Pakistani-American preacher alleged to have inappropriate relations with women

Published: September 23, 2017
Nouman Ali Khan. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Nouman Ali Khan. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Famous Pakistani-American preacher Nouman Ali Khan has been accused of having inappropriate relations with his female followers.

Omer M Mozaffar, who calls himself Khan’s friend of 20 years, revealed details of Khan’s impropriety in a Facebook post. Mozaffar said he had been working on Khan’s case, acting as a mediator between him and the local community of Dallas scholars.

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“He confessed inappropriate interactions with various women, violating agreed-upon bounds of Islamic law. He also told lies to cover up those relationships, and filed threats of litigation against multiple parties to further hide his misconduct,” Mozaffar wrote.

Mozaffar further claimed that Khan had agreed to stop public speeches until further notice, to get professional and religious counseling, and to cease all contact with those women. “I had the responsibility to determine when he would be ready to speak again. I gave him an exception, allowing him to post previously recorded lectures, so long as they were not about marriage or gender matters.”

However, Mozaffar claimed that Khan has now broken his agreement with them. He has also been sending threats against them through his attorney. Khan has also hit back with claims that this was all a campaign to ruin him.

“This was obviously incorrect; there is no campaign and Nouman is not the victim here. The scholars were seeking to protect the community and to protect him from himself,” wrote Mozaffar.

Mozaffar’s claims have also been substantiated by Navaid Aziz, who is the Director of Religious Education and Social Services at the Islamic Information Society of Calgary. Aziz wrote that the accusations against Khan have been verified by multiple people, “and some of them have even been confessed by him.”

A day after the accusations became public, Khan took to Facebook to reject the allegations. Stating that he has never used his platform to take advantage of anyone, he stated the accusations against him are slander and a means to create a ripple effect to tarnish his reputation.

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“I’d like to add that I’ve had female students at my own campus for years and no student ever has or ever will claim that I’ve been inappropriate in the least bit,” he wrote.

Khan stated that his accusers are “not interested in clarification nor in rectifying the matter,” and that he “was blackmailed, threatened, harassed and warned that if I was to give a single sermon, talk about a single ayah, post a single new video about the Quran or Islam, that they will go on a campaign to ensure I am painted as some sort of threat to the Muslim community.”

Khan claimed his accusers have held public gatherings to rip his character to shreds and allowed him no opportunity to defend himself. The preacher also spoke about Mozaffar who was the mediator and who claims to be his friend for 20 years. Saying that he was “anything but a mediator”, Khan wrote that while the two have cordial relations, he knows little to nothing about his family and he knows virtually nothing about Khan’s. “To claim he’s my friend of 20 years to insinuate that he knows my personal life is really far from the truth.”

After his detailed clarification, Khan posted another message on Facebook and said he would open himself up to scrutiny as he was concerned about the negative fallout of the accusations and thus the effect on the Muslim community. “Let’s allow for a theater free environment to examine all the evidence, cross examine it, discuss and debate it and then conclude. Let us get to the truth of this as I am weary of the way things have transpired.”

Khan who appealed to the younger generation with his frank manner of speaking currently resides in Dallas, Texas. He founded Bayyinah, the Institute for Arabic and Quranic Studies in 2006. He has also been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.



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Reader Comments (11)

  • Panama
    Sep 23, 2017 - 12:45PM

    Famous? I never heard of him and when I Googled him I primarily got hits from this ET article. Recommend

  • Sennakot
    Sep 23, 2017 - 2:09PM

    Is he the one that matters in Islamic world? any way this is the first time I read about him.Recommend

  • Khan muhammad
    Sep 23, 2017 - 2:20PM

    Comes as no surprise. Religion is easy money for people with no talent and he’s one of those buffoons. Recommend

  • Rustam
    Sep 23, 2017 - 4:53PM

    @Panama: After reading your comments, as a test, I googled, “ Nauman Ali Khan youtube”.
    About 1,760,000 results were reported in 0.43 seconds. Anybody can repeat the test. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 23, 2017 - 7:06PM

    Right, the more famous one is that Saudi cleric who deduced by using Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle that womens’ brains shrink to one-quarter the size of men when they go shopping.Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed (@ImranAKisan)
    Sep 23, 2017 - 9:10PM

    A man’s or a woman’s consensual sexual activity is his/her own individual matter.
    Ongoing acts may be of interest to his/her current spouse or sexual partner but information on them is of limited value for other people who are unlikely to participate in sex acts with the individual. Information on any person’s individual sexuality is of no value in making a judgement on that person’s worth as a preacher or other professional delivering a service and should not concern us as a society.Recommend

  • mariyam
    Sep 24, 2017 - 6:39PM

    False accusations everywhere…really don’t know how can ppl accuse someone like that.”inappropriate interactions with women” is such a big thing to say about anyone.may Allah swt guide s Ameen!Recommend

  • Ali Zaidi
    Sep 25, 2017 - 7:51AM

    @Khan muhammad:
    I disagree on “no talents”
    One must know the art of speaking, bragging, shamelessly telling lies and manipulating the facts; than only you can become a successful money making religious machine!Recommend

  • Komal hamid
    Sep 25, 2017 - 7:06PM

    If NAK is innocent Allah will surely protect him. And even if there is something Allah says not to expose your Muslim brother. Matters can be handled in a dignified manner.Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Sep 25, 2017 - 10:26PM

    I know NAK personally for over 10 years. Not as a family friend but as someone who has worked with him in the community. ALLAW SWT knows the truth but as far as I my experience with him, I have always found him very proper and following the deen to the best of his abilities. Some of his accusers belong to a group (sect) that is not looked at favorably in Pakistan (you should connect the dots). I think this is a test for him and hopefully he will be able to resolve this situation with the help of ALLAH SWT.Recommend

  • Marl B
    Sep 26, 2017 - 6:39PM

    Further proof that one shouldn’t rely on “men of religion”, but rather on oneself, in matters of faith.Recommend

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