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Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam calls for cameras in mosques after recent terror attacks


Mr Tahir, reportedly the youngest Imam in the country, has also condemned terrorism in the wake of this month's London terror attack and the deadly Melbourne siege.

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Source/Credit: Daily Mail Australia
By Bryant Hevesi | June 10, 2017

An Islamic leader is calling for sermons in mosques to be monitored to prevent radical preaching in the wake of recent terror attacks.

Perth Imam Kamran Tahir, 26, said he was happy for cameras to be installed in his mosque to capture what was going on inside and questioned why others would be against monitoring.

'If any mosque - or anybody - says we do not want you to monitor our mosques, naturally that could raise a flag [about] why is that the case,' he told 9 News.

'If the authorities feel that there is a need to install - God forbid - cameras in our mosques then we'll be open to it.'

He is in the process of converting a former ice rink in Bibra Lake, south of Perth, into a mosque after making the move from Sydney.

Mr Tahir, reportedly the youngest Imam in the country, has also condemned terrorism in the wake of this month's London terror attack and the deadly Melbourne siege.

Somalian-born, ISIS inspired Yacqub Khayre murdered one man, wounded three police officers and took a woman hostage in a dramatic two-hour siege in a hotel on Bay Street, Brighton, Melbourne's south-east on Monday.

Khayre had called the Channel Seven newsroom during the siege to claim: 'This is for IS, this is for al-Qaeda'.

'For me it is my duty to go out and condemn these attacks and say that this is not what Islam teaches but we're doing this in the name of unity, love and harmony,' Mr Tahir said.

At the weekend, Mr Tahir and other members of his local Muslim community were out in Perth's CBD to meet residents and 'discuss any misconceptions they may have about Islam'.

He later posted on his Facebook page: 'I cannot truly thank God with the love and support I saw at the CBD, although there was one particular trouble maker but the true and loving Australians all stood up for us and stopped him in his tracks and truly showed unity and love'.

'I pray to God that may he fill Australia with love, unity and success in abundance.'

Mr Tahir - who is an Ahmadiyya Muslim - also stood alongside other Islam adherents in the middle of Perth's CBD last month while wearing the shirts 'I am a Muslim, ask me anything' in a bid to ease the fear surrounding the Islamic faith after the suicide bombing in Manchester.

He shared images of himself and fellow Muslims outside of the Murray Street Mall with a whiteboard behind them which had the words: 'I'm a Muslim. I condemn terrorism' written on it.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam calls for cameras to be installed in mosques in the wake of recent terror attacks



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