February 3rd, 2012
11:24 PM ET

Iowa Muslim leader: Law enforcement betrayed us

By Kiran Khalid, CNN

(CNN)–The Muslim community in Des Moines, Iowa, is as small as it is diverse. The members of the four mosques here are from Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, among other nations. Although the roots of the Muslims here may be worlds apart, the community is a tight-knit group. That’s why what happened at their mosques here is alarming to so many of its members.

“That was really surprising, very sad that somebody would come or the FBI or Homeland Security would send somebody here to pretend to be Muslim and try to find out what goes on here. I feel there is no need for that,” said Dr. Hamed Baigpresident of the Islamic Center of Des Moines.

Baig is talking about 42 year-old Arvinder Singh. Baid says he saw Singh a couple of times at his mosque, and that Singh would have been welcomed like all newcomers interested in learning about Islam. But it wasn’t until recently that members of the community discovered that Singh, who was raised a Sikh, was allegedly sent into their mosques to spy for the FBI.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Tremaine

    Dear Father Tomlinson,As I read your comment I was gneeddlad to know that you have experienced as a result of your move to the Ordinariate what my wife and I experienced almost one year ago in becoming Catholic as individuals in the U.S. (Seattle area). We had left the Episcopal Church, I in September 2008 and my wife following Easter 2009, and begun the journey having no realistic prospect of either an Anglican Use or Ordinariate parish physically accessible to us. Nevertheless, you experienced a sense of peace and of coming home which we experienced at its fullest when we were received and confirmed at Pentecost last year. And, having followed events through your blog over the past year, I had included you and your parishioners in my prayers, that you would have the same sort of experience of being welcomed home that we had experienced. It is good to know that God answers prayers. Welcome home and Deo gratias!Pax et bonum,Keith T pferBothell, Washington, USA

    March 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  2. Fran

    NOOOO, they charge you a MUCH gihher interest rate on cash advance, some companies charge up to 30% I would really try to find another way to get some money cause thats a bad idea

    March 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  3. Angelina

    Bob HargreavesI've been siglgrutng a lot with prayer lately. I'm a retired Episcopal priest, a recovered alcoholic, who works with young men from the local jail and the state prison, trying to help them find recovery and a way to live productively. I become deeply attached to these guys. About 3 years ago Phil asked me to do the work of the 12 steps with him, and we did much deep and hard work together. After almost 5 months of sobriety he experimented with drinking again, and has been siglgrutng ever since. I'm afraid I made him my test case, to see whether working the steps exactly as the Big Book presents them really does lead to a spiritual experience that expels the obsession to drink or drug. My problem is that he has now been drinking on the streets of a major city for months, sliding deeper and deeper into what seems to me a bottomless pit, and none of my efforts and my unceasing prayer are accomplishing anything except leading me to believe that prayer, in fact, changes nothing. I can't stop asking God to heal him and lead him to wholeness, but it feels hypocritical and just plain false to keep on. And I don't know what to do about other people who ask me to pray for specific people and needs. Somehow You don't really think my prayers will help, do you? doesn't sound like an appropriate reply. Any thoughts, anyone? I'm pretty desperate about this.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  4. RightTurnClyde

    They cannot understand that their own religious followers betrayed them by making it a religion of terror. (just like the Catholic priests whole molested children - though few - betrayed their church together with the bishops who covered it up). The betrayal is the one who co-opted it. Islam became synonymous with airline hijackings, child bombs, Munich, Lockerbee and 911. That is what betrayed them.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:16 am |
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