THE Muslim Organisation Sunshine Coast committee has condemned a Facebook post by its former spiritual leader and explained why he was sacked six months into the role.
Imam Zainadine Johnson posted a graphic image on Facebook of a bloodied man holding a knife, saying a reason his contract was terminated was for speaking out against extremism in a sect in the Muslim community.
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"I have just learnt that one of the reasons my contract as Imam on the Sunshine Coast was terminated was because a group of Shia felt I had isolated them when I explained in a khutba how their sect began and I exposed their practices as extremism and deviance,” Imam Zainadine said.
But a spokesman for Muslim Organisation Sunshine Coast (MOSC) committee denied this was the case.
"We just don't have enough funds to support an Imam right now,” the spokesman said.
"It is not a necessity, our biggest priority at hand is to get the mosque up and running.”
The spokesman said MOSC was concerned about Imam Zainadine's Facebook post in the wake of his dismissal.
"Our organisation has been there for 10 years,” he said.
"The organisation has never supported any extreme view or any views that are divisive.
"Muslims are Muslims, irrespective of their domination or sect.
"Something to do with different sects is not to do with the organisation. He has said it is about Shiites and that is crap. We don't support the view there is division between sects.
"Muslims are Muslims.”
He said Imam Zainadine's comments had nothing to do with his dismissal.
"It had nothing to do with the decision, but if he was to make that suggestion (about sects), it would be something taken seriously.
"His Facebook post is not supported by the organisation.”
The spokesman said MOSC was disappointed the Imam had chosen to make an "inflammatory post”.
"We condemn the post. Muslims on the Sunshine Coast support all Muslims, irrespective of sects
"We follow the verse in the Koran which says, 'Hold the rope given to you by Allah strongly, do not get into factions and sects.'
"We do not label people.
"We are very disappointed because if you want to be a leader, an Imam of the Muslim community, you have to be humble, leave aside own personal issue.”
He hoped the Maroochydore mosque would be open within the "next six months” for the five daily prayers.
The Friday prayers, called Jummah, which were attended by more people, would continue at the Kawana Community Centre because of space restrictions at Maroochydore.
"The (Sunshine Coast) council only allowed 25 people to meet on a Friday,” the spokesman said.
"We will abide by this, we might not agree with it a 100%, but we will abide by it like all law abiding citizens.”
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