Religion

From Muhammad to Anthony Mundine

In January 2007, the controversial Grand Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Taj Uddin alHilali, claimed that Muslims had a much greater right to Australia than non-Muslim white Australian citizens. “Anglo-Saxons came to Australia in chains,” he told an Egyptian chat show, Cairo Today, “while we paid our way and came in freedom. We are more Australian than them. Australia is not an Anglo-Saxon country—Islam has deep roots in Australian soil that were there before the English arrived.” [1] On one point he was correct. Islam has had a long connection with Australia’s Aboriginal people. From the 1650s or c. 1720 (depending…

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