Iowa Islamic Leader Argues Sexual Abuse Charges Violate His Religious Freedom

Des Moines, Iowa Islamic leader Nermin Spahic is facing one count of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist following claims that a 42 year old woman and her 18 year old daughter's claims that they were sexually assaulted by him during a religious ceremony. So now he is claiming that sexual abuse charges violates religious freedom.

Nermin Spahic

Nermin Spahic

Nermin Spahic is an imam at the Des Moines Islamic and Cultural Center Bosniak. The alleged sexual abuse occurred back in August 2013.

The Des Moines Register reports:

An attorney for a Des Moines Islamic leader charged with sexual abuse and exploitation is asking a judge to drop two of the charges, arguing that they violate the man's religious freedom.

In a motion to dismiss filed last week in Polk County District Court, Des Moines defense attorney Angela Campbell argued that Nermin Spahic, 40, had never met the two women who accused him of sexual abuse before the day of a religious ceremony that led to his arrest. The motion also says that Spahic never claimed to offer "mental health services" or counseling.

Additionally, there's no evidence that the two women were "emotionally dependent" upon Spahic, the motion said. Spahic will also argue he is not guilty on the sexual abuse charge at trial.

The woman on Aug. 12 called Spahic to her house in Johnston for help with her daughter, who reportedly suffered personal issues, including depression and drug use, police and court papers said. Spahic allegedly performed an Islamic ceremony that involved "chanting and rubbing the body with oil," court papers said.

The mother of the girl told investigators that her daughter did have a "history of mental illness and deception."

Spahic's supporters however, tell another story. They claim that Spahic simply engaged in a ritual ceremony.

Founder of the Des Moines Islamic and Cultural Center Bosniak Elvedin Sivac says that Spahic "doesn't deserve this."

Sivac came to the United States in 2005 and has known Spahic since that time.

Sivac claims that the ceremony being performed was a sihr. Islamic sources indicate that sihr has to do with magic and that it is used in various ways, including in a sort of exorcism, at least from the claims of Sivac. He

While Sivac claims that oil is applied to the body while the Qur'an is read, several texts from Islamic books and hadiths indicate that "magic," which includes incantations, medicines, smoke, mist and oils, masked as "healing," are haraam (unlawful) and kufr (disbelief). So one wonders whether Spahic is engaging in demonic activity (even according to Islamic teaching) or whether Sivac is engaging in taqiyya.

Another of Spahic's supporters, Nijaz Besic claims that Spahic also performed the ceremony on his wife and daughter and claims that he does not believe the accusations against Spahic.

Spahic bonded out of the Polk County Jail after his arrest and is scheduled for trial on Dec. 2. The mother and daughter have issued a no contact order against him.

My perspective is that Islam is a demonic religion and that its founder was demon possessed. I believe the teachings of the Qur'an are doctrines of demons and I believe the historical record of Islam demonstrates that.

The interesting thing in all of this is that the charges against Spahic are asked to be dropped because it violates the Islamic religion (ie. Spahic's religious freedom). Does that strike anyone else as odd? How can charging someone with what is determined to be a violation of the law (ie. Sexual abuse) be considered a violation of Islamic religion? The only thing I can get from that is the twisted thinking of Islamic doctrine concerning how Islamic men are allowed to treat women via Sharia law. Islamists don't care for American law. They have their own and they are hell bent on making light of American law in order to enforce Sharia, as demonstrated earlier this year by a director for CAIR Herman Mustafa Carroll when he said, "If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land."

Well, if Islamists are above the law of the land, why are they then appealing to the law of the land to dismiss charges of sexual abuse? I'll tell you. They use the law to cloak themselves when it suits them and then when they don't agree with it, they think they are above it. Taqiyya at its finest!

Perhaps this is merely akin to not being able to prosecute 9/11 Muslim jihadists because it violates their religious freedom. What say you?

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  • mastadonarmy

    Oh. It's a "magic" hot oil naked rubdown of non consenting almost underage girls. Not just a "regular" hot oil naked rubdown of non consenting almost underage girls.

    My mistake. You are free to go sir.

  • Ednar

    Seriously ... what does anyone expect? Only Islam gives all muslims permission to lie via their 'doctrine for lying' ... AL TEKAYYA.

    Only one entity helped brainchild islam ... SATAN.

    Satan is the father of liars. Satan, posed as gabriel (2 Cor 11:14) & helped Islam create a false muslim Jesus(Issa) 2 Cor 11:4, a false religion: Islam (Gal 1:8-9) by thier false prophet4profit, Muhammad.

    Muhammad is NOT even a prophet according to the bible.

    His ancestor(Hagar) is an Egyptian, SLAVE, idol worshipper that was BANISHED as was her son; Ishmael.

    Mixed marriages were NOT acceptable by God during the time of Abraham.

    Islam has superceded God's wishes in the Old Testament.

    God chooses, at times, the younger son over the older as in: David, Joseph, Jacob & now(?)... Isaac.

    Ishmael forfeited all birthrights when he was BANISHED. No angel or God spoke to Ishmael & nor did he prophesy ... so how is he a prophet as Islam claims?

    But God never called Ishmael: SON OF ABRAHAM... as God did for Isaac in Genesis 22:2.


    B/c in the previous chapter, Ishmael was BANISHED! Genesis 21:9-14

    But the REAL proof is that Abraham gave Isaac everything in Genesis 25:5 &

    God blessed only Isaac in Genesis 25:11

    Islam cant prove Muhammad is a prophet biblically, yet are ardently
    undeterred in their opinion he is.

    Muhammad doesnt qualify for the bibles criteria for prophethood from

    Gen 21:12 “God said … for in Isaac shall thy (Abrahams) seed be

    Nor does Muhammad qualify as a prophet from the quran but qualifies as
    its false prophet! Paul prophesy agrees! See Gal 1:8-9

    Sahih al-Bukhari Vol 5 Book #59
    Hadith #713 says: (“I feel as if my aorta is being cut”) Proves Muhammads a false
    prophet b/c of Q 69:43-46 which says: (“if the Messenger were to attribute any
    false words to Us, We would seize him and cut his aorta“)

  • eddyjames

    As religious freedom goes would it not be OK to call for a crusade to rid our selves of these Muslim slime bags? Once and for all. Just be sure to bury them out back in the pig pen where the stench will blend in. But deep so it won't over power the pig excrement.

  • TrueGrit

    Who can ever believe anything any of these islamist liars and treasonists say ? They are chronic liars and lie about everything. When they violate the laws of our country they should hang or be punished accordingly. We Americans see these middle eastern barbarians as the sick psycotic violent animals that they are and always have been. Its time to run these islamic desert rats out of our civilized country and put them back in their natural lawless islamic ratholes !

  • fort9erdon

    It's very simple! Islam IS NOT a religion! Islam is an agenda for world domination, masquerading as a religion in order to hide behind and receive the protection of the first amendment. Islam, not being a religion, should receive NOTHING from the first amendment, should be outlawed, and it's practice made illegal! In less than 40 years, Muslims will be a majority in the USA unless something is done (like deporting everyone who practices this abomination) Sharia WILL BE THE LAW OF THE LAND IN 40 YEARS! NO MORE CONSTITUTION, BUT, oBAMA IS USING THAT FOR TOILET PAPER ANYWAY!

  • tea4sue

    Too bad for him. Off to jail, pervert.

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  • Redneck

    Nermin need a long stay in prison so he can be passed around like a blow up doll.Then see what his religion does for him

  • popham

    Now, let's see......if a Baptist minister or an Episcopal priest were to perform
    these demonic, sexually perverse acts on a girl, the MSM would be beside itself.
    But in this politically correct, Islamist-biased culture, we allow a so-called 'religion'
    to carry out their sexual perversions without any repercussions?
    If this imam is convicted of any sexual crime(s), then he should be deported.

  • librtyship

    If we had one grain of common sense and one working brain cell we would kick them all out of the country. Let them go home where they can have the freedom to pursue a barbaric lifestyle without threatening and destroying the lives we want to live here in the USA!

  • kap2002

    This is America with American laws. Love it or leave it.

  • pcsrocky

    They CHOSE to move here. They must now follow our laws, even when it conflicts with their religion. Christians have had to do the same.
    Until they come to the realization that just because it is ok in their religion does NOT mean it is ok according to US of A laws. If they can't live with it, MOVE BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN!!!!!

  • [email protected]

    Talk about demons.Oh yes they do exist.Read Ephesians 6:10-11-13-14.This Spahics is nothing but a tool of the devil himself foisting himself on the women.Satan comes as an ANGEL OF LIGHT I know. for I was involved in witchcraft myself and 43 years ago I came to be born again by the GRACE OF GOD JOHN 3:16.I can tell you stories that would make a bald headed man grow hair on his head.Better read the BIBLE you so called intelligent educated ignorant person.You read every book except the BIBLE with an open mind and heart.Talk about ignorance?You criticize the most printed book in the history of printing press and yet do not read it.Shame on you.God love you/do you?

  • johnnywood

    What a joke. This clown should be sent to prison for the maximum time prescribed by state law.