He also wasn’t too happy with the 9/11 Museum.
Mustafa Elazabawy, imam at Masjid Manhattan, wrote a letter to museum leadership last month, complaining that the 6-minute film about al-Qaeda’s rise “would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum,” if it is not changed. “Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam.”
Obviously prejudice was a major issue for Mustafa. Also hating people. And money.
An imam who made headlines for trashing a film shown at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is facing prison time in a tax cheat scam, the Daily News has learned.
Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy, a retired NYCHA employee who also heads Masjid Manhattan, faces up to 15 years in prison for swindling at least $140,000 while working as a “tax preparer” at a Hell’s Kitchen Ethiopian restaurant in a side business, prosecutors said.
He also allegedly failed to clear the side gig with the Conflicts of Interests Board while working at the city Housing Authority.
He resigned from the Lower Manhattan Clergy Council, which advised the museum, during the controversy.
This resignation became a major talking point for 9/11 Museum opponents. But Mustafa shouldn’t have been the advisor for anything.
Elazabawy’s attorney Leon Jacobson said the religious leader is “a person of great repute” and called the charges “totally bizarre.”
Elazabawy, of Gravesend, Brooklyn, worked at the New York City Housing Authority for 27 years before retiring as an analyst in the agency’s budget department on Jan. 31. Just days later, he was busted on second- and third-degree grand larceny charges.
He also cheated on his own taxes, raking in about $3,000 over two years, prosecutors said.