Al Furqan Islamic center closes their doors

An Islamic center in Australia announced their closure with a statement hanging outside their window following terror investigation

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Al Furqan Islamic Information Center located in Melbourne, Australia replaced their signage with a note hanging on their window, announcing closure Wednesday after being linked to countless terror related investigations.

The center has been under the surveillance of Australian national security service (ASIO) ever since being linked to numerous alleged terror suspects, including several youths who were arrested in Saturday's counter terrorism raids in Melbourne.

The unexpected closure of the center was justified by a statement hanging outside it's window.

"Al-Furqan Islamic Centre is ceasing its activities and closing its doors. This decision has not been taken lightly. We believe that given the constant harassment, pressure and false accusations leveled against the centre-particularly by media and politicians- this is the best course of action for the protection of the local community, its members, and the broader Muslim community that is often implicated in these insidious campaigns."
Upon closure, Melbourne's south east Mayor Sean O'Reilly stated that regardless of "which bookshop, agency or religion it is, we've got to take each case on its merit and leave it to the police to determine what is legal."

Conversely, Head of the Australian School of Policing and Security said that a legislation to shut down a centre like Al Furqan did not exist.

"Often the best approach is to enable people to have their place to vent while maintaining close surveillance" he said.

The Islamic Council of Victoria secretary Ghaith Krayem expressed their concern to ABC News stating that their "aim with this particular center is to try to include them in what we're doing... I think as a community, we've probably failed in this respect historically, we've tended to marginalize and push people like this away."

Prior to Saturday's raids based on alleged Anzac Day attacks, the center was first raided in 2012. Almost 20 property's were raided, but despite police allegations of claiming weapons and terror material, only one man was charged for allegedly possessing Al Qaida's magazine Inspire.

Numan Haider had also attended the center on many occasions before he was shot dead during a knife attack on anti-terror police.
Al Furqan centers leader, Harun Mehicevic has also been under the scrutiny of police security after believing that he allegedly provokes terrorist acts, but has never been charged.

Further denying any involvement with alleged Anzac Day plot, Mehicevic released a statement condemning the "reports of police brutality, heavy-handedness and general mistreatment that have become customary of police interactions with many Muslims."

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