Muslim Leader Disappointed by Imams’ Lawsuit

A Valley Muslim leader is upset about a lawsuit filed against US Airways by imams.

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, director of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, says it wasn’t necessary for the imams to act the way they did on the plane.

Six imams returning from a religious conference in November were taken off a plane in Minneapolis, handcuffed, and questioned. They had prayed on their prayer rugs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport before the flight, and after they boarded, a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant. When the men returned to the airport the next day, they said, the airline refunded their fare and refused to sell them another ticket.

“Religiously, when you’re travelling, you can pray at home. You can combine prayers. You don’t have to pray exactly on time and even if you want to pray on time, you can pray at the comfort of the chair. You don’t always have to do the movements if the circumstances don’t allow.”

Jasser says most Muslims don’t believe in stirring up controversy.

“And I as a Muslim and most Muslims will tell you God tells us that he did not make our religion to be difficult or imposing,” he says.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Mar. 13, 2007
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