The Islamic community has questioned the Government’s ban on Canadian Sheikh Bilal Philips, who was to speak at the first Australian Islamic Conference.
Sheikh Philips was invited to attend the Melbourne event over the Easter weekend but his visa application has been refused on security grounds.
The president of the Federation of Australian Muslim Students, Chaaban Omran, says the sheikh does not promote terrorism and the ban on him is unjustified.
“He has written a number of very good books to do with Islam about character et cetera … and it just seems ludicrous that you ban an individual but you don’t actually ban his books,” Mr Omran said.
You’re right about that, Mr. Omran.