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Publisher refuses to take on book that criticises Islam

  • Publisher has refused to take on a Muslim Imam’s book criticising Islam 
  • Imam Mohammad Tawhidi took to Facebook to reveal his first book was rejected
  • He claims the publisher rejected book out of fear of being attacked by extremists

Kate Darvall For Daily Mail Australia

A publisher has refused to take on a Muslim Imam’s book that criticises Islam out of fear their offices will be attacked by religious extremists.

Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, from Adelaide, took to Facebook on Sunday to reveal his first book was rejected by a publisher because it could provoke violence among Islamic radicals.

‘They responded with an apology and informed me that they fear the company will be attacked by Islamic extremists if they publish my book,’ he said. 

Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, from Adelaide, took to Facebook on Sunday to reveal his first book was rejected by a publisher because it could provoke violence among Islamic radicals

Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, from Adelaide, took to Facebook on Sunday to reveal his first book was rejected by a publisher because it could provoke violence among Islamic radicals

Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, from Adelaide, took to Facebook on Sunday to reveal his first book was rejected by a publisher because it could provoke violence among Islamic radicals

‘They were willing to publish it if I agreed to erase certain passages and reword a number of paragraphs.

‘I respect their feelings and concerns but I refuse to accept their requests.’

Imam Tawhidi, who has come under fire from hardline Muslims for condemning extremism and Sharia Law, said the rejection would not silence him.

‘I will be exposing the corruption without hiding the truth,’ he said.

'They responded with an apology and informed me that they fear the company will be attacked by Islamic extremists if they publish my book,' Tawhidi said

'They responded with an apology and informed me that they fear the company will be attacked by Islamic extremists if they publish my book,' Tawhidi said

‘They responded with an apology and informed me that they fear the company will be attacked by Islamic extremists if they publish my book,’ Tawhidi said

Imam Tawhidi, who has come under fire from hardline Muslims for condemning extremism and Sharia Law, said the rejection would not silence him

Imam Tawhidi, who has come under fire from hardline Muslims for condemning extremism and Sharia Law, said the rejection would not silence him

Imam Tawhidi, who has come under fire from hardline Muslims for condemning extremism and Sharia Law, said the rejection would not silence him

Without a publisher locked in, Imam Tawhidi said he still expected the book to be released ‘around Christmas’. 

The 34-year-old Iranian-born religious leader, who claims to be the ‘Imam of Peace’, has been outspoken about his condemnation of extreme Muslims.

In April, he said all Muslim schools in Australia were a danger to the country.

‘These schools do exist, they are a problem and they need to be either shut down or changed completely,’ he said.

Retribution from the Muslim community was swift.

Police were forced to escort him into hiding shortly after he made the comments because he claimed he was threatened with violence. 

Without a publisher locked in, Imam Tawhidi said he still expected the book to be released 'around Christmas'

Without a publisher locked in, Imam Tawhidi said he still expected the book to be released 'around Christmas'

Without a publisher locked in, Imam Tawhidi said he still expected the book to be released ‘around Christmas’

The controversial Imam, who moved to Australia from Iraq in 1995, was also questioned by the Islamic community when he said Muslims were trying to establish a Sharia Law state within Australia’s borders. 

‘I stated that there was an extremist, radical agenda to create a country within Australia. A government within the Australian government,’ he said.

‘I am afraid of such an agenda. I am worried and fearful.’

Imam Tawhidi claimed he was again targeted with threats of violence online. 

He told Daily Mail Australia he was forced to move out of his home and seek alternative accommodation while the controversy blew over.

After he moved home in June, he arranged to have extra security around his house. 

He claimed there was a target on his head, and members of the Muslim community called for him to be beheaded. 

The controversial Imam, who moved to Australia from Iraq in 1995, was also questioned by the Islamic community when he said Muslims were trying to establish a Sharia Law state within Australia's borders

The controversial Imam, who moved to Australia from Iraq in 1995, was also questioned by the Islamic community when he said Muslims were trying to establish a Sharia Law state within Australia's borders

The controversial Imam, who moved to Australia from Iraq in 1995, was also questioned by the Islamic community when he said Muslims were trying to establish a Sharia Law state within Australia’s borders

Imam Tawhidi was also condemned by members of the Muslim community when he said Muslim traditions went against Australian values.

When footage of young Muslim girls at a hijab ceremony surfaced online in June, Imam Tawhidi slammed the tradition.

The ceremony was conducted to signify the age when girls became women and needed to cover up their bodies.

It showed 24 girls walking on stage covered head-to-toe in white.

Imam Tawhidi said it symbolised girls, as young as eight, entering adulthood.

‘It means that they’re no longer girls but adult females who would lead an adult life, including marriage,’ he said.

‘This goes against the Australian values and social ethics and is basically promoting and imposing Sharia Law in Australia.’  

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