THE diversity of Brisbane's Muslim population means it is well placed to avoid chaotic scenes similar to those in Sydney, according to the Islamic Council of Queensland.
The organisation's president Mohammed Yusuf this week said the fall-out from the violent weekend riots had been widely discussed among senior community leaders, who continued to condemn the actions of an "isolated" group.
"We have discussed the issue in detail at our federal council meeting in Sydney, which was not as a result of this but a pre-organised meeting," he said.
"We concluded that the best way was to go back to our communities and reassure people that the only way to discuss issues like that, when you have them, is through dialogue and discussions, not by organising rallies and protests and things like that - it has a negative impact, really."
Mr Yusuf said he believed Queensland was unlikely to witness violent scenes such as those in Sydney due to the diverse backgrounds of Queensland's 20-odd thousand Muslims.
"It's totally different," he said.
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"I think we have a far more cohesive society here and although we have a fairly broad ethnic mix, it's not dominated by any one particular group unlike in Sydney where you might have the
Lebanese or you might have the Palestinians or another group.
"We don't have that situation here."
Mr Yusuf said despite the public interest sparked by the Sydney protests, he was only aware of one "minor" retaliatory incident, where an offensive sign was left at Islamic Women's centre in Springwood, adding the matter had been reported to police.
"We can't let these sort of thing distract us from our main focus of working with the rest of the Australian Community," he said.
"That has been our aim and that has been what we have been focusing on the whole time."
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