AFIC President Ikebal Patel has today denied a report in Fairfax newspapers which claimed AFIC had sacked the sheik from the position of mufti, and abolished the position. "No, we haven't sacked the mufti ... (Sheik Hilali) is still the mufti," Mr Patel told Sky News this morning.I have news for Mr Patel: no we're not scoffing, that is what we are afraid of. That the Sheik's views are not held by a Lunatic Fringe, but a sizeable proportion of the Islamic community here, including most of the Clerics.
He said the report, which claimed AFIC had severed all ties with Sheik Hilali, could be discounted.
However, he confirmed the sheik's pay had been suspended some time last year.
"The position of mufti itself is very much there and the ... incumbent, while not being paid for the position, is still the holder of the position," he said.
"I will probably be scoffed at when I say this, but he's probably one of the most moderate of the imams in Australia..."
Sunday, 8 April 2007
From The Australian, about the "Cat's Meat" Mufti, the Thick Sheik, Sheik Taj al Din al Hilali: