Muslim Mother Regains Custody of Boy

Ap, July 22, 2002 Link

FLANDREAU, S.D.- A judge on Monday gave a 5-year-old boy back to his mother, who lost custody after converting to Islam and saying she planned to move to Egypt to live with her husband.

Circuit Judge Rodney J. Steele last month granted temporary custody to the woman’s father and his wife. But on Monday he said Sally Barakat has a constitutional right to raise the boy as she sees fit.

Some Muslim groups had said the judge’s earlier decision was driven by anti-Islamic bias.

Barakat has said her father and his spouse denigrated her religion and made racist comments about her husband, Osama Barakat, whom she met over the Internet.

Testifying Monday, Conrad Rederth said he doesn’t care about Barakat’s religion, but objects to her taking Trevor to Egypt, where he said Americans are despised and the boy would be “a third-class citizen.”

The Rederths’ attorney, Karen Crew, presented a State Department document advising Americans to be careful while traveling in the Middle East and North Africa.

“The U.S. government says that terrorists are looking for what they refer to as ‘soft targets,'” Crew said.

But Barakat’s attorney, Tom Keller, argued the document was merely a general warning for the region.

Americans are free to travel to Egypt, which is politically stable, he said.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the judge’s decision showed Muslims could still have faith in the U.S. legal system.

For the full story, see the link provided above
Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above)

Religion News Blog posted this on Tuesday July 23, 2002.
Last updated if a date shows here:


More About This Subject



Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.

Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at