TV personality Waseem Yousef.


Sheikh Zayed Mosque imam dismissed


DUBAI – Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque imam and TV personality Waseem Yousef has been dismissed from service at the mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre made the announcement on its official Instagram account, but did not reveal further details about the reasons for his dismissal.

Yousef has sued 19 Twitter users for allegedly defaming him on social media after he made comments last year about Sahih Al Bukhari, a book on the sayings of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

Yousef had said that not everything on the book should be taken literally, drawing reactions from Twitter users.

The imam said he was patient with their attacks, but “they bullied me and used bad manners and swear words.”

The trial is still ongoing, with the next hearing scheduled on February 5. Yousef’s dismissal as imam of Sheikh Zayed Mosque was effective on Friday (January 31). ICA/Expat Media

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