|Other names||Abu Ayman|
|Alma mater||Islamic University of Medina (Saudi Arabia)|
|Organization||Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association (Australia) - ASWJA logo|
Mohammed Omran, also known as Sheikh Abu Ayman, established the Australian branch of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association, with one report saying Omran is Australia’s most senior Salafist cleric.
Omran is said to be the grandfather of Islamic fundamentalism in Melbourne, however, he claims he is against terrorism
In 2005, when speaking about Osama bin Laden he said, "When you look at the man from some part of his life, yes he is a great man" and that bin Laden is, "a good man in some ways, and not in other ways". A member of the advisory committee for ASWJA said Omran's words were taken out of context.
In 2007, Omran was said to be the spiritual leader of the Islamic Information and Services Network of Australasia.
He established prayer-halls in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. At his centre in Brunswick, Victoria, the convicted-terrorist, Abdul Nacer Benbrika was said to have been a teacher and a deputy-leader. Omran has denied that he had close ties with Benbrika.
With Omran said to have, "the respect of many of those at-risk of being recruited to terrorism", the Australian government has said that it is critical for Islamic leaders, including Omran, to use their influence to stem terrorism.
Harun Mehicevic the leader of Melbourne's Al-Furqan Islamic Information Centre was a student of Sheik Abu Ayman. ASWJ installed Mehicevic as the leader and provided the funds to set up the centre. There has been a subsequent falling-out between the groups.
- Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association (Australia)
- Islam in Australia
- Islamic Information and Services Network of Australasia
- Islamic organisations in Australia
- Islamic schools and branches
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