Gladstone Muslims united with fellow Australians

EVERYONE needs to stand together in the aftermath of the Sydney siege, the secretary of the Islamic Society of Gladstone, Muhammad Qasim, says. 

"We are all in this as Australians," he said.

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Mr Qasim said his society was standing by the Prime Minister and united with all Australians.

He condemned the attack.

"Our prayers are with the people who lost their lives and their families and friends," he said.

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Mr Qasim said he knows the passage that was shown on the flag through the Lindt Cafe window during the siege.

"Those words are known from the scripture and they mean 'no god but Allah and Mohammad is the prophet' - 1.5 billion people live by that sentence.

"That has nothing to do with what happened in Sydney."

Mr Qasim said he had no qualms about his safety or the safety of others in Gladstone.

"I've just got back from grocery shopping and didn't notice any strange reactions," he said.



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