The fake Sheikh “Haron”

There is nothing more precious than one’s children; for a parent to lose a child must cause pain beyond imagining. It must therefore have been extremely distressing for the parents of Private Luke Worsely to receive a letter purporting to be from an Islamic leader, “Sheikh Haron”, taunting them on the day they buried their son. A copy of the same letter was sent to News Limited, extracts of which they published online.

It remains to be asked: who is “Sheikh Haron”? To begin with, the sheikh would be more convincing (as a Muslim) if he could spell his own name correctly. “Haron” is how I would imagine an imbecile not conversant with Muslim names would spell “Harun’ or Haroon”, the Arabic equivalent of the Hebrew “Aaron“. It resembles the comical fraud perpetrated by Liberal Party goon squad in the seat of Lindsay. How could one forget the “ALA AKBA” which resembled Alo Alo, more than Allah Hu Akbar.

The mystery of the fake sheikh is further clarified by a visit to his webpage. For a religious Muslim, it is clear that Sheikh Haron is fraudulent.

1. He does not begin with “In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful….” It would be impossible for a religious scholar to fail to do so.

2. The fatwa section is the real giveaway. Firstly, the questions that are posed: they’re strange questions to ask a scholar. Muslims never ask scholars about who to vote for (that’s what anti-Muslim bigots imagine we do).

3. But his responses are the most bizarre. A religious scholar gives a fatwa, or religious opinion, the same way a QC gives a legal opinion: in a highly ordered and codified manner, quoting verses from the Qur’an and Hadith, and offering religious consensus before finally coming to the scholar’s own opinion. The author, however, is not conversant with Islam and therefore cannot do so, and so merely has written a short response from an opinion that he believes reflects Islamic doctrine.

4. Sheikh “Haron” has no surname, no telephone number, no address, and nobody in the Muslim community knows him. The author has designed this to be an opaque identity.

5. The media release section contain the letters the author has sent to various officials. However, the responses that the author has allegedly received from public figures are not on letterheads, nor have they been signed, nor indeed is there room in the letter template for a signature. They are clearly forgeries generated by the author of the site.

6. His “fatwas” are all, without exception, completely wrong — and wrong in the most infantile manner. For example:

“The people who say that Jesus (peace be upon him) is “God” or “son of God” or they call God “Father” are Mushriks, not Christians. We are not allowed to call them “Christian”.”

This is incorrect. The Qur’an defines Christians as those people of the Book who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

7. He appears to believe he is being followed and monitored where ever he goes. He also seems to subscribe to a weird crackpot theory that the Australian government are hacking Google to give Muslims a bad name. Neither instill much confidence.

8. Religious scholars don’t normally spam government departments with strange requests and allegations.

The author of the Sheikh Haron site is obviously not a religious scholar, and has designed it to perpetrate a fraud and cast a cloud over the Muslim community. He has intruded, in a most obscene manner, into the private grief of parents who have lost their son, and he has embarrassed the gullible editors of the New Limited website.


#1 Haron on 12.06.07 at 10:26 am

Sheik Haron is just a small soldier. Maybe he even doesn’t deserve to be a soldier. Sheikh Haron hopes to be accepted by Allah as a soldier. He loves and supports all Muslims clerics and Muslims who speak out against oppression. Sheikh Haron is nothing. Shame on Sheikh Haron who is very behind. He is very behind comparing with many Muslims who struggle hard in the way of Allah. He is not trying to pretend that he is down to earth and good man by saying this, no , the fact is that he is really behind. Sheikh Haron has decided not to be after this world, so with the help of Allah, he can not be bought, “Not 4 Sale”, not interested in trading or to get a position or money to be the speaker for the oppressors. He doesn’t have permanent visa of this world, so he knows he is on tourist visa and soon or later he will leave. Permanent visa only for hereafter, so in that case why are we wasting our time? We don’t belong to this, so why should we sell our religion to get material things in this world? Sheikh Haron believes in unity between Muslims.He believes that Muslims better to critisize each other in private and don’t give opportunity to the enemy to take advantage.Sheikh Haron respects the lives of others although a Hypocrite accuses him that he doesn’t.All Muslims are obliged to respect the lives of other human beings. Sheikh Haron is against discrimination and racism, how about you? As Sheikh Haron has mentioned in his letter of 14 November 2007 to Mr. John Howard, he is just a simple teacher who wants to teach the Holy Quran but he is waiting for the answer of his letter. Letter of 14 November to Mr. Howard is very important but don’t tell anyone! By the way don’t worry about the title of “Sheikh”, everyone is Sheikh. All practicing Muslims are Sheikh. And if one day all of them will be “a littlbe bit” UNITED then ….(tell you later).

If this is not enough and still you are curious about him please do not hesitate to ask for more informations!

#2 Antish on 12.06.07 at 10:34 am

Yeah, I thought it was obviously a fraud when I first heard of it.

What I find scary, though, is that over on the Muslim Village forum they are a bit suspicious but they dare not openly criticise. No-one (last time I read the thread) would say that sending the letter to the bereaved parents was a shitty thing to do, whether or not the Sheikh was bona fide.

That sort of moral timidity is not only shameful but dangerous.

#3 Muslim_perth on 12.06.07 at 10:45 am

he could be a fraud, but isnt it true what he said about australians soldiers shouldnt be going in to afghanistan to kill muslims in the first place and that ALL civilian casulaties should be condemed etc

#4 Muslim_perth on 12.06.07 at 10:46 am

oh and there is a “bismallah” on his website

#5 Uthman on 12.06.07 at 11:17 am

It’s a disgraceful thing to do and it doesn’t matter if he’s a sheikh or not. He should be ashamed of himself for upsetting an innocent family with his stupid letter.

Personally though I think he’s just mentally ill (from reading the website)

#6 Sam Ward on 12.06.07 at 11:46 am

“oh and there is a “bismallah” on his website”

Maybe he’s Freddy Mercury?

#7 Umm Ammara on 12.06.07 at 5:59 pm

After looking at his website as well as his statement above ‘All practicing Muslims are Sheikh’ it is quite obvious that he is a fraud.
I also agree with Uthman that he may have mental health issues.
Has anyone tipped off the media – before they work themselves into a hysterical antiMuslim lather about it?

#8 SL on 12.06.07 at 6:47 pm

Antish, you shouldn’t judge Islam or Muslims by the muppets at Muslim Village.

Just reading all this guy’s letters to the government, it’s obvious he’s off his rocker.

#9 amad on 12.06.07 at 11:37 pm

What I find quite unbelievable is that any reputable media outlet would print such nonsense. I mean this is the depth of shoddy journalism. Does this mean that anyone can create any website, write stupid outrageous letters, and find himself in the mainstream media? Shouldn’t it behoove the media outlets to first investigate and sort out the facts behind this “sheikh” or any “sheikh” before reporting it?

I bet this wouldn’t have happened if started spewing anti-Australian nonsense… any propaganda against the Muslims is kosher of course.

#10 dawood on 12.07.07 at 7:51 pm

At least it doesn’t say “Ala Akba!” anywhere…

#11 Irfan Yusuf on 12.08.07 at 1:57 am

Perhaps sheik haron can set up the Perth branch of the al-Ghazzali centre …

#12 AnonyMouse on 12.08.07 at 5:54 am

I think it’s some loser with too much time on his hands and some twisted agenda regarding Muslims.
I highly doubt that it is even a Muslim behind it!

Who knows, it could be one of those weirdos who sit in their basement all day and night coming up with crazy things to fill the WWW with.

#13 AnonyMouse on 12.08.07 at 5:57 am

I skimmed through the site – it’s ridiculous! Does anyone actually take this loser seriously???

#14 Abdullah on 12.08.07 at 8:07 am

“Perhaps sheik haron can set up the Perth branch of the al-Ghazzali centre …”

He’s far too humble and probably over qualified.

#15 Baybers on 12.08.07 at 2:27 pm

SH is obviously is a native English speaker pretending to write as he imagines a stupid Muslim would. Therefore his grammar is deliberately bad, but he forgets to mangle his punctuation (example: read the comment he posted here).

SH is now a dead prop, we have killed it for him. Whenever someone will type his “name” into google, our web-site will come up first.

All of his effort has gone to waste.

#16 abu Abdullah Isa on 12.10.07 at 2:48 pm

Shame on all of us!


The person who has put up this blog has a bundle of misspellings/transliterations.

Does it matter how he spells his name?

To be honest, I do not even know if this Sheikh Haron is a real sheikh.

Though, I am not here to dispute this.

All I say, is we shouldn’t say things things we may have to recant later on.

We are Muslims, not fortune tellers, claiming to tell of the unknown.

If this Sheikh Haron turns out to be a legit person, well, we will deal with him then inshaaAllaah.

If he is found out to be a fraud, then we have wasted our time already!

Enough said I believe.

#17 abu Abdullah Isa on 12.10.07 at 2:57 pm

Please change the word ‘bundle’ in my above post to ‘a’.

My bad…

#18 abu Abdullah Isa on 12.10.07 at 3:05 pm

Whereas this fatwaa;


Some Islamic jurists say that smoking cigarette is not forbidden (haraam) but some others believe it is haraam. I think the jurists have different opinions on this. What is your opinion about smoking?


It is Haram for a non smoker to start smoking cigarette. The smokers are obliged to try hard to quit.”

Is reminiscent of a fatwaa that I heard someone claim Ayatullah Khomeini gave.

If this Sheikh Haron is a shi`ite, then I have an easier time understanding his “tuqyah”.

#19 touchstone on 12.12.07 at 10:17 pm


So muslims ought to condemn things which we have not done as well?

#20 Andrew Reynolds on 12.14.07 at 7:08 pm

Maybe Amir should start a general “condemnation” thread as they do at LP, just so that we can condemn anything at all and feel better about ourselves.

#21 sarah on 05.25.09 at 6:50 pm

what subhannallah what does he think he is he is certainly a fake . what a liar . that girl zarah should change her mind or she will go to hell asalalamualaykum fellow muslims

#22 sarah on 05.25.09 at 6:55 pm

what does he think he is!!!
he should not take people of the right path to jannah

#23 Abdul on 05.25.09 at 6:56 pm

What I find insulting is that a Muslim woman is opening her mouth and showing her eyes in such a fashion, what gives her the right to speak on behalf on Muslims.

#24 JDsg on 05.27.09 at 1:13 am

“Sarah” has obviously never learned about the danger in damning someone to hell.

#25 Andrew Reynolds on 06.01.09 at 6:39 pm

The re-awakening of this thread caused me to look st his site again. This was down the bottom:

The Australian Muslim Cleric, Sheikh Haron, is the same Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi who has formally changed his name and that’s why some people were confused who was Sheikh Haron? The Islamic website of this Australian Muslim cleric is a site generally about spirituality and particularly about Allah, Islam, Shariah law and Jihad.

I presume from that he is, as abu Abdullah Isa guessed up the thread, Shi’ite.

#26 Andrew Reynolds on 06.01.09 at 7:11 pm

oops – that had already been found out. Sorry…

#27 hamaid on 07.01.09 at 10:56 am

He is a fake and he is there only to malign our religion ISLAM. May ALLAH guide us and protect us from the brethren of satan like SH

#28 AlabasterMuslim on 08.14.09 at 9:20 am

Yeah, when I read the website I knew something about it just wasn’t right. All your points trying to prove he is a fraud makes sense and I agree. That guy is creepy though. Inshallah we all will be protected from men like that, Ameen.

#29 jimmy on 10.22.09 at 5:28 pm

Looks like that you guys got it wrong as “sheik Haron” has a real Identity after all ‘-)

#30 arf 43 on 10.22.09 at 9:53 pm

It may take 5 days, 5 years, 15 years, but he will die.

#31 Selwa on 10.23.09 at 5:15 am


he is not a Muslim, he is a shia

so we were right, he cannot be a muslim scholar

arf 43, your ip address has been forwarded to the police

#32 The curious case of Sheikh Haron « Asian Correspondent on 10.23.09 at 6:56 am

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#33 bruce on 10.23.09 at 11:15 pm

This fool is a pig who deserves nothing but condemnation from all Autralians!!

Cheers Bruce

#34 Steve Brook on 10.26.09 at 10:39 am

Some misguided individuals believe there’s a religious war going on, Moslems versus the Rest. “Sheikh Haron” may well be a weapon in this war, a “black propaganda” creation, designed to cause confusion and raise the temperature. The uproar, such as it is, makes real Moslems feel uneasy, while feeding and encouraging anti-Moslem feeling. That certainly seems to be the intention.

#35 arf 43 on 10.26.09 at 12:30 pm

Selwa, do you think i care if the police have my IP address? I live and work in sunshine, melbourne. Come for a chat and i will tell you what i really think. That turd is not an australian. Nobody cares if he is muslim, shia or pink with poka dots. You dont send letters to dead soldiers familys regardless of who you are, or who you think you are, thats a pretty simple philosophy. I am racist towards behaviour, if you act normal i dont care what race, religion you are. Act like an idiot then i dislike you just like most Australians. So you see selwa my friend, like i said he will die sooner or later just like you, just like me.

#36 Nicko on 10.26.09 at 6:30 pm

Steve, I agree with you… this guy is a mere propaganda tool designed to incite racial hatred… The sad part is most Aussie’s knee jerk reaction is to go for the hypothetical jugular, indeed that was my response to the news reports… after doing a little research online it soon became apparent that this guy is not only a fraud, but a bad fraud and an evil man. He is denounced by all races, Muslims, Christians, Atheists and Agnostics alike… lets just forget about this twit…

move on i say…

#37 jess on 11.12.09 at 7:56 am

It seems noone is particularly interested in Haron Monis’s message – whatever that might be. As usual with the Australian media there’s been a lot of huff and puff over this man’s actions and no real meaty reporting about what it is he is saying. Commentators are so eager to judge both Monis, and to a lesser extent ‘the Muslim community’ for not condemning him, that (apart from at least some attempt at objective reporting) I would like to see the media presenting a little more background on Monis and shedding at least some light on his point. Channel Nine’s atrociously bad coverage of Monis’s court day theatre could have been a scene from Team America: World Police. The ‘news reporter’ whose role might more appropriately have been described as ‘patronising hate-mongerer’ might as well have been a puppet with visible strings. He was doing the very thing he would have us accuse Monis of – waving his arms about childishly in order to gain attention and instigate an emotional response from his audience. I suspect that Monis has a more virtuous objective – peace – if ever we were allowed to hear it.

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