chief mufti snubs howards summit

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    ABC Online;
    It has emerged that the Australian Muslim cleric who withdrew from Prime Minister John Howard's summit with Islamic leaders earlier this week was advised not to attend.

    Sydney-based mufti Sheikh Taj El-Din Al Hilaly was one of 14 invited leaders but he returned from a trip to Egypt a day after the meeting.

    An associate of the cleric, Keysar Trad, says he told him not to return early because it appeared that the summit would marginalise Muslim communities.

    "He as the spiritual leader or the highest spiritual leader of the Muslim faith in Australia is not the type of person who should be a summit where they start to question the value of Muslim leaders or Muslim schools," Mr Trad said.

    Dave R.
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