Update: Lodi Mosque Votes to Fire Imam Involved in Controversy

June 29, 2005

Source: The Jerusalem Post


On June 29, 2005 The Jerusalem Post reported, "The Lodi Muslim Mosque has fired a religious leader who has been accused of speaking out against the United States and supporting Osama bin Laden in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Shabbir Ahmed is one of two imams detained on immigration charges as part of an FBI investigation into alleged terror activities in Lodi's Islamic community. One imam's son also faces deportation to Pakistan. A father and son, both US citizens, are charged with lying to federal investigators about whether the son attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

The mosque's board of directors unanimously voted to fire Ahmed, 39, in a special session Sunday night, said Mohammed Shoaib, the mosque's president."