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15,000 Australians embrace Islam in Qld – Fact or Fiction?

By B. Kisan


Recently I came across an article titled “Australians Increasingly Embracing Islam” forwarded in a yahoogroup (1) from islam-online.net a website based in Qatar run by the Muslim brotherhood’s Dr Yusuf Qaradawi. This website is ranked as the 596th most popular in the world by alexa.com which makes it very highly read.

According to this article “Like Boswood more than 15,000 Australians in Queensland have embraced Islam since 9/11, according to the ABC.” 

Living in Queensland and knowing this to be beyond credence I looked into this further. This was also due to the fact that having read just a dozen or so islam-online.net articles I know them to be highly inaccurate and dubious (2). 

The article quotes ABC as the source of this information. I looked up the ABC article which turned out to be a Stateline interview which says:

 “KIRSTIN MURRAY : In recent years, Queensland 's Islamic community has more than doubled and now boasts more than 15 thousand followers. But it's not only migrants who are swelling the population much of Imam Uzair Akbar's work is in conversions. He says 'September 11' is responsible for the rise in the religions' popularity.” 

So in fact according to the ABC the total number of Muslims in Queensland is supposed to be around 15,000 and these are not only migrants (ie. The vast majority are) but includes some conversions (an example of one individual is given in the Stateline article).

Australia has over 100,000 new migrants every year, in fact 127,000 in 2004 and reflecting the fact that these migrants come from all over the world quite a few are Muslims. Thus Queensland ’s Muslim population has grown substantially in line with this immigration mirroring the trend in other Western countries with large numbers of immigrants. So the islam-online.net article is completely inaccurate in making the claim that “15,000 Australians in Queensland have embraced Islam since 9/11”. 

Since publishing this article this “fact” is being forwarded and read around world as a validation of Islam following the normal argumentum ad populum proof of Islam. Ie: So many people believe it and it is the fastest growing religion, ergo it must be true. 

Islam is certainly drawing some converts, the majority of these being people marrying Muslims and being pressured to convert just as anyone marrying a Catholic was compelled to become a Catholic before this was liberalized by the Church. Such liberalization has yet to occur in Islam (3). This is in fact the largest source of conversions as I can attest from having met or known around 10 people who converted for this reason, one of them being my Aunt who converted when she married an Indonesian man and used to get around in hijab around the time of Khomenei and who gave me two cousins with Arabic names (all of them since became Christians). 

     A prominent example is Jemima Goldsmith who when she married former Cricketing hero and international playboy turned born again Muslim Imran Khan she wrote a letter that was posted in hundreds of Islamic websites. In it she claimed “Contrary to current opinion, my decision to convert to Islam was entirely my own choice and in no way hurried.” We can however understand this as merely rhetoric. She also continued “as for the clothes I will be wearing, I find the traditional shalwar kameez (tunic and trousers) worn by most Pakistani women far more elegant and feminine than anything in my wardrobe.” Times have changed and she’s back in far less elegant clothing since. 

Actually, the type of article like this one about the supposed conversion of 15,000 Australians to Islam since 9/11 in one state sustain the blind faith of adherents in Islam. Look so many others are joining Islam, so it must be true. This is of such psychological use that such articles are conjured up based on lies and distortions and credulously consumed by the faithful.     

(1)    This is a message forwarded by a Muslim going by the alias of Solano forwarding an article posted by another Muslim going by the alias “Abu Nabhan” or Brother Nabhan which was posted to a yahoogroup called [email protected] which is a holocaust denial website run by white supremacists specializing in Jew hatred / conspiracy theories and frequented mainly by white supremacists and Muslims both sharing Jew hatred as the binding element. The original message was this 

(2)    After the Godhra train burning incident islam-online reported that the attackers of the Sabarmati Express were Hindu dhobis (washermen) and not Muslims as was being reported universally by other media: click here 


NEW DELHI , Feb. 28 (IslamOnline) - New evidence says that Muslims were not involved in yesterday's train attack. Rather, the attackers were Hindu people from the washermen (dhobi) community whose women were mistreated by the so-called "volunteers". The media kept claiming that the attackers were "Muslims".

(3) Islam-online apart from “news” stories also runs a fatwa section which states the following in one fatwa:

A Muslim woman should know that Allah has really honored her and made it easy for her by not allowing her to marry a non-Muslim man.
According to the Qur'an, the husband is the head of the household and his wife should obey him. Allah does not put the Muslim woman in a position that a non-Muslim becomes her head in her own private life. Allah has spared her to suffer from being under the authority of a non-Muslim husband.
Please abandon the idea of marrying a non-Muslim, unless he truly accepts Islam. If you marry a non-Muslim, this will be a major sin. You will be living in sin and your relationship with that non-Muslim will be illegitimate in the eyes of Allah. May Allah protect you from all sins, Amen.”










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