Imam Hafiz Muhammed Masood (Urdu: إ مام حافظ مسعود) was imam of the Sharon Mosque in Sharon, Massachusetts, USA, from 1998 to 2006. He earned the honorary title Hafiz by memorizing the entire text of the Qur'an. Masood is a native of Lahore, Pakistan, and has an economics degree from Boston University. He received his degree in theology from the University of Faisalabad before teaching at the International Islamic University in Islamabad.

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  • Imam Hafiz Muhammed Masood (Urdu: إ مام حافظ مسعود) was imam of the Sharon Mosque in Sharon, Massachusetts, USA, from 1998 to 2006. He earned the honorary title Hafiz by memorizing the entire text of the Qur'an. Masood is a native of Lahore, Pakistan, and has an economics degree from Boston University. He received his degree in theology from the University of Faisalabad before teaching at the International Islamic University in Islamabad. In November 2006, Masood was arrested by the United States U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and charged with failing to properly leave and re-enter the country on a student visa. He posted a $7500 bond and was released to return to his community. After subsequently requesting voluntary deportation, he returned to Lahore and started a small business. He remains a religious leader and lecturer on various themes of Islam. He is married with eight children who currently live in the US. The non-profit organization Americans for Peace and Tolerance believes many of Masood’s supporters remain in leadership roles in the Boston Muslim community. Eid also claimed that these radical doctrines at ICNE (and another mosque ran by Islamic Society of Boston) had a motivating influence on several well known local jihadists, including several below: Masood fled the U.S. in 2006 after being arrested for visa fraud. He left behind his comfortable job as an imam at the Islamic Center of New England, as well as his wife and eight children. He resurfaced in Pakistan, where he is now spokesman for the Pakistani terrorist organization Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a group founded by his brother, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. Saeed also founded Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terrorist group behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The United States calls it a terrorist front group tied to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai and has offered $10 million for evidence leading to Saeed’s arrest or conviction. Masood has denied the accusations. Today (2012), besides heading his brother’s media wing, he runs a separate mosque and religious school in Pakistan. He isn’t paid, he said, although the congregation provides him a home. He supports himself through a small embroidery business and drives a 10-year-old Toyota Corolla. He took a second wife, as is permissible under Islam, and has since had another son, who is 2. “I started my family from scratch again,” he said. He prays at the same mosque where his older brother preaches fiery sermons proclaiming the violent destruction of the U.S and that Islam will dominate the world. (en)
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  • Imam Hafiz Muhammed Masood (Urdu: إ مام حافظ مسعود) was imam of the Sharon Mosque in Sharon, Massachusetts, USA, from 1998 to 2006. He earned the honorary title Hafiz by memorizing the entire text of the Qur'an. Masood is a native of Lahore, Pakistan, and has an economics degree from Boston University. He received his degree in theology from the University of Faisalabad before teaching at the International Islamic University in Islamabad. (en)
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