Mosque opens to ease fears


With hundreds of Australian troops readying for deployment to Syria, Muslim communities here are preparing to open their doors to the public.

They hope the move will ease community fears about their religion and way of life.

Whitney Angell reports.

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Muslim people say they’re tired of misguided threats.

Pamphlets filled with abusive language were scattered around Logan mosque on the weekend.

Spokesman Ali Kabri says hate crimes – not mosques – encourage extremism.

And the Islamic community wants to meet with the public to separate fact from fiction.

Ali Kabri, Community spokesman: “It’s the community, the leaders, both sides, have to come together, sit down, talk.”

Kabri says politicians too, must be careful in what they say publicly.

Ali Kabri, Community spokesman:”The government has to be very responsible in the statements that they make.”

Logan and Holland Park mosques will hold open sessions this Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile on social media, the campaign to stop the mosques continues.

Coordinator of that campaign, James Darby, argues mosques do encourage extremism saying hundreds of Australians are already fighting with the militants.

James Darby, Stop the Mosque coordinator: “I’m not saying ban Islam, I’m saying ban the result of Islam.”

Mr Kabri says Mr Darby is welcome at his mosque.

Ali Kabri, Community spokesman: “I will sit down and listen to him whatever he has to say and I’ll tell him mate, I love this country as much as you do.”

Another full open day at the Logan mosque will be held October 25th.

Whitney Angell, QUT News.