Nov 27 2006

Imams Arrested on US Airways for Praying

GUEST: Ahilan Arulantham, Staff attorney at ACLU of Southern California, Bushra Khan, with the Arizona Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations

Six Muslim imams were removed from a US Airways flight last week in Minnesota for what they said was nothing more than trying to say evening prayers. The scholars were attempting to fly to Phoenix where most of them are affiliated with a major mosque. They had been attending a three-day meeting of the North American Imams Federation in the Minneapolis area focused on building bridges between Muslims and American society. A spokesperson for the Airports Commission in Minneapolis said that the men had been praying at the gate area and that their actions were “arousing some concerns” among both passengers and crew. He also said some witnesses reported the men were making anti-American statements involving the Iraq war, asked to change seats once inside the cabin, that one requested an extender to make his seat belt larger even though he did not appear to need it and that in general “there was some peculiar behavior.” The Muslim scholars were eventually taken off the flight in handcuffs. Abu Hannoud, the civil rights director for the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations denounced the arrests saying the men were “humiliated” and that “their humiliation is really a humiliation for the entire Muslim community” and further proof that Islam phobia is a growing problem in the United States.

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2 Responses to “Imams Arrested on US Airways for Praying”

  1. USpaceon 18 Mar 2007 at 10:21 am

    We have to refuse to be intimidated, if someone makes someone report them for weird behavior, then that person should be sued by the passengers for causing them distress with their behavior.

    These Imams were faking and goofing on the passengers, and were probably trying to get tossed off the plane just so they could play the victim card and go to court and make a scene. Any judge who allows this is garbage.

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    pretend to be terrorists

    scare people on a plane
    get thrown off claim racism

  2. posteron 14 Sep 2007 at 12:10 pm

    This sjamesless Imams turn around and sues US airline and innocent people. These people are just miscreants and creating as much problem as the terrorists do.