I have to wonder, though, how Imam Rauf will be punished if he is found guilty. Will he be punished according to the Western legal system of the kufar, or will he demand to have his hand chopped off in accordance with Qur'an 5:38:
As for the thief, both male and female, cut off their hands. It is the reward of their own deeds, an exemplary punishment from Allah. Allah is Mighty, Wise.
I say that any Muslim who doesn't choose to be punished according to Sharia has forfeited the right to tell us about Islam.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by several donors, accuses Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of diverting $167,000 from private donations and $3 million from the Malaysian government for his personal use.
The money was intended for the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement, two non-profits founded by Rauf aimed at educating the public about Islam and combating anti-Islam sentiment, the lawsuit said.
Rauf used the money to pay for vacations, real estate, entertainment, a luxury sports car and other gifts and lavish lifestyle perks for himself and his wife, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit also accused Rauf of falsifying the two groups' tax returns for several years to conceal fund transfers and sources.
The donors are seeking $25 million in damages. (Continue Reading.)