Islam condemns “all forms of violence” along with the claims made by terrorist group Islamic State so is therefore in no need of a reformation, according to the Spiritual Mufti of Australians, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed (pictured above, left).
“Islam is not in any need of reformation since with normative principles and practices of the religion allow [sic] Muslims to harmoniously coexist within pluralist societies that are based on the universal values of compassion and justice,” Dr Mohammed said in a press release posted to his Facebook page in response to former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
As Breitbart London has reported, Mr Abbott, who was ousted from his leadership position in a coup by his own conservative coalition in September, said in an interview with Australian broadcaster Sky News on Tuesday that “all cultures are not equal.”
“A culture that believes in decency and tolerance is much to be preferred to one which thinks that you can kill in the name of God, and we’ve got to be prepared to say that,” he said.
Mr Abbott followed up his statements in a column for The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney, pointing to the death of two Australians at the Lindt café siege in Sydney in December 2014 and the shooting of police accountant in Parramatta in October as reasons the Muslim religion needs to be overhauled.
He pushed for change within Islam and said Western Civilisation should declare “clear superiority” over a culture that justified killing people in the name of God.
“Islam needs to delegitimise the urge to ‘behead all those who insult the Prophet’ but only Muslims can do this,” he wrote.
“It’s also time Australians stopped being apologetic about the values that have made our country as free, fair and prosperous as any on Earth,” he said.
Mr Abbott’s comments also received condemnation from media website Muslim Village founder, Ahmed Kilani, who said the former prime minister was delivering ill-informed “hate speech”.
“It is extremely disappointing to see what is tantamount to hate speech coming from someone that was only a few weeks ago prime minister of Australia,” Dr. Kilani told ABC News.
“He is playing right into the hands of the extreme fringe of society that want to create an ‘us and them’ world full of fear and hatred.”
Despite his critics, Mr Abbott has shown no sign of retreat. As Breitbart London reported yesterday, Mr Abbott told a conference in Singapore that Islam’s “submit or die” culture should have no future in the modern world.
“I am more than ready to assert the superiority of a culture that is decent and humane, and welcoming, over a culture that thinks it’s right to kill in the name of God,” he said.
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