The Q Society, the courageous group of freedom fighters that sponsored and organized my speaking tour of Australia last December, has the story:
AFL Mandates Prayer Rooms in all Australian Footy Stadiums – Will the call of the muezzin soon ring out at quarter time?
22 April 2012, Melbourne – Q Society of Australia Inc acknowledges the right of the AFL and stadium operators to provide whatever facilities they deem necessary to encourage and increase patronage at their functions. However, as representatives of citizens concerned with the spread of political Islam and sharia law in Australia, Q Society voices strong objection to such ill-advised developments.
It is important to outline the reasons for this objection.
Observant Muslims can take part in football just as they take part in other activities without needing a prayer room wherever they go. Koran and Hadiths clearly acknowledge (references below) the need to modify the prayer schedule, especially when in non-Islamic countries. Missed prayers can be made-up later when there is opportunity. The Islamic religion is much more practical than some Muslim fundamentalists want us to believe.
Requests for prayer rooms in secular spaces do not come from average Australian Muslims. Do we recall the Pakistani or Bangladeshi cricket teams complaining? Are visiting sport teams from the Middle East on public record with such requests? These demands are conceived by fundamentalists and Islamic activists seeking to impose their divisive religious lifestyle on to what they perceive our “˜infidel” society.
This seemingly simple and apparently moderate request for pious Muslims to be able to practice their religion while in public venues, heralds once more the stepped introduction of Islamic sharia law. It starts with a multi-faith prayer room, moves to a Muslim-only prayer room, on to gender-segregated Muslim prayer rooms, then Muslim-only ablution facilities and eventually a staffed mosque. Examples abound in our universities. Spreading from one facility to another, gender segregation and religious apartheid are suddenly entrenched in our society. No other religious group has similar aspirations.
This is not an extremist reaction, but a factual response based on documented methods used by political Islam to achieve its long-term aim of imposing sharia law worldwide.
Verifiable history plays out before our eyes. Europe shows us the next steps in this process.
Many European cities reveal how segregation has advanced to Muslim-only zones where the indigenous population dare not venture. All from the same well meant, but ill-advised path some short-sighted Australian politicians and the AFL are beginning to tread.
Q Society stands with the majority of Australians for a free and integrated community, with one secular law applied equally to all Australians. There is no place for gender segregation or religious apartheid anywhere in our Commonwealth. There is no place for sharia law, even at its most basic level, in Australia.
Q Society believes religion belongs in churches, synagogues, temples and mosques, not in footy stadiums or any other secular public space in Australia.
Koran Sura 4:101
“And when ye go forth in the land, it is no sin for you to curtail (your) worship if ye fear that those who disbelieve may attack you. In truth the disbelievers are an open enemy to you.”
Hadith narrated by al-Bukhaari (571) and Muslim (631):
“O Messenger of Allaah, I could hardly pray “˜Asr until the sun had almost set.” The Prophet said: “By Allaah, I did not pray it either.” We went to Bat-haan and he did wudoo” for prayer and so did we, then he prayed “˜Asr after the sun had set, then he prayed Maghrib after that.
Hadith narrated by al-Bukhaari (572) and Muslim (684):
“Whoever forgets a prayer or sleeps and misses it, the expiation for that is to pray it when he remembers.”
About Q Society of Australia Inc
Q Society of Australia Inc is a national grassroots organisation run by volunteers since 2010.
Our members are concerned about the socio-political problems associated with the rise of Islamic sharia law in Australia; as well as religiously-motivated human rights abuses against women and indigenous religious minorities in OIC countries. We seek to inform and lobby for a free and open discussion about the socio-political impact of Islam in Australia. We oppose the Islamisation of our society and attempts to silence critical debate under the pretence of multicultural tolerance. No tolerance for the intolerant.