Laila Muhammad’s Interview on AM 360 AND MUHAMMAD SIDDEEQ’S RESPONSE
Transcribed by Q. Daawud Grey
This transcript has been reviewed and commented on by Muhammad Siddeeq for truth and accuracy.
Each comment by Siddeeq will be preceded by the initials (MS) directly after the comment that is being referenced and will be in ALL CAPS and BOLD
On Sept. 16, AM 360 executive producer Thomas Abul-Salaam conducted a three-hour interview with Laila Muhammad, the oldest daughter of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. It was the first time she addressed a national audience regarding the Probate Court case, her father’s marital status and other related issues. This is an abridged transcription of the interview which means it has been edited, condensed and transposed for publication. I apologize if any individual’s name is misspelled. Please email me the correct spellings. My intention in transcribing the interview is twofold: to document Laila Muhammad’s account of the events that occurred immediately after IWDM’s passing and to provide a permanent record of her views on the causes and consequences of the court case. I pray that it meets these objectives.
AM 360: With the Imam’s passing on Sept. 9, 2008, there was no legal will? Is that what led us to the situation in the Probate Court?
(MS) THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT THE IMAM DID NOT DIE ON THE 9TH BUT ON THE 8TH OF SEPT
Laila: First, I would like to begin with ALLAH’s Name, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer. The main reason I accepted your invitation to this program is to be a part of the healing process for our Community. There are countless Believers who love and appreciate Imam Mohammed. And of course, when his physical life ended, it was a sadness and a hurt to us. Al-Hamdulillah (the praise is due to ALLAH), it has been three years and ALLAH creates the human being such that, time heals. Yet, we are still in the healing process. So this is why I am here, today.
(MS) IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CLAIM THAT YOU WANT TO SEE A HEALING WHEN YOU REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR LIES AND DECEIT AND CONTINUE DOING SUCH EVEN AS YOU SPEAK IN THIS INTERVIEW.
Now, back to your question – What started the court proceedings, in my opinion, is the lack of communication. This is why this type of venue is so important. I think this was the problem; we had a lack of communication. Was there a will? There actually was a will. Imam Mohammed wrote one, I believe in 1987, and gave it to my mother, Shirley Muhammad. At that time, he was married to her and he mentioned in the will that she was his only wife and named their children. After that, there were other wives and other children.
But, he didn’t do two things. He didn’t register the will in the court records, called the Recorder of Deeds in Chicago. And, he didn’t update it because as your life changes, you have to update your will. So that made it invalid.
AM 360: How many wives and children did Imam Mohammed have?
Laila: My father had many wives but at the time of his passing he had eight children and two wives, Shirley Muhammad and Khadijah Siddeeq-Mohammed.
(MS) THIS IS A BLATANT LIE. WE EITHER ARE GOING TO BELIEVE LAILA– WHO HAS DONE NOTHING BUT LIE SINCE THIS WHOLE MATTER STARTED AND CONTINUES TO DO SO NOW–OR IMAM MOHAMMED WHO ON THE RECORD BEFORE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY STATED THAT HE NEVER HAD TWO WIVES AT THE SAME TIME BECAUSE HE DIVORCED ALL OF THEM.
AM 360: Why do you say that he had two wives?
Laila: Many of us know Sr. Khadijah was his wife and many of us know Sr. Shirley was his wife. Sr. Shirley was his legal wife because they had not been divorced, since they had remarried in the ’70s. He also never pronounced an Islamic divorce because he never told me or anybody else that I know, publicly, that he was divorced from her.
(MS) TO SAY THAT HE NEVER TOLD HER OR ANYBODY ELSE THAT HE HAD DIVORCED HER IS ANOTHER BLATANT LIE. LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF BELIEVERS HAVE WRITTEN NOTARIZED AFFIDAVITS STATING WHAT IMAM MOHAMMED STATED PUBLICLY TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY AND I WILL INCLUDE THAT STATEMENT NOW.
The following transcript was taken from a lecture given by Imam
W.D. Mohammed on March 8, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. The subject matter concerning marriage and divorce that Imam Mohammed is addressing had been openly and publicly stated many times before this particular meeting. Imam Mohammed’ s position on marriage and divorce was known by literarily tens of thousands of people.
I never had two wives at the same time
You’re supposed to go to your family first, get someone as Allah (swt) says one from your family and one from his family, at least one from each family. And you sit down with them and then discuss the problem and see what the representatives from both families will have to say to contribute to some kind of solution for you all. You do that when you cannot resolve the matter yourself. And remember this, that Muslims are to refer the matter if you have a problem, refer the matter to G-d and His Messenger (pbuh).
Now how do we do that? The Qur’an is the Word of G-d. To refer to G-d means to consult the Qur’an. Consult the Messenger (pbuh) means consult what he did in such situations or what would be his rulings in such a situation. That is what you do first. Then if you cannot convince each other what should be done in the situation; then if the two will accept to have representatives from both sides of the family, call them in and see can you sit down with representatives from both sides of the family and solve the problem. Please don’t call me. My job with husband and wife relationship has been a very bad one.
I ended up having four, not at the same time though. I never had two wives at the same time. I had to get divorced from all of them. Let me count them and make sure I am saying it right. Yes, it is four. I do not want to handle anybody’s problem. I do not want to be your mediator. You might say, “But you are the Imam.” It didn’t help me in my relationship with these women. I think it complicated it. If I had just been a brother just going like I used to do, just going to weld eight hours and coming back home I would still be with the first one, I would. But the more complex your life gets then the more difficult it is to keep a relationship with somebody who is making demands on you and your time.
So really I am an earthly man so I make earthly choices and pay for it. I should be asking G-d, “Give me a wife from heaven.” Well I am a husband from heaven. I am not saying that I am any better than they are, but my allegiance is to G-d, No. 1 and to what is right. I do not care who you are, I am not going to sacrifice that. My wife can have a brush in with a sister and she says, “That sister disrespected your wife,” I’m going to look and see who is at fault and if it is the wife I am sorry I cannot help her. And if she asked for it, I am sorry I cannot help her. If she is trying to flaunt her importance, I am sorry, I cannot help her.
Now that was not the reason I lost these four women. It had something to do with a couple of them though. It had something to do with my final decision with a couple of them. But I think the main reason was I just can’t carry all of that weight anymore.
When I was younger and did not have as much to do I could carry that weight. I’d say, “Here you come with your cross. I am already bearing mine and somebody else’s too; the children, now you come with yours and yours is heavy. I’ve never seen a cross this heavy. Where in the world did you get this cross? I am sorry, just put it over there in the corner, I can’t help it.”
I am signing this document to witness that I either was present when the above statement by Imam W. D. Mohammed concerning marriage was made and or have witnessed Mr. Mohammed publicly make the same statement. Though I am not able to say which time Shirley Muhammad and her children Laila, Wallace, and N’gina were present I can clearly state that on at least one occasion if not more that each of them was present at least one time when Imam Mohammed publicly stated that he and Shirley Muhammad were divorced; and neither Shirley Muhammad nor any of her children ever challenged or disagreed with Imam Mohammed when said statement was openly and publicly made.
Mr. Mohammed even went further to publicly report to the community that after divorcing Shirley Muhammad he had married a lady named Lorraine and had two children by her. They were eventually divorced and he married a lady named Thelma and had three children by her and they, too, were divorced; and next he married a lady named Bina and they, too, were divorced. He later married Khadijah Siddeeq and they remained married for 4 years when he passed away. At present all of Mr. Mohammed’s children from all of his marriages are emancipated adults.
Despite the fact that Mr. Mohammed married all of these women at no time did Shirley Muhammad ever register a complaint in the courts, the community or anywhere else that I know of.
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Around the time he married Khadijah (9-26-04), I knew in conversations with my father that he was still married to my mother. Over the years, I often acted as mediator between my parents. My mother, actually, wanted to divorce my father and he sent me back with a message, asking her: Why do you want to divorce me at this point? She reflected, I guess, because she ended up changing her mind and only getting a legal separation. But she never divorced him Islamically nor legally.
(MS) NOW IF WE ARE GOING TO SPEAK ON WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TOLD IN PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS AND NOT WHAT THE RECORD SAYS THERE IS MUCH THAT I CAN REPORT THAT I WAS TOLD IN PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS THAT WOULD NOT ONLY CONTRADICT WHAT LAILA IS SAYING BUT WOULD BE SERIOUSLY EMBARRASSING AND PAINFUL TO SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD THAT I WILL PASS ON UNLESS FORCED TO REPORT IT. SO FOR THE RECORD LET’S SAY THAT WHAT IMAM TOLD THE COMMUNITY AND ALL OF THE BELIEVERS IS WHAT WE ARE FOCUSING ON AND LAILA NOR HER MOTHER NEVER EVER SPOKE UP AND CONTRADICTED THE IMAM’S PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THESE MATTERS UNTIL AFTER HIS DEATH
Plus, my father told me that he had two wives. The conversation of polygamy had come up many times between us because of my experience with women in my organization Ash-Shamsiyyah (a domestic violence awareness group) and he said: In Islam, polygamy is accepted; but it is not the norm. He said that we should not advocate polygamy. So this is why he never publicly stated that he had two wives because we know people follow Imam Mohammed. If you recall many years back, brothers started wearing scarves or bandanas when he started wearing it and they would have surely started taking on more wives.
(MS) LAILA IS NOW TRYING TO REMAKE THE IMAM IN HER IMAGE OF DOING THINGS THAT ARE PUBLICALLY CORRECT OR EXPEDIENT AND NOT TRUSTING ALMIGHTY ALLAH–WHICH IS NOT THE WAY IMAM MOHAMMED CARRIED HIMSELF. IMAM MOHAMMED WAS OPEN AND TRUTHFUL AND DID NOT DO THINGS TO GUARANTEE SOME DESIRED RESPONSE FROM THE COMMUNITY, HE SHARED WITH US SOME OF HIS MOST PERSONAL AND INTIMATE DETAILS OF HIS MARRIAGES; AND TO GO BEFORE THE COMMUNITY AND OPENLY STATE WHAT IS WRITTEN ABOVE AND THEN COME TO LAILA AND TELL HER JUST THE OPPOSITE IS NOT BELIEVABLE BY ANYONE WHO KNEW, LOVED AND TRUSTED IMAM MOHAMMED
AM 360: Are you saying that at the time of the Imam’s passing, your immediate family recognized Sis. Khadijah as the wife of Imam Mohammed?
Laila: I’m saying that prior to his passing no one disputed that he was married to Sr. Khadijah, including my mother. What happened was: Khadijah – and this was such a burden and a tragedy and I feel for her – was in Atlanta, GA at her brother’s janaazah when my father passed. So, her not being with us in Markham IL which is just outside of Chicago, contributed to the lack of communication.
(MS) KHADIJAH BEING IN ATLANTA DID NOT INTERFERE WITH LAILA BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH HER. IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN MARKHAM THEY WOULD HAVE COMMUNICATED BY TELEPHONE OR TEXT MESSAGE SO WHAT DIFFERENCE DID IT MAKE THAT SHE WAS IN ATLANTA. NO, THIS IS ALL SPIN CREATED OVER 3 YEARS OF TRYING TO APPEASE THE IGNORANT MASSES, THERE WAS NO COMMUNICATION BECAUSE LAILA CHOSE NOT TO HAVE ANY COMMUNICATIONS WHILE SHE WAS BUSY LAUNCHING HER VICIOUS SCHEME. AND STILL TODAY WHEN SHE HAS A CHANCE TO TELL THE TRUTH SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO SO, SHE STILL THINKS THAT SHE IS SMARTER THAN THE BELIEVERS AND SHE IS WILLING TO DESTROY THE GOOD NAME OF HER FATHER TO DEFEND HER VICIOUS LIES.
When Imam Mohammed passed, it was only my younger sister, Khadijah -we call her Dijah – with her toddler, who were in the house.
(MS) THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION ON THIS SUBJECT AND WE DO NOT KNOW IF ANYONE CAME TO THE HOUSE BEFORE THE PEOPLE NAMED BELOW ARRIVED…. THIS NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED.
AM 360: Did your younger sister live at the address?
Laila: No, none of my siblings lived with my father, not even my younger brother Shakir Mohammed, who was the last to leave home. He was living in Little Rock, AR. My father and Sr. Khadijah were living alone but for a few days my younger sister, Dijah was staying with them. She is the person who found his body.
AM 360: Who was in the house, after the body was found?
My mother, my sister Ngina, my brother Wallace and I came to the house shortly after Dijah found the body. When the police discovered that the Imam was a person of status, they asked: Who did he live here with? I pointed to a wedding picture of Khadijah and my father in the dining room area and said: He lives here with her. Her name is Khadijah Siddeeq and she is his wife.
That could have been the end of the conversation. But ALLAH tells us we should reverence our mothers. My mother was standing next to me, so I said to the officer: And this is my mother. She doesn’t live here but she is also my father’s wife. Then the officer said: Who is the oldest child? I said: I am. He said: Who has keys to the house? I said: Several people have keys. He said: In light of that, I want you to secure the place and don’t let anyone in or out until we have made sure there’s been no foul play.
And that’s when problems started.
(MS) YES THIS IS WHERE THE PROBLEM STARTS BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME OBVIOUS LIES IN LAILA’S SPIN. IF SHE TOLD THE OFFICER THAT KHADIJAH LIVES THERE AND IS THE IMAM’S WIFE THE NEXT LOGICAL QUESTION IS “ CAN YOU GET IN TOUCH WITH HER AND CAN WE GET HER HERE ASAP OR CAN YOU PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH HER.” WHAT INVESTIGATING POLICE OFFICER WORTH HIS SALT WHO THINKS THAT THERE MIGHT BE FOUL PLAY IN THE DEATH OF AN INDIVIDUAL THEN CONCLUDES THAT LAILA IS NOT A PART OF THAT FOUL PLAY AND THAT HE CAN TRUST HER ( A PERSON HE DOES NOT KNOW AND NEVER SAW ONE DAY IN HIS LIFE BEFORE THIS OCCASION) TO PRESERVE THE CRIME SCENE. NO, NO, NO WHEN A POLICE OFFICER THINKS THAT THERE MIGHT BE FOUL PLAY EVERYBODY IS A SUSPECT INCLUDING LAILA UNTIL THEY ARE PROVEN NOT TO BE ONE SO THEY DECLARE THE PROPERTY A CRIME SCENE AND ENCIRCLE IT WITH YELLOW TAPE AND PLACE A GUARD OUTSIDE UNTIL THEY GET THE EVIDENCE THEY NEED TO TAKE THE PROPERTY OFF OF THE CRIME SCENE LIST. THE FACT THAT THE POLICE OFFICER NEVER ONCE CONTACTED KHADIJAH THE WIFE OF THE DECEASED IS PROOF THAT LAILA IS LYING ABOUT WHAT SHE TOLD THE OFFICER ABOUT KHADIJAH BEING THE WIFE OF THE IMAM. AND REVERENCE FOR YOUR MOTHER WHO HAD BEEN DIVORCED FROM YOUR FATHER FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHO LIVES IN THAT HOUSE WHICH WAS THE ISSUE AT HAND. AND IF SHE THOUGHT THAT HER MOTHER HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE IMAM AND KHADIJAH’S RESIDENCE WHY DIDN’T THE IMAM GIVE SHIRLEY A KEY? SO THE BEST REVERENCE SHE COULD HAVE SHOWN FOR HER MOTHER WAS TO LEAVE HER OUT OF AN AFFAIR THAT SHE HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH AND TO CONTACT THE WIFE THAT THE IMAM WAS LIVING WITH FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS (KHADIJAH SIDDEEQ MOHAMMED) AND YIELD TO HER WHICH THEY DID NOT DO.
AM 360: What do you mean?
Laila I’m speaking personally. That’s when problems started for me. The officer put me in a position of responsibility and I didn’t appreciate it!
(MS) AGAIN LAILA IS DOING WHAT SHE DOES BEST AND THAT IS TO LIE. LAILA IS NOT ONE WHO HESITATES TO SPEAK UP FOR HERSELF AND IF SHE THOUGHT FOR ONE MINUTE THAT SHE HAD BEEN PUT IN A POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT SHE DID NOT APPRECIATE, SHE WOULD HAVE TOLD THAT OFFICER RIGHT THERE ON THE SPOT.
WHEN KHADIJAH AND I ARRIVED IN CHICAGO THE NEXT DAY AND WERE TOLD BY LAILA THIS MADE UP STORY, WE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE POLICE STATION AND SAT DOWN WITH THE OFFICER WHO LAILA CLAIMS TOLD HER TO CHANGE THE LOCKS AND SECURE THE PLACE. WHEN WE INQUIRED ABOUT IT HE TOLD US THAT HE NEVER TOLD LAILA ANYTHING OF THE KIND; HE SAID THAT WE SHOULD GO TO THE HOUSE AND IF LAILA WERE THERE HE WOULD COME TO THE HOUSE AND CONFRONT HER AND TELL HER TO HER FACE THAT SHE LIED ON HIM.
WHEN WE WERE AT THE HOUSE AND TOLD LAILA WHAT THE OFFICER TOLD US AND TOLD HER WE WERE CALLING THE OFFICER AND ASKING HIM TO COME TO THE HOUSE WHILE SHE WAS THERE, SHE JUMPED UP FROM HER SEAT AND SWIFTLY LEFT WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION WHATSOEVER.
AM 360: When did Khadijah become aware of your father’s passing?
Laila: Khadijah knew before I did. She actually told me.
(MS) SO HERE WE SEE KHADIJAH WAS ABLE TO REACH OUT FOR LAILA THE MOMENT SHE LEARNED OF THE IMAM’S PASSING BUT LAILA DID NOT REALIZE THAT SHE COULD REACH OUT FOR KHADIJAH SO THINGS WOULD HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED PROPERLY
AM 360: From the police’s point of view, you were in charge of securing the house. What did that mean?
Laila: After the paramedics took my father’s body out, basically everybody left because my siblings and my mother said: Laila, you take care of things. With me being the oldest, this has been the norm. When my brother Saudrid-Din passed (8/24/04), we had to identify his body. I told my father and he couldn’t do it. Of course my mother couldn’t do it, so I did it. This was just my responsibility.
So when the police and paramedics were gone, my cousin, Ameer Muhammad, stayed with me for about an hour. There was an odor in the house that was very uncomfortable. I decided to change the locks and leave because I couldn’t handle it. Bro. Nafis Muhammad, a close friend of the family and a brother I trusted, was asked to stay there until Ameer and I returned. We went to the hardware store and came back and put different locks on the door. Then we left.
(MS) NOTE, LAILA AVOIDS ANSWERING THE QUESTION THAT BROTHER THOMAS SALAAM ASKED HER, SHE DANCES AROUND THE QUESTION AND BEGINS TALKING ON THINGS THAT ARE UNRELATED TO THE QUESTION THAT NEEDED TO BE ANSWERED. WHAT HE ASKED HER WAS “ FROM THE POLICE POINT OF VIEW, YOU WERE IN CHARGE OF SECURING THE HOUSE. WHAT DID THAT MEAN?”
ALSO NOTE, SHE SLYLY DROPS IN HER CONVERSATION THAT “I DECIDED TO CHANGE THE LOCKS…” THIS IS NOT WHAT SHE TOLD KHADIJAH. WHEN SHE SAW KHADIJAH AT THE AIRPORT SHE TOLD KHADIJAH THAT THE POLICE TOLD HER TO CHANGE THE LOCKS ON THE DOOR. SO SINCE SHE REALIZED THAT THAT LIE HAS NOT STOOD THE CHALLENGES OVER 3 YEARS SHE SMOOTHLY INJECTS THAT “I DECIDED..” BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT HER ORIGINAL STATEMENT WAS.
AM 360: So, it was just a spur of the moment decision to change the locks; there was no malice intended?
Laila: I’m going to be honest with you. I wasn’t thinking about anybody in reference to keeping them out. The officer said that somebody could have done something to my father and that this area should be secured. Therefore, I felt I should change the locks because several people had keys and some of those people were not family members.
(MS) KEEP IN MIND JUST A FEW HOURS EARLIER LAILA WAS ON THE PHONE WITH KHADIJAH WHO RESPECTED HER ENOUGH TO IMMEDIATELY LET HER KNOW THAT HER FATHER PASSED SO THAT SHE WOULD BE INFORMED ON ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO HER FATHER’S DEATH, AND THAT SAME PHONE LINE WAS AVAILABLE FOR HER TO RESPECT AND CALL AND ASK KHADIJAH, THE LADY OF THE HOUSE HOW SHE BELIEVED THAT THIS MATTER SHOULD BE HANDLED. BUT, NO LAILA DID NOT CALL KHADIJAH AND ASK HER FOR ANY ADVICE ON THIS MATTER, SHE JUST TOOK TOTAL CHARGE OF EVERYTHING AS IF KHADIJAH WAS UNAVAILABLE TO BE CONTACTED AND MADE ALL DECISIONS AS TO HOW MATTERS SHOULD BE HANDLED AND MADE ALL DECISIONS AS IF THERE WAS NO WAY TO CONTACT THE WIFE OF THE IMAM AND DID NOT EVEN HAVE THE DECENCY TO CALL KHADIJAH AFTER MAKING THESE DECISIONS AND INFORMING HER OF WHAT SHE DECIDED TO DO WITH KHADIJH’S RESIDENCE AND HOME.
SHE ALSO KNEW THAT THE IMAM HAD ISSUED KEYS TO PEOPLE WHOM HE TRUSTED AND DEPENDED ON, WHO HE BELIEVED WERE CAPABLE TO HANDLE ANY EMERGENCY SITUATION THAT WOULD COME UP–AND THOSE PEOPLE WERE NOT NECESSARILY FAMILY MEMBERS.
AM 360: Whwas the official cause of death?
Laila: I should have looked, but I think its called congenitive heart failure.
(MS) THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH ACCORDING TO THE DEATH CERTIFICATE WAS:
ARTERIOSCLEROSIC CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
OTHER SIGNIFICANT CONDITIONS: DIABETES MELLITUS
AM 360: Wife Khadijah returns to Chicago and so, what assistance or communication did Khadijah get from you or your family?
(MS) SHE SHOULD HAVE JUST SAID NONE AND LEFT IT ALONE.
Laila: Khadijah and I had a conversation in Chicago’s Midway Airport. This is the day after my father passed. Khadijah was arriving from Atlanta and I was picking someone up. I’m on the lower level looking up for the person when I saw some brothers which made me think that Khadijah was there. I was aware she was coming into Chicago. I was also aware that people had been telling her that we were making plans without consulting her.
(MS) THIS IS ALL SPIN FROM LAILA. KHADIJAH AND LAILA’S MEETING AT THE AIR PORT WAS PURELY ACCIDENTAL OR COINCIDENTAL. FIRST OF ALL BETWEEN THE TIME THAT THE IMAM PASSED AND KHADIJAH BURYING HER BROTHER AND GETTING A FLIGHT THE FIRST THING THE NEXT DAY THERE WAS NO TIME FOR ANYBODY TO TELL KHADIJAH ANYTHING BECAUSE THE DECISIONS THAT WERE BEING MADE WERE BASICALLY BETWEEN LAILA, HER MOTHER AND THOSE SUPPORTING HER IN THIS SCHEME SO WHO KNEW OF HER DECISIONS AND WHO COULD HAVE TOLD KHADIJAH ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT LAILA WAS PLANNING? NOT ONE SOUL. THIS IS LAILA’S CONSCIENCE SPEAKING TO HER BECAUSE SHE KNEW THAT WAS NOT HER ROLE TO DO WHAT SHE WAS DOING, AND HER GUILTY CONSCIENCE WAS LETTING HER KNOW THAT SHE WAS OUT OF ORDER AND WRONG IN WHAT SHE WAS DOING.
Immediately after my father passed, people were saying a press release needs to go out.
(MS) SO PEOPLE WERE SAYING A PRESS RELEASE NEEDS TO GO OUT. DOES THAT MEAN THAT LAILA DID NOT OR SHOULD NOT REACH OUT AND CHECK WITH KHADIJAH WHO WAS THE IMAM’S WIFE AND NEXT OF KIN TO SEE IF SHE AGREES WITH WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING? I’M SURE HAD SHE REACHED OUT TO KHADIJAH THAT KHADIJAH WOULD NOT HAVE TRIED TO BLOCK THAT EFFORT BUT LAILA WAS OUT OF ORDER TO TAKE IT UPON HER SELF TO PUT HERSELF IN CHARGE AND MOVE FORWARD AS IF THE IMAM DID NOT HAVE A WIFE THAT NEEDED TO BE IN THE LOOP AND CONSULTED ON EVERYTHING THAT WAS BEING PLANNED AND DONE AS IT RELATED TO THE PASSING OF THE IMAM.
As a former public relations person for my father, I knew that. I put some words together after consulting with the office manager of Mosque Cares, Rashida McCamry and my cousin, Sultan Muhammad. Then we put it in the hands of Muslim Journal.
(MS) NOW LOOK AT THE AUDACITY OR NERVE OF THIS SCHEMING DAUGHTER WHO CLAIMS THAT SHE IS IN SEARCH OF HEALING. SHE PICKS UP THE PHONE THAT IS CAPABLE OF REACHING THE WIFE OF IMAM MOHAMMED BUT SHE DOES NOT SEE IT NECESSARY TO CALL HER, INSTEAD SHE CONSULTS WITH THE OFFICE MANAGER OF THE MOSQUE CARES, RASHEEDAH MCCAMURY AND HER COUSIN SULTAN MUHAMMAD. IF SHE WAS AN HONEST BROKER SHE COULD HAVE HAD A CONFERENCE CALL OR SHE COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE CALLED KHADIJAH FIRST AND TOLD HER OF HER IDEA TO CONTACT THESE OTHER PEOPLE AND ASK KHADIJAH WAS SHE ON BOARD WITH THAT APPROACH. BUT NO, SHE NEVER ONCE CALLED OR CONSULTED KHADIJAH; SHE JUST MOVED FORWARD AS IF KHADIJAH WAS A NONENTITY AND MADE PLANS WITH EVERYONE BUT KHADIJAH. AGAIN SHE DID NOT EVEN HAVE THE DECENCY TO CALL KHADIJAH AFTER IGNORING HER AND TELLING HER OF WHAT SHE HAD DONE….NO, SHE JUST MOVED FORWARD WITH WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO AND TO HELL WITH KHADIJAH…. THAT’S WHY I CAN’T BUY INTO THE LIE THAT SHE IS SEEKING HEALING…. SHE IS A LYING AND SCHEMING UNTRUSTWORTHY PERSON AND YOU WHO READ HER LIES AND BELIEVE THEM …. THAT IS ON YOU.
AGAIN, WHAT SHE DID NOT TELL THE INTERVIEWER THAT SHE NOT ONLY CONTACTED HER COUSIN SULTAN, SHE APPOINTED HIM AS SPOKESPERSON FOR “THE FAMILY”–MEANING SHIRLEY, HER MOTHER AND IMAM MOHAMMED’S CHILDREN BY SHIRLEY–BUT NOT KHADIJAH. THIS WAS MANIFESTED AT THE JANAZZA WHEN KHADIJAH ATTEMPTED TO SPEAK AND SULTAN, UNDER INSTRUCTIONS FROM SHIRLEY ATTEMPTED TO STOP HER. IF HE WAS REPRESENTING ALL OF THE FAMILY HE WOULD NEVER HAVE TRIED TO STOP KHADIJAH FROM SPEAKING UNDER THE INSTRUCTIONS OF SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD.
It was a very simple statement. We didn’t say anything about his personal life. We said he passed and he was a follower of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). People later said we should have consulted with Khadijah. Perhaps, we should have.
(MS) NOW KEEP IN MIND WHEN “PEOPLE SAID THAT SHE SHOULD ISSUE A STATEMENT, ETC.” SHE LISTENED AND WHEN PEOPLE SAID THAT ”PERHAPS SHE SHOULD HAVE CONSULTED WITH KHADIJAH “ SOMEHOW SHE COULD NOT HEAR THEM….WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
NOW LAILA SAYS THAT THE STATEMENT WAS A VERY SIMPLE STATEMENT, WE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE”….WELL SOMEONE TELL ME HOW EVERY PRESS RELEASE AROUND THE WORLD SPEAKING OF THE PASSING OF THE IMAM LISTED SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD AS HIS SURVIVING WIDOW AND KHADIJAH’S NAME WAS NEVER MENTIONED? AND IF THIS WAS A MISTAKE IT IS NOT TOO LATE TODAY TO SEND OUT A CORRECTION TO THE PRESS AND POST IT IN THE JOURNAL THAT THIS WAS INADVERTENTLY PUBLISHED AT THE TIME OF THE IMAM’S PASSING AND FOR THE RECORD YOU WANT TO CORRECT IT. BUT YOU KNOW AS I KNOW THAT WHETHER YOU PUT THAT IN YOUR RELEASE OR NOT THE CONVERSATION WITH AND AROUND THE PRESS, THE POLICE, THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND AROUND THE COMMUNITY WAS THAT SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD WAS THE WIDOW AND THAT IS WHAT SHE WAS AIMING FOR AND THAT IS WHAT SHE ACHIEVED AND NO CORRECTION WAS EVER FORTHCOMING.
I did not, not consult with her in order to hurt or disrespect her. I personally felt it would have been inconsiderate of me to call Khadijah when she was burying her brother and ask her to make a statement.
(MS) WHEN A PERSON IS A PROLIFIC UNCONSCIONABLE LIAR THEY JUST BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN LIE AND SLICK TALK THE WORLD AND NO ONE CAN SEE THEM. KEEP IN MIND THAT THE JANAZZA FOR MY SON TOOK PLACE THE DAY THAT THE IMAM’S BODY WAS DISCOVERED. THE PRESS RELEASE AND NEWS CONFERENCE TOOK PLACE THE NEXT DAY WHEN KHADIJAH AND I WERE IN CHICAGO, AND STILL A PHONE CALL TO KHADIJAH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN INCONSIDERATE. WHAT WAS INCONSIDERATE IS WHAT LAILA DID DO BUT THAT DID NOT SEEM TO CROSS HER MIND. NOW WHAT MADE LAILA THINK THAT KHADIJAH NEEDED TO MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT A WEDDING THAT TOOK PLACE 4 YEARS AGO THAT EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY OF IMAM MOHAMMED KNEW ABOUT… SHE, LAILA COULD HAVE TOLD THE PRESS THE TRUTH AS TO WHO THE WIFE OF THE DECEASED WAS AND THE MATTER WOULD HAVE BEEN SOLVED ….BUT SHE DIDN’T; SHE CHOOSE TO MAKE THEM BELIEVE THAT HER MOTHER WAS THE WIDOW OF THE DECEASED AND THAT WAS THE PROBLEM WHICH WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT, IT WAS WICKED AND INTENTIONAL DECEIT.
We did this as The Mosque Cares staff. It wasn’t as if our family had come together and put out a family statement. I just join in with the staff to put out a statement about our Leader. And therefore, I didn’t bother his wife Khadijah or his wife Shirley or any of my siblings.
(MS) THE MOSQUE CARES STAFF HAD NO MORE RIGHT THAN LAILA TO PUT THEIR NOSE INTO THE BUSINESS OF THE AFFAIRS OF A DECEASED PERSON WITHOUT FIRST CONTACTING AND COORDINATING THEIR CONCERN WITH THE WIDOW OF THIS PERSON WHO WAS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY AND LESS THAN 5 MINUTES FROM THEIR OFFICE DOOR. THEY NEVER CONTACTED HER BEFORE OR AFTER THEY MADE THEIR STATEMENT WHICH WAS A BREACH OF THEIR ISLAMIC RESPONSIBILITY, COMMON SENSE AND AUTHORITY.
AM 360: OK, let’s go back to the airport scene.
Laila: Yes, I went upstairs and Sr. Khadijah, her father – Imam Muhammad Siddeeq – and a security brother were there. My (adult) daughter followed me. Khadijah and I gave each other the greetings, embraced and offered condolences. But we had spoken previously. Like I said before, Khadijah was the person who first told me of my father’s passing. When I was on my way to the house, the day his body was found, I was on the phone with her.
Now, people had begun to give her misinformation to antagonize the situation, telling her we were planning things behind her back.
(MS) I GUESS WHEN A LIAR RUNS OUT OF LIES SHE JUST MAKES THINGS UP. WHAT PEOPLE BEGAN TO GIVE KHADIJAH MISINFORMATION? WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THE AIRPORT WE HAD ONE PIECE OF INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT HAD TRANSPIRED IN THE 24 HOUR PERIOD SINCE THE IMAM PASSED AND THAT INFORMATION WAS THAT IMAM MOHAMMED HAD PASSED. WE HAD NOT SPOKEN TO ANYONE AND NO ONE HAD TOLD US ONE THING BEYOND THAT. WHAT LAILA AND SHIRLEY WERE PLANNING BEHIND OUR BACKS WAS OBVIOUSLY BOILING OVER IN HER CONSCIENCE BECAUSE HER DECEITFUL SCHEME WAS EATING AWAY AT HER. KNOWING THAT SHE WAS SCHEMING AND PLOTTING ON THE INNOCENT, FAITHFUL, SINCERE, DEDICATED MUSLIM WIFE OF HER FATHER.
So, we had a conversation in the airport. I let her know what the family had done and that we were not trying to exclude her.
(MS) THIS IS NOT ACCURATE. ASK LAILA TODAY WHAT HAD THE FAMILY DONE THAT SHE TOLD KHADIJAH ABOUT NOT EXCLUDING HER IN? …TELL US TODAY WHAT SHE CLAIMS THAT SHE TOLD KHADIJAH AT THE AIRPORT….NO THEY WERE NOT TRYING TO EXCLUDE HER….THEY DID NOT HAVE TO TRY BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAD JUST OUT RIGHT EXCLUDED HER IN AND FROM EVERYTHING RELATING TO THE PREPARATION FOR THE JANAZZA OF KHADIJAH’S HUSBAND, IMAM W. D. MOHAMMED AS THEY WENT FORWARD TO MAKE ALL OF THE PREPARATIONS FOR THIS OCCASION WITHOUT ANY INVOLVEMENT OR INPUT FROM HIS WIFE KHADIJAH SIDDEEQ MOHAMMED…
I apologized for doing anything that she felt was disrespectful and she accepted my apology. We both agreed from that point on to talk to each other before anything was done regarding the situation.
(MS) THIS CONVERSATION WAS A GENERIC SMALL TALK CONVERSATION WITH NO SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO WHAT WAS GOING ON BECAUSE AT THAT TIME KHADIJAH AND I HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE FIRST INFORMATION THAT WE GOT ABOUT WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE WAS WHEN LAILA TOLD US THAT KHADIJAH COULD NOT GET INTO HER HOME BECAUSE SHE HAD CHANGED THE LOCKS ON THE DOORS UNDER THE POLICE’S INSTRUCTIONS TO HER
That’s when she asked me about the locks being changed in the house. I told her: Yes, I had changed them and explained why. She asked me for the keys and I did not give them to her because the police hadn’t cleared the
(MS) KHADIJAH DID NOT ASK LAILA ANYTHING ABOUT LOCKS BECAUSE NO ONE KNEW THAT SHE HAD CHANGED THE LOCKS EXCEPT HER. IT WAS AFTER SHE TOLD US THAT SHE CHANGED THE LOCK “UNDER THE ORDERS OF THE POLICE” THAT BROTHER ZAMBEEZEE THE SECURITY BROTHER WHO HAD COME TO THE AIRPORT TO PICK US UP INTERRUPTED AND TOLD LAILA THAT THAT IS NOT RIGHT TO LOCK THE WIFE OF THE IMAM OUT OF HER HOME IT WAS THEN THAT LAILA’S DAUGHTER, TAHIRA JUMPED INTO THE CONVERSATION AND TOLD ZAMBEEZEE “YOU SHUT UP, YOU JUST DRIVE THE CAR”. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU DON’T HAVE ANY BUSINESS OR RIGHT TO BE IN THIS CONVERSATION, YOU ARE JUST A MERE DRIVER OF THE CAR.
It wasn’t that I distrusted Khadijah, but I knew her personality. I know that sometimes she can not stand up to people because I’ve come to her defense with brothers disrespecting her.
(MS) LAILA CANNOT NAME ONE BROTHER WHO DISRESPECTED KHADIJAH. CERTAINLY KHADIJAH DOES NOT HAVE THE AGGRESSIVE TYPE PERSONALITY THAT LAILA HAS AND SHE DOES NOT NEED ONE, HER MILD AND ISLAMIC DEMEANOR WAS SUFFICIENT TO GAIN RESPECT FROM ALL WHOM SHE ENCOUNTERED AND IT WAS AND IS NOT HER NATURE TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND FORWARD WITH BROTHERS OR MEN WHOM SHE ENCOUNTERED, SHE USED ISLAMIC INTELLIGENCE IN DEALING WITH THE MUSLIMS AND THEY RESPECTED AND RECIPROCATED ACCORDINGLY ALWAYS. THIS MAY NOT HAVE PLEASED LAILA BUT IT MADE IMAM MOHAMMED VERY PLEASED AND HAPPY.
On one occasion, I took her to the side and said: Khadijah, you are Imam Muhammad’s wife now. I know that you are young and I hope you don’t mind me speaking to you this way. But your mother is not here and I’m old enough to be your mother. I don’t want these brothers disrespecting you, so you must stand up to them.
(MS) AGAIN LAILA SHOULD NAME THE BROTHERS WHO DISRESPECTED KHADIJAH….NO, LAILA WANTED KHADIJAH TO ACT LIKE SHE ACTED WITH BROTHERS ….ALLAH IS THE BEST KNOWER WHOSE APPROACH AND MANNERISM IS IN FACT THE WISEST. KHADIJAH LIVES AND ACTS ISLAMICALLY 24/7 AND NOT JUST FOR CERTAIN OCCASIONs AND WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE…. SHE CONDUCTED HERSELF AS A MUSLIM ALL OF THE TIME WITH ALL OF THE PEOPLE AND NOT ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS ONLY AND AS I SAID BEFORE, “IMAM MOHAMMED LOVED IT”…HE DID NOT WANT A WIFE UP IN BROTHERS’ FACES TRYING TO FRONT THEM OFF BECAUSE THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS TACTFUL AS THEY COULD HAVE BEEN ….NO …. TREAT THEM AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM TREAT YOU AND THE GREATER LESSON HAS BEEN TAUGHT THAT IS THE WAY OF THE QUR’AN AND ISLAM.
She is a quiet person and she doesn’t always speak up. I knew that if she had those keys, everybody was going to be in the house. Then I would have not followed the directions of the authorities.
(MS) NOW HERE IS LAILA WHO BELIEVES THAT SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO MAKE LAW AND DECISIONS OVER ANOTHER WOMAN’S HOME. REMEMBER I TOLD YOU THAT WE WENT TO THE POLICE STATION AND THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER TOLD US THAT HE NEVER TOLD LAILA TO DO WHAT SHE DID, HE SAID HE HAD NO AUTHORITY TO TELL ANYONE WHAT THEY SHOULD DO IN THEIR OWN HOME AND IF HE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT FOR ONE MOMENT THAT THIS WAS A CRIME SCENE, BY LAW HE WOULD HAVE TO DENY EVERYONE INCLUDING LAILA THE RIGHT OF PASSAGE INTO THAT HOME. WHEN LAILA HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO FACE THE OFFICER WHEN KHADIJAH HAD CALLED HIM TO COME TO THE HOME TO CONFRONT LAILA….SHE JUST JUMPED UP AND LEFT LEAVING THE HOUSE UNLOCKED AND KHADIJAH IN THE HOUSE.
AT THAT TIME KHADIJAH HAD BEEN MARRIED TO THE IMAM FOR OVER 4 YEARS AND THE IMAM HAD BEEN ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME LEAVING KHADIJAH HOME AND IN CHARGE OF THEIR HOME. THE IMAM WAS QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH HER ABILITY TO TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR HOME WHICH SHE DID VERY EFFECTIVELY OVER THE PERIOD OF THEIR MARRIAGE, SO WHAT RIGHT DOES LAILA HAVE TO THINK THAT SHE HAS TO MICROMANAGE ANOTHER PERSON’S HOME AND THAT ONLY SHE HAS THE ABILITY TO CONTROL AND MAKE SURE THAT THE HOME IS SECURE.
NOW REMEMBER HOW LAILA BEGAN HER INTERVIEW…SHE WANTS TO BE A PART OF A HEALING YET SHE DOES NOT WANT TO STOP LYING. CAN THERE EVER BE A HEALING AS LONG AS THE PERSON WHO HAS CAUSED THE PROBLEM CONTINUES TO LIE AND DECEIVE OVER BASIC AND FUNDAMENTAL FACTS CONCERNING THIS ISSUE. THE POLICE NEVER INSTRUCTED LAILA TO DO WHAT SHE DID CONCERNING KHADIJAH’S HOME YET SHE IS TOO RECALCITRANT AND STUBBORN TO ADMIT THAT SHE IS LYING YET SHE WANTS TO CLAIM THAT SHE WANTS TO HAVE A HEALING IN THIS MATTER. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE IS FOOLING THOSE WHO READ THIS BUT SHE HAS NOT FOOLED ME.
She wasn’t happy with me but I’ve learned from my father that sometimes you have to be firm. He was firm with me on many occassions.
(MS) YES IT IS TRUE THAT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BE FIRM BUT YOU HAVE TO BE IN A SITUATION THAT YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITY OVER WHEN YOU DECIDE TO JUMP INTO A SITUATION AND DECIDE TO HANDLE IT AND BE FIRM…. IMAM MOHAMMED MAY HAVE EXERCISED FIRMNESS WITH LAILA BECAUSE SHE WAS HIS DAUGHTER AND HE HAD RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY OVER HER BUT YOU DID NOT SEE HIM WALK INTO ANOTHER MAN’S HOME AND BEGIN TO EXERCISE FIRMNESS WITH ANOTHER FATHER’S CHILDREN. SO WHERE LAILA IS WRONG IS SHE SHOULD HAVE EXERCISED HER FIRMNESS WITH HER CHILDREN OR HER HUSBAND OR THOSE IN HER CHARGE WHERE SHE HAD RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY. SHE HAD NO RESPONSIBILITY OR AUTHORITY OVER KHADIJAH, A GROWN MARRIED WOMAN IN HER OWN HOME. BASICALLY IT WAS NONE OF LAILA’S BUSINESS AND SHE SHOULD HAVE JUST STAYED OUT OF A SITUATION THAT SHE HAD NO AUTHORITY TRYING TO RUN AND CONTROL.
She said to me: What am I going to do? I need to get in the house to get my clothes!
I said: Of course. Here’s what we’ll do: I’m leaving to go to my house – which was exactly ten minutes from the house that my father and Khadijah lived in. I said: You just call me and I’ll be right there. She agreed. And we left in peace.
(MS) SO HERE IS LAILA NOW THE LORD AND G-D OVER KHADIJAH’S HOME AND AFFAIRS TELLING THE WIFE OF HER DECEASED HUSBAND WHAT SHE CAN AND CANNOT DO CONCERNING HER HOME AND BELONGINGS IN HER HOME
Now, my daughter was upset but my daughter had her own opinion about things and she was emotional about the loss of her grandfather.
(MS) HER DAUGHTER MAY HAVE BEEN EMOTIONAL AND UPSET BUT SHE FORGOT TO MENTION THAT SHE WAS VERY NASTY AND DISRESPECTFUL TO ANOTHER MUSLIM WHO WAS THE CHOICE OF IMAM MOHAMMED TO BE THERE FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN THE CAPACITY OF SECURITY.
But my conversation with Khadijah and Imam Muhammad Siddeeq (her father) was a conversation of: OK, we’re going to start from now and we’re going to communicate with each other.
(MS) LET’S SAY THAT IN THE HEAT OF THE CONVERSATIONS THAT SHE SAID WHAT SHE SAID SHE SAID…WHERE IS THE COMMUNICATION THAT SHE SPOKE OF….. IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED.
When she got close to the house, Khadijah called me. I went to the house and there were a lot of people outside – different imams from around the country, Believers, etc. and I felt bad because it look like a hoopla.
(MS) FIRST OF ALL LET’S BE REAL, THE MOST IMPORTANT HUMAN BEING IN THE LIVES OF ALL OF THE MUSLIMS IN THIS ASSOCIATION HAS PASSED AWAY AND THE WORD OF HIS PASSING IS REACHING THE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. THOSE CLOSE TO HIM IMMEDIATELY RESPONDED BY CALLING AND COMING TO THE HOME THAT THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY COME TO WHEN THEY WOULD VISIT WITH THE IMAM. WHAT CONTROL DOES KHADIJAH HAVE OVER THEIR COMING AND GATHERING AT THE IMAM’S HOME? THEIR COMING DID NOT LOOK LIKE A HOOPLA, ANY INTELLIGENT PERSON WOULD NOT REACH THAT KIND OF CONCLUSION. AN INTELLIGENT AND SENSITIVE PERSON WOULD SEE THEIR COMING AS AN ACT OF LOVE, RESPECT AND SORROW FOR THE PASSING OF THEIR LEADER. THIS IS THE KIND OF OUT POURING THAT TOOK PLACE WHEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS KILLED, WHEN DR. KING WAS KILLED, WHEN THE POPE DIED AND WHEN ALL GREAT AND HONORABLE LEADERS PASS AWAY. THE PEOPLE NATURALLY POUR TO THE HOME OR RESIDENCE OF THE ONE WHO PASSED TO SHOW A SIGN OF RESPECT AND HONOR TO THEIR FORMER LEADER.
SO WHAT WAS KHADIJAH SUPPOSED TO DO THAT WOULD PLEASE LAILA WHO JUST ASSUMED THAT SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE? WAS SHE SUPPOSE TO COME OUTSIDE AND YELL, “NOW ALL OF YOU MUSLIMS JUST GET OUT OF HERE AND GO HOME ETC, ETC”. NO SHE DID WHAT SHE HAD ALWAYS DONE AS THE RESPECTED AND INTELLIGENT WIFE OF IMAM MOHAMMED, AND THAT WAS TO STAY IN HER RESIDENCE WITH HER FAMILY WHO HAD ACCOMPANIED HER TO CHICAGO. IN HER HOME, HER FAMILY, WERE TREATED AS GUEST IN THE LIVING ROOM WHERE SHE ALWAYS INSISTED THEY REMAIN AND SHE WENT ABOUT WHAT SHE HAD TO DO TO BE PREPARED FOR THE JANAZZA.
It was just too many people outside the house. I know my father’s character and he would never want a hoopla.
(MS) SO HERE WE SEE THAT LAILA INSISTS ON CHARACTERIZING THE INNOCENT NATURAL PILGRIMAGE OF SINCERE BELIEVERS TO THE HOME OF THEIR LEADER AFTER LEARNING OF HIS PASSING AS A HOOPLA TO EXCUSE HER UNCONSCIONABLE BEHAVIOR SHE WAS SO INVOLVED WITH SCHEMING AND CONNIVING THAT SHE WAS INCAPABLE OF SEEING THE SINCERE AND INNOCENT REACHING OUT OF BELIEVERS WHO LOVED AND HONORED IMAM MOHAMMED, AS A BEAUTIFUL GESTURE OF RESPECT AND LOVE. THROUGH HER CLOUDY AND WARPED VISION ALL SHE COULD SEE WAS A HOOPLA THAT BASICALLY DEPICTED HER MIND SET AND NOT THEIRS.
LET’S JUST COUNT UP SOME OF THE VICTIMS OF CASUALTIES SO FAR THAT HAD TO SUFFER SO THAT LAILA CAN APPEAL TO THE MUSLIMS TO SEE HER AS AN INNOCENT WELL-MEANING PERSON WHO HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG:
- WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT SHE IS TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE IMAM’S MARRIAGES AND THAT THE IMAM LIED
- WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT THE POLICE TOLD HER TO LOCK KHADIJAH OUT OF THE HOME AND THAT HE LIED WHEN HE SAID THAT HE DIDN’T
- WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT SHE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HER MOTHER BEING THE ONLY ONE LISTED AS BEING THE WIFE OF IMAM MOHAMMED AND KHADIJAH’S NAME NEVER MENTIONED.
- WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THE ONLY REASON SHE DID NOT CONTACT KHDIJAH AND CLEAR HER INVASION OF KHADIJH’S PERSONAL LIFE AND PRIVACY WAS SHE DID NOT WANT TO BE INCONSIDERATE.
- THE LIST GETS LONGER AS WE CONTINUE.
So, Khadijah and I went inside. I asked if she wanted me to go in the back with her where my father’s body was, in the jacuzzi. He had taken a bath and I’d like to think he had fallen asleep as he often did in his bath and then his life had passed.
Anyway, she said: No. When she came back she said she had been to the police station and they advised her that no one had told me to change the locks. I said: You are correct. No one told me to change the locks. But they had advised me to secure the house.
(MS) LAILA NEVER CORRECTED HER LIE ABOUT THE LOCKS AND THAT IS WHY SHE DID NOT STAY AROUND WHEN KHADIJAH CALLED THE OFFICER TO COME TO THE HOUSE TO CLEAR UP WHAT LAILA WAS SAYING HE SAID.
She said: Well, you have to give me the keys and if you don’t, I’m going to call the sergeant.
Then, I thought to myself: If someone hurt my father, ALLAH knows and at this point, I don’t want to cause an embarrassing situation in the public. So, I gave her the keys.
(MS) NOW HERE IS AGGRESSIVE, BOLD AND BAD LAILA WHO JUST PUSHES HER WAY ON MEN AND WOMAN ALIKE AND MILD LITTLE KHADIJAH THAT HAS NO BACKBONE ACCORDING TO LAILA DEMANDING KEYS AND LAILA SAYING, OK HERE ARE THE KEYS…. NOW DO YOU BELIEVE THAT?
Once she had them, exactly what I thought was going to happen, happened. All those people who were outside came inside and had access to my father’s personal space. Part of the house was office space because The Mosque Cares owned the house. But the three bedrooms – my father and Sr. Khadijah’s, my brother Shakir Mohammed’s and my sister Theodora’s – were personal space. People were going through those spaces.
(MS) AS I SAID BEFORE, WHEN A LIAR NEEDS A SEGUE THEY JUST CONTINUE IN THEIR CORRUPT WAY BY JUST MAKING UP THINGS SO THAT THEY CAN ATTEMPT TO KEEP THEIR LIE ROLLING. NOW THIS WOMAN WANTS THOSE OF YOU WHO READ THIS TO BELIEVE THAT ONCE, ALLEGEDLY, SHE GAVE KHADIJAH THE KEYS THAT ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE WERE GIVEN ENTRY INTO THE HOUSE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE IMAM’S PERSONAL SPACE BECAUSE PART OF THE HOUSE WAS OFFICE SPACE FOR THE MOSQUE CARES. AND SHE, AFTER LEAVING KNEW FOR A FACT THAT THOSE PEOPLE WERE GIVEN ACCESS TO THOSE PERSONAL SPACES AND WERE GOING ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE ONCE SHE ALLEGEDLY GAVE KHADIJAH THE KEYS.
MAYBE LAILA IS SICK AND HAS A SERIOUS PROBLEM BUT ONE THING ABOUT THIS GIRL SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT A LITTLE WHITE LIE IS …. WHEN SHE LIES SHE GOES FOR THE GUSTO AND ON THIS ONE SHE SHOULD GET A REALITY SHOW OR GO ON RIPLEY AND LET THEM KNOW HOW GOOD OF A LIAR SHE IS. THIS IS RIDICULOUS, HERE A WOMAN THAT IS NOT EVEN PRESENT TO WITNESS WHAT SHE CLAIMS HAPPENED, HAS THE ABILITY TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AFTER SHE HAD LEFT.
THE FACTS ARE THAT ONCE THE HOUSE WAS SECURED NO ONE OTHER THAN KHADIJAH’S IMMEDIATE FAMILY WERE PERMITTED TO COME INTO THE HOUSE. IMAM ILYAS FROM NASHVILLE AND HIS FAMILY WERE OUTSIDE AND HE HAS ALWAYS HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO COME TO THE IMAM’S HOUSE AND WE MET HIM OUTSIDE AND TALKED TO HIM OUTSIDE AND HE AND HIS FAMILY STAYED OUTSIDE UNTIL THEY LEFT TO GO HOME WHICH WAS HOW EVERYONE OTHER THAN KHADIJAH’S IMMEDIATE FAMILY WERE TREATED…
LAILA OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF AS TO WHAT SHE IS WILLING TO SAY OVER THE AIR WITHOUT ANY CONSCIENCE AT ALL….
AM 360: What happened at this point?
Laila: After I gave her the keys, I left.
(MS) IF SHE LEFT HOW DOES SHE KNOW WHAT TOOK PLACE AFTER SHE LEFT?
AM 360: So, she had total access to the house?
Laila: Yes, she had total access to the house until she left. I was informed she left because my younger sibling told her she was wrong in the way she was conducting herself and that she should leave because she allowed people into private spaces. I am not go
(MS) KHADIJAH LEFT BECAUSE SHE SAW THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF INTIMIDATING CALLS AND OUT OF ORDER RELATIVES BENT ON STARTING TROUBLE AND SINCE THE IMAM HAD PASSED SHE WAS THERE BY HERSELF. IT SIMPLY WAS NOT SAFE TO STAY THERE BY HERSELF AND I COULD NOT STAY INDEFINITELY IN CHICAGO AND WAS NOT COMFORTABLE FOR HER TO BE THERE BY HERSELF WITHOUT ANY SECURITY FOR HER.
YOUNG MOHAMMED CAME BY AND NOT KNOWING WHAT HIS ROLE WAS IN ACCESSING THE HOUSE THAT HIS FATHER HAD PROMISED TO HIM AFTER HE PASSED, AND THOUGHT THAT HE HAD A RIGHT TO OBTAIN THAT ACCESS IMMEDIATELY. HE RETURNED AND ALLUDED TO BEING INSTIGATED TO MAKE HIS FIRST VISIT AND APOLOGIZED FOR WHAT AND HOW HE INITIALLY APPROACHED KHADIJAH…. HIS VISIT NEVER ONCE ENTERTAINED THOSE THINGS THAT LAILA CLAIMS HE WAS CONCERNED WITH.
WE LEFT AND LEFT THE KEYS FOR YUSEF AND LET HIM KNOW THAT WE WOULD REACH OUT FOR WALLACE TO SEE WHERE WE COULD GO FROM THERE. WALLACE NEVER RESPONDED TO MY CALLS TO HIM AND I LEFT THAT MATTER ALONE. HE DID HAVE ONE CONVERSATION WITH KHADIJAH PRIOR TO US DECIDING TO LEAVE WHERE HE ASKED HER ABOUT HER PAYROLL CHECK FROM THE MOSQUE CARES. SHE TOLD HIM THAT SHE HAD BEEN WORKING FOR IMAM MOHAMMED DIRECTLY AND HE PAID HER DIRECTLY FOR THE WORK THAT SHE DID. AFTER THAT WE NEVER HEARD ANOTHER WORD FROM WALLACE ABOUT THE HOUSE, ABOUT MAINTENANCE ETC.
But, Khadijah and whoever she was consulting, knows that nobody can put you out of a house by saying: You should get out. Especially if the person is not the owner. Everyone knew that The Mosque Cares was the owner of the house. So, she was not forced to leave; she chose to leave.
(MS) LAILA FINALLY HAS SAID SOMETHING WITH A GRAIN OF TRUTH BUT OUT OF CONTEXT. SHE IS CORRECT THAT I ADVISED KHADIJAH TO LEAVE. AFTER THESE PEOPLE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEIR FIRST ATTACK OF PHYSICALLY LOCKING KHADIJAH OUT OF HER HOUSE DID NOT WORK WAS NOT GOING TO BE THE END OF ATTACKS, I REALIZED THAT THEY WERE NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED. FORCING ONES WAY BACK INTO YOUR OWN HOME UNDER DURESS DID NOT GIVE ME THE COMFORT NOR KHADIJAH THE COMFORT SHE NEEDED AT SUCH A CRITICAL TIME. WHEN ONE ADDS UP ALL OF THE HASSEL WE HAD TO GO THROUGH JUST TO BE IN THE HOUSE, NOT KNOWING THAT WHEN SHE LEFT AND RETURNED TO HER HOME WHETHER THEY WOULD HAVE AGAIN COME INTO HER RESIDENCE AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF HER NOT BEING ABLE TO DEFEND HERSELF UNDER THESE CONDITIONS, I ADVISED THAT WE SHOULD WITHDRAW TO INDIANAPOLIS AND ATTEMPT TO WORK OUT ANY ARRANGEMENT ABOUT THE HOUSE AND MAINTENANCE THROUGH THE MOSQUE CARES. WE CALLED THE MOSQUE CARES AND ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT WALLCE II BUT WE HAVE NEVER HEARD ONE WORD FROM HIM UP TO THIS VERY DAY.
Reportedly, Khadijah said she left because it was made uncomfortable for her. I certainly didn’t make it uncomfortable for her.
(MS) NOW HERE IS THE ORCHESTRATOR OF THE WHOLE PROBLEM CLAIMING THAT “I CERTAINLY DIDN’T MAKE IT UNCOMFORTABLE FOR HER” THAT’S WHAT PONTIUS PILATE SAID AT THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS…HE CLAIMED THAT HIS HANDS WERE CLEAN, HE ONLY SET THE WHOLE MATTER INTO MOTION THEN HE WASHED HIS HANDS AND CLAIMED THAT HE WAS INNOCENT OF ANY WRONG DOING WHEN IN FACT HE WAS THE PROBLEM AS LAILA IS THE PROBLEM IN THIS MATTER.
AM 360: In the course of the three years, have you and Khadijah been able to talk?
Laila: Unfortunately, that has not occurred. Over the last three years and especially within the first year, I’ve sent out messages through her family, her friends and even her imam, Imam Mikal Saahir of Indianapolis, IN. I told them that I simply wanted to sit down and speak with her.
When things first started happening and information was being put out on the internet, I sent messages by numerous people for Imam Muhammad Siddeeq. Since he is my senior, I was willing to travel to Indianapolis to meet with Khadijah and him. But he would always say that he wasn’t going to talk unless my brother, Wallace, was present.
(MS) THIS WOMAN IS IMPOSSIBLE AND WILL SAY ANYTHING OUT OF CONTEXT TO ATTEMPT TO MAKE HERSELF RIGHT. I MADE THE FIRST EFFORT AND APPEALED PRIVATELY AT FIRST BEFORE PUBLISHING MY EFFORT PUBLICLY IN TRYING TO HAVE THE MOHAMMED FAMILY UTILIZE THE ISLAMIC SHURAH AND THE QUR’AN INSTEAD OF THE COOK COUNTY COURTS. MY POSITION WAS AND IS THAT THIS MATTER HAS TO BE CONDUCTED WITH EVERYONE IN AGREEMENT THAT WE WOULD ACCEPT THE QUR’ANIC SOLUTION OR THERE WAS NO NEED IN EVEN TRYING. WHEN I RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT LAILA SAID SHE WAS NOT GOING TO SIGN ANYTHING AND IT WAS NOT CLEAR THAT THEY ALL WOULD BE IN ACCORD WITH THIS FORUM ISLAMICALLY THAT EFFORT FAILED.
IMAM SAAHIR DID TELL ME OF A CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH LAILA IN ROME BUT WHEN HE RETURNED HOME AND ATTEMPTED TO GET HER ON BOARD WITH THE SPIRIT HE WITNESSED IN ROME IT NEVER WAS FORTH COMING AND DESPITE HIS EFFORT TO CONTACT HER AND MOVE TOWARDS RECONCILIATION SHE NEVER RESPONDED TO HIS MANY EFFORTS TO CARRY OUT WHAT SHE HAD SAID SHE WOULD DO IN ROME.
I TRIED AGAIN AFTER A PRO TEM JUDGE ADVISED US AND SAMUAL BILA WROTE OF HIS ADVICE TO US. THIS EFFORT TOO WAS REBUFFED AND NEVER GOT UP OFF THE GROUND. MY PHONE NUMBERS ARE THE SAME NUMBERS THAT LAILA REACHED ME AT MANY TIMES BEFORE HER FATHER PASSED AND I NEVER GOT ANY CALLS WHAT SO EVER FROM LAILA EVER.
Well, I can’t make anybody do anything. Wallace didn’t want to talk to him and that was Wallace’s right. But I said I was willing. I would speak for myself and do the best I could to make this a smooth transition.
I’m totally comfortable with the relationship that Khdijah and I had. I believe that she feels as I feel. I don’t think that she has any problem with me. I’m sure she has problems with the things that happened; but with me personally, we’ve had a good relationship.
I didn’t think we should be in court, though. Even my mother’s attorney made a request in court for all parties to sit down and talk. But Khadijah and whoever she was consulting, didn’t allow it.
(MS) THE ISSUE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO RESOLVE IS BEYOND ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL, THE ISSUE STARTS FROM A PROBATE FAMILY CONCERN. WHETHER WALLACE TALKS TO OUR FAMILY OR NOT BEFORE IT IS OVER HE AS WELL AS EVERY MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE AND SIGN PAPERS THAT STATE THAT THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE IN THIS MATTER BEFORE THE COURT. IT IS TRUE THAT THE LAWYER WANTED TO TAKE A PORTION OF THIS CASE OUT OF THE COURT AND RESOLVE IT OUT OF COURT AND MY ANSWER WAS NO THAT WOULD NOT WORK. WE EITHER ARE GOING TO HAVE THE WHOLE MATTER RESOLVED ISLAMICALLY OR NONE OF IT. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS FAIR THAT HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PICK THE PART THAT HELPS HIM OUT AND SUPPORTS HIS THEORY OF THE CASE BECAUSE OF THE STATE LAWS AND THEN WHEN HIS ANGLE IS CHALLENGED AND HE NEEDS SOME DIFFERENT KIND OF THINKING ON THE MATTER THEN HE WANTS TO SIT DOWN AND TALK THE MATTER OVER. I TOLD HIM THAT WE COULD CHOOSE TO USE ONE FORUM OR THE OTHER BUT NOT A PART OF THIS ONE WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT AND A PART OF THE OTHER ONE WHEN HE THINK IT WILL HELP HIS CAUSE…THIS IS NOT GETTING JUSTICE; IT IS ACTING INSANE.
AM 360: What are the Estate issues?
Laila: First, I would like to emphasize I’m not speaking today as a representative of the Estate. I’m simply speaking as Laila Muhammad, the daughter of Imam W. D. Mohammed and as one of the legal heirs to the Estate.
In Illinois, if a person dies and he or she doesn’t have a legal will, they have to sit in Probate Court for six months so that people can make claims on any outstanding debts. A document has to be filed immediately in court with the deceased’s name and who the heirs are. Khadijah filed the document stating that she was Imam Mohammed’s wife and listed Imam Mohammed’s youngest child Shakir Mohammed as a child. However, at the time of the Imam’s death, Shakir was not a minor. Therefore, the document was incorrect because if you list one child that is not a minor, you should list all the adult children. And if you are going to list the Islamic wife then you should also list the legal wife because the court is going to look for a marriage license for the Islamic wife and they’re not going to find one.
(MS) IGNORANCE IS BLISS BUT NEVER AN EXCUSE. WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW SOMETHING DON’T MAKE UP AN ANSWER, JUST SAY, “I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION. WHEN WE WENT TO THE COURT WE WENT PRO SE (WITHOUT A LAWYER) AND DID NOT KNOW WHAT DOCUMENTATION WE NEEDED TO BRING OR HAVE ON HAND AT OUR INITIAL VISIT. THE CLERK ADVISED US THAT THAT WAS NOT REQUIRED YET AND THAT THE MAIN THING WAS TO GET A DATE AND TO JUST LIST THE NAMES OF THOSE PERSONS YOU HAVE INFORMATION ON. SO OUR FILLING OUT THE INITIAL PAPERS WAS TO JUST GET ON THE DOCKET. WE WERE ADVISED THAT WE COULD FILE THIS CASE PRO SE (WITHOUT A LAWYER) BUT WE WOULD EVENTUALLY HAVE TO GET A BOND AND THE JUDGE WOULD NOT ALLOW US TO DO SO WITHOUT A LAWYER. SO WE WERE ADVISED TO GET A LIST OF ALL OF THE POSSIBLE HEIRS AND TO GET AN ATTORNEY AND BE PREPARED TO POST A BOND IF KHADIJAH WERE APPOINTED ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE ONCE THE CASE COMES BEFORE THE COURT. SO THE INITIAL FILING WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE COMPLETE OR FINAL IT WAS ONLY A REQUEST FOR A HEARING DATE WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENED. IF MOHAMMED SHAKIR WAS LISTED AS A MINOR IT WAS NOT DONE SO INTENTIONALLY HE WAS ONLY LISTED BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY PERSON WE KNEW AN ADDRESS FOR. AND AS FAR AS LISTING SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD AS HIS WIFE WE NEVER HAD ANY INTENTION OF DOING SUCH BECAUSE IMAM MOHAMMED SAID PUBLICLY THAT HE DIVORCED SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD WE NEVER INTENDED TO LIST HER. ALSO SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD’S 1970 MARRIAGE WAS A PROHIBITED MARRIAGE BECAUSE SHE MARRIED IMAM MOHAMMED IN 1967 WHILE HE WAS STILL MARRIED TO LORRAINE AND THAT MARRIAGE HAS NEVER BEEN RESOLVED ACCORDING TO ILLINOIS LAW, HER LAWYER TRIED SOME TRICKY STUFF TO GET IT RESOLVED BUT FAILED SO THEY WENT ON BLUFFING THE COURTS AND GOT AWAY WITH IT INITIALLY AND HAD HOPED THAT NO ONE WOULD EVER DISCOVER IT AND IT HAS BEEN DISCOVERED. THIS MEANS THAT SHE PROCEEDED FROM THE 1967 MARRIAGE WITHOUT EVER DIVORCING AND REMOVING THE PROHIBITION STATUS THAT SHE PUT HERSELF IN BY MARRYING THE IMAM WHILE HE WAS STILL LEGALLY MARRIED TO LORRAINE AND PROCEEDED TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE FOR HER 1971 MARRIAGE WITH A CLOUD OVER HER STATUS OF BEING QUALIFIED FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN COOK COUNTY HAVING NOT REMOVED THE CLOUD CREATED BY THE 1967 MARRIAGE TO A MAN WHO WAS LEGALLY MARRIED ACCORDING TO ILLINOIS STATE LAW. THERE EXISTS DOCUMENTATION TO SUPPORT THIS CONTENTION AND I WILL BE WILLING TO PUT THAT DOCUMENTATION ON MY WEB SITE FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO SEE IT. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PROBATE CASE KHADIJAH HAS THE OPTION TO PURSUE THIS IN THE COURTS OR FILE FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW ON THIS MATTER. THE DECISION IS UP TO HER. BASICALLY WHAT THIS IS SAYING IS THAT THOUGH SHIRLEY HAS IN HER POSSESSION A SO-CALLED LEGAL MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, IT WAS OBTAINED FRAUDULENTLY AND COULD BE RULED PROHIBITED SO WHETHER SHE IS A LEGAL WIFE BASED ON THAT MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE THAT MATTER HAS TO BE ADJUDICATED IN THE COURTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS PHASE OF THE PROBATE CASE.
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THIS SITUATION AND WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN MY FUTURE WRITINGS BUT TO CLEAR THE RECORD IMAM MOHAMMED DID HAVE ISLAMIC MARRIAGES AND DIVORCES WITH SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD DESPITE WHAT LAILA THINKS OR SAYS ANDA CAREFUL READING OF THEIR COURT FILE ONE CAN SEE WHEN AND HOW THEY TOOK PLACE. BASICALLY ALL SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD HAS TO DO IS BE TRUTHFUL AND SHE CAN HELP HER DAUGHTER UNDERSTAND WHAT TOOK PLACE.
AM 360: To your knowledge, was Khadijah aware that there was no legal divorce?
Laila: Definitely, she knew. People have overheard conversations she had with my father and she knew that my parents were still legally married. That’s why I say it was a lack of communication. If we had a communication then the paperwork could have been filed where the state of Illinois wouldn’t have had a problem. We all could have sat down and filled out the paperwork correctly – with Shirley Muhammad as wife and the names of all the surviving children. We could have also agreed that Khadijah was the second wife. Put it in as a side document and had it notarized. Then Khadijah would have had the security to know that we weren’t going to go against her.
(MS) THERE IS NOTHING THAT TRANSPIRED FROM THE MOMENT THAT THE IMAM PASSED THAT EVEN SUGGESTS THAT LAILA AND SHIRLEY WERE INTERESTED IN ANYTHING BUT TO KICK KHADIJAH OUT OF THE PICTURE TOTALLY. SHIRLEY’S LAWYER WAS SO CONVINCED THAT HE HAD A SLAM DUNK HE LOST CONTROL IN THE COURT HEARING WHEN THE JUDGE RULED AGAINST HIM. HE TOLD THE JUDGE, I OBJECT TO YOUR DECISION” THE JUDGE TOLD HIM YOU DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO OBJECT ONCE I HAVE MADE A DECISION ON A MATTER. (YOU CAN APPEAL) BUT THE TIME OF OBJECTION IS OVER ONCE I RULE. SO WHAT I’M SAYING? I AM SAYING THEY CAME TO COURT NOT IN THE SPIRIT THAT ‘WE KNOW THAT KHADIJAH IS HIS WIFE AND WE ARE READY TO RECOGNIZE THAT’, NO , NO NO, THEY CAME READY TO DO BATTLE AND WERE SHOCKED VISIBLY WHEN THEY LOST THAT BATTLE. THERE WAS NOTHING THAT SAID THAT THEY HAD TO APPROACH THIS MATTER THIS WAY, SO LAILA IS NOT BEING HONEST WHEN SHE SAYS THAT THEY HAD RECOGNIZED KHADIJAH AS THE WIFE OF IMAM MOHAMMED. THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD A SLAM DUNK AND WERE VISIBLY DEVASTATED AND SHOOK WHEN IT DID NOT PREVAIL. IF WHAT LAILA IS SAYING IS WHAT THEY WERE THINKING ALL THEY HAD TO HAVE DONE WAS TO HAVE THEIR LAWYER SPEAK TO KHADIJAH’S LAWYER AND ASK WERE WE AMENABLE TO THEIR PLAN AND WE COULD HAVE SAID YES OR NO AND GONE ON…BUT THEY NEVER EVER BROUGHT THIS IDEA UP TO ANY ONE BECAUSE THIS IS A CREATION OF LAILA’S SPIN OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS TO TRY TO CLEAR HER BAD NAME UP IN THE COMMUNITY WHICH SHE HASN’T DONE.
The court would not have disputed the paperwork and it would have sat there for the six months. Since my father didn’t have any outstanding debts, we would have been able to go the Qur’an after that and divide his property.
(MS) THIS IS NOTHING BUT SPIN. IF THE MUHAMMAD FAMILY FELT THE WAY LAILA STATES ABOVE WHY DID THEY NOT ACCEPT MY APPEAL FOR THEM TO USE THE QUR’AN? IF NOT THE FIRST TIME WHY NOT THE SECOND TIME I BROUGHT THE IDEA OF USING THE QUR’AN TO THEM. BUT THEY OUTRIGHT REJECTED MY EFFORT BOTH TIMES. SHE SAYS “WE COULD HAVE THEN GONE TO THE QUR’AN AND DIVIDED HIS PROPERTY”. FIRST OF ALL KHADIJAH HAS SAID ALL ALONG THAT HER STRUGGLE HAS NEVER BEEN FOR PROPERTY, HER STRUGGLE HAS BEEN FOR THE DIGNITY OF HER AND IMAM MOHAMMED’S MARRIAGE. PROPERTY IS SECONDARY TO HER AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN. HER HOPE IS THAT IF SHE RECEIVES ANYTHING SHE COULD USE MUCH OF IT TO HELP MAKE THOSE BELIEVERS WHOLE WHO TRUSTED IMAM MOHAMMED AND INVESTED THEIR HARD EARNED MONIES INTO HIS TRUST… SHE DESIRES FIRST OF ALL TO MAKE THEM WHOLE AND IMAM MOHAMMED’S WORD BOND.
At their first meeting, Shirley Muhammad told the attorney: My husband had two wives and I want to divide his property according to the Qur’an. The attorney said: Fine, but you have to put in a claim because the paperwork that was put in (by Khadijah) is not correct. He advised my mother to put in a claim listing herself as the wife and all eight of her husband’s children.
(MS) DID HE ADVISE HER TO LIST KHADIJAH AS A WIFE? IF NOT THIS IS ALL POPPY COCK. ANY LAWYER WORTH HIS SALT WILL SIT DOWN WITH THE OPPOSING LAWYER AND LET HIM OR HER KNOW OF A DEAL THAT HE IS WILLING TO CUT TO SAVE THEM BOTH TIME AND MONEY. IF THIS WAS HIS THINKING INITIALLY HE ONLY HAD TO APPROACH KHADIJAH’S LAWYER AND ASK HER WAS SHE OPEN TO THIS PLAN AND THEY COULD HAVE PROCEEDED FROM THERE BUT THIS NEVER HAPPENED BECAUSE I DO NOT BELIEVE IT WAS IN HIS STRATEGY ESPECIALLY SINCE HE BELIEVES HE HAD KHADIJAH AT A DISADVANTAGE WITH NO PAPER WORK FOR HER MARRIAGE AND SHIRLEY WITH A (PROHIBITED) SO CALLED LEGAL MARRIAGE LICENSE THAT HE KNEW HAD A CLOUD OVER IT BUT HOPED THAT NO ONE ELSE KNEW IT OR HAD DISCOVERED IT.
She was informed that there was no legal document for Khadijah’s marriage. At that point Khadijah is not happy, so she puts in another claim and now we’re in court deciding if, in fact, she is a wife. Understandably, Khadijah didn’t feel secure because she didn’t have a marriage contract.
(MS) THIS GIRL IS BETTER THAN UNCLE REMUS IN MAKING UP AND TELLING STORIES. AS I STATED BEFORE KHADIJAH FILED ONCE TO GET ON THE DOCKET AND COMPLETED THAT FILING ONCE SHE DID WHAT THE CLERK ADVISED HER TO DO AND GOT A LAWYER AND THE LAWYER RESEARCHED THE HEIRS AND WAS PREPARED TO LIST THEM AND POST A BOND IF NECESSARY WHEN THEIR COURT HEARING DATE CAME AROUND. WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD IT MAKE HOW MANY TIMES KHADIJAH FILED IF SHE DID NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION TO QUALIFY TO FILE? SO WHAT RATIONAL PERSON WOULD BE UNHAPPY AND RESOLVE THAT UNHAPPINESS BY FILING THE SAME THING TWICE? AS I SAID EARLIER IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER JUST SAY I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. BUT TO GO AND MAKE UP SOME STRANGE TALE TO SATISFY WHAT YOU THINK MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND NOT WORTHY OF BEING TRUSTED. AS TO HOW KHADIJAH FELT, HOW WOULD LAILA KNOW? SHE COULD ONLY GUESS AND IF SHE IS JUST GUESSING WHY DID SHE NOT TELL THAT TO THE RADIO AUDIENCE THAT SHE IS MAKING THESE REPORTS INSTEAD OF MAKING THEM BELIEVE THAT SHE HAS SOME INFORMATION TO SUPPORT HER MADE UP CONTENTION?
In Illinois, the wife gets 50% and the other 50% goes to the children. There was never an argument over the children. The argument was: Khadijah didn’t feel my mother should have anything and my mother felt she should.
(MS) AGAIN LAILA IS MAKING THINGS UP. KHADIJAH’S POSITION WAS NOT THAT SHIRLEY SHOULD NOT GET ANYTHING, KHADIJAH’S POSITION WAS THAT IMAM MOHAMMED STATED PUBLICLY THAT HE DIVORCED SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD AND THE COURT RECORDS REFLECT THAT THE 1971 MARRIAGE LICENSE THAT SHIRLEY HAS IS UNDER A CLOUD AND HER FORMER ATTORNEY REALIZED THAT AND WENT INTO THE COURT TO TRY TO SECRETLY REMOVE THE RECORD OF HER 1967 (BIGAMIST) MARRIAGE FROM THE RECORD THAT SHE NEVER RECONCILED BEFORE MARRYING IN 1971. ILLINOIS LAW SAYS ANY MARRIAGE THAT TAKES PLACE WHEN THE PERSON MARRYING HAS HAD A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE NOT REMEDIED WITH A DIVORCE FIRST IS CONSIDERED A PROHIBITIVE MARRIAGE. SHIRLEY KNEW THAT THIS MATTER COULD CREATE A PROBLEM FOR HER AND HER ATTORNEY TRIED TO USE SOME TRICKERY OR FRAUD TO GET THAT INFORMATION OFF OF THE RECORD. AGAIN I WILL POST THESE DOCUMENTS ON MY WEBSITE FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE THEM. SO THAT WAS THE RATIONALE BEHIND NOT LISTING SHIRLEY….SHE HAD NO ACTUAL LEGAL STANDING AND STILL DOES NOT HAVE ANY AND THIS WILL BE PROVED ONCE A JUDICIAL REVIEW IS REQUESTED AND FILED CONCERNING THIS MATTER. WHO KNOWS HOW THE COURT WILL RULE. THEY MAY OVER LOOK IT OR THEY MAY MAKE HER MAKE RESTITUTION FOR EVERY DIME SHE HAS COLLECTED WITH HER FRAUDULENT LICENSE. NO MATTER WHAT THE STATE COURTS DO, ISLAMICALLY SHIRLEY HAS PERPETRATED A FRAUD AGAINST IMAM MOHAMMED FOR NEARLY A MILLION DOLLARS IN A FALSE SUPPORT CLAIM AGAINST IMAM MOHAMMED AND THE RECORD REFLECTS THAT CLEARLY AND THAT IS PROBABLY WHY THEY DID NOT REALLY WANT TO USE THE ISLAMIC SHURAH TO RESOLVE THIS MATTER.
The judge ruled that the 50% that goes to the wife was to be divided in half based upon testimony that Khadijah was, in the court’s view, my father’s putative wife. Putative means “commonly known as (such)” and none of the family disputed that.
The court ruled that Imam Mohammed’s legal heirs are Shirley, Khadijah and my other siblings. There are total of 10 heirs.
AM 360: So, you’re saying that the first claim was filed by Sr. Khadijah and not by your mother or any of the siblings?
Laila: That’s correct. The first document was filed by Sr. Khadijah on behalf of herself and Shakir Mohammed, my younger brother who was an adult. There is a lot of misunderstanding about Shakir’s age because people thought that he was still a minor. But he was an adult when my father passed and was not living with my father at the time.
(MS) AGAIN WE WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT KHADIJAH BELIEVING AND KNOWING WHAT THE IMAM SAID ABOUT SHIRLEY AND HE BEING DIVORCED. HAD NO REASON TO LIST SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD ON ANYTHING. AS FAR AS MOHAMMED SHAKIR, SHE KNEW EXACTLY HOW OLD HE WAS, WE WERE AT HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY PARTY. SHE LISTED HIM ONLY BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY PERSON SHE HAD INFORMATION ON AND THE CLERK STATED THAT THE LIST WAS NOT DUE UNTIL THE HEARING DATE AND TO BRING A LIST OF ALL OF THE HEIRS THEN. SO BASICALLY THIS WAS ONLY A REQUEST FOR A HEARING DATE AND NOT A COMPLETE FILING OR CLAIM.
AM 360: How is Shakir Mohammed doing now?
Laila: He is doing well. At the time of my father’s passing Shakir was working on his General Equivalency Diploma (for high school),because he was homeschooled for many years. Now, he’s got his GED and is attending college. I am so proud of him.
AM 360: Are there still legal issues or is the case resolved?
Laila: Part of the case – the part that identifies the heirs – is resolved. The judge also ruled that Shirley Muhammad would be the executor-with-supervision of the Estate. Presently Khadijah’s attorney and the Estate attorney are working together to establish just what is Imam Mohammed’s property.
My father didn’t have many tangible items. He had some cars in his name but that has been taken care of. He had a personal car – a green Volkswagen bug. Khadijah has that car. The house he lived in was owned by The Mosque Cares. But he did have intellectual property.
So, the judge said that my mother as executor had to list the properties and within six months give the list to the court. Then those items sit there to make sure my father doesn’t owe anything, after which they are released.
(MS) THE JUDGE DID NOT GIVE SHIRLEY SIX MONTHS TO MAKE AN INVENTORY, THE JUDGE GAVE 90 DAYS ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 AND TILL THIS DAY THAT HAS NOT BEEN COMPLETED
AM 360: Is The Mosque Cares or WDM Publications disputing over the intellectual property?
Laila: The Mosque Cares is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that Imam Mohammed founded and was president of. It is a separate entity and has nothing to do with his personal estate.
(MS) WHAT SHE SHOULD HAVE SAID IS THAT IF THE MOSQUE CARES WAS PROPERLY RUN UNDER THE FEDERAL LAWS FOR 501C3’S AND THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY IMPROPER INTERMINGLING OF RESOURCES AND FUNDS AND PROGRAMS THEN IT IS A SEPARATE ENTITY BUT IF IT IS NOT TOTALLY FREE AND CLEAR OF THIS THEN THAT HAS TO BE LOOKED INTO AND A DECISION RENDERED AS TO HOW TO RECONCILE THAT PROBLEM.
WDM Publications is a private business that my father started. He then gave it to my brother, Wallace. The business itself is not in question. But the items which are considered intellectual property – that is where the dispute is.
AM 360: So, Wallace is not suing your mother but the Estate, correct?
Laila: Correct. I would encourage people to review the document for themselves because when you go to court it becomes public record and you can read it for yourself. But the document said: Wallace D. Mohammed II vs Shirley Muhammad, executor of the Estate of Wallace D. Mohammed.
(MS) THE LAW SUIT STATES WALLACE MUHAMMAD II IS SUING SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD AS SUPERVISED EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF IMAM W. D. MOHAMMED. YOU CAN’T SUE AN ESTATE, YOU HAVE TO SUE SOMEONE WHO REPRESENTS THE ESTATE AND IN THIS CASE THAT SOME ONE IS HIS MOTHER, SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD.. SO WHETHER THEY LIKE THE WORDING OR NOT THEY HAVE TO SAY WALLACE IS SUING SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF IMAM W. D. MOHAMMED.
AM 360: The Collective Purchasing Conference (CPC) and Group Volume Buy, are they one and the same? And are they a part of the Estate?
Laila: CPC and Group Volume Buy are, in my opinion, one and the same. CPC was a company established by Imam Mohammed who was its chief executive officer (CEO). It was made up of investors and distributors. That company was dissolved. Imam Mohammed then started Group Volume Buy. It was the continuation of CPC.
Now, CPC had many properties and Br. Rafah Muhammad (committee chairman for 2005-08 Annual Muslim Conventions) re-established CPC and has assumed possession and management of those properties. I’m sure that Br. Rafah has not been voted in as manager or CEO because as one of my father’s heirs, I would have received some type of document since my father was a shareholder of CPC. Plus, others have told me they didn’t receive a proxy to vote him in. It could and should have been done differently, but al-Hamdulillah (praise be to ALLAH) that the properties have not been lost.
In reference to Group Volume Buy, recently Khadijah’s attorney gave a bank statement containing the account balance to the Estate’s attorney. But the account has my father’s name on it. The heirs to the Estate understand that it’s not our money. Both attorneys are working with the bank to get that money released.
When I was my father’s office manager, people would call asking for their money back. Imam Mohammed instructed me to explain to them that they made an investment. It was not a deposit into a savings or checking account. Once invested, you can’t get your money back if you decide you need it.
Hopefully, you’ll get a good return on your investment. People should understand that their money is in those properties. And even if you want to liquidate those properties, it is not advisable at this time. But that is a conversation all the shareholders would have to have.
The other unique thing, he said, about CPC is that each shareholder is equal. You don’t have more shares, or less shares because you put in more or less money. Imam Mohammed always said that every person is an equal shareholder.
Caller: Imam Mohammed had a business meeting where he dissolved CPC and started, I believe it was, Mohammed Imports. Could you speak on that?
Laila: That name hasn’t come up in any of the documents that the attorneys have found. I believe Mohammed’s Imports is the same thing as Group Volume Buy. And you are correct sir; CPC was dissolved before Imam Mohammed’s passing.
AM 360: You’re saying that CPC was dissolved prior to the Imam’s passing?
Laila: Yes, and Group Volume Buy took its place. His intent was to make a large purchase, so that he could sell and make money for the group. He did purchase some suits but he intended on purchasing other imports. I don’t believe those other purchases were made.
AM 360: So, the suits were a part of the Group Volume Buy?
Laila: Yes, the items under CPC were part of Group Volume Buy. It was a change in name and structure, because CPC was a limited liability company and Group Volume Buy was not.
AM 360: What are some of those items that were owned by CPC?
Laila: Well, they were properties. One property was located on 167 St. and Kedzie Ave., where we held the Annual Muslim Convention in 2007. Another property, where there was a groundbreaking for a construction project (Graceline/Richmond Retail Center) was located on 159 St. (near Richmond Ave.) in Markham IL. There was another property located at 1218 Halsted Ave. in Chicago Heights where we had some First Sunday meetings.
There was a purchase of silver jewelry that I believed was entirely sold. There was a purchase of suits that were all sold to the distributors. There were suits at the house where Imam Mohammed was living but those suits were his because as a distributor he had to pay for them first.
AM 360: Has the six months expired for getting the list back to the court?
Laila: Yes, but the case is being held up by the claim to the intellectual property.
AM 360: Is the use of your father’s image, part of the intellectual property claim?
Laila: Yes, the intellectual property has to do with his images, lectures, writings, etc. I asked the attorney about it because I wanted to do a calendar, using my father’s pictures. The attorney said certain pictures are public domain and certain pictures are not. The bottom line is: If it can be proven that the merchandise was bought because of the pictures, then you may have infringed upon his intellectual property.
So, I did a calendar with only one of my father’s pictures in it. Personally, I didn’t want to infringe upon his rights. But I’ve seen a calendar for sale where every page in it had a picture of my father. And it was done by someone outside of the family. I’m not saying they’re infringing on his rights but what I am saying is: They didn’t talk to the family. And I just think we should be more respectful of the fact that Imam Mohammed was a person who had a family.
(MS) WHAT ABOUT HER BEHAVIOR? SHE IS CONCERNED ABOUT A PICTURE IN A CALENDAR WHEN SHE SHOULD BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT TREATING PEOPLE RIGHT.
Caller: Is the Estate making a claim to the intellectual property or, is Br. Wallace saying that the intellectual property should be his, since Imam Mohammed gave him the business (WDM Publications)?
Laila: The claim was filed. The first submission claimed that Imam Mohammed had gifted his intellectual property to Wallace D. Muhammad II. That claim could not be proven and so, it was withdrawn. There was a second submission and that claim should be decided by the end of Sept.
AM 360: Can you speak about the Janaazah itself and the events which took place that day?
Laila: As I mentioned earlier, I had already gone through a family loss with my younger brother, Saudrud-Din Muhammad. I was the responsible person in that situation. Imam Mohammed always told us: If I pass, put me in the ground within 48 hours. So, the office staff, myself and those of my siblings who were in town wanted to honor his wishes.
Unfortunately, in the Chicago area our Community did not have a facility to adequately house the janaazah. So we selected the place that Imam Mohammed himself chose for his son. He went to his friend, Br. Abdul Hameed Dogar of the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, IL because a large facility was needed.
It wasn’t a matter of disrespecting the Community because the Community didn’t have a place. It was a matter of choosing a place to accommodate the large numbers of people that were anticipated.
(MS) AGAIN HERE IS LAILA MAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE NOT HERS TO MAKE. WHEN HAVE YOU HEARD OF A DAUGHTER STEPPING IN BETWEEN A HUSBAND AND WIFE WITHOUT EVER INCLUDING OR CONSULTING WITH THE WIFE? DOES SHE THINK THAT IMAM MOHAMMED NEVER TALKED TO HIS WIFE AND EXPRESSED HIS WISHES FOR HIS PASSING OR OTHER SENSITIVE THINGS WITH HER? WHEN HAVE YOU HEARD OF AN OFFICE STAFF MAKING DECISIONS FOR THE BURIAL OF ONES HUSBAND WITHOUT EVER INCLUDING THE WIFE OF THAT INDIVIDUAL IN THE DISCUSSION OR PLAN? DID SHE THINK THAT IF SHE WENT TO KHADIJAH AND TOLD KHADIJAH WHAT SHE BELIEVED HER FATHER WANTED FOR HIS JANAZZA THAT KHADIJAH WOULD JUST OUTRIGHT DENY HER? THAT WAS NOT THE CASE, SO WHY DID SHE SO BLATANTLY AND DISRESPECTFULLY DENY KHADIJAH THE RIGHT THAT EVERY WIFE SHOULD HAVE WITH HER HUSBAND THAT SHE IS MARRIED TO AND LIVING WITH AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING? KHADIJAH WAS TOTALLY RUN OVER IN EVERY RESPECT OF THIS MATTER AND LAILA WANTS THIS COMMUNITY TO BELIEVE THAT SHE IS INNOCENT AND ONLY TRYING TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT….LAILA SAYS OUT OF HER MOUTH WHAT IS NOT IN HER HEART AND THAT IS VERY VERY BAD. SHE PUT HER NOSE IN A MATTER THAT SHE HAD NO BUSINESS GETTING INVOLVED WITH EXCEPT AS AN ASSISTANT OR ADVISOR TO THE WIFE OF THE DECEASED. THE FACT THAT SHE SPENT THIS WHOLE SHOW ATTEMPTING TO JUSTIFY HER UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR SHOWS YOU THAT SHE IS UNMOVED BY THE WRONG THAT SHE HAS DONE, SHE DOES NOT NEED TO SIT DOWN WITH KHADIJAH TO TALK THIS OVER, WHAT SHE DID THE ENTIRE WORLD WITNESSED AND EXPERIENCED THE EFFECTS OF IT SO SHE SHOULD WRITE AN OPEN APOLOGY TO ALL OF THOSE AFFECTED BY HER TERRIBLE BEHAVIOR.
AM 360: What is this “place” you’re referring to?
Laila: It is a mosque with a school. Actually, the building was too small. We had the janaazah on the building grounds. Some of the brothers have said: Why did we go the immigrant Muslims? My only answer is: We went to Imam Mohammed’s friend who is a Muslim brother.
Then there is the question: Who washed Imam Mohammed’s body? The tradition in Islam is for the older son to wash body. But it is not a requirement. In the case of Saudrud-Din, neither my father nor my brother wanted to wash the body. So my father chose Otto Ali who is a Muslim funeral undertaker. He has helped the family on numerous occassions. He’s just a wonderful brother. At the house, the police gave me a business card for this company to help remove the odor. But Br. Otto said: No, I’ll do it. You don’t have to have some stranger in the Imam’s house.
(MS) OTTO ALI THE SO CALLED FUNERAL DIRECTOR IS A SCARED COWARD AND DID NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO LAILA AFTER PROMISING KHADIJAH THAT HE WOULD NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO DISRESPECT HER. CERTAINLY SHE IS GONG TO SAY THAT HE IS A WONDERFUL BROTHER BECAUSE HE IS SCARED TO DEATH OF HER AND DANCED EVERY TIME SHE TOLD HIM TO DO SO. WE VISITED THE FUNERAL HOME THE NIGHT BEFORE THE JANAZZA, AFTER THIS COWARD AFFORDED SHIRLEY LAILA AND HER FAMILY PRIME TIME VISITATION. SO AT ABOUT MIDNIGHT AFTER HE HAD SATISFIED THEM HE WAS READY TO ALLOW KHADIJAH TO COME TO SEE HER HUSBAND’S PREPARATION. AFTER VIEWING THE BODY WE TOLD HIM DO NOT SEND A LIMO FOR KHADIJAH BECAUSE WE DECIDED THAT SHE HAD HAD ENOUGH DISRESPECT FROM THE MUHAMMAD FAMILY TO LAST TWO OR THREE LIFE TIMES AND TO COMPOUND IT AT THE JANAZZA WOULD BE OVER THE TOP. IT WAS THEN THAT THIS COWARD STEPPED UP AND DELIVERED A KHUTBA SECOND TO NONE. “DO YOU THINK THAT I WOULD ALLOW YOU TO BE DISRESPECTED. YOU ARE THE WIFE, YOU WILL RIDE IN THE LIMO RIGHT BEHIND THE HEARSE, THAT IS YOUR RIGHTFUL PLACE AND I WILL PERSONALLY SEE TO IT THAT NO ONE DISRESPECTS YOU OR TAKES YOUR RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE PROCESSION ETC, ETC, ETC. HE WAS SO CONVINCING THAT I SAID WELL THAT IS REASSURING AND WE SHOULD GO AHEAD AND LET HIM SEND THE LIMO AND WE WILL ATTEND THE JANAZZA.
THE NEXT DAY WHEN THE LIMO ARRIVED WE WERE READY AND EVERYONE WAS IN AND OUT OF THE IMAM’S DRIVE WAY WITHIN A MINUTE OR TWO. WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THE MORTUARY OUR LIMO WAS PLACED 4 LIMOS BEHIND THE HEARSE. ZAMBEEZZEE WHO WAS RIDING WITH US WENT IN AND SPOKE TO OTTO AND HE ASSURED ZAMBEEZEE THAT THIS WAS ONLY BECAUSE OF THE TIGHTNESS IN THE DRIVE WAY AND ONCE WE GOT ON THE STREET HE WOULD MOVE KHADIJAH UP TO HER RIGHTFUL PLACE, WHICH IS DIRECTLY BEHIND THE HEARSE CARRYING HER HUSBAND. AS THE PROCESSION BEGAN ITS SLOW JOURNEY WE MOVED TOWARD THE HIGHWAY AND REMAINED 4 CARS BEHIND THE HEARSE. ZAMBEEZEE CALLED OTTO ON THE CELL AND ASKED HIM WHEN HE WAS GOING TO MAKE THAT MOVE AND HE SAID SOON. EVENTUALLY HE MOVED KHADIJAH’S LIMO UP ONE CAR WHICH MADE HER 3 CARS BEHIND THE HEARSE AND THAT IS WHERE SHE STAYED ALL OF THE WAY TO THE JANAZZA SITE. WHEN WE PARKED AND WERE GETTING OUT OF OUR LIMO EVERYONE INCLUDING OTTO ALI RUSHED TO SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD’S LIMO THAT WAS DIRECTLY BEHIND THE HEARSE AND ESCORTED HER ROCK STAR STYLE TO A COVERED SEATING AREA AND KHADIJAH WAS LEFT TO WANDER FROM HER LIMO AND WALKED ACROSS THE GRASS WITH THE EVERY DAY BELIEVERS WHICH WAS A BLESSING AND MERCY FROM ALLAH AND COMFORTABLY AND ENJOYABLY STOOD WITH THEM THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE PROGRAM.
WHEN KHADIJAH HAD BROTHER ZAMBEEZEE TELL THE PERSON PRESIDING OVER THE JANAZZA THAT SHE WANTED TO MAKE A FEW REMARKS. THE PRESIDER TOOK THE MIKE AND ANNOUNCED “BROTHERS AND SISTERS,THE WIFE OF IMAM MOHAMMED SISTER SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK”. WHEN SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD HEARD THAT ANNOUNCEMENT SHE KNEW IT MUST BE KHADIJAH WHO WAS REQUESTING TO SPEAK SO SHE IMMEDIATELY DISPATCHED THEIR CHOSEN SPOKESPERSON, SULTAN MUHAMMAD TO TELL THE BROTHER THAT SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD DID NOT WANT KHADIJAH TO SPEAK. NOW DOES THIS SOUND LIKE THE RATIONAL OPEN MINDED SHIRLEY MUHAMMAD THAT LAILA HAS BEEN TRYING TO MAKE US BELIEVE THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH? WHEN SULTAN ARRIVED HE TOOK THE MIKE FROM THE PRESIDER AND TOLD HIM NO ONE WAS GOING TO SPEAK AS KHADIJAH AND I STOOD THERE WAITING FOR THE PRESIDER TO HAND HER THE MICROPHONE. WHEN IT WAS CLEAR THAT SULTAN HAD NO INTENTIONS ON LETTING KHADIJAH SPEAK I SNATCHED THE MICROPHONE FROM HIM AND GAVE IT TO KHADIJAH AND TOLD HER TO GO AHEAD AND SPEAK AND NO ONE WAS GOING TO STOP HER SHORT OF AN ALL OUT BRAWL. I HAD HAD AS MUCH AS I COULD TAKE AND WAS NOT BACKING UP ONE INCH FOR ANYONE NO MATTER WHAT.
AS KHADIJAH SPOKE SHIRLEY’S GOONS WERE DISPATCHED AND WERE PROWLING AROUND AND SULTAN KEPT TRYING TO REACH FOR THE MIKE AND I TOLD HIM TO BACK UP AND LET HER SPEAK AND SHE WOULD LET HIM KNOW WHEN SHE WAS FINISHED. WHEN SHE FINISHED SPEAKING I RETURNED THE MIKE AND WE HEADED FOR OUR LIMO TO THE RIDE TO THE GRAVE SITE. THEN WE DECIDED THAT WE WOULD NOT TRAVEL BACK WITH A PROCESSION THAT CLEARLY HAD DECEIVED KHADIJAH AND DISRESPECTED HER AT HER HUSBAND’S JANAZZA. IRONICALLY WE DID NOT TELL OTTO ALI THAT WE WERE NOT RETURNING IN THE LIMO. ONE WOULD THINK WHEN KHADIJAH WAS REPORTED MISSING FROM THE LIMO ONE WOULD THINK THAT SINCE HE HAD OUR CELL PHONE NUMBER THAT HE WOULD CALL TO MAKE SURE THAT KHADIJAH HAD A RIDE. THIS NEVER HAPPENED AND FROM THAT DAY TO THIS DAY WE HAVE NOT HEARD ONE WORD FROM THAT CREEPY COWARD OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR, OTTO ALI THERE IS MUCH MORE BUT THAT IS ENOUGH FOR NOW.
Now let me address the planning for the janaazah. The first concern is: How are you going to write up the obituary? I stepped into the lead and said: We are not going to write it up. We are not going to say: who is his wife; how many wives he has; who his children are. Why? One, because it is going to take too much time and we have to get him buried. And two, no matter how you word it, somebody’s feelings are going to be hurt. I can’t remember exactly but I think we included the Fatihah, his date of birth and the date of his passing.
(MS) SO HERE WE HAVE LAILA AGAIN ALL INTO KHADIJAH’S BUSINESS WITHOUT EVER CONSULTING KHADIJAH–GIVING INSTRUCTIONS AND MAKING DECISIONS AS TO HOW SHE WANTED THE OBITUARY HANDLED. IF THIS IS NOT BLATANT DISRESPECT I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS. THIS IS THE WOMAN THAT WANTS TO HEAL. WELL WHAT SHE WANTS TO HEAL HAS BECOME A TERMINAL CANCER OF SORT. WHO IS THE ‘WE’ THAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT…KHADIJAH HAD NO SAY IN THE MATTER AND ONCE LAILA KNEW THAT OTTO WAS GOING TO KISS HER BEHIND WHEN EVER SHE REQUESTED HIM TO DO SO SHE KNEW THAT WE HAD NO WAY OF GETTING INVOLVED IN THIS MATTER. SURROUNDING THE JANAZZA. LISTEN TO LAILA EXPLAIN HER TOTAL VICIOUS SCHEME AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO CLAIM TO BE MUSLIMS CALLED IN AND CONGRATULATED HER, EITHER I’M CRAZY OR THEY ARE A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES. HOW COULD ANY FAIR-MINDED DECENT PERSON NEVERTHELESS A MUSLIM CALL INTO THIS PROGRAM AFTER LISTENING TO THIS VICIOUS UNPRINCIPLED LYING AND SCHEMING WOMAN JUST RIP OFF THE WIFE OF IMAM MOHAMMED AS IF SHE, LAILA HAD AN ENTITLEMENT TO LOWLINESS CORRUPTION. AND FOR MUSLIMS TO CALL IN AND SAY, “WE’RE PROUD OF YOU LAILA, WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU. WHAT KIND OF MUSLIMS ARE THESE THAT DON’T HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG OR WHAT IS FAIR OR UNJUST? THIS IS A VICIOUS LOW DOWN CREEP OF A WOMAN AND I DON’T WANT TO BE ANY WHERE AROUND WHEN ALLAH DECIDES TO CALL HER TO ACCOUNT FOR HER LOWDOWN HYPOCRISY.
Earlier, I said that Khadijah and I had agreed at the airport to talk before any new decisions were made regarding my father’s arrangements. I did speak to her on the phone and assured her there was no obituary. I told her that I had arranged limosines for the families of the Imam Mohammed’s two wives, Khadijah and Shirley and for the families of his ex-wives, Sr. Amatullah (Thelma), the mother of my father’s three youngest children and Sr. Lorraine, the mother of my sister Bakerah.
(MS) WHAT RIGHT DOES SHE HAVE TO TELL THE WIFE OF THE IMAM WHAT SHE DECIDED WITHOUT KHADIJAH HAVING ANY INPUT IN THE MATTER? THE SAD THING IS THIS WOMAN DOES NOT SEE THAT SHE HAS BEEN AND IS TOTALLY OUT OF HER ORBIT AND HAS CREATED A FIRE STORM THAT WILL NOT BE SETTLED IN PROBATE COURT OR ANY OTHER COURT. WHAT SHE HAS CREATED IS A MONSTER THAT WILL ONLY BE RESOLVED WHEN SHE DECIDES TO BECOME A MUSLIM–IF THAT IS POSSIBLE.
There was a dispute at the funeral home with the line-up of the limousines. Br. Otto said to me: Br. Siddeeq feels that Khadijah’s car should be first. I said: Otto, we are already lined-up and have been waiting for a long time. We need to get this done. I told him: Khadijah is my father’s wife and my mother is my father’s wife. We are all Muslims; we should respect seniority. So, I don’t see why my mother’s car can’t be first. And that’s what took place.
(MS) AGAIN LORD LAILA HAS RULED AND EVERYONE SHOULD BACK UP. IF THIS IS WHAT OTTO TOLD HER HE IS A BIGGER COWARD THAN I THOUGHT HE WAS. HE DIDN’T HAVE THE COURAGE TO TELL HER THAT WE DECIDED ON MAKING THE JANAZZA PRAYER SEPERATELY AND THAT IT WAS AT HIS INSISTENCE AND PROMISES OF NOT DISRESPECTING KHADIJAH THAT WE RECANTED AND AGREED TO ATTEND WHEN HE PROMISED THAT KHADIJAH WOULD BE GIVEN HER RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE PROCESSION. WHAT KIND OF CONTORTED REASONING IS LAILA TRYING TO SELL WHEN SHE STATES “WE SHOULD RESPECT SENIORITY” AS A WAY TO DECIDE WHO SHOULD HAVE THE HONOR TO RIDE IN THE LIMO BEHIND THE HEARSE. THAT’S A NO BRAINER AND FOR THIS COWARD TO BUY THAT FUZZY MATH AND GO ALONG WITH IT, I DON’T KNOW HOW HE LOOKS IN THE MIRROR AT HIMSELF AFTER THAT DISPLAY OF COWARDICE. AGAIN AND FOR MUSLIMS TO CALL INTO THIS PROGRAM CONGRATULATING LAILA WITH THESE BLATANT ABUSES BEING ALL BUT BRAGGED ABOUT IS BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION.
When we got to the location, there was an area for the immediate families. I saved a seat for Khadijah. At my Uncle Jaabir’s (Herbert Muhammad death – 8/25/08) funeral, the security had taken Imam Mohammed to a tent for the pioneers and had left Khadijah standing there. Since she didn’t know our family, I went and got her and had her sit with me.
(MS) WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT HER UNCLE JABBAR’S JANAZZA. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT KHADIJAH’S HUSBAND WHOM SHE TRAVELED TO ATLANTA WITH DAYS AGO AND LEFT HER TELLING HER THAT HE WOULD BE BACK FOR HER AND TO CONTACT HIM IF THINGS GOT WORSE FOR HER BROTHER. THE HUSBAND THAT SHE MARRIED 4 YEARS AGO AND HAS TAKEN HER WITH HIM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND HAS TOLD THE WORLD THAT HE HAS HAD MORE HAPPINESS WITH HER IN THESE 4 YEARS THEN HE HAD WITH ALL OF HIS WIVES PUT TOGETHER IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE. SO SHE WASN’T’ LOOKING FOR VIP HANDLING, SHE ONLY WANTED WHAT WAS DUE HER AND THAT WAS THE RESPECT TO HANDLE HER HUSBAND’S JANAZZA AND TO MAKE VITAL DECISIONS THAT SHE WAS COMFORTABLE WITH CONCERNING HIS ARRANGEMENTS.
The day of the Janaazah I told one of Khadijah’s security sisters to tell her I had a seat for her next to me but Khadijah never came. Then she appeared on the rostrum and began speaking. It was uncomfortable for me and others because we had agreed that none of the family (including the wives, ex-wives and children) would speak and she was part of that agreement. But she chose not to do that. And she had a right to change her mind.
(MS) AGAIN, LAILA THE DICTATOR TOLD EVERYONE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND WHO WOULD SPEAK AND WHO WOULD NOT…. THIS LADY IS UTTERLY CRAZY AND OBSESSED WITH A NEED TO RUN ALL THINGS FOR EVERYONE NO MATTER WHETHER IT IS HER RIGHT OR NOT. SHE HAS NO REGARD FOR WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG . SHE IS A DOMINEERING DECIEVER WHO DOES NOT TRUST ANYTHING OR ANYONE UNLESS SHE MAKES THE FINAL DECISION ON THE MATTER. KHADIJAH NEVER MADE ANY KIND OF AGREEMENT WITH HER BECAUSE THERE NEVER WAS A TIME, OPPORTUNITY OR A DESIRE TO DO SO BECAUSE SHE WAS TOO BUSY MINDING KHADIJAH’S BUSINESS WHILE HERS WENT STRAIGHT TO HELL. AND AGAIN I QUESTION ANY MUSLIM WHO CALLED THIS SHOW CONGRATULATING THIS WICKED WOMAN FOR HER WICKEDNESS.
AM 360: Sister, do you have anything else to say about the court case?
Laila: Yes, I see the court decision as such a blessing. It is so much bigger than the individual people – W. D. Mohammed, Shirley Muhammad, Khadijah Siddeeq-Mohammed, etc. ALLAH is so merciful because there are many families who have this issue of polygamy and who have been unjustly treated. There are sisters who have been married, not for a few years, but for several decades with children from these unions and they don’t get acknowledged. Now the court can referred back to this case because Khadijah is acknowledged in the court as my father’s wife. This is a positive step for Muslims.
(MS) THIS CASE WAS NOT NECESSARY. IT WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BECAUSE OF A LOW DOWN VICIOUS OUT OF ORDER PERSON WHO BELIEVES IT IS HER DUTY TO GET INTO OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS WHERE SHE HAS NO BUSINESS BEING. IT IS A SAD TESTIMONY THAT THIS PERSON IS SO INTELLIGENT THAT SHE IS ABLE TO DECEIVE EVEN HERSELF SO SHE COMMITS THE WORSE OF DEEDS AND SEES HERSELF AS ONE WHO CARES FOR OTHERS WHILE VICIOUSLY AND EAGERLY WORKING FOR THEIR TOTAL DEMISE. THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE LAILA DID TO HER FATHER AND THIS WHAT SHE HAS DONE TO KHADIJAH. THIS IS DANGEROUS, IT IS LIKE HAVING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM IN YOUR BODY DISCONNECTED AND IF YOU TOUCH A HOT STOVE OR ARE INJURED SERIOUSLY THERE IS NOTHING TO TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE INJURED. THAT IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE FROM THE OPENING REMARKS TO THE END OF THIS INTERVIEW NOT ONCE DID THIS VICIOUS SCHEMER TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL OF HER SCHEMING AND DECEIT SO SHE SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED OR HURT BY THIS REVELATION BECAUSE IF SHE COULD START OUT BY CALLING HER OWN HONORABLE FATHER A LIAR HOW CAN SHE SAY THAT SHE WANTS A HEALING? HOWEVER, WHAT CAN I OR SHOULD I EXPECT FOR ME OR MY DAUGHTER? MY HEART GOES OUT FOR HER BECAUSE IT IS ONE THING TO DO WRONG AND RECOGNIZE IT OR ADMIT IT BUT IT IS SAD WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO EVEN RECOGNIZE THAT YOU HAVE DONE WRONG THEN HOW CAN YOU REPENT?… THIS IS SERIOUS AND IT IS SAD. I PRAY THAT ALLAH WILL BRING HER SOME HELP BEFORE SHE TOTALLY SELF DESTRUCTS.
BROTHER MUHAMMAD SIDDEEQ
MY THANKS TO BROTHER DAWWUD GREY FOR TRANSCRIBING LAILA’S REMARKS AND BROTHER THOMAS SALAAM FOR INITIATING THIS SHOW.