Mosque retains its imam
Mark Rollenhagen Plain Dealer Reporter
Imam Fawaz Damra will remain the spiritual leader of the area's largest mosque while he fights a federal charge that accuses him of concealing past ties to terrorist groups.
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Members of the Islamic Center of Cleveland voted 177-49 Sunday afternoon in support of Damra.
"The numbers speak for themselves," said lawyer James McMonagle, the court-appointed election overseer who hand-counted the ballots at a table in the center's community room.
The center's trustees in January placed Damra on a paid leave following his arrest by FBI agents, but the center's council of elders said he could return to the pulpit. The dispute went to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick, who ordered a vote by the center's dues-paying members.
Haider Alawan, an elder, said he was pleased by the outcome of the vote and was confident that the dispute would not leave a permanent rift among mosque members.
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Saudi scholar 'bans' US-backed channel
Monday 08 March 2004, 13:07 Makka Time, 10:07 GMT
Alhurra's website lists many top US officials awaiting TV fame
The US-financed Arabic television channel Alhurra is "forbidden" for Muslims, according to one leading Saudi scholar.
In a fatwa published on Monday, Shaikh Ibrahim bin Nasir al-Kudhairi said the channel was haram (forbidden) and a source of corruption.
A judge at the grand Islamic court in Riyadh, al-Kudhairi printed his religious ruling in al-Hayat newspaper.
He claims Alhurra is intended