Remember Ahmed Mohammed, the 14-year old from Texas who designed a clock and one of the teachers at his school got him arrested because they thought it was a bomb? He and his family have decided to leave the United States of America for Qatar following the treatment they have received at the hands of some.
The decision by the family of the Texas teenager to move is not surprising in light of lingering anti-Muslim sentiment that makes many U.S. followers of Islam feel as if they are “under siege,” a spokesman for a national Muslim-American group said Wednesday.
The teen, Ahmed Mohamed, shot to national prominence last month after he was arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school that a teacher mistook for a possible bomb. The school contacted police, who handcuffed the boy and took him to a detention center. He was suspended for three days.
On Tuesday, the family announced that they would soon leave their modest home in the Dallas suburb of Irving and move to Qatar, a wealthy oil nation on the Persian Gulf. There, a foundation has offered to pay for Ahmed’s high school and college education in Doha.
The family said in a statement that Ahmed will enroll in a program offered by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. He received a full scholarship for his secondary and undergraduate education.
Ahmed recently visited Qatar as part of a whirlwind month that included a stop Monday at the White House and an appearance Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol.
The family said in their statement that they’ve been “overwhelmed by the many offers of support” since Ahmed’s arrest Sept. 14.
For others, the family move to the Middle East sends an unfortunate message.