Community Muslim leaders stood in solidarity at Parramatta this morning in an ABC press conference, calling for their community to respect and honour Australian values.
Senior Muslim clerics and community members spoke about the beliefs of the wider Muslim community, and reassured Australians that Islamic extremism was not an acceptable part of their culture. The press conference followed the extremist-fuelled murder of police IT worker Curtis Cheng by 15-year-old school student Farhad Jabar last Friday.
Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, addressed claims that Islamic extremism was a growing problem in Australia.
“A very, very small number of Muslim Australians have chosen this path,” Dr Abu Mohamed said.
“We refuse and reject any form of terrorist activities, whether this – if it’s proven to be a terrorist act – or any other.”
Maha Abdo from the Australian Muslim Women’s Association said it was paramount that the protection of families from young extremist behaviour was held in high regard.
“You can only do so much as parents but what we need to do is really inject the positive reinforcements of skilling-up our parents so that we can continue to grow together and not blame parents for something that has happened,” she said.
Muslim community members stated that there had been an increase in threats to their community since the incident and there were calls for people to remain calm and show good will.
NSW Police have also called for the Muslim community to play a larger role in monitoring potential extremist behaviour in Islamic youths. This advice was called for following police intelligence that radicalisation can occur in only three days. – Benjamin Potter
Top photo of the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed from ABC news coverage.