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Utah imam is fired amid rumors of domestic violence, shirked duty
Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 1/20/2007 | Jessica Ravitz and Jason Bergreen

Posted on 01/20/2007 8:28:34 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity

WEST VALLEY CITY - Imam Shuaib-ud Din has been terminated from his position as religious leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake amid allegations of domestic violence.

Police said they responded to a "domestic-related incident" at Din's home a week ago, and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office reported an attempt to serve a protective order against him on Thursday.

Contacted by phone, a relative of the imam said he was in Chicago now but would not comment on the allegations. The relative acknowledged that Din and his wife were having marital problems but said the imam was driven out of town by disgruntled members of the society's board.

Police Lt. Matt Elson said officers responded to Din's home Jan. 13 at 12:05 p.m. The call was completed at 4:32 p.m.

There were no arrests made, and Elson said he was not aware of any warrants. He would not comment on any other details of the incident.

The imam's relative said that by about 8 a.m. Jan. 13, Din already had left Salt Lake City after being dropped off at Salt Lake City International Airport by board members who took him there and suggested he leave the country. With no immediate flights available to Chicago, the imam rented a car, drove to Las Vegas and caught a flight to Chicago, his relative said.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office on Thursday obtained a protective order against Din, said Lt. Paul Jaroscak.

Two attempts were made to serve it, but deputies could not locate Din, Jaroscak said.

On Friday, Iqbal Hossain, a member of the Islamic Society's board, stood before more than 300 Muslims who had gathered at the Khadeeja Islamic Center mosque for afternoon prayers and read a statement on behalf of the society. Hossain said the imam has been "absent from the mosque and his home" since Jan. 13.

The board, of which Hossain is a former president, met after the allegations surfaced and requested a meeting with Din, Hossain said. But the imam, whom the board did reach by phone, never showed up for the meeting, Hossain said.

"To this date," the board "remains unaware of his whereabouts," Hossain said.

Din's relative, who asked not to be identified out of safety concerns, said he left town because the board had forced him to.

The relative said the abrupt departure - one that left the imam "in shock" - was driven by something more than his marital issues. The imam, the relative said, had recently raised concerns about board finances, the exclusion of women from the board and the housing of "suspicious" individuals in the mosque.

Tarek Nosseir, who assumes the position of Islamic Society president today and is acting as the spokesman on this issue, stepped out of a closed meeting at the mosque Friday night to address the claims.

He said he was out of town Jan. 13 and talk of Din's forced departure was "all news" to him.

He focused, instead, on the fact that Din was absent from his duties and suggested personal issues might have been distracting the imam.

"We have five prayers a day that need to be led," Nosseir said. "We need someone who can attend to the affairs of the society."

After careful consideration, he said the board decided there was "enough evidence presented against" Din for board members to say "let him go" - which they formally did Monday.

As for Din's other concerns, Nosseir said the society had recently hired an accountant to help with finances; that women - though none currently are on the board - are "more than welcome to serve"; and that as head of the mosque, it is the imam's job to monitor who is staying there.

Hossain, the one-time society president, called this a "difficult time" for the Muslim community, but he told the group gathered at the mosque Friday afternoon, "We shall overcome this challenge. . . . May Allah bless us all."

Nosseir said his first order of business will be to appoint a search committee to find a new imam.

Din, 35, stepped into his role seven years ago. Masood Ul-hasan, who was society president at that time, on Friday called the recent developments a "sad situation" and emphasized that he did not want this news to reflect on everyone else.

"It's his personal issue," Ul-hasan said. "It has nothing to do with the community."

The imam's house, near the mosque, appeared to be vacant Friday. His relative said Din doesn't know where his wife and two young children are and that his repeated attempts to locate them have failed.

"His greatest concern is his kids," the relative said. "He just wants to talk to them and know they're OK."

Neighbors said that on Thursday, they saw officers accompany a woman - presumably the imam's wife - to the home, where she appeared to be picking up some belongings.

Nosseir said he knew nothing about Din's wife or his children's whereabouts.

jravitz@sltrib.com,

jbergreen@sltrib.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: dhimmitude; islam; jihadinamerica; mall; saltlakecity; suddenjihadsyndrome; trolleymall; utah; waronterror
An islamic wifebeater, who'da thunk it? The worst thing this guy did in the eyes of the leaders and congregation is get caught. I'm sure the other leaders have been counseled: "When you're smacking around your wife, make sure she's intimidated enough that she won't run to the cops."
1 posted on 01/20/2007 8:28:35 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

I thought slapping women around was a resume builder for these guys.


2 posted on 01/20/2007 8:29:36 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: All
Here's our boy now:


3 posted on 01/20/2007 8:30:25 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

But you have to make sure she doesn't call the cops. The mosque will have to revamp their Wifebeating 101: Knocking your wife around without getting caught.


4 posted on 01/20/2007 8:32:31 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

I'm beginning to suspect that to be an imam you need to memorize the koran and have a BMI of 29 or better.


5 posted on 01/20/2007 8:32:55 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Police said they responded to a "domestic-related incident" at Din's home a week ago, and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office reported an attempt to serve a protective order against him on Thursday.

Was her color of choice in burka wear unappealing to her husband?

6 posted on 01/20/2007 8:38:09 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The mosque will have to revamp their Wifebeating 101: Knocking your
wife around without getting caught.


You beat me to it.
7 posted on 01/20/2007 8:39:40 AM PST by VOA
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I'm surprised the imam didn't file a complaint against the police and make them undergo sensitivity training..and you have no idea how much I wish that was a sarcastic remark.


8 posted on 01/20/2007 8:42:30 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I'm beginning to suspect that to be an imam you need to memorize the koran and have a BMI of 29 or better.

It's about removing temptation - the Imams eat all the Twinkies so that their followers will remain skinny, which allows for much more effective blast patterns when they are sent to do their final religious duty. ;)

9 posted on 01/20/2007 8:43:29 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
"His greatest concern is his kids," the relative said. "He just wants to talk to them and know they're OK."

Who could argue with his compassion?

After all, he's an Imam. Right?

After all his compassion towards his mate has proved to be honorable.

10 posted on 01/20/2007 8:43:36 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

You're talking about Utah, not New York...things are a bit different there still....


11 posted on 01/20/2007 8:45:33 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Oh I can hear the outrage from CAIR right now. But But you are violating our religious freedom, we are allowed to beat our wives. How dare you tell us we can"t!
12 posted on 01/20/2007 8:46:36 AM PST by Shots (Loose Lip sink ships.........)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
"...and the housing of "suspicious" individuals in the mosque."

This is the part we probably want to keep our eye on.

13 posted on 01/20/2007 8:47:40 AM PST by blam
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

AFAIC, imams should be encouraged to shirk their "duty"..


14 posted on 01/20/2007 8:47:51 AM PST by AntiGuv ("..I do things for political expediency.." - Sen. John McCain on FOX News)
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To: blam

That's probably why he was beating his wife who was unhappy with his new friends.


15 posted on 01/20/2007 9:00:05 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The relative said the abrupt departure - one that left the imam "in shock" - was driven by something more than his marital issues. The imam, the relative said, had recently raised concerns about board finances, the exclusion of women from the board and the housing of "suspicious" individuals in the mosque.

hmm. No doubt the Imam beat his wife, as any good Muslim should. And no doubt his relative is putting the best face on it. But I wonder if the Imam is the only villain in the picture. Is the mosque housing terrorists? Is the board stealing funds? These are nests of trouble in our country. Because we know that mosques ARE regularly used to conceal weapons and terrorists. It's common practice in the middle east, in Europe, around the world, and no doubt here in America too.

16 posted on 01/20/2007 9:01:09 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Here's our boy now:

I do believe Husain's neck tie would look attractive on this piece of it.

17 posted on 01/20/2007 9:02:32 AM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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"His greatest concern is his kids," the relative said. "He just wants to talk to them and know they're OK."

Or, in the alternative, to know where they are so he can silence them.


18 posted on 01/20/2007 9:02:37 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The imam, the relative said, had recently raised concerns about board finances, the exclusion of women from the board and the housing of "suspicious" individuals in the mosque.

So the wife-beating incident was just an excuse to get rid of an imam who was biting the hand (Saudi Wahhab oil money) that fed him.

PS: A BOLO for a suspicious individual in a mosque really narrows it down, doesn't it?

19 posted on 01/20/2007 9:05:00 AM PST by Loyalist (Social justice isn't; social studies aren't; social work doesn't.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Every member of that board should be arrested for aiding and abetting a terrorist(s).

Somebody needs to teach these barbarians that in the United States you work WITH law enforcement, not against them.
20 posted on 01/20/2007 9:09:55 AM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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Well, maybe, just maybe, he was starting to make people a little nervous with his new friends, disappearance of money and wacking the crap out of his wife whom, I suspect, has a somewhat more intimate knowledge of what he's doing after hours than the average member of the mosque. I dunno' but I see there's a possibility of requiring some investigation. That's just me.
21 posted on 01/20/2007 9:13:04 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: EGPWS
""His greatest concern is his kids," the relative said. "He just wants to talk to them and know they're OK."

Ohhhh, I'm sure they're ok, NOW that HE'S gone!!!

22 posted on 01/20/2007 9:15:09 AM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

I agree that things are more than they appear. He got moved out of the way only because things were about to blow up. It is about a lot more than someone beating their wife. He was drawing attention to a place and some unknown people and it was not appreciated.
We do not know the whole story.


23 posted on 01/20/2007 9:26:11 AM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Poor guy was simply practicing one of the sacraments of his "faith."


24 posted on 01/20/2007 9:31:16 AM PST by Salvey (ancest)
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"We do not know the whole story."

I hope somebody gives it a look-see. Just to make sure their community outreach is what most of us would hope, that's all. After that, it can be business as usual, up by 5:30 a.m. and pray those prayers.


25 posted on 01/20/2007 9:37:09 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: blam

Yup.... exactly what does THAT mean?


26 posted on 01/20/2007 10:05:59 AM PST by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: blam
"...and the housing of "suspicious" individuals in the mosque."

This is the part we probably want to keep our eye on.

You bet. I didn't even know that the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake existed until now. You bet I'll be watching.

27 posted on 01/20/2007 11:09:20 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The relative said the abrupt departure - one that left the imam "in shock" - was driven by something more than his marital issues. The imam, the relative said, had recently raised concerns about board finances, the exclusion of women from the board and the housing of "suspicious" individuals in the mosque.

This part is what's really interesting to me. Seems to me that the other Muslims didn't want the imam to be in a position where the only way out of "difficulties" would be to strike a deal where he would give testimony about shady things at the mosque

The imam might know too much

28 posted on 01/20/2007 11:21:17 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (Never try to teach a pig to sing -- it wastes your time and it annoys the pig)
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Is the mosque housing terrorists? Is the board stealing funds?

Is the mosque being used as a safe-house for terrorists, and are mosque funds being used to purchase items to facilitate terrorism?

29 posted on 01/20/2007 11:34:34 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (Never try to teach a pig to sing -- it wastes your time and it annoys the pig)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Why did they terminate him? Did he not beat his wife up badly enough?


30 posted on 01/20/2007 11:40:53 AM PST by LtdGovt ("Where government moves in, community retreats and civil society disintegrates" -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: SauronOfMordor

Considering the proximity to Air National Guard units and Hill Air Force Base, I'm worried about it.


31 posted on 01/20/2007 11:44:42 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: SauronOfMordor

Yes, that's what I was suggesting. Notice that although he is accused of beating his wife, and certainly looks pretty ugly, he seems to have been arguing for at least one moderate position for a Muslim Imam: putting women on the board. No strict Muslim would allow that for a minute.

In other words, they may have framed him and kicked him out because he wasn't enough of an extremist.


32 posted on 01/20/2007 11:53:00 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Here's an interesting video showing the finer points of islamic wife-beating: http://www.compfused.com/directlink/4364/


33 posted on 01/20/2007 12:08:35 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Cicero
This mosque is the one the SLC Mall shooter attended. The part about the housing of "suspicious" individuals in the mosque is a bit concerning
34 posted on 02/22/2007 9:06:33 AM PST by PapaBear3625
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Bump for present relevance to Salt Lake City Mall Shooting. This is the mall the shooter prayed at
35 posted on 02/24/2007 1:59:13 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (Never try to teach a pig to sing -- it wastes your time and it annoys the pig)
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