Source: The Muslim News
On August 30, 2005 The Muslim News reported, "A policeman and religious leader will become the first Muslim to take a service at a North Wales cathedral. Moroccan-born PC Mohammed al-Arabi Lachiri regularly leads Friday prayers at Bangor's Islamic Centre, attracting Muslim worshippers from Anglesey and Gwynedd. The Llangefni-based officer is now taking up an offer to take the pulpit during a service at Bangor Cathedral next month. Bangor clergy visited the Islamic centre the day after July's London bombings. The invitation came from the Bishop of Bangor, Rt Rev Anthony Crockett, and the Dean of Bangor, the Very Rev Alun Hawkins. It is believed to be the first time in the cathedral's centuries-old history - the first church was established in Bangor in the sixth century - that a Muslim will take part in a service."