Muslim leaders in Australia have called for unity under the nation’s new top cleric after controversial Egyptian-born mufti Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali stepped down. Sheikh Hilali, who sparked outrage last year by likening immodestly-clad women to “uncovered meat,” was re-elected by imams but chose not to accept the post. The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils paid tribute to Sheikh Hilali, whom critics accuse of extremist views. (BBC)

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