New England Muslim Community Remains at Odds Over Leadership as Court Dismisses Suit Filed by Former Imam

August 26, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 26, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Imam Talal Eid, well known for his interfaith work and for speaking out against terrorism, lost a legal bid yesterday to win back his longtime job as religious director of the 1,500-member Islamic Center of New England. The struggle at the center, which has mosques in Quincy and Sharon and members from two dozen countries, has divided one of the largest Islamic communities in New England. Eid resigned, effective June 30, after a dispute over duties with a newly elected board of directors. He later changed his mind and, after the board refused to rehire him, sued in Norfolk Superior Court on the day his resignation took effect. That lawsuit was dismissed yesterday. Eid, reached while on vacation in Lebanon earlier in the week, had said he wanted the court to let the center's members decide whether he should stay or go. Eid's backers said the board has treated the imam shabbily after all he has done for the center in his 23 years there and in promoting an understanding of Islam."