Due to personal and family reasons, Imam Yusuf left for Turkey earlier than previously expected. The Boards of IANT thank Imam Yusuf and his family for 25 years of service to the North Texas community, and wish him well. InshaAllah, we pray he will be with us in December to celebrate our 30th anniversary at IANT / Dallas Central Mosque.


Date: 10/16/2013 – 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Dr. Yusuf Zaya Kavakci returned to Istanbul last week according to my source, but it appears his congregation at the Dallas Central Mosque was not informed of the matter until yesterday evening.

Curious, that.


Update 10/18/2013

I have the larger tile, of course, but this will suffice from outside the story and also remote from its location.  On October 15, 2013, a member asks, “Imam Yousuf left or its a rumor?”


Let’s scroll down some.

On October 9 there is an announcement, one with multiple shares.


Published on the 16th but relayed to me this morning (Oct. 18) comes this from the well known Muslim peacemaker, pluralist, writer, and speaker Mike Ghouse: “At this moment, Dr. Imam Yusuf Zia Kavakci is flying over the Atlantic to his ancestral home in Turkey as a part of the early retirement.”


World Muslim Congress : Great Imam of Dallas, Dr. Yusuf Zia Kavakci retires – 10/16/2013.

After 25 years of service and with a major holiday — Eid al-Adha – on which to be both humble and visible, one might think Imam Yusuf Ziya Kavakci may have taken a moment, albeit not with a great going away party, not with the masses assembled, not with pomp and ceremony, but nonetheless taken a moment to say goodbye to those who most revered and trusted him but were perhaps not part of his inner circle but rather his devoted public.

To Hide Something, To Get Something?

Is there a story here?

My tipster provocateur wrote on the 16th, “I know he is gone. He left a week ago.”

Who says what for what reason?

The official line will be that Dr. Kavakci has taken an early retirement for personal reasons not further specified.  

It will maintain the retirement was announced on the 9th, not as an answer to a question about a rumor asked on the 15th and answered in the early evening of the next day.

Could my tipster who nudged this post into being have been left out of the loop after all?

Or did the Imam leave in a hurry?

And who today is in his place?

I’m sure all is fine.

Additional Reference

Yusuf Ziya Kavakci – ISNA – as viewed 10/18/2013: “Residing in Dallas, Texas, he serves as Scholar-in-Residence for the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT), the largest mosque in north Texas. He continues to teach a host of programs there . . . .”

Islamic Association of North Texas – Our Imam – as viewed 10/18/2013: “Alhamdulillah we are blessed to have Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci as our Imam at IANT.”

Update – November 30, 2015

BackChannels.  “Shaykh Shpendim Nadzaku To Serve as Imam for the Islamic Association of North Texas.”  May 12, 2014.

BackChannels.  “Comments Not Posted, Posted.” October 13, 2014.

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