Aussie sheik's group preaches hatred of the Western way of life
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Aussie sheik's group preaches hatred of the Western way of life

Aussie sheik's group preaches hatred of the Western way of life

 "We hate the Kuffar and everything that they worship. We hate their constitutions, we reject their way of life, we reject their political systems, we reject their parliaments, we reject their democracy, capitalism, liberalism, socialism, communism and every other filthy disbelieving 'ism' that has come to act as a hindrance from Islam, the pure religion of Allah to rule from the east to the west. - Facebook page of Milatau Ibrahim Perth. 

A member of Milatu Ibrahim Perth and brother of an Australian man jailed for terrorism-related offences in Saudi Arabia has been delivering lectures at some of the nation's most controversial Islamic centres while encouraging jihadists to show their "might" against disbelievers.

'Sheik' Junaid Thorne
The 'Sheik' without headgear

Perth Aboriginal, Junaid Thorne, a 24-year-old who has spent much of his life in Saudi Arabia, has spoken at Sydney's al-Risalah and Melbourne's al-Furqan Islamic centres as part of a lecture tour backed by little-known radical organisation Millatu Ibrahim, which is banned in Germany.

At al-Risalah, he sat in front of a Millatu Ibrahim banner - featuring the logo of the al-Qa'ida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant used by the most extreme Sunni fighters in Syria - to deliver his first "public lecture" since being deported from Riyadh in July 2013.

His deportation came after his brother, Shayden, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in a Riyadh prison for possessing terrorism-related materials and supporting and encouraging terrorism. Thorne, whose father is a Noongar Aboriginal man and a Muslim, was detained for two months for protesting against his brother's arrest in December 2011.

According to those who attended the Sydney lecture last month, "Sheik Muhammad Junaid" told followers that businessmen should be donating money to jihadists around the world.

"Support oppressed Muslims across the world, support the mujaheddin," he said, according to a summary of the speech that appeared on social media after the event.

"Money comes and goes, but what remains is what you gave in the cause of Allah. Most of the Ayat (numbered Koranic verses) mention financing jihad before jihad, in relation to the individual performance."

"Show your might against the kuffar (disbelievers) and be merciful towards each other."

Mr Thorne backed the summary of the speech online, saying "may Allah reward" the person who posted it.

In other online postings, Mr Thorne indicated that he was involved in a group called Millatu Ibrahim Perth. Millatu Ibrahim was founded in Germany in 2011 by al-Qa'ida-linked Austrian man Mohamed Mahmoud and German ex-rapper Abou Maleeq, but was quickly banned by authorities because of its extreme Salafist leanings. Leaflets promoting the lectures at al-Risalah and al-Furqan say Mr Thorne's talks had been organised by Millatu Ibrahim Australia.

Al-Risalah, a former bookstore in Bankstown in Sydney's west, also uses the Millatu Ibrahim logo as its Facebook profile picture.

Al-Risalah has claimed its imam is terrorist Bilal Khazal, who was sentenced to 12 years' jail in 2008 after compiling a book promoting violence against non-Muslims, and has hosted several other radical sheiks.

Al-Furqan was raided by police as part of a counter-terrorism operation in 2012.

Before founding Millatu Ibrahim, Mr Mahmoud was jailed for leading the Global Islamic Media Front, which disseminated al-Qa'ida propaganda.

He was arrested by Turkish authorities near the Syrian border in May, after Millatu Ibrahim was accused of encouraging its followers to fight in Syria, Yemen and Mali.

Mr Maleeq, formerly known as Denis Cuspert, was reportedly injured in September while fighting against government forces in Syria.

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