Unfortunately, the actions of the leaders trickle down to the people of the community and they begin to act like the people in charge. There is another very serious matter in Philly that involves a sister from (removed) and her Germantown Salafi husband. They have been married for 10 years. He physically and emotionally abused her for years, he kept her in the house, he wouldn’t allow her to go to school even to learn English. She was not allowed to touch the mail. She ate mostly rice and beans even though he owns a house, cars, and a motorcycle. He tried to secretly divorce her (legally) and hid the divorce notice that was sent to their (his) house. She found the divorce notice and had another sister read and translate it to her. He was seeking a divorce and full custody of the (removed) kids. After hearing this she got the kids and left when he was at work. A sister and let her stay at her house. She went to the Germantown Masjid for help. Masjid Sunnah wa Nabawiyyah and they told her SHE was wrong. They told her that her actions were sinful. They told her to go back to her husband. This was after the sister struggled to get an apartment on her own, she started school, etc.
She went back to him for the sake of the children and because of the advice that she received from Amin (removed), (removed), and Abul Hasan Malik who said she was causing nushooz and being disobedient. He made her quit school. He was fairly kind for about 2 months. Then it all started again. He took her cell phone and disconnected the house phone when he would leave. He made her remain in the house for days at a time. Last week they got in an argument when she said he did not tell the truth and broke his promise to do better. She ran to a Kafir neighbors house because she was afraid that he would beat her again. When she went home HE called the police. When the police came he told them SHE assaulted HIM and he had their (removed) year old son say the same thing. He is about 5’9″ and 230 lbs. She is about 5′ and 120 lbs. He allowed the police to arrest his wife in front of the children. She was taken to jail where they made her take off her hijab. This is a woman raised in a Muslim country who has never been outside or in front of nonrelatives without hijab since she was 8 years old. She spent 2 days in jail. Her husband bailed her out. She is back in his house. He took her passport and green card and other documents and refuses to give them back. They have an upcoming court date and he threatens to put her in jail if she does not listen to him. She called the masjid again and they say SHE was disobedient. The sister’s entire family is in (removed). She feels alone and isolated.
They claim Salafiyyah but this is not the way of the Salaf. This is not the way of the Sunneeyyah. I will now refer to them as Germantown Muslims ( a sect).