Now the man’s (still) wife is claiming Booth is a home-wrecker who stole him from her!
Faiza Ahmed has fled her home in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and taken her three children to her brother’s house in Texas to recover from the collapse of her 16-year marriage.
The 37-year-old childminder and bilingual teaching assistant claims that Ms Booth – the half-sister of Cherie Blair – has betrayed her newly acquired Muslim faith.
She accuses her of openly flirting with Sohale in front of her, spending the family celebrations of Ramadan and Eid with him, and marrying him in secret.
Speaking from the house in a gated community where she has taken refuge, Mrs Ahmed said:
‘Lauren destroyed my home. You can’t just put on a hijab and say you are a good Muslim woman – it’s about having boundaries with men, and love and respect for women.
‘She came into my house as my and my husband’s guest and did this under my nose. Her behaviour appals me, and other Muslim women – the very people she professes to support – must now judge her.’
Her words are a major rebuke to Ms Booth, 45, whose Facebook announcement of her marriage was revealed by The Mail on Sunday last week.
It followed a jokey advert placed on the social networking site last year saying she was hunting for a husband, and that ‘Mossad agents, secret drinkers, CIA stooges, men who don’t pray and men who don’t pay’ need not apply.
Last night Mrs Ahmed told how her marriage to Sohale, 49, faltered as he devoted increasing amounts of time to promoting Muslim charity and fundraising events involving Ms Booth.
She knew they were business associates and Sohale described Ms Booth as his ‘sister’ – a Muslim term of respect.
Mrs Ahmed first met Ms Booth, who is now recognised across the United States, Asia and the Middle East as a public speaker, when she came to stay at the Ahmed family home in March 2012.
Mrs Ahmed said: ‘I cooked for her and then I stayed at home with the children while my husband and Lauren went out together. They came home late and I saw how open she was with him
‘She was joking around doing silly accents, Scottish and Asian. It was funny, but in the presence of a supposedly strange man, it was wrong.
‘This is not the way Islam tells a woman to be. Usually reverts [as Muslim converts are called] are even more strict and zealous. They see Islam in black and white, unlike those of us who are born to it.’
Later that evening, after demanding that her husband come upstairs to bed, Mrs Ahmed claims she was shocked to see him emerging from Ms Booth’s room.
‘He said he’d just popped in to collect something and brushed aside my suspicions but I was shocked and furious with him,’ she said.
‘They looked like more than friends or business associates. I was devastated. It was killing me. I told Sohale that even though I knew he was not going to stop seeing her, she was not allowed back into my house.
‘He started going away on business for three and four days at a time, and sometimes being in London at weekends.’
Ms Booth later wed Sohale in a secret nikah, or religious ceremony. Such a ceremony is significant in faith terms but is not recognised as legal in Britain unless it takes place in another country where it is considered a legal way to marry.
Technically, Sohale’s faith permits him to take up to four wives but it is becoming more culturally acceptable to have just one.
Islamic law states a first wife should be informed about subsequent unions and while she cannot object, she should be given the opportunity to ask for a divorce.
But Ms Booth and Sohale kept their nuptials secret from Mrs Ahmed until February this year when she says he asked her for a divorce in a telephone call.
He also sent a text to say he was married.
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If this is true, it would just reinforce what we already know about Booth’s character.
Meanwhile, it looks like Booth has removed her Facebook pages.
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