News Prosecutors File Charges in Mosque Death Threat
posted by September 12 at 17:11 PMon
King County prosecutors have filed felony harassment charges against a Seattle man for threatening a fellow member of the Idris Mosque in Northgate last month.
According to court documents filed on September 11th, the accused, Khalid Bouhdili, had been confrontational with other members of the mosque for about a year and had tried to “usurp leadership” of the mosque’s prayer services and “enforce his ‘radical’ views on the rest of the mosque’s attendees.”
Records say Bouhdili unsuccessfully attempted to take over the leadership of several prayer sessions at the mosque on July 12 and 14. On his second attempt, according to the documents, the victim—who we’re not naming—confronted him.
During the confrontation, court documents say, Bouhdili began yelling that the victim was wearing “non-Islamic clothes” and accused the man of being an FBI agent and “an enemy of the Prophet’s tradition.” Bouhdili then left the mosque, yelling, “The end of your life is near!”
One week later, Bouhdili returned to the mosque, again accused the victim of being an FBI agent, and attempted to take over another prayer session. According to the court filing, the victim subsequently contacted police, fearful that Bouhdili would “follow-through on what he construed as a…death threat.”
According to the victim, in conservative Islam, calling someone an “enemy of the Prophet” is considered a “death sentence” that “allow[s] and even encourage[s] anybody to kill the named ‘enemy’”
King County prosecutors have issued a warrant for Bouhdili’s arrest.