‘Divisive’ plan for Muslim housing enclave in Sydney suburbs sparks outrage

Sydney, Jan 9: A housing project in Australia aimed at the Muslim community and boasting 100 per cent halal housing has sparked a major row, with critics calling it a discriminatory plan that could lead to a Muslim enclave.

Qartaba Homes’ plan offers ’100 percent Halal housing to the growing Muslim community of Australia’ in Riverstone suburb of Sydney.

The company has insisted people from all religious backgrounds are free to take up the offer.

But it advises that the loans are ’100 per cent Halal’ and a “chance to escape Riba (interest)” because interest is a sin under Islamic law, News.com.au reports.

According to the report, the state MP for Hawkesbury Ray Williams has said that the project was divisive.

He said that the advertisement for a 100 per cent halal Muslim housing community is inclusive, and very divisive and that it will be viewed the same way by the majority of fair-minded Australians. (ANI)