Islamic Leaders Upset at Behead Mum
By Stephen Johnson,
September 18, 2012, 12:02 pm
Islamic community leaders deny their children are being radicalised after a mother whose young son held a sign calling for beheadings turned herself in to police.
The woman went to police on Monday but NSW Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward says the boy will stay with his parents.
"The police then went back to the house and assessed the children and assessed that they were safe so that is where they remain," Ms Goward told ABC radio.
Senior Muslim community figures have condemned the action of the woman, whose boy was photographed holding a sign saying "Behead all those who insult the Prophet" at Saturday's violent protest in Sydney against an anti-Islamic film.
The image quickly went viral, sparking community outrage and calls by Premier Barry O'Farrell for an investigation by the Department of Family Services.
Lebanese Muslim Association president Samier Dandan says while he welcomes the mother's decision to go to police, he disapproves of the behaviour.
"That's something that we don't encourage within our community, it's something we condemn," he told reporters at Lakemba mosque in Sydney's west on Tuesday.
Mr Dandan said he would try to talk to the mother, but added he had been told the boy may have found the sign on the street and was "caught up in the hype" during the demonstrations.
Even at such a young age the blood lust for decapitation over rides any innocence normally found in children in Australia.
"Does a child really understand what's written on that placard?" he said.
Silma Ihram, a board member of the Australian Muslim Women's Association, said she did not believe such incidents were widespread as she fronted the Lakemba news conference with Mr Dandan on behalf of 25 Muslim groups.
"We are sick and tired of everyone mocking our beloved Prophet," protester Houda Dib told
"They have no right to mock our Prophet. We don't go around mocking anyone's religion."
One speaker called for calm, saying the aim of their protest had been to send a message.
"We are here for the sake of our God," he said.
"The message is clear, you cannot mock (the Prophet)."
Ms Ihram said that in a democratic nation, parents should feel free to take their children to demonstrations.
"We don't want to see a situation where people are afraid to take their children and participate," she said.
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Video captures 8-year-old 'Jihad girl' urging Islamic uprising
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SHE may be the youngest voice of Islamic fundamentalism to be broadcast in Australia.
This is a recording of 8-year-old Ruqaya urging other children to join the fight for a global Islamic state. As she sees it, “nobody is too young”.
Ruqaya delivered her speech to an audience of 600 at a conference called Muslims Rise, hosted by an Islamic group called Hizb ut-Tahrir. It was held in Bankstown in Sydney’s west on Sunday.
Muslims Rise advocates the restoration of the Islamic caliphate - a global government for all muslims, operating under strict sharia law.
Ruqaya was one of nine speakers in a considerable line-up, which included a controversial keynote from Taji Mustafa, described by the Opposition as a "hate preacher".
"My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, as the world gathers against the believers in Syria ... seeking to hijack our sincere and blessed uprisings, children in Sydney would like to send their message of hope and support to the Muslims of (Syria), especially to the children and mothers," Ruqaya said in her speech.
"These uprisings have demonstrated that this umma (global Muslim community) is alive and well, her love is for jihad, she is unshackled herself from the fear which she held, and she yearns to once again live under the banner of (the Islamic state).
"Children as young as myself can be seen on the streets joining the uprisings, risking their lives to bring food, water and medicine to their wounded family members, some of them never returning to their mothers ... Nobody is too young," she said.