Islamic ‘Peace Conference’ in Melbourne

By now some of you may have heard that a “Peace Conference” will be held in Ascot Vale on March 15-17. For $50 people can come to the Melbourne Showgrounds thinking they might be attending an interfaith event, or some Islamic cultural folk festival.

They will be coming to something quite different. It is all about one thing: Islamic dawah. This is the Arabic term for mission, evangelism, or proselytism – propagation for Islam in other words. It is all one-way traffic. It is an Islamic propaganda event designed to conceal the real nature of Islam, and bring many more infidels into submission to Allah.

Indeed, if it was really a “peace conference” then why does it feature so many speakers who can hardly be said to support peace? Invited hardcore clerics and leaders have been quite open about their desire to see all Jews annihilated, women beaten into submission, and jihad enacted.

It is really most frightening just who is being allowed into this country to speak at the event. And the fact that they seem to have such easy entry into our nation shows what a complete bunch of hypocrites we have in the Gillard Government. They did everything they could to prevent a Dutch MP, Geert Wilders, from coming here to warn about the threats of Islam, yet they welcome in these firebrand clerics with arms wide open.

Consider the organiser of the conference, Waseem Razvi. He has boldly declared his support of sharia law here, and last year he said this: “You don’t have to try to convince by being compromising on Islam … you don’t have to say that Islam is all about peace, ‘no we don’t fight, we are not violent.’

“You know, the Prophet fought 30 wars … yes, we are not non-violent, we are violent but when there is a need for it. We are battles people. We are not like Buddhists wearing an orange dress and always saying we want peace, and you never get your own country. No, we fight for our country. We have in Islam Jihad, yes, but we will never do terrorism. Yes Jihad is very Islamic, so you don’t have to retreat from that.”

So nothing wrong with a bit of violence and jihad to spread the faith. And he has admitted that spreading the faith is exactly what this conference will be all about. He said this: “Comparative religion is our tool which we use to convey the message of Islam…we want to make Islam the fastest growing religion [in Australia] in the next five years …we need to have interfaith, multifaith and debates with the non-Muslim community to engage them, and to bring them over to Islam…

“We don’t accept every religion. We are there to convey the message that Islam is the only right religion …We want the dawah to reach the authorities. So unless we invite them for an event like this, if you call the Prime Minister to the Islamic centre or the mosque, it’s not going to happen, so we need to have a bigger event … so we can convey the message to them…The title of the conference is Australian Islamic Peace conference… but the main purpose of the entire conference is dawah. So most of our topics will be revolving around dawah.”

Did you get that folks? He emphasised, “the main purpose of the entire conference is dawah.” And note also what he said about interfaith meetings: “we need to have interfaith, multifaith and debates with the non-Muslim community to engage them, and to bring them over to Islam”.

What is the purpose of these meetings? To just all get along? To bring about world peace? To show that all religions are the same? To highlight all the common ground we have? That is what very gullible and naive Westerners and Christians think it means, but the organiser has very nicely spilled the beans for us. He wants this meeting, and all others like it, for only one purpose: “to bring them over to Islam”.

Whenever you hear the word “interfaith” you should run for the hills. But I discuss this in more details elsewhere:

And consider some of the other invitees. Razvi said “the chief guest that we have is Abdul Rahman Al-Sudays, the imam of Mecca”. So just who is he? A rabid anti-Semite and Bin Laden supporter. Islamic expert Mark Durie says this about him: he “has called for annihilation of the Jews, referring to them as ‘the scum of the human race, rats of the world, violators of pacts and agreements, murderers of the prophets, and grandsons of apes and pigs’.”

Andrew Bolt has discussed some of the other invitees: “In a recorded speech in December, Razvi said one of the speakers he had invited for the conference was Indian sheikh Zakir Naik,’my boss’s boss’, who has a very different line on terrorism. A YouTube clip shows Naik declaring: ‘If (late terrorist chief Osama bin Laden) is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him.’

“He adds: ‘Every Muslim should be a terrorist.’ Razvi talks big, and none of the overseas speakers he claimed in December he had asked is yet listed in the conference schedule. But his wish list suggests the Islam he wants to push.

“Another invited speaker is Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem, who says ‘homosexuality is an abnormality’ to be punished by death. He says polygamy is allowed, genital mutilation of girls ‘recommended’, and wives refusing their husbands sex ‘a sin’. Leaving Islam ‘is apostasy and it is punishable by death in an Islamic society’.”

And again: “Another speaker, Abu Hamza, head of the Islamic Information Services Network of Australasia also says women ‘must respond’ if their husbands want sex and could be beaten ‘to shape them up’. ‘Don’t hit your wife,’ Hamza says on YouTube, before instructing men to do so in an Islamic way as a ‘last resort’ without causing bruising or bleeding: ‘The beating the prophet Mohammed showed is like the toothbrush’.”

That’s a pretty impressive list of speakers – and those are only some of the folks invited to speak. In the light of all this, the words of Mark Durie are worth citing here: “But for me there are even bigger questions. Why are politicians, journalists and Jewish leaders now demonising Geert Wilders for warning against exactly the ideology of Islam as preached by many speakers at this conference?

“Why do they pretend Wilders has misrepresented Islam when the very things he describes are preached openly? Why are they silent over or even complicit in attempts to silence or frighten Wilders – who has not advocated violence – yet apparently happy that true hate-preachers who preach death for gays, Jews and enemies of Islam may speak freely in this country? Why the hypocrisy? Why the fear?”

In sum, the Islamic Peace Conference is nothing of the sort, and that for three reasons. Peace in Islamic thought means having everyone in submission to Allah. Peace can only happen when there are no infidels left, or they have all become dhimmies.

And dawah is what this conference is really all about. They have made that perfectly clear. Finally, this is also about another important Islamic term, taqiyya. This Arabic word has to do with deception and dissimulation. In Islamic thought it is quite acceptable to deceive one’s enemies, even lie to them, to gain an advantage.

We are seeing that occur here big time. But we have been warned. This conference is about getting all Australians to submit, and getting Australia to come under sharia law. This is just not going to happen – at least not under my watch.

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