January 8, 2013, - 3:42 pm

Muslim Lottery Winner Poisoned; Planned to Give $s to Christian Charity, Violated Islam Gambling Prohibition

By Debbie Schlussel

Did someone from Muslim immigrant Urooj Khan’s family murder him for the lottery winnings or because he violated Islam and planned to give the money to Christians? It looks like one of these is the reason. He admitted that his lottery winnings were the fruits of gambling, which is haram (prohibited) under Islam. Did that have something to do with his death? Did the fact that this Muslim not only violated Islam, but was planning to give much of his winnings to a Christian Arab charity, another reason for his murder–making it an honor killing? Or was he murdered by his wife or daughter for the money? He was killed on the first day of Ramadan.


Khan, who came to the U.S. from India and owned a dry cleaning business, won a million dollars in the June lottery. He went on the hajj (the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca) in 2010 and vowed to swear off gambling. But he gambled again anyway by buying $60 worth of lottery tickets the winning lottery tickets, including the winning one. And although his death was originally declared a death by natural causes, it’s now a murder investigation. He was poisoned by cyanide, and the meal he ate before dying was a home-cooked meal, meaning he was probably murdered by a family member. And a family member, likely a different one than the murderer, asked for the investigation to be re-opened, apparently knowing there was foul play. Then, there’s also that pesky fact that Khan planned to give a good deal of the money to a Christian charity, an apostasy on top of the apostasy.

Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago’s Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets. . . .

The month after winning the million dollars, Khan died unexpectedly on July 20. Finding no trauma to his body and no unusual substances such as cocaine or carbon monoxide in his blood, the Cook County medical examiner’s office declared his death to be from natural causes. He was buried at Rosehill Cemetery.

But the Tribune has learned that Chicago police and county prosecutors are investigating Khan’s death as a homicide.

In an interview, Medical Examiner Stephen J. Cina said that within a week of Khan’s death a concerned relative asked his office to take a closer look at the case.

By early December, the medical examiner’s office determined from comprehensive toxicology tests that Khan had died of a lethal amount of cyanide.

Now authorities are considering exhuming his body to try to find out how much cyanide he ingested or inhaled, Cina disclosed. . . .

According to an internal police department document obtained by the Tribune, Khan came home from work to his West Rogers Park residence on the night he died. He ate dinner about an hour later and eventually went to bed. He was later heard screaming and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead, the document said. . . .

His wife and daughter were home when Khan was stricken, according to Cina.

Interviewed last week while working at one of three dry cleaners her husband owned, Khan’s widow, Shabana Ansari, declined to talk with a Tribune reporter about the homicide investigation other than to say she has spoken to police.

As we know, Cyanide can work pretty quickly. It doesn’t take a lot (thus, the cyanide pill or capsule). A large enough amount can be mixed in with food, and the person will die. Or, if, over time, a person is exposed to constant small dosages in food and drink, the person can also sustain liver and other organ damage and failure. But, either way, it sounds like the poisoning came from home and likely from a close relative, such as the wife or daughter.

Khan owned three dry cleaners and five condos he rented out, so with the million dollar win, apparently that was the time the perpetrator felt it was time to strike and clean up. Unless Khan had a will naming a different beneficiary, it seems all suspicion should fall on the wife and daughter.

And as for his devotion to Islam, this is interesting:

Over the years, Khan enjoyed occasionally buying lottery tickets. But after he made hajj, the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia required of all able Muslims, he tried to give up gambling to live a more virtuous life. Last June, when Khan stopped at the 7-Eleven, he even told the clerk, Ashur Oshana, about the vow.

But then he changed his mind and bought the two tickets, the clerk said last week while working at the same store.

So, basically, in the eyes of the Islamic community, Khan was an apostate Had he decided to give the money to a mosque or an Islamic cause, all would be forgiven, since that’s how the community and the religion seem to work. But Khan decided to give a big portion of his winnings to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a charity founded by Christian Arab Danny Thomas and named after the Christian apostle who was born a Jew and preached the Gospel in the Middle East.

And that is a dishonor on top of apostasy.

But, now, that he’s dead and never saw the money, St. Jude won’t see it either. Khan’s murder on the first day of Ramadan can’t be a coincidence. There are no coincidences like this.

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35 Responses

There are no coincidences.

It was an “honor killing” and his actions brought shame to the family. So he had to die to clear their name.

This how Islam works. The image of the Muslim is everything, morality is a purely secondary matter.

When things like this happen, its always close to home.

NormanF on January 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Islam is a whitewashed tomb. It cannot bear close inspection. The stench of death permeates it.

    Worry01 on January 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm

And horror of horrors, Thomas played a Jewish cantor in the movie The Jazz Singer in the early 50s, a time when ‘brotherhood’ between Christians and Jews was being emphasized in our culture.

Little Al on January 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm

First thing he should have bought was a plane ticket away from these crazies but even he didn’t realize I guess. Poor guy.

Frankz on January 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

It was an honor killing. Also, as Debbie noted, the timing of his death was rather convenient. He was worth more to the family dead than alive. The retribution for his apostasy no longer had to be suspended.

Worry01 on January 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Susprised? ? Not at all. The enemy is among us and very few seem to know or care.

AreJayMac on January 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

When a Muslim tries to act like a charitable human being, this is the result. This lesson is not lost on the other Muslims.

Worry01 on January 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Why would a muslim donate to a Christian organization? Something smells porky to me.

Ajax on January 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Maybe he wanted to donate to the Children Hospital and didn’t find one Muslim founded in the aria? I don’t see Muslim donating to Christian organization, but good fellow donating to the Children Research Hospital in his community.

    Ezra on January 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Ajax, you should read the post again. The man was not a good MUslim. He drank and gambled. He had compassion on people who were not of his faith. Giving to a Christian charity is haran to a Muslim. In Islam, the man was an apostate whose death, which occurred at the start of Ramadan, was necessary.

    Worry01 on January 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

      If the money is earned through gambling or dishonestly muslim charities won’t accept it so thats why he might have tried to give it to a christian charity even though christians don’t believe in gambling either.

      grace49 on September 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Poor guy. He tried to do the right thing, and it got him killed.

Michelle on January 8, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Everything a muzzie does costs US taxpayers.

They are a total drain on resources.

As goes, so goes on January 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

if moose-lambs
are secretly

we should make arrangements
so they can secretly
pay for health insurance

prestigio on January 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm

If the late ”Robert Stack” were alive and 30 years younger, he would’ve done that show that he did in the 1980s called ”Unsolved Mysteries” and tried to figure out this mysterious death of Mr. Khan! And while I was reading the piece, it seems like this death was an inside-job, rather than someone from the outside who took the poor mans life. And this guy did the right thing of giving some of money to Arab-christian charity, etc., maybe, just maybe some of his family members resent what he did and decided to poison him? Then again, I’m not into conspirary thinking while sounding like a wingnut.

”A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on January 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    St. Jude’s isn’t an “Arab-Christian” charity! Or any sort of “Christian” charity. It’s one of the largest research and treatment facilities in the US. Danny Thomas was a devout Catholic and he named the hospital for the patron saint of “hopeless” causes, but he opened it with a diverse and secular staff to treat children with cancer, from all sectors of society. Unlike most Catholic hospitals, it was NOT started by a group of nursing nuns.

    Italkit on January 9, 2013 at 2:46 am

      Not well versed on the nature of Catholic and Christian charities are you? Nearly all of them, especially those started in the 20th century onwards, have diverse staffs and serve everybody.

      ” It’s one of the largest research and treatment facilities in the US.”

      Ummm … yes, lots of research and medical facilities in this country had Christian origins. Yes, there are plenty of Christians involved in fields of medical research and science. The top neurosurgeon in this country, Benjamin Carson, is an outspoken evangelical Christian. (He went to Johns Hopkins University, also founded by Christian philanthropists.) Looks like you have been heavily influenced by the New York Times and Hollywood’s depictions of Christians.

      Gerald on January 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

        Gerald, that’s the stupidest and most ignorant thing you’ve ever written. WRONG! All “Catholic” hospitals, of which St. Jude’s is NOT one, my point, were started by Catholic orders and overseen by the Church Hierarchy. they always admitted staff of different faiths and persuasions. Both my parents were on the staffs of Christian hospitals, my father at a Catholic one and my mother at a Presbyterian one. I also went to Catholic school and was taught by nuns so I most certainly do know the fine points. And I never said or implied that a Christian couldn’t be a neuroscientist or any other sort of scientist. How ignorant would that be? In fact, I used to love to get the Creation Science Newsletters until they started more proselytizing than reporting on how science and faith are not incompatible. As a Orthodox Jew, I certainly believe that.

        St. Jude’s is NOT a Catholic Hospital. It is a hospital started by a devout Catholic. There’s a fine point of difference but maybe it’s one a reader of the NY Times would miss and surely you are such a reader or how would you know what slant they take?

        Italkit on January 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

This is muzzie behaviour too: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/01/07/259048.html

FrenchKiss on January 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Now where could sam (samir) be with his “quotations” from “Talmud”?

skzion on January 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

St. Jude hospital charities has been having a huge TV commercial campaign. At least the guy’s heart was in the right place… poor schmuck.

Also, Indian muslims seem more reasonable than their paki or middle east counterparts, or that’s been my anecdotal experience around here with the ones I’ve encountered. I still boycott their businesses, though.

DS_ROCKS! on January 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

This would be called a hate crime by the media and politicians if a Christian had won the lottery and was going to give some of it to a Muslim charity.

Concerned Citizen on January 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I’ve been reading debbie’s piece’s for a while now, but i am disgusted at her carelessness and lack of humanity in this one. To speculate so wildly about the perpetrators being the mother or daughter without any proof, to imply the motives of the murder must be due to Islam, without any concern for the welfare family members, or his young daughter!!!! imagine if he was American, people would be outraged at this sort of speculation and complete ignorance.

normal human being on January 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    normal human being on January 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    LOL. This sounds like my least favourite Shi’ite Mooooslim racist.

    Since most murders ARE committed by those close to the decedent, there is a HIGH likelihood that the murderers could be the wife and daughter…especially in a Moooooslim family where Honour Killings are a favoured activity. If they indeed ARE the murderers, than any concern for their “welfare” would be dopey.

    Just another angry Moooooslim upset because DS has them sussed.

    Skunky on January 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Frankz, plane tickets? He was in Chicago, not in Cairo. Plus he’s from India, where he could ‘as safely’ have done the same thing. Problem is that when one’s own family is the enemy, there is little escape.

Infidel on January 9, 2013 at 1:33 am

The Muslim prophet Mohammad was an evil child molester (he married a 6 year old little girl) and an evil supporter of slavery.

Truth on January 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I find it quite ironic that someone with the username “Truth” could write such a counter factual comment.

    Prophet Mohammad didn’t marry Aisha when she was six years old. According to my studies, her father offered her to him as it was a great tradition to offer your daughter to your best friend at that time. However, Mohammad decided to wait until she was of age (puberty) to marry her. We may find it creepy to marry someone who is of that age, but it was completely normal at the time. It was not something that was only apparent within the Middle Eastern communities.

    Yazid on January 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

Sounds like a plausible theory to me.

Gerald on January 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

Islam has poisoned our soil.

Pray Hard on January 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

incredible… I’ve read quite a few of your articles with a straight face out of respect to your deep rooted hate and anger towards the Islamic community. Theres a difference between news and sensationalism… You, are far from a journalist. With so much accreditation to your name, one would think that instead of time spent on causing a divide and rift between different cultures, you would try to create an awarenes and unity instead. While you keep making notes of what bad people the muslims are, others are trying instead to create unity and tolerance amongst all humankind. There are no evil Muslims, just like there is no such thing as an evil Jew, evil Christian, etc… There are only evil people. I will keep you in my duahs that Allah may provide better guidance in your heart, if your intentions are pure, you would spend your time protecting and uniting all kinds of people coming from different backgrounds and walks of life, as opposed to always pointing fingers. I come from a community where all religion and culture is accepted. If one man murders another, religion is not mentioned as we don’t deem it relevant. A murderer is someone whos psychological frame should be questioned and not their religion. This world needs love,tolerance and wisdom. Not gossip and intolerance. I sincerely hope you all raise your kids better than this. Peace.

just another crazy muslim on January 10, 2013 at 4:31 am

Because I don’t feel like writing an entire textual analysis of this blog post, I will just write about a few of points.

1. Despite the fact that his intentions were to give the money to charity, he still gambled, which is no small sin in Islam. However, his death is not justifiable under Islamic law, which means that you have to blame the person, not the religion.

2. There’s nothing wrong with donating money to a Christian charity. Islam embraces Christianity, which most of your audience does not know for a few reasons. The reason why they don’t know this is because they obviously lack media literacy, and when they’re constantly being bombarded with anti-Muslim “news,” they tend to get a little too tired to question what they’re being told. Go read the Quran. It will clear your misconceptions.

3. It is a common misconception that people have regarding the supposed justifiable honor killings in Islam. Islam does not allow honor killings. Honor killing actually came from Arab and Asian cultures. Go read about it and you’ll see.

Yazid on January 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

Islam embraces christianity?
Quran 3:56: “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”
Quran 9:111: “Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph
Quran 9:123: “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”
Quran 66:9: “O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey’s end.”
Quran 9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Quran 9:5: “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”
Quran 25:52: “Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness…”

Doesn’t look like it embraces other faiths to me…

Canadian Steve on January 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

Debbie Schlussel what in the world you talking about

here is the article

you story is full of lies!


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