29 November 2015

Muslims must better handle 'vicious' media

Australian Muslims must be far more united in handling a media "onslaught" against Islam, a leading scholar and religious leader says.

Shaykh Mohamad Abdalla told the second annual Sydney Muslim Conference on Sunday the nation's media could be "vicious" about Islam.

Dr Abdalla said the Muslim community must address the piecemeal approach to speaking publicly if it was to counteract Islamophobia.

"We do respond to media in different ways and shapes and often our response is fragmented," he said.

"The media is vicious in this regard, there is an onslaught against Islam and Muslims, whether for the right reasons or wrong reasons."

Author and academic Randa Abdel-Fattah told the conference the Grand Mufti had been slammed in the wake of the Paris terror attacks for straying from a script prescribed to Muslim leaders. [7News] Read more