Disgruntled imam locks mosque, prevents prayers until he is paid

August 29, 2010
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The mosque locked by the disgruntled imam

A disgruntled imam has locked the doors of a mosque in Saudi Arabia and prevented the performance of prayers, arguing that he had not been paid.

Saudi daily Al Yaum reported that a benefactor had volunteered to pay the salary of the Sudanese imam for leading the prayers. However, he failed to provide the money, prompting the imam to take action by locking out worshippers to ask for his financial dues.

Attempts by the inhabitants of the small village in the Wadi Al Dawaser to persuade the imam to call off his strike or at least to open the mosque so that they could pray the Isha and Taraweeh prayers could not make him change his mind, the newspaper reported on Sunday.

“People look forward to more spiritual commitments through prayers and reading the Quran during the holy month, but this imam is taking action against us,” one local resident was quoted as saying.

Around 60 people pray regularly at the mosque built by a benefactor, the daily said. “We have repeatedly appealed to the authorities to appoint an imam so that we do not have face problems,” another resident reportedly said. “We should never have a repeat of such a dilemma.”

         

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