ANDREW HOUGH AND TORY SHEPHERD, The Advertiser, August 22, 2013 10:30PM
Hate preacher: ‘Kill Hindus, Buddhists and Jews’: Sheikh Sharif Hussein, who has preached in an Adelaide mosque, gives an inflammatory speech attacking Hindus, Jews, politicians and soldier…
AN Adelaide Islamic preacher is under police investigation after he was filmed calling for all Buddhists and Hindus to be killed, prompting fears for his safety.
The Advertiser understands that Sheikh Sharif Hussein, who has previously been visited by Australia’s intelligence services, is being investigated for potential “hate crimes”.
The father-of-six, 55, was visited by police in Adelaide on Thursday – after his speech was reported by The Advertiser – and they told him authorities held “concerns” and “fears” for his safety.
Detectives are examining video of his sermon, believed to have been delivered in part at a tiny centre in Adelaide’s west, in which he described Australian soldiers as “Crusader pigs” and called on Allah to kill Buddhists and Hindus “to the very last one”.
In the video clip, published online this week by the US-based Middle East Media Research Institute, the preacher also attacked Jews, former Prime Minister John Howard and US President Barack Obama while speaking in Arabic.
The well known member of the Adelaide Islamic community further told more than two dozen followers that Muslims were being raped and slaughtered around the world.
It remains unclear when and where the video was filmed. Friends claimed it “grossly” misrepresented him and was a heavily edited recording taken from several 45-minute sermons.
It was also suggested it was a recording of one lecture in March, delivered at the Islamic Da’wah Centre of SA, in Torrensville.
A grab from the video of Sheikh Sharif Hussein’s sermon at the Islamic Da’wah Centre of SA in Torrensville
The married Sheikh, who declined repeated requests for comment, was formerly connected to a mosque on Marion Rd, Parkholme.
His activities have been under surveillance by the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Federal Police.
In 2007, the Federal Government blocked $250,000 in Saudi Arabian funding for the mosque where Sheikh Hussein regularly preached.
The money was stopped amid “security concerns” about one individual at the mosque and followed the arrest of a former member in Iraq for allegedly conspiring to commit terrorism.
Today the Sheikh’s latest comments, revealed by The Advertiser, provoked condemnation from Islamic and political leaders and prompted a police inquiry.
A South Australia police spokesman confirmed officers had “received a complaint about this video and are investigating the matter”. He said: “The YouTube clip is an edited version of a longer sermon. Police will examine the entire content of the sermon to gain the full context and determine whether any crime has been committed.”
Police sources tonight confirmed one line of inquiry related to potential “hate crimes”.
South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who wrote to Police Commissioner Gary Burns seeking an investigation, questioned whether any laws had been broken.
“This appears to be advocating for violence against others on the basis of their religious beliefs and as such, may be in breach of vilification laws,” he said.
But Wagdy Elgeezawy, the president of the Da’wah centre, insisted his friend, who remained “good” today, had not committed any crimes.
‘There is nothing criminal about expressing his views or being emotional about people who committed crimes towards Muslims,” he said.
Dr Waleed Alkhazrajy, an Islamic Society of South Australia spokesman, said the disturbing comments contradicted the “peaceful religion”.
An AFP spokesman said it was “aware of the video” but said it was a state investigation.
The AFP and ASIO did not “confirm or deny” who they investigated.
And here’s another one in Australia from last year. Every single mosque is a house of extremism and should be banned and closed down: