RAJ REPORT

Saudi funding of Australian Mosques needs to be looked at —-Mosques hooked on foreign cash lifelines – smh.com.au——–But the co-editor of Muslim Communities in Australia and a politics lecturer at Monash University, Shahram Akbarzadeh, said it was time for Muslims here to “cut the cord” from overseas funding sources. “Having a reliance on Saudi funds makes a community indebted to the Saudi [religious] line,” Dr Akbarzadeh said.

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in frank interviews, members of the Sydney Islamic community discussed the development of their mosques and fund-raising that they say has been wholly focused on construction and community development.

In fund-raising circles, Saudi Arabia is a five-star destination. The Saudi government first gave to Australian Muslims in 1974 – a donation of $1.2 million – and since then, some observers guess, about $100 million has followed.

But the co-editor of Muslim Communities in Australia and a politics lecturer at Monash University, Shahram Akbarzadeh, said it was time for Muslims here to “cut the cord” from overseas funding sources.

“Having a reliance on Saudi funds makes a community indebted to the Saudi [religious] line,” Dr Akbarzadeh said.

The chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council of NSW, Gabr Elgafi, also believes that mosque and school fund-raising committees should be more self-reliant.

 

 

 

Mosques hooked on foreign cash lifelines – smh.com.au.

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