HOUSTON, May 9 (UPI) -- An imam at a Houston mosque has been criticized by young attendees for what they call strange sermons with sometimes-paranoid views.
The complaints have come in response to sermons over the past several months by Omar Inshanally at the Main Center mosque of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, the nation's largest Islamic community organization, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.
Aziz Gilani, a 31-year-old venture capitalist, said Inshanally warned last month against a "global population-reduction plan" and the dumping of fluoride, Prozac and lithium in water "to control populations."
Gilani, who said Inshanally had expressed "obviously fringe" views, recorded part of the sermon and e-mailed the organization, saying Inshanally's sermon, or khutba, "comes in a long series of khutbas that make me very concerned."
Inshanally, 57, responded with a long e-mail defending his viewpoints and saying, "EVERY PROPHET faced the accusation that he was MAD."
Aziz Siddiqi, president of the Islamic Society, said Inshanally was "just citing certain theories he read on the Internet."
Siddiqi said "you're not going to hear that anymore. We talked with him, and we told him he should not be discussing any of those things."
Siddiqi said Inshanally has been unfairly targeted because of his aggressive preaching style. "He's the most qualified person for the job," Siddiqi said.