He called on Allah's wrath to be on others and now the police have expressed concerns about his safety. In his March sermon, the Tunisian-born Mosque Preacher Sheikh Sharif Hussein Sheikh who is said to be a leading member of the Adelaide Islamic community, attacked Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, US President Barack Obama and called Australian soldiers in Iraq as "Crusader pigs". The video of a sermon was published online by the US-based Middle East Media Research Institute, this week.
Australian media reported that the police are examining the entire content of the sermon to understand the context and determine whether any crime was committed.
Meanwhile the Muslim community of Adelaide has decried the sermon and said it would oppose anything which is against the peaceful, multicultural, wonderful and varied fabric of the wider Australian community.
Media reports said that in his sermon, to the more than two dozen followers in March, when the video was shot, the Sheikh said that Muslims were being raped and slaughtered around the world. In Iraq, American and British crusader troops, aided by the Australian troops raped "tens of thousands of women" he is reported to have said.
Adelaide daily newspaper, The Advertiser which reported the story and quoted the Sheikh said it had confirmed the translation with independent translators.
"The Australian participation in the Crusaders' war on Iraq is 6 per cent. This is out of approximately 365,000 Crusader pigs sent to Iraq, during the term of (Mr Howard), Allah's wrath be upon him," he is reported to have said.
"Listen, oh Obama, oh enemy of Allah, you who kiss the shoes and feet of the Jews. Listen! The day will come when you are trampled upon by the pure feet of the Muslims."
"Oh Allah, count the Buddhists and the Hindus one by one. Oh Allah, count them and kill them to the very last one."
Coming at a time when the country is gearing up for elections next month, this video will fuel further debate on Muslim complains, of deep-seated Islamophobia and race-based treatment in Australia.
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