In November 2009, Wahhaj was one of many Muslim leaders who met with NY mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall.
But he said that he never thought he was extreme enough to kill anyone.
"This doesn't seem like them".
The elder Wahhaj told CNN he was the one who provided authorities with the location of the New Mexico compound after a plea for help came from his daughter via Facebook, who wrote that they were starving. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not feel there was probable cause to search the property.
Sheriff Hogrefe, whose team had surveilled the property for about two months before they raided it last week, emphasized on Friday that no other such compound has been located in New Mexico.
The search for him led authorities to New Mexico, where 11 hungry children and a youngster's remains were found in recent days at a filthy compound shielded by old tyres, wooden pallets and a wall studded with broken glass. Morten was also arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive.
Hakima Ramzi recently clarified the wording in a Georgia arrest warrant that had said Siraj Ibn Wahhaj believed their son was "possessed" and meant to perform an "exorcism" on him.
The child's father was among five adults arrested on suspicion of child abuse in the raid at the compound.
The elder Wahhaj said his son and his wife had become "concerned" with the idea of possessions.
The search for Abdul-Ghani and his father led authorities to the New Mexico compound.
The boy was not among the 11 children rescued, but child remains were found at the compound and have yet to be identified.
He said authorities should not have made that claim without stronger evidence.
In an interview with WSB-TV in Atlanta, the boy's mother also called for "justice" as she described how her life had been taken from her after her son was abducted by his father, which she said was out of character for him.
Ramzi said her son suffered from seizures and walked with a limp.
"I began working on a search warrant right after I got that intercepted message", Hogrefer said in a statement earlier this week.
Badger said he had spotted Wahhaj, 40, at the end of January, as well as his son.
This version corrects that the daughter-in-law's name is Jany Leveille, not Janie Leiveille.
Hujrah Wahhaj appears in New Mexico state district court to plead not guilty to charges of child abuse in Taos, New Mexico, August 8, 2018, alongside public defense attorney Aleks Kostich.
"They were a bit reserved about what they said", Al-Hayy said, "but I found them to be lovely people".
Siraj Wahhaj said all 11 of the children were either his biological grandchildren or members of his family through marriage.
"But I don't know", he said. "Because to do something as extreme as this, it doesn't make sense". She has praised the cleric on her Twitter account dating as far back as at least 2011, and called him a "mentor" at an Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference previous year. It's this leader, it's that leader, he said, referring to the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim American Society and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, groups formed in the U.S.by the Muslim Brotherhood that were named as co-conspirator in a plot to fund Hamas.
The mosque was founded in a neighborhood that, at the time, was plagued with drug violence, and got press attention in the 1980s for organizing nighttime anti-drug patrols meant to improve public safety.
The imam said he learned that his son, who had worked as a security guard in New York City in the past, was licensed to carry firearms, and that his weapons were registered.
Court documents from the prosecution show the young boys allegedly were being trained to carry out mass shootings, Fox News and other outlets reported. Morton was arrested Friday, Aug. 3, in a raid on a disheveled living compound where authorities say say they found five adults and 11 children living in filth and later recovered the remains of a small boy.
"It sounds to me it sounds insane". "We still don't know if they actually saw the boy in question".
Imam Siraj Wahhaj, the father of Siraj Wahhaj, tipped police about the group's whereabouts, WAGA reported. Authorities said he was snatched from his mother in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta.
"We have been meeting with law enforcement since day one", Wahhaj said.
He said he did not know what his son and daughters were doing in New Mexico or what prompted them to go into seclusion, but he was anxious to get to the bottom of a situation he described as "bizarre" and 'weird'.