Monday, June 11, 2007

Man who has fought the fight, built the bridges

by Barney Zwartz from The Age

Sheikh Fehmi received a Centenary Medal in 2001, and the Order of Australia in the same year for services to multiculturalism by promoting tolerance and multifaith understanding ... he has also been an astute politician within Islamic community politics, and 15 years ago fought off an attempt by hard-line Wahhabi Muslims to take control of Preston mosque while he was on pilgrimage to Mecca. Tensions remain at the mosque to this day. At a time when Australian Muslims were reluctant to criticise other Muslims, Sheikh Fehmi spoke out against terrorism, and has also admonished Sheikh Hilali and radical Melbourne leader Sheikh Mohammed Omran.

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