ABU Hamza has claimed Australians are addicted to alcohol, gambling and prostitution in another rant to his followers broadcast over the internet.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday demanded the self-taught cleric apologise for telling Muslim men they could demand sex from their wives and hit them if they were disobedient.
Note well, “self-taught,” as in, surely he got it wrong, surely Islam doesn’t teach that, etc.
As revealed in yesterday’s Courier-Mail, Mr Hamza told his mainly young male following Islamic law allowed husbands to demand sex at any time and women could be “smacked” if they continually disobeyed men.
In another fire and brimstone sermon, recorded for the internet six months ago, Mr Hamza said non-Muslim Australians were lost in a world of booze, gambling and sex.
Mr Hamza, who has delivered sermons celebrating Australia and then condemning aspects of it, told his followers to spread the word of Islam.
“They (Australians) think happiness can be achieved by being intoxicated, by going to the casino and blowing your money away, by going from one prostitute to the other,” Mr Hamza said in his lecture titled “How to live in Australia as a Muslim”.
After the sex-on-demand and wife-beating revelations, Mr Rudd yesterday demanded Mr Hamza apologise and withdraw the comments.
“These remarks have no place in modern Australia at all. I would call upon this Islamic cleric to publicly apologise and repudiate his remarks,” the PM said.
“Under no circumstances is sexual violence permissible or acceptable in Australia, nor … in my view to mainstream Muslim teaching.”
However Mr Hamza, also known as Samir Mohtadi and a man who has previously spoken out strongly against terrorism, would not offer further comment on his views.
However, in his lecture advising how Muslims should live in Australia he attacked secular Australian society.
“The Australian community is in desperate need for me and you (Muslims), the Australian community is in a state of loss, they don’t know how to enjoy themselves,” Mr Hamza, the head of the Islamic Information and Services Network of Australasia, told his congregation.
His comments have been condemned by the Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria and Muslim community leaders including Yasser Soliman.
“To claim this is Islamic, or that the Koran forces wives to do things such as (Mr Hamza’s) lectures suggest, is quite insulting to most of the Muslim world,” Mr Soliman said.
Newsflash Mr Soliman: the Koran (4:34) says, “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them.”
And your prophet Muhammad said: “If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relations) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.” — Bukhari 4.54.460.
In another hadith, Muhammad says: “By him in Whose Hand lies my life, a woman can not carry out the right of her Lord, till she carries out the right of her husband. And if he asks her to surrender herself (to him for sexual intercourse) she should not refuse him even if she is on a camel’s saddle.” — Ibn Majah 1854.