Justice

Ahmed Mohamed Just Responded to the Armed Men at His Former Mosque

December 4th 2015

By:
Kyle Jaeger

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school in September, says he wants to come back to Irving, a city in Texas that his family sued for $15 million last week.

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He and his family recently moved to Qatar after receiving death threats related to the teenager's controversial arrest, which raised questions about Islamophobia in the Texas town. Ahmed's family is blaming the city and police officials for damaging Ahmed's reputation and sued the city for millions last month. But while he would still like to return to Irving, Ahmed says that recent incidents — including an event that involved armed, anti-Islamic protestors outside an Irving mosque — have prevented his family from going back.

"I was scared because I've heard what happened recently with, like, people with guns going to my local mosque," Ahmed told CBS Dallas.

"It's scary because people with guns and, I mean, they have the right to do that but it’s scary because I'm afraid, you know."

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The man who organized the protest outside of the Islamic Center of Irving published the home addresses of Muslims in the community days after the controversial event. The the Washington Post reports the following:

"The list was copy-pasted from an Irving city document containing the personal information of people who signed up to speak against a state bill targeting the influence of Islam in America."

In a Facetime interview with CBS, Ahmed discussed transitioning to life in Qatar, which he said was "like how you expect it when you move to a new country and you meet new people," and he also talked about missing his hometown and friends.

Ahmed says he hopes to visit Irving over the upcoming holiday break, but recent anti-Islamic activity near the mosque that he grew up attending has forced his family to reconsider the trip. ATTN: has previously reported on the culture of Islamophobia in Irving, a city that has seen a number of anti-Islamic scandals play out over the past few years.

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One of those scandals involved the mayor of Irving, Beth Van Duyne, who has earned a reputation as an anti-Islamic crusader in Texas. She made headlines earlier this year for calling for an investigation into a religious tribunal court that she claimed was operating within the city of Irving, suggesting this alleged group was imposing Sharia Law.