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Sheikh Hilali gives Al Jazeera interview

Broadcast: 18/05/2007

Reporter: Virginia Trioli

Controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali has appeared on the Al Jazeera television
network, saying he is a moderate Muslim who is opposed to terrorism.

Transcript

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: The controversial Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taj el-Din Al Hilali, has appeared on
Arabic television saying he's a moderate who's opposed to terrorism.

The Sheikh was interviewed at length on the English language edition of Al Jazeera TV. He said the
controversy surrounding his statements was generated by the media, particularly talkback radio,
which he described as a warehouse of racism.

He said the Prime Minister supported his removal from the position of mufti because of
misinformation.

SHEIKH TAJ EL-DIN AL HILALI, MUSLIM CLERIC (translation): You have not been given the right
information. You have been given wrong information about Al Hilali and you have to correct
yourself.

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: The Sheikh admitted his analogy comparing women to meat was harsh, but he repeated
his view when women dress immodestly it arouses men and logically leads to rape.