- The Washington Times - Friday, December 11, 2015

An imam in Southeast Texas says he was forced to resign from his position after he endorsed Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants entering the United States.

“I certainly see it to be wise,” Nidal Alsayyed said of Mr. Trump’s proposal, a local news station reported Tuesday. “I believe the situation nationally is getting mixed up and certainly agree with Mr. Trump on closing the door until further understanding is achieved. This should not prevent the United States to fulfill its duties towards the international partners and humanity calls outside the United States.”

Shortly after he made the comments, Mr. Alsayyed said he was forced to resign as religious director of the Islamic Society of the Triplex in Beaumont. A board member said the board will issue an official statement Saturday on Mr. Alsayyed, the station reported.

Meanwhile, Mr. Alsayyed said Mr. Trump’s controversial comments are in line with the Islamic religion.

“The text of the holy Quran says the loss of one life is equivalent to killing the whole mankind,” he said. “We cannot [be] behaving in the Islamic society in a way to act in a political dimension. If Mr. Trump said something that goes in line with our sharia law, yes we need to take all safety measure to protect people in the country. We are dealing with unknown people [who] are coming with different backgrounds.”

He said his viewpoint has shifted, in part, due to the recent terror attack by a Muslim couple in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people.

“But the way it happens when you see this mass shooting and you see some people coming with such a very peaceful background and all of the sudden the intelligences themselves, the agencies are not able to figure out what’s happening, why all of a sudden this guy or this girl or that lady open fire and kill 15 people, because American Muslims are not doing their job in the country. So we need to stop, we need to stop taking new ones until we fix the existing situation,” he said.

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