Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist

We have blogged about a beautiful young Christian convert, from a Muslim family, who ran away and now fears for her life if she is returned to her parents (see previous post here and here). Now her attorney has pointed out some possible terrorist ties to her parent’s mosque.
Now does this make them terrorist? Of course not.
What it does bring to light is the strict Muslim adherence to sharia law and the penalties it imposes from conversion from Islam. This young lady is very right to fear being returned to her parents.

A 17-year-old girl who fled to Florida after converting from Islam to Christianity will be in “clear and present danger” if returned to Ohio due to her parent’s affiliation with an Islamic cultural center, her attorney claims.

In a 35-page memorandum filed Monday in Orange County family court, attorney John Stemberger claims Fathima Rifqa Bary, who will remain in foster care in Florida at least until a hearing on Thursday, should not be returned to the custody of her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, because of their connection to the Noor Islamic Cultural Center near Columbus, Ohio.

“The leader of the mosque, Dr. Hany Saqr, was previously an imam for another area mosque at the same time the largest known Al Qaeda cell in the U.S. since 9/11 was operating out of the mosque,” the document read. “Additionally, Dr. Saqr was identified in exhibits submitted by the Department of Justice in a recent terrorism finance trial in Texas as being one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America — an international organization responsible for birthing virtually every Islamic terrorist organization in the world, including Al Qaeda.”

The center also is affiliated with Dr. Salah Sultan, a “cleric alleged photographed with terrorist leaders designated as such by the U.S. government,” according to the document, and frequently hosts “extremist speakers” who have allegedly made statements supporting violence and terrorism.

Stemberger also claims the Noor Center has been “directly tied” to an ongoing probe into Somali-American youths who fled the U.S. to train in terror camps operated by the Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab terror organization.

Stemberger, who is seeking to obtain residence for Bary in Florida, says the claims made in his memorandum is not “a case” against Islam.

“The vast majority of Muslims in this country are peaceful and law-abiding citizens,” Stemberger said Monday. “Her family are members of this mosque … That’s the problem.”

Stemberger claims the girl’s parents are undoubtedly influenced by teachings at the cultural center. If returned to Ohio, as her parents are seeking, it’s just a matter of time “until she slips away in the night,” he said.

Attempts by to reach Hany and attorneys for the Noor Islamic Cultural Center before publication were not successful. Hany has denied all the allegations in the court filings, the Associated Press reports.

Shayan Elahi, an attorney for Rifqa’s father, declined to comment when reached by because he had yet to read the documents.

In a separate brief, Fathima Rifqa Bary — who moved with her family from Sri Lanka to Queens, N.Y., in 2000, and later to Gahanna, Ohio, in 2004 — claims her father selected the cultural center despite eight other mosques that were closer to their home.

“My father was very intent on making sure that his children, and especially me, were raised deeply in the faith of ‘Original Islam’ which was taught at the Noor Center,” an affidavit filed Monday read. “Our family attended the Noor Center gatherings as much [sic] our schedules would allow.”

The 17-year-old girl said she became a Christian in November 2005 while at the Korean United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.

“I hid my Christian faith from my parents as best as I could and had to sneak around to attend Christian campus meetings,” the affidavit continued. “I also hid my Bible at home in various locations.”

In 2007, after finding the Christian book “Purpose Driven Life,” Rifqa claimed her father had a “serious discussion” about the importance of retaining her Muslim faith and Islamic blood line. Later, in 2009, Rifqa claims her father confronted her about whether she had become a Christian.

“Then my father told me that he received numerous e-mails and phone calls from the leaders of the Noor Center community who informed him that he need to deal with this matter immediately,” the affidavit continues.

Bary also claims her father threatened to kill and disavow her and that her mother threatened to have her “sent back to Sri Lanka to be dealt with” when she discovered another Christian book in her bedroom on July 17.

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Read Robert Spencer’s views of the situation at Jihad Watch.

2 Responses to “Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist”

  1. islamicreplies says:

    I bet you anything that is a Christian girl converted to Islam and if she was in “clear and present danger” because of the Christian parents, the media would make a SMALL issue out of it. But because it is related to Islam, they blow it out of proportion and try to generalize an entire religion based on blacksheeps. Double Standards. Also, why does it mean to “convert to Christianity?” It means ALL your sins are washed away.

    But according to: Mark 3:29, Matthew 12:32 and Luke 12:10, ANYONE who blasphemes or speaks against the holy spirit is guilty of ETERNAL sin and can NEVER be forgiven in this age or in the age to come.

    Since this girl NEVER believed that the holy spirit was part of the trinity in the past, she has blasphemes against the holy spirit in the past. Thus she can NEVER EVER be forgiven of this sin according to your Bible.

    So, there goes the whole “she converted to Christianity” story, because she is not a Christian, since Bible states you are in eternal sin if you blaspheme against holy spirit. The girl disbelieved in holy spirit as part of trinity in the past, therefore she can NEVER be forgiven.

    Being a Christian means ALL your sins are washed away. She can NEVER have that sin washed away, which means according to your Bible, she is not a Christian.

    If the Christians claims that all your sins CAN be washed away, that contradicts Mark 3:29, Matthew 12:32 and Luke 12:10.

    Either the sin of “blaspheming against Holy Spirit” can be forgiven or not. Both cannot be true simultaneously.

    So, there goes your ENTIRE missionary and urge to try and convert people, because Muslims, Jews, etc can NEVER be forgiven for all sins according to the Bible, meaning no-one can NEVER accept Christianity because people claim that “Holy Spirit” is not part of the trinity, thus this is blasphemy in Christianity, which cannot be forgiven.

  2. Steve says:

    Christians don’t typically threaten people who leave the religion with death. Many Muslims, especially those overseas, do.

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