DEARBORN, Mich. – One of the nation's largest mosques has officially parted ways with a top Islamic leader after months of acrimony.
Islamic Center of America board member Ron Amen told The Associated Press Saturday that the Dearborn mosque is replacing Imam Hassan al-Qazwini with three imams. The first is Sheikh Ahmad Hamood, who has been overseeing religious instruction at the center's school and filled in for a few months while al-Qazwini was on leave.
Al-Qazwini, who comes from a family of prominent Shiite scholars, has been leading prayers elsewhere. The Detroit Free Press reports that he plans to open a new mosque in the Detroit area.
The AP left a message for al-Qazwini.
Some board members accused al-Qazwini of financial misdeeds, which he has denied. They also clashed over other proposed reforms.