Shady Alsuleiman

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Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman (born 1978 in Sydney, Australia) from a Palestinian family who migrated to Australia in the late 1960s. He initially obtained an Ijazah (licence) with Sanad (complete chain back to Muhammad) in complete and sound memorization of the Quran at Darul Uloom Al-Husainiah in Sindh, Pakistan.

He then travelled to the Arab world for a six years to continue his Islamic and Arabic studies at numerous Islamic institutions with many well-recognised scholars, primarily in Damascus. In Syria, he studied various Islamic subjects and modules, from Fiqh, Usool Al-Fiqh, Hadith, Mustalah al-hadith, Quranic Science and Tafseer and Arabic studies. He generally focused on and specialised in Arabic and Comparative Fiqh (Islamic Law/Jurisprudence) and received numerous Ijaza's in that field.

Shady arrived back to Sydney in early 2001, where he began to be heavily active and involved with the Muslim youth and the second Muslim generation in Australia. He is the founder of one of Australia's largest youth centres known as the UMA in Sydney, and also the founder of Sydney Islamic College that delivers Islamic studies to adults. He also held the position of the secretary of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) from 2006 to 2015.

He operates from various mosques in Australia, and travels to numerous interstate and overseas countries in which he delivers lectures and participates in many different Islamic conferences and events around the world.

Shady Alsuleiman has been described as "controversial" by Fairfax newspaper WAtoday.[1] However, he has also been described as "moderate" by the Sydney Morning Herald, another Fairfax newspaper.[2] He has been verbally attacked by British extremist Abu Haleema for some of his fatwas.[2]

Shady Alsuleiman established the organisation, United Muslims of Australia[3] and in 2016 was elected as the president of Australian National Imams Council (ANIC).[4]

Controversies[edit]

In February 2009, a Fairfax journalist was ejected from the Lakemba Mosque during an event, during which, Fairfax later reported that Anwar al-Awlaki spoke via phone link. The director of the mosque told Fairfax journalists that Alsuleiman was in charge of organising evening youth events at the time of the sermon.[5][6][7]

In 2013, Alsuleiman spoke of the "evil actions" of homosexuality, saying, "Allah will send on them diseases they have never experienced before, What's the most common diseases these days, HIV, AIDS, that's so common, and there's no cure to it... These are evil actions that bring evil outcomes to our society.”" He has also called for women to be ‘hung by their breasts in hell’ and that adulterers should be stoned to death and pre-marital sex by women should be severely punished. "Remember that if there is an Islamic state the punishment of zina (sex outside marriage), the punishment of those who commit zina, if they have never been married before, they will be lashed 100 lashes. If they are married while they committed zina, or previously been married and divorced, and they committed zina, then their punishment is stoning to death."[1][8][9]

In 2014 it was reported that Alsuleiman spoke at Park View Academy,[10] a Birmingham UK secondary school claimed to be at the centre of Operation Trojan Horse. Alsuleiman told the pupils, "Give victory to Muslims in Afghanistan… Give victory to all the Mujahideen all over the world. Oh Allah, prepare us for the jihad".[11][12] A subsequent Department for Education, Education Funding Agency (EFA) report said that there was a breach of standards at the school which had allowed, "Sheikh Shady Al-Suleiman, known to extol extremist views (e.g. stoning of adulterers), to address the students".[13] A newspaper report said Asuleiman had only talked about "time management".[14]

In June 2016, Alsuleiman participated in an Iftar dinner at Kirribilli House hosted by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister said he would not have been invited Alsuleiman had he known of his position regarding homosexuals. The sheikh denied he held radical anti-gay views.[15][16] Australia's Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed has repudiated Malcolm Turnbull's position on this issue, saying Islam has a, "longstanding" position on homosexuality" which "no person can ever change". He said that any attempt to call out its teachings could lead to radicalisation.[17]

Alsuleiman has also said that women must obey their husbands to enter paradise.[18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrew MacNiven (20 Nov 2014). "Controversial speakers at Perth Islamic convention". WAtoday. 
  2. ^ a b Rachel Olding (21 January 2016). "British extremist Abu Haleema turns to Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Smith, Rowan (17 February 2016). "So-called radical aiming to speak at Australian Muslim conference declares: 'I'm a peaceful hippie'". News Ltd. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Australian National Imams Council, Executive committee". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Al-Qaeda at city mosque". 
  6. ^ "Shady Sheik speaks at Islam Awareness Week - News - Critic.co.nz". 
  7. ^ "Student Rights - Shady Al-Suleiman to speak at FOSIS Conference". 
  8. ^ Morton, Rick (8 June 2016). "Federal election 2016: Seek and you will find real sheik Shady". The Australian. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Campbell, James (16 June 2016). "Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dines with hate preacher". The Advertiser. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Wooding, David (8 June 2014). "Hate school's shady secrets". The Sun. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  11. ^ The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (9 June 2014). "Birmingham schools: Secretary of State for Education's statement". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  12. ^ McKinney, Emma (22 October 2015). "Preacher who called on god to destroy the enemies of Islam 'spoke at Trojan Horse school'". Mirror. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Review of Park View Educational Trust" (PDF). Department for Education. May 2014. p. 16. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  14. ^ Adams , Richard (7 June 2014). "Trojan horse school damned in Ofsted report". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  15. ^ Keany, Francis (17 June 2016). "Malcolm Turnbull regrets hosting homophobic Islamic cleric Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman at Kirribilli". ABC News. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Quinn, Liam (18 June 2016). "'There is no place for homophobia towards a person who identifies as LGBTI': Controversial Islamic sheikh who attended Malcolm Turnbull's Ramadan dinner denies claims he called for stoning of homosexuals". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  17. ^ Morton, Rick (1 July 2016). "Mufti defies Malcolm Turnbull on anti-gay speech". The Australian. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Campbell, James (16 June 2016). "Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dines with hate preacher". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 

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