September 22, 2011
THE Australian government faces a difficult situation. Who should it consult on issues of Muslim integration and radicalism? Who represents Islam? Is it the overseas-trained imams who have a firm grip on classical Islamic jurisprudence? Is it the grassroots community leaders who may not have the training of the imams, but have their finger on the pulse of their communities? Is it the firebrand activists convinced that the world is mobilised against Islam in an epic battle of good versus evil? Or is it the academics who have the same answer for every question: ''Let's put that in context?''
In reality, the most appropriate answer is: all the above. They all have a claim to Islam.
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