Thursday, September 28, 2006

Understanding Islam through Community Policing Initiatives

On September 26, the North Jersey Regional Crime Prevention Officers Association held an extraordinary meeting at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  The meeting featured Sohail Mohammed, an attorney who delivered an insightful presentation on "Understanding Islam and the Muslims."
The presentation was attended by civilians, numerous law enforcement agencies, and  security personnel which included the:
  • New Jersey Office of Homeland Security
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Security
  • Federal Air Marshall Service
  • Rutgers University Security
  • Moonachie Police Department
  • Carlstadt Police Department
  • Bergen County Sheriff's Department
  • Cliffside Park Police Department
  • Hackensack Constable's Office
  • Meadowlands Sports Authority Security
  • Hackensack Police Department
  • Teaneck Police Department
Sohail Mohammed demonstrated how the Muslim community in New Jersey developed strong ties to law enforcement, including the FBI as well as with government officials and religious leaders from other faiths.  His presentation was community building and enhanced an understanding of the pillars of Islam (Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting and Pilgrimage), the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, sayings of the prophet, Ramadan and Jihad.
Forged partnerships within the entire community and respect for freedom of religion is the strength of our nation and America must be fully dedicated to the principles of diversity and the conviction that in many we are one.
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