(Transcript from World News Australia Radio)
South Australia's Islamic community has distanced itself from the controversial preachings of an outspoken cleric who's called for divine retaliation against Buddhists and Hindus who have harmed Muslims.
It follows the posting of a heavily edited extract of a sermon at the Islamic Da'wah centre of South Australia earlier this year and posted this week on You Tube.
South Australian police say they have received a complaint about the sermon and are investigating.
Sheik Sharif Hussein, calling on Allah's wrath to be visited on those he believes responsible for the murder and rape of Muslims in Myanmar.
He beseeches, "Oh Allah, count the Buddhists and Hindus one by one, count them and kill them to the very last one."
The cleric is also critical of Australian troops in Iraq and Australian and US political leaders, saying President Obama kisses the shoes and feet of the Jews.
South Australia's Multicultural Minister describes the video as the ravings of someone completely out of touch.
But the Islamic Da'wah centre says the clip is a cut and paste job aimed at discrediting Islam.
Da'wah centre spokesman Wagdy Elgeezawy declined to do a recorded interview.
However he told SBS the Sheik's comments were not intended to incite violence but were a call for Allah to exact revenge against those who commit war crimes against Muslims.
He says the Centre stands beside Sheik Hussein, even though it doesn't condone his strong language.
Mr Elgeezawy believes the video clip, posted on the website of the US Based Middle East Media Research Institute, was selectively edited by pro-Jewish elements and calculated to portray Islam in a bad light.
SBS has sought comment from the Middle East Media Research Institute, the US based website on which the clip was posted.
Meanwhile, South Australia's wider Islamic community has distanced itself from the Sheik's statement.
Dr Waleed Alkhazrajy is the spokesman for the Islamic Society of South Australia, the peak body representing most of the state's masjids, or mosques.
"In every community no matter what size small or large, there will always be some people who make comments that cannot be easily understood or accepted by the wider community. Maybe this guy is one of these people. But in view of what's happening we're trying to confirm that our society does not hold the views that's been included in this material."
Dr Alkhazrajy says he has serious doubts about the video.
"We don't know when, where and in which context this material has been posted. It seems to be it's been taken from multiple events put together, edited, sub edited, and that's why we can't really comment. But the content of it as it is, as it's raw, an assessment of it. It's still unacceptable to our view of things. "
Dr Alkhazrajy says the comments are not reflective of 99.999 per cent of peace-loving Muslims and hopes the video doesn't provoke retribution.
"We don't want people to misunderstood these remarks and believe this represents the wider Muslim community view, and then they start to attack members of our community, especially the vulnerable ones like our ladies, especially easily identified with their dress code and the cover of the veil or the hijab. We always have a surge of attacks against our community, this is a real concern."
And he holds other fears too.
"Another thing is concern for the wider community - some people might go along and hear these remarks and take them out of context and start to act on it as part of our Muslim community and the rest of the community get affected. We don't want any affect, we need to live in harmony, this remarks are not helpful."
South Australia's Equal Opportunity Commissioner Anne Gale hasn't received a complaint but is assessing whether the video breaches state or federal discrimination laws.
"Freedom of speech is really important in our country and it is protected and valued. But comments that are made publicly that go too far or hurt a particular group, race or religion - we don't want to tolerate that and there are laws in place designed to deal with that if there is someone who's going a bit too far in that area."
South Australian police have confirmed they've received a complaint.
They will examine the longer sermon from which it is believed the edited video was made, to determine whether any crime has been committed.