NY Mosque Divided Over the Legitimacy of Imam Leadership

August 7, 2004

Source: The New York Times


On August 7, 2004 The New York Times reported, "Muslim factions at odds over involvement with the Taliban and terrorism squared off yesterday at a Queens mosque, where the issue divided the congregation after the Sept. 11 attacks. Armed with a court order and a phalanx of police officers, a group that had been ousted from the mosque in 2001 demanded entrance. The group, which recently won its case in State Supreme Court in Queens, said it was the true founder of the mosque, the Hazrat-I-Abubakr Sadiq in Flushing, and demanded the departure of the current imam, who charged after 9/11 that the group had been supporting the Taliban. The power struggle erupted when the [current] imam accused the foundation of funneling money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan. In turn, foundation members accused Imam Sherzad of exceeding his role as a spiritual leader by supporting certain warlords fighting against the Taliban."