Muslim leader leaving W.Va. to return to Middle East

By Anna Sale

asale@wvpubcast.org 
Muhammad Jamal Daoudi has served as the spiritual leader at South Charleston’s Islamic Center for five years. He is the state’s only full-time imam.

During his time in West Virginia, he’s received local and national recognition for his efforts to reach out to Christian and Jewish communities. He earned a graduate degree from a Christian seminary in Ohio. And he became an American citizen.  But next month, Imam Daoudi is moving back to Syria. He and his wife have decided they want to raise their children in Damascus.   

Anna Sale sat down with him at his mosque to talk about his time in West Virginia and his decision to return to the Middle East.

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