Muslims have a greater claim to Australia than non-Muslims because they arrived as fee-paying immigrants rather than “shackled convicts”, the leader of the 350.000-strong community said Thursday. Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, mufti of Sydney’s biggest mosque, made his controversial comments on an Egyptian television station during his annual holiday in the country of his birth.
“We came as free people, we bought our own tickets, we are entitled to Australia more than they are”, al-Hilaly said in remarks broadcast on Australia’s Seven Network television station.