Court reunites Muslim mother and child
Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God.) CAIR is applauding a decision yesterday by a South Dakota judge to return a five-year-old child to his Muslim mother. As CAIR reported in an Action Alert earlier this month, the child was taken away after his mother accepted Islam, married an Egyptian man and planned to travel to Egypt.
In an affidavit filed with the Third Judicial Circuit Court, the woman's father said she "has engaged in some bizarre behavior, including wearing Muslim garb and declaring herself a Muslim." The affidavit was accompanied by a photo showing the mother wearing a religiously-mandated Islamic headscarf.
After being contacted by the mother, CAIR informed the media and urged concerned Muslims to send donations to help with legal expenses. The case received widespread coverage in this country and overseas.
Circuit Judge Rodney J. Steele ruled Monday that the Muslim mother has a constitutional right to raise the boy as she sees fit. The grandfather testified that he objects to the mother taking her son to Egypt, where he said Americans are despised and the boy would be a "third-class citizen."
"We would like to thank all those who sent donations for the legal defense or made du'ah for this Muslim family," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad said this case shows that when the Muslim community takes positive action, positive results can be achieved (inshallah).