An Islamic sheikh in Sydney’s west allegedly took invasive pictures of random women at an airport before uploading them to social media with mocking and sleazy comments.
Sheikh Zaid Alsalami, a Shia imam who has previously travelled to Iran for religious instruction, shared an image of a woman in a low-cut top, taken from behind, on WhatsApp.
‘I arrived. This was her. Walahi. No bra,’ he said, using the Arabic term for ‘I swear to Allah’.
However, the sheikh declined to say if he or someone else took the images, even though the WhatsApp messages featured his mobile number.
‘I don’t really know if I took that or not. What’s wrong with someone taking a picture like that? I don’t understand,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
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Sheikh Zaid Alsalami’s WhatsApp image featuring a woman at the airport and sleazy messages
The invasive images of women at an airport which were shared on WhatsApp
Sheikh Zaid Alsalami took a selfie of himself at the airport in front of a Victoria’s Secret image
Sheikh Zaid, from the Nabi Akram Islamic Centre in Granville, then told his followers in the WhatsApp post he needed to hold his prayer beads to control himself.
‘Everyone was looking at her. Probably saying how lucky I was,’ he said.
‘I was holding my misbaha the whole time.’
In another message featuring images of a woman’s legs, Sheikh Zaid described another woman as being ‘mutt-able’.
Muta is the term for a temporary marriage in Islam, which can also mean prostitution.
Sheikh Zaid, is also married with children, which could suggest he is advocating polygamy.
Sheikh Zaid Alsalami is involved with Nabi Akram Islamic Centre in Granville, in Sydney’s west
Another message described the woman as someone he could temporarily marry
The religious leader declined to say if he took the images and posted them to WhatsApp.
‘I don’t understand why you’re calling me and asking me about something which I think you wish to incriminate me with,’ he said.
However, he didn’t discount someone else posting the images from his phone.
‘Actually, I would trust my phone with random people. I have no problem with that,’ he said.
Sheikh Zaid also uploaded a selfie of himself next to a scantily-clad Victoria’s Secret model post at Sydney airport.
In 2015, Sheikh Zaid took 44 people from Australia to the theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran.
They visited the city of Qom to have Islamic lessons at Al-Mustafa International University.
Sheikh Zaid Alsalami also made a Facebook video featuring his daughter with various hijabs
The shiekh also shared a WhatsApp image describing his discomfort with sitting next to a woman on a plane because of his sexual urges
Sheikh Zaid Alsalami’s Facebook page features bizarre videos giving men fashion advice
Sheikh Zaid has also posed in pictures next to a poster of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khomenei and the flag of Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, which is banned in Australia.
In another message obtained by Daily Mail Australia, Sheikh Zaid threatened to curse a man’s family and ruin his life through a divine prayer known as dua.
‘I will do dua against you tonight for what you have accused me,’ he said.
The sheikh’s Facebook page also features bizarre videos instructing young men and girls on how to dress.
In one video posted in 2016, he squeezes the biceps of a man in a tight, pink shirt and touches his chest hair.
‘We look at the colour choice for example, I’m very sure there would have been other types of colours that were available but nowadays we see a lot of our boys wearing feminine colours,’ he said.
‘And we have the big problem of the open-chest syndrome where a person wants to show his masculinity by those hairs.
‘These nice muscles are also shown because of how tight the T-shirt is. And we can’t overlook how he’s wearing some designer underwear, probably some Calvin Klein or Lacoste,’ he later said while lifting the man’s shirt.
‘We have the big problem of the open-chest syndrome where a person wants to show his masculinity by those hairs,’ the sheikh says in this video
Another video features a young girl wearing different hijabs, and a scene where she is wearing lots of make-up.
‘This is the Kardashian, fashionista, Paris runway type of hijab,’ he said.
‘And we could probably say that she is putting Kardashian to shame with the amount of cake-face makeup that she has on and all the accessories.’
In another disturbing video featuring a shirtless boy, the sheikh points to a fake tattoo written in marker of the word ‘Hezbollah’ – a Lebanese terror group which is banned in Australia.
‘He’s a loyal supporter of Hezbollah but at the same time he also has the complexity of wanting to be gangster and a thug person,’ he said.
The sheikh has on his Facebook page an image of himself posing with the Hezbollah flag in 2006, during the Lebanese terror group’s war with Israel.
Sheikh Zaid’s video had a boy with the terrorist group ‘Hezbollah’ written on his right shoulder
Sheikh Zaid Alsalami posted an image on Facebook of himself with a Hezbollah flag in 2006
Sheikh Zaid Alsalami points to the ‘six pack’ of a boy to explain gangster-style tattoos
Sheikh Zaid threatens to perform a ‘dua’ prayer against a man who made an accusation against him