Khan Naem, like most local residents, was shocked after learning the FBI arrested a 20-year-old Acampo man, and Muslim convert, for allegedly attempting to fight alongside militants in Syria’s civil war.
But as president of the Lodi Muslim Mosque, Naem also wondered whether what police describe as one local man’s radical plan would harm the perception of the local Muslim community.
Naem hopes the shock of this week’s arrest will soon subside. If it continues to capture headlines, he fears it could spark a divide between Muslims and some non-Muslims.
“I’m worried about our mosque,” he said.