Yet another indication — the second one today — of why Islamic reform is so exceedingly difficult.
By Barney Zwartz in The Age, with thanks to Davida:
One of Australia’s most important Muslim leaders has sought police protection after criticising controversial cleric Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali.
Tom Zreika, president of the Lebanese Muslim Association – and Sheikh Hilali’s employer – said he received non-stop phone threats yesterday after he released a document urging greater integration and for Muslims to “mend their ways”.
The report, prepared for a national meeting of imams in Sydney this weekend, says some Muslims are “ruining it” for all and that Australians have “had enough” of Muslims. His report also recommends that imams become involved in community activities such as voluntary firefighting and surf lifesaving.
Mr Zreika said he was threatened recently after saying, “I can’t tolerate this freak show”, following recent remarks by Sheikh Hilali.
But yesterday, after the contents of his paper were publicised, the threats, from Muslims, came non-stop.
“They just say, ‘Mate if you don’t shut your mouth we are going to come and fix you up’,” Mr Zreika said. “I know they are Muslims because they quote Muslim prayers.”