Rumours about Hervey Bay mosque have been dismissed

RUMOURS that a mosque would be built in Hervey Bay have been dismissed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, after being raised at an Islamic awareness event in Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay police monitored the crowd of about 70 people attending the evening; some wearing hijab, others wearing Australian flags as capes.

For the first hour of the evening, the guest speakers representing the Islamic community, Associate Professor Mohammad Abdalla, Dr Shahjahan Khan and Hervey Bay IT specialist Maryam Saeed discussed what it meant to be Muslim, the idea of interconnectedness, myths and facts about Islam and women in Islam.

One man said it was not racist to question Islam.

"Why is it racist to question Islam? And some of their radical beliefs of course," the man said.

After receiving a spray of applause from members of the audience, the man brought up the topic of taqiyya.

"(Taqiyya) is the deliberate deception of lying to protect and advance Islam of concealing its real agenda of one message to guide Muslims, a separate one to fool the media and the Catholics," he said.

But Associate Professor Abdalla said taqiyya was not followed by a large majority of Muslims.

"Actually Taqiyya ... is concealing one's truth; two faced. Ninety per cent of the world's Muslim population of the Sunni tradition do not believe in taqiyya."

Another attendee said she had hoped for answers about a mosque she had heard would be built in Nikenbah.

"The council won't say yes or no about it."

Director of Community and Development Peter Smith said the council was not aware of any applications being lodged for a place of worship.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a Jihad as "a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty or a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline."

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