AN interest-free housing project aimed at the Muslim community and boasting 100 per cent halal housing has sparked a major row, with critics labelling it a discriminatory plan that could lead to a Muslim enclave.
Qartaba Homes’ plan offers “100 per cent Halal housing to the growing Muslim community of Australia” in the heart of the northwestern Sydney suburb of Riverstone.
While the company has insisted people from all religious backgrounds are free to take up the offer, it advises that the loans are “100 per cent Halal” and a “chance to escape Riba (interest)” because interest is a sin under Islamic law.
Qartaba Homes director Khurram Jawaid said it was the real estate deal of a lifetime, open to Australians of all faiths and backgrounds, but the state MP for Hawkesbury Ray Williams said the project was divisive.
“I can only imagine the repercussions if a developer were to advertise a new Judeo-Christian housing estate; they would be hung, drawn and quartered,” Mr Williams said.
“I hardly think the advertisement for a 100 per cent halal Muslim housing community is inclusive; it’s very divisive and I’m sure it will be viewed that way by the majority of fair-minded Australians.”Blacktown councillor Alan Pendleton said the community was concerned it could turn into an enclave.
“There’s great concern about … what they consider could be an enclave. (There’s a belief) you have to be a Muslim, otherwise they won’t sell you a site,” Mr Pendleton said.
Whether they sell to you or not, who would want to live there? Afterthought: They are well aware non-Muslims won’t want to live there so what they say is irrelevant.
As we noted in a post long ago, Muslims have attempted this in the United States as well. From a 2004 article most of which has been flushed down the memory hole:
Oct 25, 2004
By Staff Writer
Northwest Indiana News
On October 25, 2004 Northwest Indiana News reported, “spurned by some Chicago suburbs, Muslims are planning a large scale subdivision near the Lake-Porter county line. Congregants of the Northwest Indiana Islamic Center have been quietly buying land adjacent to the center in Merrillville with the dream of building a large residential subdivision modeled after one of Northwest Indiana’s most prestigious communities, but centered around a mosque instead of a golf course clubhouse… Some Chicago suburbs, including Orland Park and Palos Heights, have found themselves at odds with growing Muslim populations, but Muslim leaders in Northwest Indiana said their favorable reception locally encouraged them to plan to build their own community on open fields in Merrilville. Even so, some Merrillville officials suggest the plan has obstacles to cross before gaining approval, including extension of water and sewer lines and concerns about increased traffic.”
Read the full story – A Muslim Mecca in Merrillville
Elsewhere in Australia:
A RADICAL sheik who has called for Australia to become an Islamic state ruled by sharia law should be “slapped down” by moderate Muslims, according to a federal MP.
Sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah, the Australian head of extremist Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, suggested during a Christmas Eve sermon that jihad should be used to implement hardline teachings.
Queensland Liberal MP Steve Ciobo said the sheik should adopt Australia’s values of tolerance and a fair go for all or “pack up and ship off”.
Grow some and start the deportation process.
Here’s what the imam actually said: We Will Establish The Caliphate, Instate The Shari’a, And Make Arabic The Official Language.