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Outrage as Fraser Anning uses image of grieving Muslim family on Facebook post

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Senator Fraser Anning has been heavily criticised for an anti-Muslim Facebook post featuring a Muslim family whose 19-month-old daughter went missing.

Queensland Senator Fraser Anning has faced fierce criticism for using a grieving Muslim family in an anti-Muslim Facebook post.

On Sunday, Senator Anning posted an image saying "If you want a Muslim for a neighbour, just vote Labor", featuring a photo of a Muslim family.

The post has since been hidden.
The post has since been hidden.
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But the family featured was the El-Dennaouis, who were in the news in 2005 when their 19-month-old daughter Rahma went missing from their Sydney Home.

The image appeared to be from a 2010 News Corp article when the family was appealing for new information about Rahma, who was never found.

A 2015 inquest did not provide answers and the case is still being investigated.

The post has since been hidden from the senator's timeline but can still be accessed through other routes on Facebook.

SBS News has contacted Senator Anning about the post but has not yet received a comment.

When the post first appeared, several users noticed who the family was.

"The top photo is the family of Rahma El-Dennaoui - she went missing during the night at the age of 19 months from Lurnea, in Sydney, on 10 November 2005. She was sleeping in her bed with her sister sleeping nearby. Rahma is still missing," one user said.

Users quickly noticed.
Users quickly noticed.
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And the criticism quickly followed.

"Somewhere across Australia RIGHT NOW an Australian Muslim woman is probably being harassed and demonised by folks who are emboldened by this kind of false and inflammatory Islamophobic material," Mariam Veiszadeh wrote on Twitter.

Many others also took aim at the senator. 

But some social media users have responded with a lighter tone.

While others offered support to the "lovely" family.

One reaction.
One reaction.
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Senator Anning was previously censured over his anti-Muslim comments following the Christchurch attacks. 

Penny Wong condemned his actions as "inflammatory and divisive comments seeking to attribute blame to victims of a horrific crime and to vilify people on the basis of religion".

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