Canberra: A Muslim man in Australia asked his daughter not to play with non-Muslim children, saying that it is ‘haram’.
The Federal Magistrates` Court, sitting in Victoria, heard that the girl had refused to play with another, fair-haired ‘non-Muslim’ girl during a visit to a family counsellor.
The girl reportedly said, “Baba says it is haram”, as she explained to her mother that she was not allowed to play with non-Muslim children, the Herald Sun reports.
Federal Magistrate Philip Burchardt said the father was clearly a loving parent but ‘he did not appear to have an understanding of his daughter`s developmental needs’.
Burchardt ordered that the child will live with her mother and would spend time with the father every second weekend.
“Furthermore, his conduct in seeking to alienate (the girl) both from the non-Muslim component of the Australian community and from her mother and grandmother is very disturbing,” Burchardt said.
The father however denied telling his daughter who she could play with.
“He denied being in the business of telling the child that it was forbidden or otherwise bad to play with non-Muslims, but the evidence of (the family counsellor) makes it plain that he does,” Burchardt added.
The father, who is a devout Muslim, also complained to the family counsellor about his ex-wife’s dressing style.
Although he denied using denigrating words to describe his ex-wife, Burchardt said his denials were dishonest.