Mansour Leghaei first graced our pages at Jihad Watch all the way back in 2004, when he “was discovered returning to Sydney with a 150-page notebook on tactics for warfare, intelligence and martyrdom.” It included such tolerant nuggets of wisdom such as:
The enemies of Islam are to be categorised under three headings: 1, the infidels who do not accept the Koran as the Book of Heaven. 2, the oppressive and the unjust and whoever takes up arms against the Prophet. 3, heathens living in the Islamic countries who have broken the agreement to pay tribute to the Muslims.”
Naturally, he claimed it had been taken out of context, and — as is absolutely, positively, always the case when jihadist literature comes under outside scrutiny — mistranslated.
Almost six years after this story first ran, Leghaei’s time in Australia is up. Some in Australia hail him as an interfaith builder of bridges, but such outreach quite often covers more nefarious agendas — see, for example, the smiling faces behind the Ground Zero mega-mosque project.
“Supporters gather as Islamic cleric deported,” from ABC News (Australia), June 27 (thanks to Dumbledoresarmy):
A large crowd turned up at Sydney airport to farewell Sydney’s most senior Islamic cleric, who was deported on Sunday night.
Sheikh Mansour Leghaei, a Shia cleric, was ordered to leave Australia after being declared a security risk.
Dr Leghaei boarded a flight to Iran on Sunday night and about 200 people from the Islamic Youth Centre at Earlwood turned up to support him.
He has lived in Australia for 16 years and says his deportation is unjustified.
Dr Leghaei says he has never been given an explanation as to why ASIO [Australian Security Intelligence Organisation] has deemed him a security risk.
“Whatever they think and whatever they may have is absolutely wrong,” he said.
“There’s an error somewhere. We tried our very best to help them and correct that error.
“They didn’t let us, simply because the act does not allow us to do so.”
Under Australian law, ASIO is under no obligation to tell Dr Leghaei why he is under suspicion.
Dr Leghaei’s supporters say he is a leader of inter-faith relations between Muslims and Christians.
Now would be a good time to scroll back up and revisit that snippet from Leghaei’s notebook.
The United Nations are said to have written to Australia’s Immigration Minister asking that Dr Leghaei not be deported, but the request was denied.
Dr Leghaei had planned to fly out with his wife and daughter but leave behind his three sons.