Born in 1963, Ibrahim Abdullah is a former board member of the U.S. branch of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY).
A native of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah moved to Alexandria, Virginia as a young adult and earned Ph.D. from George Mason University in May 2004. That same month, federal agents arrested him for violating his student visa by holding a job, alleging that since 1999 he had accepted thousands of dollars in “wages or other compensation” from WAMY.
According to Abdullah, the money in question was merely reimbursement for supplies he had bought, and his work for WAMY was done on a volunteer basis. He had no need to work, he explained, in light of the fact that the Saudi government was providing him with a scholarship plus a $3,000-per-month stipend. Fadel Soliman, executive manager of WAMY’s U.S. branch, also claimed that Abdullah had never been paid by the organization.
Eventually, however, Abdullah pleaded guilty to the charge against him. In July 2004 he was deported to Saudi Arabia, where he took a job as a computer science professor.
Further Reading: “U.S. Immigration Law as Anti-Terrorism Tool” (BanderasNews.com, June 2005); “Muslim Charity Says Worker Wrongly Accused” (The Pluralism Project, 6-2-2004); “Muslim Charity Says Volunteer Wrongly Charged” (Militant Islam Monitor, 6-2-2004).