Now Sister Wahhaj is in prison in New Mexico. He and four other adults are guilty of abuse of 11 children in a filthy, delayed association.
But Wahhaj’s son Abdul-Ghani is stillhere to be found. Nobody knows where he celebrated his fourth birthday on Monday.
“I have not seen my son in nine months,” said the boy’s mother Hakima Ramzi on Tuesday.
“My husband said he took Abdul-Ghani in the park and did not return. It was November 2017. When I asked him where he was, he said he was on his way, he arrived soon, he only kept him for the night, but I have not seen him since then. “
She said that Abdul-Ghani, who lives in Clayton County, Georgia, has hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. “He can not go to suffer seizures and requires constant care,” said Ramzi.
An arrest warrant for Wahhaj said the mother claimed Wahhaj “wanted to execute an exorcism” on the child because he believed that Abdul-Ghani was owned by the devil.
But Ramzi clarified to CNN that her husband said he planned to perform a ruqya – an Islamic practice involving prayer as a believer helping to release a disease.
“It’s not an exorcism. There was a translation problem in the court,” said Ramzi. Wahhaj “just wanted to pray for Abdul-Ghani.”
Wahhaj was arrested in New Mexico last week with his sisters Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj. Two other adults – Lucas Morten and Jany Leveille – are also accused of keeping 11 children in an underground trailer with almost no food or water.
But so far, the authorities say that none of the suspects speak of Abdul-Ghana’s place of residence.
Suspect’s father is a controversial religious leader
Wahhaj is the son of a prominent and controversial New York imam with the same name: Siraj Wahhaj.
Imam was the first Muslim who offered an opening prayer before the US House of Representatives, said the Muslim alliance in North America. He was also a sign of the sentenced 1993 World Trade Center bombing champion Omar Abdel-Rahman.
In a Facebook post in January, Imam Siraj Wahhaj demanded a safe return for his three children and 12 grandchildren.
Imam Siraj Wahhaj said Tuesday morning that his son and two of the arrested women – Hujrah and Subhannah Wahhaj – are his children.
“First, I want to express my gratitude for law enforcement to help find my family,” said Elder Wahhaj. “We have worked together since my grandchild, Abdul-Ghani, was taken.” My immediate concern is that Abdul-Ghani will surely return to his mother.
The father was discovered on his way to New Mexico
In December, after Abdul-Ghani mother reported missing him, Wahhaj was involved in an accident in Alabama, according to a police report.
The SUV was registered to Leveille, who was also in the vehicle. She would later become one of the five adults arrested at the New Mexico association.
At that time, the Alabama police did not hold the group after the traffic accident . The group told the police that they were on their way to New Mexico to go and camp and continue on their way.
Although young Abdul was reported missing, there were no children abducting Wahhaj because he was married to his son’s mother. Both had Equal custody of the boy, said Clayton County Police.
But a youth judge finally gave a arrest warrant to question Wahhaj after failing to let the mother know where Abdul was.
Probably Living Conditions
The three Wahhaj siblings, Leveille and Morten eventually gathered in the distant New Mexico community Amalia. There they kept 11 children in crisp conditions.
“The only food we saw was some potatoes and a box of rice in the dirty trailer,” said Jerry Hogrefe, Taos County Sheriff.
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