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Polygamy has split the Australian Islamic community, pitting senior Muslim leaders against each other over the religious teachings on the issue.

A statement from the National Imams Council saying polygamy was banned in Australia and that calls for its legalisation were unwarranted was criticised by other senior community leaders as well as its own members.

Outspoken Muslim cleric and Sydney imam Taj Din al-Hilali attacked the imams council for putting out a statement that "contradicts the wisdom and teachings of God".

Sheik Hilali "reminded those imams" that compromise through watering down religious teaching was wrong.

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