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2012 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims

Anchorage field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

Director Farrukh Saeed accepts the award on behalf of the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims.

The Sacramento Division is pleased to honor the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM) as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

For more than 25 years, SALAM has helped to establish and maintain relationships between the Muslim community and non-Muslims. SALAM was founded in 1987 to promote Islamic teaching, understanding, and unity among Muslims in the greater Sacramento community and to help dispel myths about Islam in the non-Muslim community.

On Sunday, April 8, 2012, SALAM made headlines when it opened its auditorium for use by a Christian church for Easter services. The church lost its facility a week prior, leaving 500 congregants without a place to celebrate Easter. SALAM graciously agreed to host services at the center. Despite initial negative attention, two worship services were scheduled at the auditorium. This was not the first time that SALAM has addressed the needs of non-Muslims. In 1989, SALAM led a team of organizers to create a fundraiser for Bosnian war victims. In 1999, SALAM issued a statement and led 300 interfaith clergy at United We Stand, an event at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento in response to the burning of three synagogues in Sacramento.

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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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