A New York Muslim mom is seeking sole custody of her 11-year-old son — claiming her ex-husband is indoctrinating him with extremist Muslim views.
Is this Muslima mama an islamophobe?
Is this a legit legal defense for Muslims but a designator of hate and racism for non-Muslims?
Again we hear, everything changed when the husband began attending a “conservative mosque.” Is the mosque being investigated? Or is that islamophobic? How to keep up?
Mom: My ex is teaching our son extremist Muslim views
By Julia Marsh, New York Post, November 28, 2017:
In a first-of-its-kind case, a New York mom is seeking sole custody of her 11-year-old son — claiming her ex-husband is indoctrinating him with extremist Muslim views.
“My deep concern is that he is radicalizing a beautiful, young, innocent mind; a fragile child,” according to the petition filed by mom Nabila Albargouthy, 45, of Pleasantville.
The boy’s brainwashing has already prompted an incident that led to a federal probe, the papers allege.
The Westchester County mom said the disturbing incident occurred at the playground of Pleasantville Middle School on Sept. 21, 2016.
“That day, certain students told [her son] that Jesus is God,” the court papers say.
Nabila’s son “responded . . . ‘No — Allah is God’ and that [Allah] is different because ‘I would die for my God and they would not die for their God,’ ” the petition says.
The school principal called local cops, who alerted the Joint Terrorism Task Force. A member of the JTTF told The Post that he investigated the incident but said the boy’s father, Isam Albargouthy, is not on a watch list.
Another time, the child told his mom that when he’s older, he is “going to have a cabinet full of guns,” according to court papers.
Nabila and her ex, Isam, are now duking it out in court for sole custody of their kids.
Nabila’s lawyer, Leslie Barbara, head of Davidoff Hutcher and Citron’s divorce and family-law practice, told The Post that the courts rarely intervene in the religious upbringing of a child.
“But if you make a showing that the religious upbringing is detrimental to the child’s well-being, they do intercede,” she said.
The warring parents are both American citizens and Mideast immigrants: Nabila, a Palestinian, came to the United States from Israel at age 5, while Isam, 43, emigrated from Jordan at 19.
They married in Minnesota in 1999 and had two children: a girl later that year and a boy in 2006.
During most of our relationship, up until 2007, [Isam] was pleasant, open-minded and allowed me to be myself,” Nabila said in her Westchester Family Court filing.
But their happy family life changed when Isam was convicted in 2007 of stealing computer equipment from his employer, according to the petition. The family moved to New York so Isam could find work. Nabila took a job as a physician’s assistant at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx.
But soon, Isam switched to a more conservative mosque and demanded that his wife — a stylish CrossFit enthusiast — dress more modestly and stop exercising, the filing says.
“We are different than Americans. We do not socialize with them,” the dad said, according to Nabila’s petition.
By 2012, the filing notes, Isam told Nabila that he wanted to take a second wife. She refused, and he filed for divorce.
They began sharing custody of their kids, although Isam has only seen their son, she said.
Isam even told their son that he shouldn’t be playing the saxophone or participating in school plays because “it is not permitted in our religion,’’ Nabila said.
Isam and his lawyer declined comment, citing the pending litigation.
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