FBI Reaches Out to Local Muslims

January 25, 2007

Author: Aaron Royster

Source: The Kingman Daily Miner


KINGMAN - Local members of the Muslim community got the opportunity to voice their concerns and have a dialogue with FBI officials at the Kingman mosque Tuesday night.

Dr. Farid Farooqi, the imam of Masjid-E-Ibrahim, welcomed the head of all FBI operations in Arizona, John E. Lewis, to help open communication between the two groups.

"We highly appreciate their efforts," Farooqi said. "Now the distance (between communication) is reduced."

Farooqi said he felt the night went well. He invited Lewis and two accompanying agents to share a meal with Muslim community members.

The evening began with Farooqi providing an explanation of Islam and the beliefs of its members. He said the Islamic faith is based upon a total submission to God and establishing a means of peace on earth.