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‘Moderate’ Imam on Australian Defence Force Turns Out to be ‘Extremist’


So much for the notion of moderate Muslims — because the so-called moderate who was serving on Australia’s Defense Force as a religious adviser actually turned out to be quite the extremist.

Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem

As Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch found: This was a guy who opposed a ban on Sharia law in Australia and in the United States.

“He did this,” Spencer wrote, “before he was appointed a religious adviser to the [ADF]. So who decided that he was a ‘moderate’ and not an ‘extremist?’ It was no doubt simply assumed.

You know what they say about assuming, right?

Well, Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem’s extremism didn’t really come to light until a senator found he had signed a petition in favor of the Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The Daily Mail Australia reported:

A Muslim imam has resigned as a taxpayer-funded Australian Defence Force religious adviser after a senator told parliament he had signed a petition in favour of Islamist extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem quit his $717-a-day post last month, only days after Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi questioned how the government could justify employing someone who opposed democracy.

Former Iraq war veteran Bernard Gaynor, who launched a petition calling for Sheikh Saleem’s removal as Defence imam, said the government was embarrassed.

‘The government’s been very quiet about the resignation,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday.

‘They’ve been running politically correct games with in the Defence Force and they’re embarrassed by the scrutiny.’

Defence Personnel Minister Dan Tehan announced late last month Sheikh Saleem had resigned from the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services, which advises the Australian Defence Force.

His spokesman declined to detail the circumstances of the resignation in the wake of Liberal defector Senator Bernardi’s speech to parliament.

Mr Tehan’s short-lived predecessor Stuart Robert appointed Sheikh Saleem in June 2015 to his $717 a day role as a religious adviser.

Four months earlier, in February 2015, Sheikh Saleem added his name to a petition opposing then prime minister Tony Abbott’s plan to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia.

The petition argued Hizb ut-Tahrir, which supports Sharia law and has a constitution backing the death penalty for ex-Muslims, had never committed terrorist acts in Australia.

But the group’s Islamist ideology is so extreme it is banned in Germany, The Netherlands, Russia and a range of Muslim-majority nations including Indonesia Pakistan, Bangladesh and even Saudi Arabia.

You’d think someone would’ve noticed the connection with the banned group earlier, right?

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