A hardline Islamic sheikh has been sacked from his day job for telling his followers women need to wear the hijab so men can control their sexual urges.
Queensland Muslim leader Sheikh Zainadine Johnson was weighing into claims made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein when he advised women on the need to cover up.
‘Men should be able to control themselves. This is a common argument against the Islamic hijab,’ he told his Facebook followers.
‘I totally agree, they should be able to control themselves, however facts show many don’t, this is why a hijab is necessary for women.’
The Sunni imam of the Logan City Mosque, south of Brisbane, was sacked from his undisclosed job six days after Daily Mail Australia broke the story.
Hardline Logan-based Sunni imam Sheikh Zaindine Johnson said hijabs help ward off men
‘I was good until you called. They sacked me because of your article,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday night. ‘Look, I don’t really want to talk to you.’
Sheikh Johnson described his sacking as a freedom of speech issue.
‘Do we really have freedom of religion? Do we really have freedom of speech?,’ he asked his 4,923 Facebook friends.
‘Should they be permitted by law to fire me based on speaking my beliefs?’
The Islam convert said he was ‘fired immediately’ after several work colleagues had read the Daily Mail Australia story on November 5.
‘People insult my religion day in and day out to the point where pornographic videos were made insulting my Prophet and it is freedom of speech,’ he said.
‘However if I speak something I believe from my religion on my own Facebook to my friends I am fired.’
Sheikh Johnson said he had ‘secretly worked’ in a high-profile state emergency services job ‘helping the people of Queensland, saving children’s lives every day’.
But he had declined to name the company to avoid anti-Islam groups attempting to defame his employer.
Sheikh Zaindine Johnson says women can help men control their urges by covering up
The surfer turned imam is also urging women to avoid wearing bracelets out on the streets