One man’s mission: to counter the lure of Islamist extremists

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One man’s mission: to counter the lure of Islamist extremists

By Eli Saslow / The Washington Post
Published: July 11. 2011 4:00AM PST

Abdirizak Bihi is an observant Muslim who says it is his responsibility to “save the religion I love from a very small number of extremists.”

Abdirizak Bihi is an observant Muslim who says it is his responsibility to “save the religion I love from a very small number of extremists.”

MINNEAPOLIS — His afternoon meeting was an urgent matter of national security, but Abdirizak Bihi needed to borrow $10 for the gas necessary to get there. The tank in his old truck had sat empty for days, forcing him to ride around town in a dress shirt and tie on a borrowed bicycle. Now he wanted to travel 10 miles, and he wanted to move fast. He walked out of his high-rise apartment building and stopped a friend on the sidewalk to plead for a loan. “I promise it’s for a good cause,” he said. Then Bihi drove off to investigate his community’s latest homegrown terrorist.

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