Erick Stakelbeck of CBN.com profiles Michigan Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi:
CBN.com – DEARBORN, Michigan – For many in Dearborn, Michigan, a heavily Arab and Muslim suburb of Detroit, Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi is a true American-Muslim success story.
A native of Iran, Elahi worked for the Iranian Navy, and was wounded by Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran/Iraq War in the 1980s. He arrived in the U.S. in 1991, and he is now an American citizen.
“When I took the American citizenship and took the vows associated with loyalty to this country, I meant it. So I’m not [an] ambassador of Iran or any other country,” Elahi said.
Elahi meets frequently with Michigan Jewish and Christian leaders and political figures. He also speaks at various U.N. events, and has even met with former President Bill Clinton. But most of his time is spent at the Islamic House of Wisdom, a popular mosque located just outside Dearborn.
The Islamic House of Wisdom used to be a church. Now it is one of the largest mosques in the United States. As its leader, Imam Elahi holds considerable influence over Dearborn’s Muslim community. But critics say he has misusing that influence to promote an anti-Israel, pro-Iran agenda.
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