The girls were dressed in white, the same shade as a wedding dress, however Sheikh Mousselmani denied the ceremony was about preparing girls for marriage, despite Islamic law saying girls reach maturity at the age of eight.'You want me to tell you that it was a marriage ceremony. 'It's a white colour, it's a happy colour.'However Adelaide Shia leader Imam Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi said Islam classified eight as the adult age for girls and was worried by the ceremony's symbolism.'I confirm that according to Islamic jurisprudence, a Muslim girl reaches the stage of maturity at eight to nine years of age,' he said.'Hence the celebration took place, which means that they're no longer girls but adult females who would lead an adult life, including marriage.'This goes against the Australian values and social ethics and is basically promoting and imposing Sharia law in Australia.'The 34-year-old Iranian-born religious leader, who moved to Australia from Iraq in 1995, said the girls would have no idea how the ceremony symbolised them entering adulthood.Sheikh Tawhidi said the hijab was only ever worn to symbolise maturity, which meant the hijab ceremony was different to a modern Jewish bar mitzvah, as Judaism had reformed to extend childhood.'The lives of those girls change from that point onwards and they're treated as adults,' he said.
A growing number of Conservative MPs also want the Government to consider a ban.
The five teens - four of whom were wearing hijabs - had just finished breaking their Ramadan fast and were leaving the restaurant when they walked by an older couple.
The white man then appeared to insult one of the girls for her weight and religion. That's when another friend calls the man 'disgusting,' prompting him to jump out of his seat.
“But there is genuine debate about whether girls should feel a compulsion to wear a veil when society deems children to be unable to express personal choices about other areas like buying alcohol, smoking or getting married.
“We should be very cautious about imposing religious conformity on a society which has always valued freedom of expression.” His comments follow a political row last week over a decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to ban veils.