More on the drama out in Avondale
New Zealand Muslim Association president Firoz Patel said there had been ongoing troubles within the Muslim community in Avondale.
Patel said he did not know who was responsible for the weekend’s fire but there had been fighting within different factions at the mosque, which had led to “disturbances”.
The mosque made headlines earlier this year when its former Imam Sheikh Abu Abdullah was banned from the centre after allegedly teaching extreme Islam and encouraging youth to fight overseas.
He denied the allegations.
Mosque administrator Haider Lone was beaten after trespassing Abdullah and the mosque was subsequently closed.
One of Abdullah’s sons, Abdullah Hamam, was charged with threatening to kill members of the New Zealand Muslim Association after the family was trespassed. He pleaded not guilty.
Another follower, Imran Patel, was also charged with threatening to kill, and had his passport cancelled.
Firoz Patel said the centre was forced to build fences and install CCTV cameras after a number of incidents, including people slashing tyres of community members during prayers.
So far, none of these problems appear to have come from outside their own community. Read more »