Muslim girls in Sydney are dressed in white from head to toe as part of a hijab ceremony to signify the age when they must cover up their bodies, with an Islamic imam slamming it as a step toward Sharia law.
Australia’s most senior Shia cleric Sheikh Kamal Mousselmani presided over the ceremony where 24 girls walked on stage to show their maturity.
‘The hijab is compulsory for the girls when they become nine according to our religion,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
THERE are a million stories in the naked city but sometimes the naked truth makes people twitchy. That might explain an intriguing little suburban news item this month.
The Mordialloc-Chelsea Leader reported, beside tales of stolen purses and the like, that three men with iron bars “attempted to hijack” a late-model Commodore in a Bonbeach reserve on Sunday evening, June 4.
“One man opened the driver’s door while the others bashed the car but … they fled after one of the passengers challenged them,” the item said.
Funny, that. Who was in the car that could scare men armed with iron bars? A Hells Angels convention? A live crocodile?
A Somali-born Adelaide woman charged with supporting terrorism was ‘mentored’ by female jihadis and will escalate her plot to carry out a real-world attack if not kept in custody, prosecutors say.
The 22-year-old, who came to Australia aged 14 and who now has citizenship, was arrested in May after police alleged she formed relationships with Islamic State members online and joined the extremist group.
A renovation of an Anzac Cove memorial honouring Australian soldiers may be replaced by an inscription that reflects the Turkish Government’s Islamic interpretation of the role diggers played in the Gallipoli invasion.
A photograph shared on social media on May 19 shows a destroyed monument with words attributed by Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk scratched out.
Destroyed Anzac Cove Monument
His words compared Australia’s deceased ‘Johnnies’ to the Ottoman’s ‘Mehmets,’ and gave them his blessing to be buried in his country.
A couple who both grew up as Muslims in Pakistan have told why they turned their backs on Islam.
Sami Shah and Ishma Alvi, who became Australian citizens in January and live in Melbourne with their young daughter, said extremism, sexism and misogyny were key reasons why they opted out of the religion.
The couple also explained the reasons for their transition by citing passages from the Quran, which Mr Shah has described as ‘maddening as a text’.
An edited extract from Mr Shah’s latest book, The Islamic Republic of Australia, which details the move from Muslim to non-Muslim was published in The Weekend Australian magazine on Saturday.
Gang leader Farhad Qaumi has been jailed for at least 43 years for his role in the fatal ‘violent underworld rampage’ that erupted in western Sydney in late 2013, and his two brothers have received shorter but significant terms.
The 34-year-old Brothers 4 Life Blacktown chapter leader was jailed on Friday for a string of crimes including manslaughter and a contract murder and Mumtaz Qaumi, 32, was jailed for at least 36 years for offences including the two fatal shootings.
Describing the violence as ‘outlandish and lawless’, Justice Peter Hamill also jailed Jamil Qaumi, 25, for at least 21 years for his crimes, which included manslaughter.
A Muslim sheikh has withdrawn his application to become an Army chaplain so he can continue to criticise the Greens and offend Islamist extremists.
Adelaide-based Shia imam Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi last week revealed to Daily Mail Australia his bid to become an Army Reserve chaplain or a soldier.
However, he has now withdrawn his application so he can continue to criticise the Greens, who he believes are soft when it comes to slamming Islamist extremism and pro-Sharia law groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir.