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Religious leader banned for now from Michigan mosque


DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - One of the country's top Islamic leaders is holding prayers away from his Detroit-area mosque as his relationship deteriorates with board members.

The Detroit Free Press reports Imam Hassan al-Qazwini led prayers Friday at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.
  Al-Qazwini told worshippers he'll conduct prayers at the Dearborn civic center since the board voted to ban him for two months from duties at the nearby Islamic Center of America.

  Some board members have accused al-Qazwini of financial misdeeds, which he denies. Hundreds of people have gathered to support him.

  Al-Qazwini said last month he would resign if the board wasn't dissolved but later agreed to stay on.

  The imam has declined requests to speak with reporters. He's of Iraqi descent and comes from a family of prominent American Shiite scholars.

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