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Meet Mohammad Tawhidi, An Australian Imam Of Peace Who Speaks Against Muslim Fundamentalism

Published on 11 July, 2017 at 3:26 pm By

It is not easy to stand for what you believe, especially if it negates what is popularly acceptable. The difference in religious beliefs and their interpretations have waged wars among nations. Here we have a Shia Muslim scholar and Imam whose legitimacy is questioned time and again, but he doesn’t back out from criticizing Muslim extremism.

Mohammad Tawhidi is an Australia-based public figure that has been in the media for his liberal stand as a follower of Islamist teachings. His relationship with the people and the media has been bittersweet as some call him a “fake Sheikh” while others deem him the “media’s favorite Muslim”. He is popularly known as Imam Tawhidi.


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Mohammad Tawhidi.Daily Mail

Iran-born Mohammad Tawhidi owes his roots to Iraq. With a handful of followers, he is seen as a mockery of a Muslim Imam as his educational claims have been under scrutiny. Moreover, his views are condemned for being anti-Muslim. Currently living in Australia, he invited flak from his own community for believing that building of mosques should be limited, claiming halal certifications threaten Australian way of life and so on.

 

The picture was shared by Mohammad Tawhidi on his Twitter account.Imam Tawhidi/Twitter

Tawhidi is a staunch believer in the fact that Islam needs reformation otherwise it will not survive for long. On Palestine’s controversy, he sides with the Jewish and claims Palestine belongs to Jews. He is against radical Islamist beliefs and slams domestic violence. Tones of gender equality come into his statements as he is critical of Sunni Muslims living in Australia for having multiple wives. The treatment of women in Islam has been a matter of great concern for him.

 



 

He looks like nothing less than an emissary of peace; however, Tawhidi is ridiculed for speaking against Sunni Muslims only but stays silent when it comes to the Shia community. Recently, a non-supporter spat on Imam Sheikh while he was dining with a right-wing Queensland politician.

 

Mohammad Tawhidi is quite active on social media to propagate his ideologies among the people. However, he receives a lot of negative comments and his posts advocating liberal Islamist ideologies get reported. His Facebook page recently got deactivated because of a number of abuse reports.

 

After denouncing ISIS for being an extremist body, Mohammad Tawhidi has made his stand clear. He stands for peace but in his own peculiar ways and likes to call himself “the Imam of Peace”.


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