamentalist Wisam Haddad has avoided prison over a counter-terrorism raid on his western Sydney home that uncovered weapons, an Islamic State flag, a large stash of extremist DVDs, newspaper clippings and a machete under his bed.

On Monday, Mr Haddad, the former owner of the hardline Al Risalah book store and prayer centre in Bankstown, was given a good behaviour bond in the Downing Centre Local Court for possessing three prohibited weapons: two tasers and a can of OC (oleoresin capsicum) spray.

He told officers who raided his Leppington home on January 9 that he had confiscated the items from troubled youths who frequented Al Risalah.