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International: Australia – Islamic extremism

May 2017

Extremist Islamic preachers have been operating across Australia, reports from Barnabas Fund have revealed.

During one meeting of Hezb ut Tahrir in a public library in Sydney, reports claim the preacher told those attending, ‘Islam is clear that apostates do attract capital punishment. We don’t shy away from that’.

Although the statement has made news headlines in Australia and police have been asked to investigate, Barnabas Fund has said this should ‘surprise no one’. In an editorial, the Christian aid and advocacy organisation stated, ‘Barnabas Fund has for many years been highlighting the problem of apostasy sections of sharia.

‘All four schools of sharia in Sunni Islam (Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki and Shaf’i) as well as the Shi’a (Ja’fari) require any sane adult male leaving Islam to be killed within three days. The same punishment applies to women in three of the schools (Hanbali, Maliki and Shaf’i), while the other two require women to be imprisoned until she repents, with the Shi’a (Ja’fari) also requiring her to be beaten with rods.

‘Even children and young people are not exempt from the apostasy law. All five schools of sharia require them to be imprisoned until they reach adulthood, at which point the adult penalty must be applied’.

Hiding intentions

Although only a handful of countries such as Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan actually enshrine this in their legal systems and carry it out, these sharia punishments for apostasy legitimise and encourage vigilante violence against anyone who leaves Islam.

‘That is why so many Christian converts from Islam face huge levels of intimidation and violence’, the editorial continued. ‘Groups such as Hezb ut Tahrir try to present themselves as peaceful, reasonable people. By doing this they have managed to avoid being banned in Western countries such as Australia and the UK.

‘But, if anyone reads the draft sharia constitutions Hezb ut Tahrir have produced for both Australia and the UK, it is clear, even though their methods may differ from IS and Al Qaeda, they share the same aims of creating an Islamic state with sharia enforced on Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

‘What is happening here is that groups like Hezb ut Tahrir are using the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya (hiding one’s true intention to gain an advantage)’.

Barnabas Fund has raised a petition calling for effective government action to protect Christian converts from Islam against retaliation. To sign the petition, go to https://barnabasfund.org/walk-the-mile

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