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Muhammad Raza Saqib Mustafai, who has a Facebook fan base of almost a million people, spoke at the Ghausia Masjid in Blacktown and the Al-Madinah Masjid in Liverpool over the long weekend.
Ghausia Masjid's imam Hafiz Raza, who organised the tour, didn't respond to questions about the visit or the 2012 video titled "Jews are the enemies of Islam and the real peace".
However, after Fairfax Media alerted the Pakistan Association of Australia to the video on Wednesday, they called the Ghausia Masjid who decided to cancel Mr Mustafai's talks this week in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide and ask him to return home.
Association president Abbas Khan said Pakistani Australians are deeply committed to harmony in Australia and he was shocked by the video.
He said he met Mr Mustafai on Wednesday and the scholar said the video didn't reflect his opinions and was a quote from a book.
He said Mr Mustafai has given hundreds of sermons about peace and following the laws of the land but his tour would be cancelled to prevent any misunderstanding.
"The whole Australian community has embraced Pakistanis with warm hearts and true spirits and we will not support or join anything that will deter them," he said.
In the video, Mr Mustafai says peace will be established in the world when the last Jew is killed.
"Muslims are not terrorists; they are the lovers of peace and preachers of peace. And all the troubles that exist around the world are because of the Jews. When the Jews are wiped out, then the world would be purified," he says, according to a translation by a pro-Israel media monitor, the Middle East Media Research Institute, and independently verified by Fairfax Media.
In a speech delivered to about 50 worshippers in Blacktown on Monday, Mr Mustafai spoke about Islamic prophets. According to a community member who viewed a video of the speech, he didn't cover any controversial issues.
At a dinner reception in Granville on Tuesday night, he spoke about fitting Islamic rules into life in Western countries.
Naela Chohan, Pakistan's High Commissioner to Australia, said the views espoused in the video were naive and would be equally rejected in Pakistan.
"I don't know why people are given such exposure when their views are so ignorant," she said. "Islam is about respecting all faiths."
She said a clear distinction is drawn between freedom of speech and hate speech in Pakistan.
"Spreading hatred against any religion is banned," she said. "It is my earnest hope that in the West similar action be taken against all those who spread hatred against any religion be it Jews, Muslims, Christians or any other faith."
Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi, who migrated from Pakistan in 1992 and became the first Muslim member of an Australian parliament, was shocked by the video.
"I am appalled and absolutely shocked to see someone who is supposed to be a Muslim scholar spouting such hate-filled speech," she said.
Mr Mustafai, a sunni Muslim, preaches at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Gujranwala and is the founder of Idaratul Mustafa, a spiritual and intellectual movement promoting the verbal and written teachings of Islam.
Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission, said the video spread "textbook anti-Semitic lies".
He said the federal government needed to "seriously examine" the process that enabled Mr Mustafai's visit.
"If the public truly understood the extremist and bigoted rhetoric espoused in the speeches and their potential potency, they would not want this leader speaking to impressionable young men and women and poisoning their hearts and minds," he said.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection wouldn't comment on the case but a spokesman said the government "takes very seriously" its role of refusing visas on character grounds.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/pakistani-sch ... rvigt.html
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