March 07, 2004


Super grand mega hyper ultra Mufti, the esteemed Sheik Taj el-Din Al Hilaly, could soon be busted down to mere terror-appeasing loser status:

Australia’s Muslim body may discuss stripping Grand Mufti Sheik Taj el-Din Al Hilaly of his title at its next Congress meeting over comments he allegedly made about terrorism.

The mufti has come under fire for comments he allegedly made during a sermon in Lebanon in which he made reference to the Arab martyrs and the September 11 attacks in New York as "God's work against oppressors". The chief executive officer of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Amjad Mehboob, said today the matter may come up at their next meeting on April 17. "The matter could come up for discussion...," he said. "It would be up to the members of our community to decide that." Mr Mehboob said he would also be speaking to the mufti during the week.

Maybe we shouldn’t be getting our hopes up. According to Mehboob:

But he said it was most likely the mufti had been misinterpreted.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 7, 2004 11:13 PM

Does anyone who is not a member of the Islamic community ever get a chance to know just what the Imams and associated 'spokesmen' REALLY say or pass on to their congregations or communities?

Same old, same old.

This cretin has been caught out, thanks to the Internet, and they will throw him to the wolves, and appoint another ratbag in his place with the same message.

Multicultural Australia, diversity and really, really good coffee.

Don't you just love it?

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at March 7, 2004 at 11:55 PM

they "could" take up the issue. maybe they will; maybe they won't. the oz gob't should strip this 'splodey pos of citizenship and deport him.

Posted by: ayatollah at March 8, 2004 at 03:12 AM


Andrew Bolt obtained "an official translation arranged by our embassy in Lebanon." The translators should sue for defamation at this slur on their professionalism.

Posted by: wv at March 8, 2004 at 05:46 AM

OF COURSE he was misinterpreted. He was really asking for a ham-on-rye and a beer.

Posted by: Dave P. at March 8, 2004 at 06:42 AM

;) Dave!

Posted by: BigTitsGirlie at March 8, 2004 at 07:15 AM

It's a free country, and the moronic dweebhead can say whatever he likes. If we silence everyone with a stupid/offensive opinion, we'd have a very thin public debate, wouldn't we. (OK, go on then...)

Disagree, we may - but he has the right to express his view (unless they changed that law while I wasn't looking). We should defend this. It is after all one of the things which makes "us", better than "them", is it not?

Mind you, the clown can have no complaint whatever when people criticise his remarks. That's our right - duty, even.

Posted by: Nemesis at March 8, 2004 at 10:36 AM

Blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah, I didn't actually read Tim's post about muslims holding the mufti accountable for his comments so I'm going to ramble about his right to say whatever he wants even though we have a right to critique and hold others accountable for what they say, blah blah blah blah.

Posted by: Memesis at March 8, 2004 at 10:49 AM

how could one remain "hidden" wearing all those ostrich feathers & garish make-up?

Posted by: niels at March 8, 2004 at 12:38 PM

"hidden"? how could one remain "hidden" wearing all those ostrich feathers & garish make-up?
Posted by: niels at March 8, 2004 at 12:38 PM

Surely, any such allegations about the Muffy would be placed out of context niels?

Posted by: Geoff Honnor at March 8, 2004 at 12:51 PM

Muffi not bad man Muffi GOOD man!

Posted by: Bilal Skarf at March 8, 2004 at 03:01 PM

Nemesis #1:

Yes, you have the right to say what you want.

You also have the responsibility of accepting the consequences that come about because of what you say.

/* End basic civics lesson */

Posted by: david at March 8, 2004 at 05:05 PM

I just *love* the idea that only some us must obey the laws. Do I get to pick the ones I get to break? Please? Pretty please? Maybe if I name myself Grand Poobah of the Mystical Order of Cthulhu? (That's better than a mufti, right?)

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at March 9, 2004 at 12:15 AM

I'll take the speeding law exemption. Historically my Dad used to hoon around in hotrods and whistle at pretty girls. Given my "cultural" background of fast engines and little common sense I need to express myself down the road at 200+km/h. And I'll have some virgins to go...

Posted by: JakeD at March 9, 2004 at 09:16 AM

Hey david.

That's exactly my point. But thanks for the paraphrase.


Posted by: Nemesis at March 9, 2004 at 09:17 AM

Another good word lost.

Mufti used to be what you wore when not on duty.

So a misinterpreted mufti would have been what might happen if you were out on the town and reported as AWOL or MIA; instead of a fork-tongued religious leader.

I suppose when he gets home and changes into his track suit and sneakers he's a mufti in mufti.

Posted by: ilibcc at March 9, 2004 at 02:27 PM