23 September 2012

Disunity, not anger, is the Muslim dilemma

Disunity, not anger, is the Muslim dilemma, by Kelly Burke (Sydney Morning Herald, 22 September 2012)

Excerpts:
For the better part of a decade, three bodies claiming to represent the interests of all Muslims in the state have vied for supremacy: The Lebanese Muslim Association, the Islamic Council of NSW and the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (recently renamed Muslims Australia). What made Tuesday's joint condemnation of last weekend's violence so significant was the fact that 25 Muslim organisations managed to join forces and agree on a position. But of equal significance was who was absent from that list of 25 signatories calling for an end to the violence.
Although Shiites make up about 15 per cent of Australian's Muslim community, there were no Shiite organisations on the list.
An even more glaring omission was the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, which remained aloof from the collective condemnation and issued its own directive. The inclusion in the group of the Islamic Council of NSW was not unrelated to the federation's absence, so deep is the animosity that runs between the two.

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