This story is an interesting example of how the mainstream media tries to obscure and downplay the nature and magnitude of the global jihad, and particularly to deny its Islamic character. We’re told that Man Haron Monis gave a lecture to a “packed prayer hall in Western Sydney.” Yet we’re also told that he was a “fake sheik” and that “despite styling himself as a learned spiritual Islamic leader, Monis could not answer simple questions about the religion or its texts when quizzed by Sydney Muslims.” Why was a “fake sheik” who couldn’t answer basic questions about Islam allowed to give a lecture at a Sydney mosque, and why was he able to pack the house? The contradictions in this story are obvious, and reveal the media bias and anxiety to exonerate Islam for any responsibility for the actions of Man Haron Monis.
MARTIN Place terrorist Man Haron Monis delivered a chilling lecture decrying religions other than Islam and calling for an “Islamic society” to a packed prayer hall in Western Sydney.
The fake sheik — speaking in parables littered with violent references — called for Islamic justice and for a caliphate with one religion.
The tapes were recorded in 2009, the same year Monis dropped off the national security watch list amid a string of stunning lapses before last month’s siege during which he held 18 Lindt cafe workers and customers hostage.
Years before the Martin Place attack which left cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson dead, Monis taunted foreign governments who allowed criminals to carry out acts of violence, sneering “your intelligence service is not working properly.”
“If you are not aware that there is criminal activity happening in your county, leave the position that you have. You are incompetent,” he declared.
In fist thumping speech, translated for The Daily Telegraph by a Farsi interpreter, Monis, who concentrated on war in Afghanistan, said: “Society should behave in an Islamic manner.”
He gave the audience exercises to “explore meaning” to be gauged on what he called the “Islamo-meter.”
“Please try the device which is like an Islamo-meter, and do some exercises. And then in the future everybody tries this with the map of the world and then on the map they use the Islamo-meter for each country and then they can check with the two sheet of justice-meter and performance-meter on them and try them,” he said.
“And then they can write the outcome of the experiment on the piece of paper and bring here to share their outcomes and we do an exercise.”
In paranoid tones, Monis made bizarre claims that strict Muslims faced the greatest danger of death from moderate members of their own religion.
The lengthy, and often heated, tirades call for greater Muslim influence in Australia and seem to espouse the virtues of Sharia law.
“The core of an Islamic society is justice, social justice,” Monis said.
“Society should behave in an Islamic manner and there should be justice.”
Disturbingly, Monis wailed about the importance of monitoring “friends” who blended into society before unleashing evil.
“An ignorant friend is worse than an enemy, why? Because you are always are cautious of your enemy,” he said.
“An enemy would bluntly claim that they are the enemy. An ignorant friend claims that they are friends and they approach you, you would socialise with them and associate with them, but one day like a bear, they lift a big stone and they hit it to the face of that person and kills him.”
He lashed out at people claiming “Islam is in jeopardy” and added “those are the people that are dangerous.”
Monis used a parable of violence in the animal kingdom to call on Afghans to “in action not by word … show that the lion is not the king of the jungle.”
He urged those present to use a religious occasion as “the day to say no to the idea of having more than one God.
“Yesterday they used to say that the power who controls the world in Britain, and today they say it is Russia and China and America. No, Koran says that the God is the controlling power of the world, and the determinant of the fate of any nation is that nation itself. peace be upon Mohammad.”
“He added: “you have to stand up and say no to polytheism.”
The spine-tingling revelations came as former friends helped paint a frightening portrait of the Lindt Café gunman.
They said Monis planned to establish a political party called Hezbollah Australia and once converted a large Campsie warehouse into a prayer hall where Muslim leaders issued Fatwas.
“He never said where his money came from, he was mysterious,” said refugee advocate Jamal Daoud.
“He seemed to infiltrate everyone, Sunni and Shia. He knew a lot about everybody, they knew nothing about him.
“This was high professionalism.”
Mr Daoud said Monis attended a number of mosques in Sydney, including the Nabi Akram Islamic Center, in Granville, where his religious lectures were delivered.
“He spoke in a slow, low-pitched voice. He never argued with you. He was a very good listener, he’d listen for two hours if you wanted to speak.
“Everyone that met him thought he wasn’t stupid, he’s intelligent.”
Monis also took out front page advertisements with the Australian Muslim newspaper Crescent Times, pointing readers to his “sheik Haron” website.
Despite styling himself as a learned spiritual Islamic leader, Monis could not answer simple questions about the religion or its texts when quizzed by Sydney Muslims[.]
Interesting that no source is given for that claim.