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.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
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
...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."