The number of Australian Muslims who support terrorism has doubled since 2001 to more than 60,000.
The Australian Muslim community is still experiencing a major political crisis, but it’s been transformed.
Key points:Muslim leader says he has no plans to leave the partyThe former Australian Labor Party leader’s wife, Linda, is a supporter of the party, and she’s seen her own family die from a self-inflicted gunshot woundShe has been a member of the ALP for 25 years and her views on the issues are “somewhat more nuanced”than the party’s own, Dr Shah saysThe former Labor leader, Clive Palmer, is now the party leader.
He made the comment at a media conference in Melbourne, where he was invited to speak on the ABC’s Q&A program.
Dr Shah said he had no plans at the moment to leave his party.
“I’ve had conversations with the members of the Muslim community, but they are in a position where they can make their own decisions about what they want to do,” he said.
“But I do think that I am part of a larger community and that the Australian Muslim experience is one of resilience and diversity.”
Dr Shah, who is also a member in good standing of the Australian Council of Muslim Women, said he was concerned about a “mixed bag” of issues.
“In some ways, I do not agree with the way that [the Muslim community] has been brought up,” he told the ABC.
“They have been told that the Koran is the word of God and the Quran is the law of the land.”
It’s a big lie.
I don’t think that the Quran really speaks for me.
“Dr Shaykh Shah says he is worried about “mixtures of views” on a number of issues, including Australia’s response to the Ebola crisis and immigration policy.”
The Islamic community has been really exposed to the way in which the current political climate is being brought to them by the Liberal Party,” he explained.”
That is really concerning and I don�t want to see them continue to be treated like that.
“This is the sort of thing that I don���t think we can allow to happen.”
The Muslim community has a history of social and political turmoil, and Dr Shah believes the current leadership is failing them.
“There has been this kind of mixed bag of ideas and policy that the current members have put forward,” he added.
“What I think they are doing is trying to cater for a very specific group that is really a minority.”
For me personally, the way to deal with the problems is to have an inclusive society.
“What Dr Shah and his fellow Muslims want is for the government to adopt policies that promote inclusion and respect, rather than targeting and vilifying Muslims.
Dr Shaykhs views were echoed by Dr Shah’s wife Linda, who was the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Victorian Parliament.
Dr Linda Shah was a former member of Labor and the state’s then premier, and is now a member and executive member of Islamic Circle of Victoria.”
My whole family died in the shooting at my own home,” Dr Shah said.
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