Australia’s Islamic fundamentalist Sheikh Mohamed Omran’s Mystery Train

Can ASIO ride it with Sheikh Omran?

September 2003. Melbourne Australia. Sheikh Mohamed Omran aka Abu Rayman Emir and Secretary–General of the Wahabi-Salaffi fundamentalist Islamic organization known as Ahl as Sunnah wal Jamah (The People of the Group), was in a state of rage.

Islamic rage.

Why didn’t the Australian Security and Intelligence Organization (ASIO) tell him, the most fundamental of all Islamic fundamentalists in Australia, that the media would be parked outside the door of his modest suburban home? And tramping over his front yard!

Kafir here, Kafir there- eve

rywhere! Why didn’t ASIO tell him that he would be linked in the media as an alleged Australian Al Qaeda contact. And media reports would link him to notorious terrorist Abu Dahdah. And his boyhood friend, the unjustly accused Sheikh Qatada, in London! Not to mention his good friends and associates in The Islamic Youth Movement in Sydney!

He felt betrayed. Worse: humiliated! Worse still; his honor was impugned! Shame! Even worse he was not in control. A power-challenge situation was developing!

He first met ASIO (was it eight or nine years ago-most likely eight) in Sydney. The Regional Director NSW no less. And before the Sydney Olympics. And now this! Spoiling his operational games with ASIO. Curse them!

A strange parallel program was running. While the Sheikh plunged into his media counter-offensive the Government and the AFP were briefing media and confirming reports claiming the Sheikh and his ‘friends’ were and had been ‘persons of interest’  (targets). Curious. Governments rarely comment or even acknowledge such matters – unless they are fully confident of the truth of their claims.

Still, he was proud of his other organization, The Islamic Information and Support Centre of Australia (IISCA), which enjoyed a great relationship with the Australian Government. Further, he was a good Australian. He was naturalized. He had lived in Australia for twenty years and even married an Australian woman. Now that was unusual! But then most of his terrorist friends had married Australians or become naturalized Australian citizens giving a new meaning to the term ‘opportunity targets’.

Strange brew!

In the attendant publicity through September and October 2003, the Sheikh never referred to his movement’s pro-Jihad and anti-Semitic website which features an essay by Sydney Lakemba based Sheikh Abdus Salaam Zoud of Masjid Ahlus-Sunnah calling for Islamic jihad and espousing murderous anti-Semitism and recommending links to notorious jihad web sites including Azzam publications. Sheikh Ziad incited believers to crush the Jews and the Crusaders:

‘Allah grant victory to the Mujaahideen (sic) fighting for your sake in every time and place, for you are able to do all things. Allah digrace (sic) the Jews and the crusaders. Crush them’.

The Sheikh is so confident of his mastery that his website features media articles about him! Articles which express fear and concern about his real intentions! Such confidence! The Sheikh makes hardened Australian journalists, even well briefed journalists, apprehensive, even nervous. Are they standing on sinking sand? Even the most skilled find him opaque. And ominous.

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Al Qaeda and Islamic rules on espionage

“Since Islam is superior to all human conditions and earthly religions, it permits spying for itself but not for others”.

Source: Al Qaeda Manual Eleventh Lesson: ‘Espionage.’ UK BM/75.

Islam has a long history of espionage as it is an integral element of Jihad-Holy War. Islamic espionage is not an extraneous activity – it is intrinsic to the Islamic world view of the ‘enemy’ and dates back to the origins of Islam in the fourth century. The Prophet and the Koran are cited as religious, operational and inspirational models. There are no analogous texts or models in Christianity or Buddhism.

The operational purpose of recent statements by Islamic spokesmen is to ensure that Muslims do not ‘assist’ Western intelligence organizations and create smoke and mirrors to protect ongoing penetration operations.

Five espionage cases which surfaced in September – October 2003 involving a Muslim ‘chaplain’, and 2 translators, a member of the US Navy, a US soldier and a Marine Corps contractor at Guantanomo Bay, Cuba where 660 Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees from over 40 countries are held, demonstrate Al Qaeda and Islamic rules on espionage.

Document 1: AL QAIDA MANUAL; Eleventh Lesson Uk/Bm-75 Translation; Espionage

According to Al Qaeda the prophet Muhammad is a role model for espionage.

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Taqiyya and kitman: The role of Deception in Islamic terrorism

Tradecraft. Persona. Deception. Disinformation. Cover: Western operational terms and techniques. But, Islamic terrorists have their own terms:  taqiyya (pronounced tark-e-ya) : precautionary dissimulation or deception and keeping one’s convictions secret and a synonymous term, kitman: mental reservation and dissimulation or concealment of malevolent intentions…

Taqiyya and kitman or ‘holy hypocrisy’ has been diffused throughout Arabic culture for over fourteen hundred years since it was developed by Shiites as a means of defence and concealment of beliefs against Sunni unbelievers. As the Prophet said: ‘he who keeps secrets shall soon attain his objectives.’

The skilful use of taqiyya and kitman was often a matter of life and death against enemies; it is also a matter of life and death to many contemporary Islamic terrorists. As so often in the history of Islam, a theological doctrine became operational.

During the Spanish inquisition, Sunni Moriscos attended mass and returned home to wash their hands of the ‘holy water’. In operational terms, taqiyya and kitman allowed the ‘mujahadeen ’ to assume whatever identity was necessary to fulfill their mission; they had doctrinal and theological and later jurisprudential sanction to  pretend to be Jews or Christians to gain access to Christian and Jewish targets: ‘the mujahadeen can take the shape of the enemy’.

Taqiyya is common to both Shiite and Sunni Muslim discourse and has significant implications for understanding Islamic fundamentalism and terrorist operations. The theory and practice of counter terrorism would be counter productive, indeed pointless, and even harmful, without reference to taqiyya and kitman and the crucial role of deception ranging from Islamic jurisprudence to Al Qaeda training manuals, which carry detailed instructions on the use of deception by terrorists in Western target countries.

According to Christian ethics lying is a sin; In Islamic jurisprudence and theology, the use of taqiyya against the unbelievers is regarded as a virtue and a religious duty.


“Verily the most honourable of you in the sight of God is the most pious among you; verily, God is knowing, aware!” 49:13

Shi’a interpret the phrase above as “he among you who exercises Taqiyya most”


Like many Islamic concepts taqiyya and kitman were formed within the context of the Arab-Islamic matrix of tribalism, expansionary warfare and conflict. Taqiyya has been used by Muslims since the 7th century to confuse and split ‘the enemy’. A favored tactic was ‘deceptive triangulation’; to persuade the enemy that jihad was not aimed at them but at another enemy. Another tactic was to deny that there was jihad at all.  The fate for such faulty assessments by the target was death.


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A noted Anglican theologian discusses the ‘Terrorist Threat’

An interview with the the most Reverend Frank E Venal


Archbishop Frank Venal graduated from Melbourne’s exclusive Shelter School and attended Vanity College at the University of Melbourne where he studied theology and law. He was active in the peace movement as an adviser in non-violent violent confrontation whilst attending university and played part time in a garage grunge band. His doctoral dissertation, a study of the sacred dimension of horse racing ’The Wretched of the Turf’ was awarded the John M. Cuddihy Prize.

A tall distinguished figure with a bounding walk and grey flowing hair, the Archbishop known affectionately as ‘boofhead ‘to his friends’ is a controversial figure who prides himself on being ‘close to his people’ and insists on wearing a boiler suit whilst attending church functions although he is also a great respecter of traditions and will not attend private functions unless he is dressed appropriately. He was awarded Archbishop of the Year for 1999 but returned the award as a matter of principle in protest against the exclusion of lesbian priests.  

A tireless reformist he is a well known human rights advocate.  A fearless critic of police violence and their lack of understanding of young people he also advises Victoria Police on non-violent approaches to investigating major crime. Archbishop Venal is no died in the wool traditionalist. He has promoted same-sex unions, gender –free language for the liturgy, adoption rights for lesbian clergy and is especially critical of churches which carry portraits of Jesus as a white man. He also pioneered the use of credit cards for collections [Amex only].

He has been described variously as ‘deeply religious;’ ‘the people’s archbishop’ ‘a sinister and dark force’, ‘evil’, ‘compassionate and caring’,’ a churchman’s churchman’ ‘a great churchman’ ‘a fat pious fraud’, a ‘terrorist apologist,’ an ‘unctuous fool’  a ‘claret-soaked hypocrite’, a ‘poseur’,’ a ‘professional atheist’ and a ‘sheep in wolf’s clothing’ but no one can doubt his sincerity and commitment.

Respected by critic and friend alike he has written a number of best-selling books; “Non-Judgemental Ethics’, ‘We Are all Two’ ‘God is not White-He’s Black!’and his best-seller “Dishonest to God’. His latest book” Turn the Other Cheek-While you are still alive’ is published by ABC books and is an irreverent study of terrorism dispelling many myths and argues that terrorism can, in some circumstances, be a deeply religious experience. He appears regularly on the ABC TV show ‘You Have Your Views, I Don’t Have Mine’.

He is a regular contributor to “Taqiyya Today ‘a monthly journal dedicated to Christian –Palestinian dialogue and founder and editor of Anglican –Inter Faith Peace News, a weekly journal devoted to building bridges and dialogue between Christian and Muslims.  He is married with three children. His wife is a social worker.

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