According to The Australian:
Muslim leaders in pay of Saudis
SIX Australian-based Muslim clerics who are leaders of the Islamic community in the country are on the payroll of the Saudi Government, receiving allowances of up to $2000 a month.
The Australian can reveal for the first time the identity of the clerics — some paid through the Saudi embassy in Canberra, others directly from Riyadh’s Dawah (preaching) Office — who receive between 3500 and 7000 Saudi riyal ($1975) a month.
The payments to the six — who include former Howard government adviser Amin Hady and Melbourne Somali imam Isse Musse — are part of Saudi Arabia’s multi-billion-dollar campaign to transform its hardline image in the West.
However, Sheik Hady told The Australian there were as many as 14 others in the country being paid by the Saudis.
The real scandal isn’t that all the imams and other shills for Mohammed are being paid by Riyadh — which is, after all, no more than what we all expect.
The real scandal is the way that Saudi money corrupts non-Muslims in politics, the government, and academia. In the USA, for example, so many people in high places owe their comfortable lifestyles to Riyadh that a concerted effort to confront Islamization isn’t possible.
Hell, we can’t even name the enemy.
But back to Australia:
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Saudi Arabia has pumped more than $120 million into Australia since the 1970s to fund mosques, Islamic groups and clerics to propagate Wahhabism, the puritanical brand of Islam espoused by al-Qa’ida.
The Malaysian and Indonesian governments have also funded Islamic initiatives in Australia.
Sheik Hady defended the allowance he has received since his arrival in Australia more than 25 years ago, saying it came with no strings attached.
“So far, they never tell any of the preachers what to say and what to do,” said the Indonesian imam at Zetland Mosque, in Sydney’s inner south.
“We are fully independent of what we do… they never instruct that this is what we should teach and this is what we should not.
“I don’t think there is any notion with Wahhabism being imposed by anyone.”
Asked if he received any orders about what to preach, he said: “No, we’re Muslim, we don’t say what we want, we say what the Koran and the prophet Mohammed want us to understand and to say, and that is what we teach the people. We don’t teach people our opinion.” [emphasis added]
Actually, all of this seems perfectly credible to me.
The Saudis don’t need to tell anyone what to do. All they have to do is hunt up some of their co-religionists, hand them suitcases full of cash, and let ’em rip.
An imam in the pay of the Saudis doesn’t have to teach his opinion, nor does he have to take specific orders from
A playbook that happens to be the perfect, eternal, and immutable word of Allah.
A playbook that that demands the blood of the kuffar if they fail to submit.
The Saudis are just paying their man in Sydney or Canberra or Melbourne to do what comes naturally.
Hat tip: DC.