Australia: Should ASWJA be Declared a Terrorist Organization?
Malcolm Turnbull, within a few days of being sworn into office, sent a text message to ASWJA founder Mohammed Omran to mark the start of the Eid-al-Adha festival.
Sheik Mohammed Omran, who told The Weekend Australian earlier last year that he felt like a foreigner in his own country due to the Abbott government’s approach to Muslim affairs, said the message was a “very good impression’’ from the new Prime Minister.
“It showed the change,’’ the Sheik said yesterday. “It may be just a political change, but it is a great indication to receive an SMS from the Prime Minister himself.
“He has enough knowledge to understand that Muslims have a great civilisation, they are part of a global civilisation, you need them and you can’t get rid of them, anyhow. So better to work with them than be against them.’’
No Omran, he is just an idiot, he should have know who you were before reaching out to you.
This one is so mind-boggling simple it is hard to believe the Australian Government has not acted sooner. Right from the beginning this one was going to become a problem for the country, Mohammed Omran, also known as Sheikh Abu Ayman, established the Australian branch of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association, Omran is Australia’s most senior Salafist cleric. The organization ASWJA is alleged to have established ties with Jemaah Islamiah and al-Qaeda.
In 2003 Questions have were raised about whether Australian authorities are doing enough to curtail the activities of suspect nationals, after the ABC revealed details of contacts between two Australians and top European al-Qaeda suspects.
The evidence of the Australian links is contained in documents from Spanish court proceedings against Abu Dahdah, who is accused of heading Spain’s al-Qaeda cell. The lawyer for Abu Dahdah says Australian authorities have not sought to question his client about his Australian connections, but are welcome to do so.
The court documents show contact between Spain’s Abu Dahdah and Melbourne man, Sheikh Mohammed Omran and Sydney man, Bilal Khazal, both of whom are involved in fundamentalist Islamic organisations.
The Australian Federal Police say that they are aware of the contact and that both men are persons of interest, but they won’t reveal what action they’re taking. And there is a cautionary note from within the moderate Muslim community this morning, about over-reacting to unproven allegations.
Since then Omran has some well trained students at Hume Islamic Youth Centre (HIYC) A young Melbourne man who attended HIYC, planned to launch a series of bombings across Melbourne, then travelled to Iraq where he carried out an Islamic State suicide bombing mission in which only he was killed (not sure if that scores you any virgins). Another terrorist, now deceased, was one of at least five fighters who grew up close to, or attended the HIYC.
He established prayer-halls in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. At his centre in Brunswick, Victoria, the convicted-terrorist, Abdul Nacer Benbrika was a teacher and a deputy-leader. The Radical cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika continues to have influence in and outside jail, despite being in restrictive maximum security conditions. A number of his followers have died fighting for Islamic State since his incarceration, his son was stopped from flying to Syria to perform “humanitarian work” like Omran’s son Ayman Omran been killed in Syria doing “humanitarian work”.
Omran is said to be the grandfather of Islamic fundamentalism in Melbourne, he refutes any link to terrorism but his words would leave you little doubt: In 2005, when speaking about Osama bin Laden he said, “When you look at the man from some part of his life, yes he is a great man”
Read the article “The Islamic Centre in Melbourne linked to Christmas terror plot,” by Chris Johnston, The Age, December 24, 2016.
Hardcore preachers Musa Cerantonio and Junaid Thorne, who have had their passports revoked by the federal government, have both given talks at Omran’s centres. His Brunswick mosque attracted 18 devotees who were later convicted in Victoria and New South Wales by Operation Pendennis, Australia’s largest counter-terrorism sting.
Some of those, including men known to have attended the Hume Centre, were accused of being a part of a terrorism cell led by Abdul Nacer Benbrika (aka Abu Bakr), who was jailed for 15 years in 2009….