New York Iman Explicates Muslim Beliefs to FBI Agents

March 11, 2003

Source: Daily News

On March 11, 2003 the Daily News reported that "in an office in lower Manhattan yesterday blocks from Ground Zero, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf talked about his Muslim beliefs to an unusual audience - a roomful of FBI agents... 'Islamic extremism for the majority of Muslims is an oxymoron,' he explained to the agents... Rauf - imam of the Masjid al-Farah mosque of Tribeca - was speaking as part of an FBI effort to present agents who are the ground troops in the war against terrorism with a view of Islam that avoids stereotypes... It comes as the FBI has been criticized for violating rights of Arab-Americans in the agency's reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks... Kevin Donovan, director of the FBI's New York office, brought in the imam and a Pakistani-born FBI agent to give agents 'a clear picture...' Questioned by Donovan, Rauf clarified terms such as jihad and fatwah, saying both have been oversimplified by law enforcement and the media."