A candlelight vigil for refugees on the Sunshine Coast.
A candlelight vigil for refugees on the Sunshine Coast. Che Chapman

Islamic community joins Christians to support asylum seekers

QUEENSLAND'S Islamic community has vowed to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with "Christian brothers and sisters" to protect asylum seekers from being returned to offshore detention centres, "even if it means our arrest".

Thanking the Christian community for its leadership on the issue, spokesman for the Islamic Council of Queensland Ali Kadri, said the state's Islamic community, including the Islamic Shia Council of Queensland, stood behind the offer to offer sanctuary to refugees under threat of being returned to Manus Island and Nauru after last week's High Court decision.

In response Anglican leaders, including Dean of Brisbane Reverend Dr Peter Catt, invoked the centuries-old concept of sanctuary, offering to throw open church doors to the nearly 270 asylum seekers, including infants, who had come to Australia for medical treatment.

While thousands attended 'let them stay' rallies across Australia, Mr Kadri said after meetings with the Muslim community in Brisbane, Slacks Creek and Logan Mosques would also be opened to those seeking refuge.
"This is an issue which transcends race, religion and ethnicity," he said.

Read more at the Brisbane Times.