Feiz Mohammad

Feiz Mohammad (born 1970) is an Australian Muslim preacher of Lebanese descent, noted for his Islamic fundamentalism . He is the head of the Global Islamic Youth Center in Liverpool, suburb of Sydney, Australia. He was featured on a 2007 British television documentary for hate speech called Undercover Mosque . Feiz is a Salafi. [1]

Biography

Mohammad is of Lebanese origin, and was born in Sydney, Australia , in 1970. [2] [3] His father is from Lebanon. [4] He is a boxer and bodybuilder. [5] [6] Mohammad studied under Sheikh Mohammed Omran , the spiritual leader of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association (Australia) , who feels in 1990, to Saudi Arabia’s Islamic University of Madinah , where he spent four years studying Islamic law . He returned to Australia in 1997. [2] [7] [8]

Mohammad fled to Tripoli , Lebanon, in November 2005 and was believed to have lived there by 2007 through at least December 2008. [2] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] He relocated to Malaysia to continue Islamic studies, and returned to Australia, likely in 2010, to open a new prayer hall in Auburn . [14] [15] [16] [17]

In March 2011, Mohammad returned to Australia after a six-year absence. [18] He established the Central Dawah Center in Auburn (now the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Auburn). [5] It has a number of other locations in Sydney and elsewhere in Australia. [5] He is associated with and supported by the Islamic organization Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah , and has delivered sermons at their center in Auburn. [14] [18] [3] [19] His last known residence as of September 2012 was in the Southern Highlands . [5]

In his book Ticking Time Bomb: Counter-Terrorism Lessons from the US Government’s Failure to Prevent the Strong Hood Attack (2011), US Senator Joe Lieberman’s training described Feiz Mohammad and others as “virtual spiritual sanctioners” who use the internet to offer religious justification for Islamist terrorism. [20]

Global Islamic Youth Center

In Australia, Mohammad and others founded the Global Islamic Youth Center in Sydney suburb of Liverpool in 2000 to “cater for the physical, social, educational and religious needs, especially for youth and children, in accordance with the teachings of the Quran “. [11] He was head in 2005, and in 2008 was still active at the center. [11] [12] [21] Even after he left Australia for Lebanon, he continued to direct the center from abroad. [22]

As of December 2008, the Global Islamic Youth Center had $ 700,000 towards a new facility in Liverpool. [11] A spokesman said that the center was “for all those kids out there who are lost,” and “would encourage them to try to follow the right path.” [11]

Controversy

Position on rape

In March 2005, Mohammad blamed women for being rape victims, in a speech that he gave at the Bankstown Town Hall. [6] [12] [23] [24] [25] At a $ 15-a-head reading to more than 1,000 people, he said:

A victim of rape every minute somewhere in the world. Why? No one to blame but herself. She displayed her beauty to the entire world … Strapless, backless, sleeveless, showing their legs, nothing but satanic skirts, slit skirts, translucent blouses, miniskirts, tight jeans: all this tease man and appeal to his carnal nature. Would you like this sheep that you love in the middle of hungry wolves? No … It would be devoured. It’s the same situation here. You’re putting this precious girl in front of lustful, satanic eyes of hungry wolves. What is the consequence? Catastrophic devastation, sexual harassment, perversion, promiscuity. [6] [23] [26]

Death Series DVD reads

In 2007, a set of 16 DVDs of Mohammed’s sermons, called the Death Series , became a focus of attention at the Attorney-General of Australia . [27] [28] The DVDs urge young Muslims to kill infidel non-believers and sacrifice their lives for Allah. It says the children should be taught that they want to die in Muhajid [holy warrior], “and that the parents should” put in their soft, tender heart of jihad and the love of love. martyrdom “, preach jihad . He said: ” Kaffir(non-Muslim) is the worst word ever written, a sign of infidelity, disbelief, filth, a sign of dirt. ” [11] [21] He also calls Jews” pigs, “and laughs about killing them, as he makes snorting noises. [12] [13] [21] [29] [30]

The DVDs came to public attention when they were featured in the documentary Undercover Mosque , which aired on Britain ‘s Channel 4 . [13] [30] The DVDs were sold by children in the parking lot of a Birmingham mosque. [13] [30]

The Australian Federal Police and Australia’s Attorney-General investigated whether Mohammed’s sermons broke laws against sedition, racial vilification , and inciting violence and terrorism. [27] [28] In January 2007, two Australian Federal Police raided the Global Islamic Youth Center and removed copies of the Death Series DVD set from the premises. [31] Australian Acting Attorney-General Kevin Andrews called the DVDs “offensive, unacceptable and outrageous” and “imports of hatred”. [30] NSW Premier Morris Iemmasaid the DVD preachings were “reprehensible and offensive” and that “The fate of incitement that the DVD encourages is incitement to acts of violence and acts of terror.” [32] The Opposition called for inciting terrorism, and the Federal Opposition leader Kevin Rudd said the comments were obscene and an incitement to terrorism, and that he wanted the government to act, and that Mohammad “has no place in our society “. [13] “I would say this to Sheik Mohammed: Do not return to Australia, you are not welcome here,” said Rudd. [3] [33]

In July 2007, federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock , referring to the DVDs, said that “Australia is in need of a terrorist attack, it is unacceptable.” [34] He added: “People who may be susceptible to carrying out a terrorist act must not be instructed in how to do it, how to use household products to produce a bomb, or be encouraged to think about violent jihad and own life. ” [34]

Vic Alhadeff, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO, said “He has a significant number of followers and … it is inevitable that these will be influenced by these grotesque remarks.” [30] Opposition education spokesman Andrew Stoner said the NSW government must ensure that its Global Islamic Youth Center would not teach the “extremist views” and “messages of hate” of Mohammad to young school children. [35]

Other readings

He said:

“Jews are pigs that will be killed at the end of the world”. [17] He also said about Jews, “They have gotten the most extreme racial pride in the world … They say that every single non-Jew is a slave created to serve the Jews … will come. ” [36] [37]

In late 2008 a site called Faith Over Fear had links to the Center. [21] Mohammad calling on Muslims to sacrifice their lives to wage war against the West. [21]

Mohammed later apologized in an interview for referring to Jews as pigs, and said that his reference to jihad was misunderstood. [28] In September 2012, speaking of his record controversial statements, Mohammad said: “So, not that I retracted what I said in the past, but I wiser than I was in the past.” [38]

Call for beheading of the Dutch politician

In an internet chat room , Mohammad incited Muslim followers to behead Dutch politician Geert Wilders , it became known in September 2010. [12] His rationale was his accusation that Wilders had “denigrat [ed]” Islam, and that anyone who “mocks, laughs or degrades Islam “as wilders had to be killed” by chopping off his head “. [12] [15] [25] [39] [40] The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf released an excerpt of the talk. [15] [41]Sheikh Fedaa Majzoub, the vice president of the NSW branch of the National Imams Council, said that the comments were “completely rejected by us as Islamic authorities”. [15] Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilaly, mufti of Australia and imam of the Lakemba mosque, also spoke out against the remarks. [15]

After the Boston Boston Marathon bombing , Wilders wrote:

Three years ago, Feiz Mohammed issued an internet video in which he called for my beheading. I was, he said, “evil filth”. “Chop his head off,” he told his followers. I am an Islam critic. But, make no mistake, I am not only one who is in danger. The Tsarnaev brothers drew inspiration from Feiz Mohammed’s internet rants and decided to kill innocent onlookers at a marathon. Everyone is in danger. [42]

Denouncement by Taj El-Din Hilaly

In March 2011, Australia’s most senior Islamic leader, Imam Sheikh Taj El-Din Hilaly of Australia’s largest mosque at Lakemba , denounced Feiz Mohammad. [14] He called Feiz Mohammad dangerous, and insisted that he be banned from delivering sermons to young Muslims. [14] He said his preaching “can lead young people to move away from their family [and] to distance and isolate themselves.” [43] He added, “If they had something to do with the Australian Medical Association, they would not allow him to be preached, they would not give him a license …” _him_. ” [44]

Feiz Mohammad has been invited to the spiritual leader Anwar al-Awlaki from his website. [14] [43] [44] [45]

Denied connection with Boston marathon bombing suspects

It was reported in April 2013 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev , a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings , had a YouTube page that included four of Feiz Mohammad’s videos. [2] [46] Mohammad volunteered to NSW police that he had no connection with the suspects. [2] [47] [48] [49] [50] [51] Attorney-General of Australia Mark Dreyfus said that Mohammad “condemned the use of violence” and “changed his attitude”, radicalization of Australian youth. [52]Dutch politician Geert Wilders wrote: “Dreyfus has had a great faith in the conversion of the hate-preacher.But I did not share this optimism …. Nor did the Tsarnaev brothers hear Sheikh Mohammed declares that the Islam is preached earlier is not true Islam. ” [42] Professor Clive Williams, who teaches at Macquarie University’s Center for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, believes Mohammad’s extremist videos should be taken off the internet. [46]

See also

  • Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association (Australia)
  • Islam in Australia
  • Islamic organizations in Australia
  • Islamic schools and branches
  • Mohammed Omran

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