How is it that yet another imam, in this case, the spectacularly named “Imam Jimmy,” so drastically misunderstands the religion that he has devoted his life to studying?
Interestingly enough, he was a prison imam.
“North Ossetian imam in solitary confinement for Jihad appeals,” from Interfax, January 25 (thanks to Abdul Rahman):
Vladikavkaz, January 25, Interfax – A SIM-card containing appeals for Jihad and photographs of illegal armed unit leaders Doku Umarov and Shamil Basayev (deceased) was seized from imam Jimmy Tanduyev in a maximum-security penitentiary in North Ossetia.
“The imam will spend three months in solitary confinement. He has committed similar violations before,” head of the personnel department of the North Ossetian division of the Federal Service for Prisons and Penitentiaries Nevedya Byarzov told Interfax on Monday.
The correctional institution has not changed Tanduyev, he said. Instead, he has been in solitary confinement several times, from ten to thirty days. “We keep seizing illegal items from him,” Byarzov said.
The police asked the North Ossetian Muslim board to appoint another imam of the penitentiary, which has about 50 Islamic inmates.
Tanduyev, who was sentenced to 16 years in custody, became the penitentiary imam in February 2009. The penitentiary mosque was built a month earlier.
Tanduyev was the Muslim board’s nominee, Byarzov said.
Better investigate that Muslim board.