Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Terrorism 'Not the Muslim Way'; Advocate of Coast Mosque Points Finger Elsewhere

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Terrorism 'Not the Muslim Way'; Advocate of Coast Mosque Points Finger Elsewhere

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

ORHAN Dilbaz seems as ordinary as the bloke next door.

He has a neatly clipped white beard and although he has an accent, it isn't jarring and his English is excellent.

He is a proud Australian and loves fishing with his 13-year-old son.

Mr Dilbaz runs a small business and is the president of the Muslim Organisation Sunshine Coast (MOSC), which has bought land for a mosque in Maroochydore.

I spent two hours with Mr Dilbaz at his business, where we mostly talked about his desire to build a mosque, his religion and his family.

He spoke about how he abhorred "terrorist actions" and how terrorism had nothing to do with Muslims.

"This terrorism (in Iraq) also has nothing do with Islam. Terrorism is terror. It's a bad thing. These people are worse than animals," he said.

"Islam is a peaceful religion."

Mr Dilbaz came to Australia 28 years ago when he was 26.

"I work here, pay my taxes, most of my life is here," he said.

"I am happy to live here. This country gave me all my wealth and I found my religion here, in Brisbane.

"I send my son to private school. I have lots of friends who are non-Muslim.

"I don't care about their religion."

He explained why he thought so much of the world was focused on Muslims and said he did not believe the root of the problem was the actions of Islamic State.

The "fear campaign" against Muslims started with the events of September 11, 2009, he said.

But he holds the view - that the worst terror event of the 21st century was fabricated.

He also questions whether the man known as Jihad John, responsible for the beheading of three Westerners in recent weeks, is really a Muslim.

"Muslims are nothing like this (Jihad John). It is all in the media at the moment. The rich people own the media. The Jewish, American and English.

"They make false news. Such as in America in 2001 when they showed a Muslim attack on the Twin Towers.

"None of it was Muslims - I don't believe it." He said his view was shared by many Muslims.

Asked who was responsible for the attack, where people clearly had died and two buildings were brought down, Mr Dilbaz said: "It was the American and the Jewish people. …

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