Eight-year-old Ruqaya yesterday addressed a crowd at the Australian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bankstown as part of their “Muslims Rise” conference, Nine News reports.
Ruqaya spoke of her love for jihad, which means a spiritual struggle or holy war, the global Islam community, known as Ummah, and the violent uprisings in Syria.
“These uprisings have demonstrated that this Ummah is alive and well, that her sentiments are for Islam, her love is for Jihad, she has unshackled herself from the fear which she held,” she said.
“Children as young as myself can be seen on the streets joining the uprisings, risking their lives to bring food, water and medicine to their wounded family members, some of them never returning to their mothers … Nobody is too young. ”
The alarming video comes as NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell ordered Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward to investigate the background of a young child who was pictured at the riots holding a posters ordering the beheading of anyone against the prophet.
“We cannot incite our children to violence for any reason, and we cannot use our children to promote messages that incite people to violence,” Ms Goward said.
Seventeen people were injured and six were arrested and charged on Saturday, including champion boxer Ahmed Elomar.
The immediate priority for NSW detectives on Monday was to trace the as-yet-unidentified figures who used text messages and social networking sites to organise the protests, which quickly escalated into a riot.
Messages urged recipients to “defend the honour of the Prophet” and led dozens of people, mostly Muslim men, to gather in central Sydney and voice anger at the Innocence of Muslims movie.
Muslim leaders say they remain mystified about the identity of the protest organisers.
Sydney Lebanese community spokesman Keysar Trad said he received a text message on Friday urging recipients to “defend the honour of the Prophet” in Sydney’s CBD.
But he did not know who sent the message and he condemned the resulting violence.
“This was the dumbest thing that young people could do – all they’ve done is publicised a film that doesn’t deserve to be publicised,” Mr Trad told AAP.
The president of the Lebanese Muslim Association, Samier Dandan, told the ABC he also did not know the source of the messages, despite many inquiries.
Authorities are bracing for more clashes, although NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says he hopes the voice of reason will prevail.
“If anyone is stupid enough to try this sort of thing again, I can tell you now, we’re more than ready,” Mr Scipione told Macquarie Radio.
Sources: Nine News, AAP, The Australian
Author: Ali Best. Approving editor: Matthew Henry.