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Authorities investigate arson at Islamic scholar’s former home

19 January 2012 General 12 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

By  Randy Ludlow

A deliberately set fire at the Hilliard home of the son of a controversial Islamic scholar is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

The arson fire heavily damaged a house at 4907 Britton Farms Dr. once occupied by Salah Soltan, but now the home of his 24-year-old son, Mohamed, authorities said.

The younger Soltan and a friend escaped the fire without injury after it was reported to Norwich Township firefighters at 5:24 a.m. Monday.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the rear of the $290,000 house, which sustained extensive damage, said Fire Chief Dave Long.

The house was painted with anti-Islamic slurs a couple of months ago, authorities said.

The elder Soltan, who now lives abroad, is a native of Egypt and formerly was a professor at Cairo University and president of Islamic American University in suburban Detroit.

Some conservative critics have accused Soltan of being sympathetic to terrorist causes. He has said while he supports Palestinian rights, he condemns terrorism as a violation of Islamic law.

The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations yesterday called on the FBI to assist in the investigation of the motive behind the fire.

The FBI is working with Hilliard police in investigating the circumstances of the fire, said Special Agent Harry Trombitas, spokesman for the Columbus field office.

Hilliard police called in state fire marshal investigators yesterday to assist in the probe and determined it was arson.

Original post: Authorities investigate arson at Islamic scholar’s former home


  1. Don’t worry guys it is okay. Anon will be here soon to tell us where Muslims burned homes of Christians. If we are nice he might even dig out some news links for us.

  2. “Controversial islamic scholar” usually means the man is a hate merchant and his mosque a hate factory, but since Islam is involved the media is going to tippy toe around the subject.

    It is true that I usually don’t have links. Sorry.

    That verse about killing one means killing all was discussed on another site by someone saying it is related to the discussion of original sin in the Bible or Torah.

  3. This is what it will be like. The killer muslims will be allowed to scream for the blood of the non muslims while you, the chicken muslims of the west, demonstrate against Lowe’s.

  4. It is also likely that the son dishonored the family and this was to be an honor killing??????

  5. @larry, u make no sense at all.

  6. omg that’s literally 20 minutes from where I live!

  7. Any hate crime is evil. Terrorism is hate crimes, too.

  8. ok John *rolls eyes* this guh had no relations with any terrorist cells. has just a Muslim with an outspoken father who got his house burned down because of ignorance.

  9. @john your right when bush said god told him to go to war in iraq that a religious war and terrorism why dont you american knowledge that

  10. 🙁

  11. If you google “Salah Soltan” you will find youtube videos revealing that he is a “9/11 truther” and Antisemite. While that’s no justification for the bombing it does show why Soltan is “controversial”.

  12. anon! what do you mean by the chicken muslims of the west! Mr Wingless Rooster

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