The Golden Child: Abu Usamah Ath-Thahabi

Posted: April 7, 2009 in Uncategorized
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This is a cross-post from the Salafi Burnout blog


The next entry into our rogue gallery is the one mockingly called “Goldie” by the late Abu Uwais Ahmed Abdullah Ali (May Allah have mercy upon him) Abu Usamah Khalifah Ath-Thahabi. Abu Usamah is a fast talking, intelligent and very talented individual (especially for manipulating women) that never lived up to his potential because of his love for the opposite sex and the ensuing scandals that caused a lot of brothers to distrust and in some cases to even hate him. His impulsive nature also caused him to bounce around a lot (New Jersey, England, Florida, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Peoria, England again). However along the way, he would marry a lot, and there are at least two women that have written in and confirmed to have had fully sexual relationships with him that were not his wife. He used his fame within salafi circles and position as Imam to swoon women.

His time here in Philly should have been a great match as an Imam was needed over at Germantown Masjid at the time and Abu Usamah seemed to be the perfect man for the job when he came in 1999. The Salafi Dawah was flourishing, Germantown Masjid had recently been taken over by the Salafis and all that was needed was a public face. Abu Usamah was the man for the job. However, it turned out to be a disaster when a brother in the community found out that Abu Usamah was exchanging sexually explicit emails with his wife and calling her when he wasn’t home. That was the tip of the iceberg as more stories came. He was also accused of regularly receiving and giving oral sex in the Islamic library (the Imam’s office) from some of the women in the community. One witness in Philly who wrote me said that he regularly performed oral sex on her as well as also exchanged explicit emails and had phone sex. This has been corroborated by others here in Philly. The old administration at the Germantown Masjid knows all of this information, but largely kept it quiet. They silently fired him “under a cloud of accusations and suspicion” but failed to warn other communities of the evil way that this man used his position of power over vulnerable women. In just two years he was forced to leave or be completely humiliated. Abu Usamah can not openly show his face in Philly to this day. And further, if he were to come to the US, he would have to take a que from Khalid Yasin and do it quietly, then run back to the UK for cover before anyone can find him and make a big deal about it.

Abu Usamah is a true narcissist as he once openly bragged to a group of brothers that he managed to hook up a marriage while he was leading a group of Hajjis. For those that are unaware, it is not permissible to get married during Hajj. No problem. He didn’t actually get married during the Hajj. He simply saw one of the women and noticed that she was “eyeing” him, so he inquired if she was single and “handled his business” after the Hajj. This incident demonstrates just what kind of man we are dealing with here. In constant pursuit of women and extreme selfishness. Many brothers who hung out with him noticed that being “Imam” or “daee” seemed to simply be a 9-5 job to him (which he was very good at). Many of us noticed that he just didn’t seem to live by his knowledge. He only lived by it inside the masjid and giving the classes. One brother even calls him “the entertainer” because that is how he seems to see himself. He comes and gives the class or khutbah, gets a rise out of the crowd, leaves and gets a pay check. In spite of railing against going to the movies and listening to music in his lectures, khutbahs and classes, he was known to personally engage in both. He was also known for breaking promises and to quote a variety of classical Islamic figures and use scholarly facts to back up his actions (or use them to obfuscate and hide his evil).

Another trait is that he is very calloused. He once remarked that he needed to “downsize” his family so he got rid of a couple of wives. One of his wives was crying every day and it was bothering him, so he sent her back to New Jersey so that he did not have to look at her cry anymore. So much for the ruling of the woman remaining in the man’s home! He had no regard for his wife at all. He needed to “downsize” and that was that.

As “imam”, he was also responsible for advising troubled women and would use this position to get close to them going as far as they were willing to go. Sometimes he would string women along with the promise of marriage only to get what he was after and flee. One witness reported in an email:

Well, I know now that he works on different levels according to the women. Also, that its not just about sex with him, some people he thrives on the conversation, the way they make him feel,etc..sex also but it is included amongst other things. This is how I was so thrown off.

He came to see me, he fed me a fantasy, to say the least. Years later, I still remember his visit like yesterday. He even met my parents, talked to my friends. By the end of the trip, I started sensing something, funny. He started to say stuff like, If I do decide to marry you, when at first, it was wallahi! (and the only thing preventing it was he needed to get a fatawa on my situation) he kept saying I gotta talk to some Sheikh. I know now, that, that would not have been that hard. Among the confusion of was he intending to marrry me or not, that is one thing that verified it for me. He used that as the only reason for not being able to marry me when we first started talking, so he knew that he had no intention on doing so, because he can talk to scholars easily, but he knew I didnt know about that. He was acting funny, some way he just left, he called, and told my mom that he made it, and after that, I heard nothing from him. Excuse my french, but he came, he f***** me and left. I also remember how he took me to get the morning after pill, and he made sure I took both doses. That also let me know where he was going.

She also said:

He had sex with me in his office, but that was just the beginning of that nonsense. I also have to say that, I know I had my role in this situation. I just dread that anyone would go through this, like I did. I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. I can tell you that I am not the type of women to be beat for a man like that.

Unfortunately, he seems to be keeping this up as a source in the UK reports that as recently as a few months ago, Abu Usamah had sex with a Moroccan woman while visiting Dubai much like other “joyriders” who are known to see prostitutes there as well as in Egypt. With him being in the UK now, the good news is that no one else here in the US will be hurt, however, what of those in the UK?

I ask again. Is this the kind of leadership you want???

Comments
  1. Samina says:

    It seems that a leopard really can NOT change its spots after all

  2. person of interest says:

    what a creep this man is

  3. I think I would like to be like him, I love oral sex, getting it mostly, all the hoes in philly I am sure I will be able to get 2 or 3 at once, philly is good for one thing. If you want sex, you sure will get it there.

  4. Samina says:

    PREDATOR SHAYKHS

  5. Ridwan said Birmingham says:

    Abu Ussamah is known in the UK for his series of Marriage and extra Marriages it is confirmed he has more than 4 wives at the time. A somali sister accused him of having sex with her in green lane masjid in Birmingham but there were no cameras at that time to prove this.So The Masjid put camera.The Masjid told Abu Ussamah not to interfere in divorce cases since there were some complaints about his behavior.A sister committed suicide in relation to a story with Abu Usssamah and Another sister was found dead in London guess what? Abu Ussamah happened to be her counselor! He is very filthy person and women should be careful So when green lane will stop protecting this Sex Manic Predator?

  6. @Ridwan-Said

    I need a good email address for you in order to discuss these issues further, and soon. Please don’t post anything else on this stuff until we touch base ok? Reach me here arm.legacy@gmail.com

  7. CROSS POST says:

    Looking For Sisters Who Were Victims Of Abul Hasan Malik, Abu Usamah Ath-Thahabi Or Other Imams

    The Noble Qur’an – An-Nisa 4:148
    Allah does not like that the evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allah is Ever All-Hearer, All-Knower

    In addition, we are looking for sisters that have been abused or harassed by Salafi brothers and have police reports as proof. Your abuse is the ripple effect of corrupt Salafi leaders before us. SISTERS, come forward and combat the evil of dishonoring Muslim sisters. SISTERS, come forward and protect Muslim sisters because the Masjids have failed to do so. The Masjids have become businesses and Imaams are their assets and Islam is not first, and this evident by the corrupt leaders they set a stage for. Sisters are being ignored by the Masjids. InshaAllah, come forward SISTERS and make it publicly known that the Salafi community condones dishonoring, abusing and preying on Muslim sisters. Expose the dishonoring of Muslim sisters which is condoned within the Salafi community and preserve the Muslim sisters. Dishonoring of Muslim sisters goes against ISLAM. How are we upon the truth with predators, crooks, pimps, wife beaters and deviants as our leaders?

    Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said:
    “This is why those who are in authority are of two groups: the scholars and the rulers. If they are upright, the people will be upright; if they are corrupt, the people will be corrupt.”

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    TOGATHER EXPOSE IT APRIL 2, 2012

    NONE OF YOU CAN SAY WE DIDN’T COME TO THE MUSLIMS FIRST. REGARDLESS HOW WE CAME, WE CAME TO THE MUSLIMS FIRST.

    The Noble Qur’an – An-Nisa 4:148
    Allah does not like that the evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allah is Ever All-Hearer, All-Knower

    InshaAllah, April 2, 2012 Protect Muslim Sisters is going public to the world about the DISHONORING of MUSLIM SISTERS and the evil that is masked behind ISLAM. Sisters if we don’t fight this evil publicly it will continue and we will continue to be ignored and dishonored. SISTERS, the disparagement treatment we are subject to IS NOT ISLAM, so don’t feel that you are defaming ISLAM. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS STANDING UP FOR ISLAM and the RIGHTS of MUSLIM SISTERS and fighting the evil that is infertrating ISLAM. COME FORWARD JOIN US APRIL 2, 2012 and preserve MUSLIM SISTERS. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS NO DIFFERENT THEN WHAT WAS DONE WHEN BANK ROBBERS WHERE REFUSED A BURIAL. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS REFUSING and REFUTING abuse of WOMEN. What we are doing is fighting the MUNKAR OF CORRUPT SALAFI LEADERS and it’s RIPPLE EFFECT on our community.
    ANY SISTER THAT HAS BEEN DISHONORED BY A SALAFI BROTHER THAT HAS PROOF COME FORWARD. IT DOES NOT MATTER RATHER HE IS A LEADER IN THE COMMUNITY OR NOT. YOUR ABUSE IS THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF CORRUPT SALAFI LEADERS.
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    hearts are more rotten than dead meat, their desires are different and so Allah will
    send upon them fitna which will cover them in darkness and so they will be destroyed
    therein. By the One who the soul of Mohammad biyadihi, Islam will be taken away part by
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    will (must) forbid the evil, or Allah will make sovereign over you the worst of you,
    who will afflict you with the worst of punishment, then the best of you will make Du’a
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  9. CROSS POST says:

    ATTENTION BROTHERS!!!

    ANY BROTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO DISPARGEMENT TREATMENT BY LEADERS OF THE COMMUNITY SUCH AS CHARACTER ASSASSINATION, HAD THEIR FAMILIES BROKEN UP DUE TO THE ADVICE OF THE LEADERS OR ETC., PLEASE JOIN OUR CAUSE.

  10. CROSS POST says:

    THE PERSON WHO KEEPS SILENT ABOUT THE THRUTH IS A MUTE DEVIL, SINFUL TO ALLAH

    Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).[Qaaf (50):18]

    There are two problems with the tongue, if a person is safe from one of them, he won’t be safe from the other: The problem of speaking and the problem of KEEPING SILENT. And perhaps one of the two could be more formidable in sin during some times than the other. Thus, the person who keeps silent about the truth is a MUTE DEVIL, SINFUL TO ALLAH, showing off and sucking up to the people if he does not fear for himself; whereas, the person who speaks about the falsehood is a VERBAL DEVIL, SINFUL TO ALLAH. Most of the people are deviated regarding their speech and silence, so they are between this problem and the latter.

    Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab’s Al-Hanbalee, An Explanation of the Hadeeth: “Say, ‘I believe in Allah’ and then be upright and steadfast.”

  11. Anonymous 101 says:

    The media in the UK have picked up on the allegations surrounding Abu Usamah. Here’s the link to a recent article

    http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2012/08/12/birmingham-mosque-cleric-accused-of-sexual-harassment-97319-31607025/

  12. Abdallah Abdallah says:

    Propaganda and lies, and even if they were true you can only blame yourself. Your a woman what are you doing in the presence of weak minded men anyway. The worlds full of sisters and you chose to hang around with a male so that you can expose your bom and your face hoping someone will give you a good time. Dream on……

    • Abdallah Abdallah says:

      Propaganda and lies, and even if they were true you can only blame yourself. Your a woman what are you doing in the presence of weak minded men anyway. The worlds full of sisters and you chose to hang around with a male so that you can expose your bom and your face hoping someone will give you a good time. Dream on……

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