Pakistani scholar, Muhammad Raza Saqib Mustafai, has been sent back to Pakistan after the emergence of a controversial video of the scholar in which he stated that the world will be cleansed and purified if the Jews are wiped out. He was allegedly reported to say that Jews are the root cause of anarchy and should be completely eliminated in order to establish peace.
The speech was delivered to 50 Muslims in Black town on Monday. Community members attending the scholar’s sermon said that he did not say anything controversial or objectionable.
Mustafai has a huge Facebook following and his words have significant impact upon millions thus his recent sermon promised dangerous implications, therefore, the Australian officials took immediate notice.
He delivered the sermon at the Ghausia Majid, Black town and the Al-Madinah Masjid in Liverpool over the weekend. When the imam of Ghausia Masjid was asked about the entire incident, he refrained from passing any comment over the issue. Fairfax media already alerted the Pakistan Association of Australia after which Mustafai’s talk was cancelled in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
The Pakistanis residing in Australia believe in harmony and respect all the various people living in Australia, association President Abbas Khan said that harmony is the only way forward and they are truly shocked by such a video.
He further elaborated that Mr. Mustafai is a prominent scholar and has deleivered many sermons in Australia regarding peace. He has always respected the land, however, the recent tour has been cancelled to avoid the misunderstanding and eliminate all controversies.
According to a translation by pro-Israel media agency, Mr. Mustafai is quoted as following.
Muslims are not terrorists; they are the lovers of peace and preachers of peace. And all the troubles that exist around the world are because of the Jews. When the Jews are wiped out, then the world would be purified
Mr. Mustafai, a sunni scholar, is the imam at the mosque in Gujranwala. He is also the founder of Idara-tul-Mustafa, an institution preaching verbal and written teachings of Islam and fundamentals of religion
Many have raised serious concerns over the scholar’s speech, chairman of anti-defamation commission has condemned the act. Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, said that:
If the public truly understood the extremist and bigoted rhetoric espoused in the speeches and their potential potency, they would not want this leader speaking to impressionable young men and women and poisoning their hearts and minds.
Pakistan Australian Association have raised apprehensions after the recent issue while the department of immigration and Border Protection have refused to comment on the issue.