What was "contorted" about Fayed's adherence to Sharia, the Imam Maloney did not bother to explain. He did give the defendant a good tongue-lashing for shaming the Religion of Peace -- a common practice of non-Muslim judges who think they know more about Islam than the devout Muslim criminals standing before them, who have committed violence in Islam's name.
"Man jailed for whipping Muslim convert under Sharia punishment," from AAP, June 14 (thanks to Kenneth):
A MAN who whipped a Muslim convert as punishment for drinking alcohol and taking drugs because of a "contorted" belief in Sharia law has been jailed for at least 16 months.
Earlier this year, Magistrate Brian Moloney [sic] found Wasim Fayed, 45, Zakaryah Raad, 21, Tolga Cifki, 21, and Gengiz Coskin, 22, guilty of assaulting Christian Martinez in July 2011.
In the Central Local Court on Friday, Mr Maloney sentenced Fayed to a maximum two years' imprisonment for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He handed down suspended 18-month sentences to the other three men, who he said were easily led by Fayed.
The court heard Fayed, also known as Fadi Alemaddin, whipped Mr Martinez 40 times with an electric cord in his Silverwater home while the other men held him down on his bed.
The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia relating to such punishment being meted out under the pretext of Sharia, or Islamic law.
The court heard Mr Martinez, 32, had asked Fayed, his religious mentor, for help in getting off drugs.
Fayed replied, "It means I'm going to tie you up brother, because that's what you need".
Fayed and the other offenders then went round to Mr Martinez's home and Fayed lashed him on the back 40 times as the others held him down.
Mr Martinez cried and begged for the men to stop and he was in pain for about a week after the incident.
Addressing Fayed directly, Mr Maloney told him "you have brought much shame upon the Islamic faith".
Not to worry. Maloney was bent on exonerating the Islamic faith:
"You have proved yourself unscrupulously cunning, deceptive and dishonest.
"You profess to be a religious man, however you resorted to violence upon Mr Martinez."
Mr Maloney said the case was "never about the Islamic faith or Islamic law".
Of course not! What could Islam possibly have to do with someone resorting to violence?
Instead he said Fayed had whipped Mr Martinez in order to get him to pay his debts.
Contrary to the obvious facts of the case.
Fayed shook his head and muttered as Mr Maloney handed down his sentence.
The three younger men were also sentenced to community service.
All four embraced in court afterwards.