Taking Back Our Children: What the Chesser Custody Case Says About Faith and Parenting in Islamophobic America


“I spent one year with my baby before he was taken away. It is the most difficult thing that happened to me Alhamdulillah (Praise to God). I am grateful to Allah for allowing me to spend that little time with my son.”
-Proscovia Nzabanita


This past January, in a case of overt Islamophobia, Proscovia Nzabanita was stripped of all guardianship rights over her son, whom she calls “H” to protect his privacy. Full legal custody rights were granted to H’s paternal grandmother, against the explicit wishes of both biological parents.

The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Prince William County even ruled that no adult was permitted to bring H to mosque, essentially ordaining that he must be raised Christian. The custody case is being reheard in mid-November in the Circuit Court of Prince William County.

A Family Torn Apart

Proscovia Nzabanita and Zachary Chesser, both converts to Islam…

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Posted on 18/12/2012, in politics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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