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Media Watch, 1
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
IMAM BREAKS RANKS
Australia's longest-serving Imam, Sheik Fehmi Naji, delivers the murderous Mufti, al Hilaly, a fair whacking.
Stephen Crittenden: Sheikh Fehmi, Sheikh Hilaly only really speaks Arabic. We hear this talk about flowery, poetic language and him being misunderstood. Do you accept that?
Sheikh Fehmi: (laughs) I don’t buy that.
Stephen Crittenden: Why not?
Sheikh Fehmi: Because language, while I’m speaking Arabic, I know what I’m talking about, and I have to express myself properly, even in a rhetorical way or not a rhetorical way,
What's to do? Fehmi is putting it to the Federation of Australian Islamic Councils. Strength to his arm.
Stephen Crittenden: Do we need a Mufti at all?
Sheikh Fehmi: Not all the time. Not necessarily.
If we can't do better than what we've got, not now, not ever.