Toowoomba Muslims hit back at 'extremist' Pauline Hanson
AN Islamic religious leader in Toowoomba has hit back at controversial Queensland Senator Paul Hanson's claims that Australia risks being "swamped" by Muslims, calling her an extremist.
Ms Hanson made the claims in her maiden speech and also echoed her infamous speech 20 years ago in which she said the country was in danger of being swamped by Asians.
Professor Shahjahan Khan, the founding president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba said Ms Hanson was either either ill or uninformed on Islam.
He also accused her of deliberately spreading false claims to divide Australians for what he called "unethical political gain".
Prof Khan, who was also the vice president of the Islamic Council Queensland, said he had invited her to the Garden City Mosque just after the Federal election to sit together and discuss her false claims about Islam.
"I am yet to hear from her," he said.
Prof Khan said Muslims in Toowoomba were very open.
"Our mosque is open to anyone, and she is welcome to have an open discussion over a morning or afternoon tea or lunch or dinner as she prefers.
"It seems that she is a great helper of the extremist and violent groups in recruiting their supporters by dividing Australians and promoting hate and creating environment of Australians fight Australians.
"This is what the extremists want, and she is playing into their hands."
Prof Khan said Ms Hanson's "politics of hate" had not only unleashed attacks on Muslims and Asians but now extended to demanding Australia exit from the United Nations.
"People may wonder if she would suggest non-indigenous Australians exit Australia?" he said.
"Where is the end of it?
"A party without any credible policy or plan to tackle the most important issues of our nation - recognition of the right of the first people, national security, health, education, environment, economy, regional and foreign relations etc - lacks credibility to be doing any good for the public.
"If she is a genuine politician, I request her to promote unity of all Australians and engage with everyone concerned to remove her ignorance and get her facts straight from original sources and people with authentic knowledge."
Prof Khan said Islam was an ancient religion and deeply and widely related to the many teachings of the Bible.
"It has peacefully co-existed with many faiths including Christianity and Judaism for well over 14 centuries.
"No one needs to re-invent the wheel, any claim to do so is only exposing the hidden gross ignorance or deliberate hate-mongering.
"I commend Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten for speaking against her divisive rhetoric, and I hope she would stop spreading Islamophobia and speak for all Australians regardless of faith and ethnicity."
I was thinking of taking it easy on community work, than Pauline Hanson gave her speech. Can't let bigotry and racism be only voice, can we?— Ali Kadri (@alikadri_au) September 14, 2016