Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon has a message for Australians, whether they want to hear it or not.
“One day Australia will be ruled by sharia, no doubt,” he declares. “That is why non-Muslims are worried, because they know one day they won’t be able to drink their beer, they won’t be able to eat their pork and they won’t be able to do their homosexual acts, because one day they know they will be controlled.”
Now, remember, if we say Sharia will forbid beer and pork and persecute homosexuals, we’re Islamophobes.
Siddiq-Conlon sits on the steps of the NSW Parliament House, the location he has chosen to launch his rhetorical attack on democracy, which he describes as “an evil system of life”.
“Right now in the Western world we’re on the edge of a crisis, of extinction, because of democracy. OK, so don’t tell me democracy has the answers and is peaceful. Democracy is the reason for the world’s problems.”
Siddiq-Conlon is the face and voice of Sharia4Australia, a group formed in Sydney’s southwest to agitate for Islamic law, starting with the introduction of sharia courts and ending, in his ideal world, with Islamic rule.
While he claims to eschew violence, he unapologetically preaches hate. An online video posted by his group describes its members as “uncompromising [in] their disallegiance, disloyalty and hate for the disbelievers”.
“I hate the parliament. I hate [democracy] with a pure hate,” he says. Moreover, it is obligatory for all Muslims to reject democracy, because it is a challenge to God’s law: “They must hate it, speak out against it, and if that doesn’t work, take action against it.”
Siddiq-Conlon formed Sharia4Australia last year, styling himself as the new champion for Islamic law in Australia.
Here’s a thought: can we make the use of “4” for the word “for” a deportable offense? That might also have helped with Anjem Choudary’s Islam4UK.
An online video announcing its emergence stated: “For far too long now Aust has been ruled by a corrupt evil infedile [sic] group of people who are clear disbelievers in the sight of Allah. It is time for change. Time at least for the truth.
But not for spell-checking.
“Today Muslim youth and the oppressed and weak Muslims march forward with their flags behind brother Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon. O Muslims stand tall, take the vow and pledge allegiance to none other than Allah and his Messengerorting and vowing allegiance w the Muslims while disloyalty to the disbelievers and their kufr [infidel] ways.”
Bringin’ back sexy, Rasulullah-style:
In person, Siddiq-Conlon initially seems harmless enough. He dresses in a white cotton tunic, trousers and sandals, with a neatly trimmed beard and a touch of black kohl eyeliner, in the style said to have been favored by the original companions of the Prophet Mohammed. […]
“I’m an Aussie, I’m a full-bred Aussie, you can’t get more Aussie than me,” he insists.
But his proclaimed love for Australia is followed quickly by a prediction that, ultimately, Muslims here will have to fight for Islamic law. He doubts the struggle will begin in the next 10 or 20 years, but hopes it will occur in his lifetime. “People don’t give up [their land without a fight]. There’s always been a fight. It is inevitable that one day there will be a struggle for Islam in Australia. We don’t shy away from it. Whether it means we get put in jail, kicked out of the country. If it means harm to us, so be it.”
Nor does his disavowal of violence extend to Australian troops in Afghanistan, who he describes as “evil”.
“Obviously I don’t support the killing of innocent people, but these American and Australian troops have gone there to kill Muslims. What do they expect? Yes, they deserve to die. Under sharia, yes they do. That is the judgment of sharia. They are eligible to be attacked.”
Until this week, Siddiq-Conlon was barely known outside or even within the Muslim community. But that changed with his inflammatory verbal assault on democracy and his appearance in a debate in Sydney’s Paramatta last night, albeit one that was attended by only a few dozen people.
He welcomes the publicity and dismisses concerns that he is damaging the wider Muslim community, saying “if it causes a backlash against the Muslims, I can’t help that, this is a necessary debate”.
The debate coincides with comments last week by Sydney cleric Sheikh Taj Din al-Hilali that Islamic extremism is on the rise in Australia. Hilali told The Australian: “I am worried for our community and our society. I am worried for that because this will encourage the youth to act against elections and act against dealing with others, which is dangerous.” He warned of Rambo-style preachers whose aggressive sermons appealed to “the way of youth”….
And Hilali is such a beacon of moderation. You may remember him from such outrageous statements as comparing unveiled women to “uncovered meat” left out for roaming cats. He may be trying to re-brand himself as a friendlier, more moderate figure, also participating in flood aid projects while going on about Australian unity (thanks to Dumbledoresarmy).