California shooting suspect was devout Muslim: father

Published: December 3, 2015
Farhan Khan (centre), brother-in-law of San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Farook, speaks at the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, California on Dec 2, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Farhan Khan (centre), brother-in-law of San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Farook, speaks at the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, California on Dec 2, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES: California’s Muslim community expressed its horror on Wednesday at the mass shooting that killed at least 14 in San Bernardino, after a local Muslim man was widely identified as a suspect.

Syed Farook, a US citizen who worked for the town’s health department, is believed to have been killed in a shootout with police hours after opening fire inside a Christmas party at a local social services center.

California shooting suspect identified as Syed Farook: media

Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said its members “unequivocally condemn the horrific act that happened today.”

“The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence,” he added in a statement.

Authorities have drawn no connection between the attack and Islam at this stage in the investigation.

Farook’s brother-in-law, Farhan Kahn, came forward at the press conference to voice his shock at the notion his brother could have committed mass murder.

“I have no idea why he would do that,” a visibly shaken Khan told reporters, adding that he had last spoken with Farook about a week ago.

“I am in shock that something like this could happen,” said Khan, who is married to Farook’s sister. “I am very sad that people lost their lives.”

Farook’s father, quoted by the New York Daily News tabloid, described his son as a devout Muslim.

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“He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”

Muzammil Siddiqi, the religious director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, also condemned the killings saying they were contrary to the teachings of Islam.

“We have condemned all violence everywhere because human life is precious,” he said. “And we respect and honor human life.”

According to local news reports Farook was employed by the San Bernardino County health department which is believed to have organized the party at the Inland Regional Center.

The attack on the party triggered a massive manhunt that ended when police shot dead two heavily armed suspects — a man, believed to be Farook, and a woman — on a quiet residential street

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  • Arshad Hussain
    Dec 3, 2015 - 12:26PM

    Dear Californian Muslim ! The racist people are out there. I fear and pray for safety of you all.Recommend

  • Strategic death
    Dec 3, 2015 - 12:28PM

    Was he a pakistani?Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:20PM

    @Strategic death:

    Yes he was of Pakistani origin. Both parents were from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Marl Brando
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:40PM

    I don’t get it. He was settled, had a job, a family. What compelled him to go on a killing spree? What drives these people. Recommend

  • nomi
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:44PM

    not good, one of the most liberal states will now be no longe safe for muslims.Recommend

  • RT
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:47PM

    @Strategic death Yes Pakistani American. One news outlet says so.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Who are these stupid people. Authorities haven’t yet told anything but tape fitted in their confused brains has already been on. Recommend

  • low life indian
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:23PM

    @Sri Varahadev:
    get a life and go to read your own sitesRecommend

  • Madhav Das
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:44PM

    Standard explanation from Muslims. “He was a devout Muslim. We have no idea why he shot all these people.” Did anyone stop to think maybe that was precisely the problem!Recommend

  • hari
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:10PM

    Sadly for Americans and American Muslims action speaks louder than words!Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:14PM

    @Strategic death:

    Web Link for Syed Rizwan Farook’s Pakistani origin see New York Times:

  • Charles
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:51PM

    Low life
    Are you saying he is not of Pakistani origin. ?please clarify. People are only looking for information.Recommend

  • Xee Ali
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:58PM

    Very sad incident and suffering for the families. @Sri Varahadev & @ Madhav Das: people like you will never grow up and always find excuse to blame Pakistani & Muslims. Please note the person was an American not Pakistani. Recommend

  • jojo
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:01PM

    @SRi, why are you jumping so much if they were from Pakistan, why are you so excited man..don’t you guys have anything better to other then living constantly in Pakistan phobia, the guy who carried out this attack is a US born American..what Pakistan has to do with it if US can not stop its own citizens from radicalization..Recommend

  • Hassan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:05PM

    @Sri Varahadev
    He is Pakistani American. News reports indicate he recently traveled to Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:26PM

    ““He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”
    This is not how Muslims react when they get this particular brand of news — it is always claimed he was not Muslim. The sooner these contradictions get sorted out, the better.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:48PM

    @low life indian:
    Why so upset, brother ? Why not some introspection ? Running away from reality does not solve a problem.Recommend

  • Tom
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:08PM

    @Strategic death:

  • It's (still) Economy Stupid
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:21PM

    California shooting suspect was devout Muslim: father
    A new definition of devout Muslim.Recommend

  • observer
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:27PM

    Illiteracy, Poverty, Discrimination etc are the usual fig leaves used by the apologists.

    Apparently, even an American education and an American job is not an antidote to the deviousness of the devout.Recommend

  • low life indian (actually Pakistani)
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:46PM

    I’m not Indian. Recommend

  • Clockboy Ahmed
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:46PM

    @Sri Varahadev:
    Stay there.

    @low life indian:
    You go and hide under the carpet. Rather than telling others to leave.Recommend

  • cautious
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:03PM

    “He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”
    Religious ritual doesn’t make you a good human being, good parent, or a good Muslim. Seems to me that many overtly religious people can’t see the forest because they are lost in the trees. Recommend

  • Jaggy
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:20PM

    Very insufficient information. Does not give any motive or evidence that they killed the people in the centre when their own daughter was in. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:21PM

    He was a low life devout and from Pakistani heritage, so this is not surprising.Recommend

  • Reality Check
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:31PM

    devout muslims sir do not murderRecommend

  • Jacob
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:45PM

    One of the shooters was a poor innocent Muslim, ‘bullied by the disabled’.Recommend

  • Dec 3, 2015 - 7:14PM

    All muslims say they dont understand it and they are alway picked on by americans HMMMMMMMM I dont understand WHY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Adnan Khan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 7:59PM

    These were Made in the USA. Have nothing to do with Pakistan.Recommend

  • stevenson
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:56PM

    @ajeet: His family is of Indian origin although he is born in California and a US citizen. He is demented criminal no matter his ethnicity.Recommend

  • HZR
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:19PM

    @Adnan Khan:
    Bury the head in sand?Recommend

  • Tim
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:22PM

    Ach! Now CA will not be safe for Muslims… what a tool to make such a comment. Recommend

  • PhillyJobWhorenton
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:30PM

    You know, I heard he was an “American”…..scary….Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 4, 2015 - 2:09AM

    @Adnan Khan:
    Female shooter entered US on Pakistani Passport! That might have something to do with Pakistan!Recommend

  • Beef is free
    Dec 4, 2015 - 2:14AM

    Look at excitement of man lynching indian here, they always need something to cheer against Pakistan.Recommend

  • harkol
    Dec 4, 2015 - 9:02AM

    Suspect was devout Muslim.

    Devotion to anything leads to irrationality. i.e. One loses capacity to think logically about the outcome.

    It is better to be pragmatic & rational than devotional. World has had enough problem with people who are devotional (i.e. dedicated to their cause or zealots).Recommend

  • Faraz
    Dec 4, 2015 - 9:53AM

    I guess the indians are the only ones who are really happy and excited at this extremely sad incident. They can’t help their low thinking. The killer was an American, the victims were Americans. Period…. Recommend

  • ali
    Dec 4, 2015 - 1:00PM

    @ Marl Brando: Most importantly, he had a nine month old daughter!!! Recommend

    Dec 5, 2015 - 12:57AM

    @Arshad Hussain:

  • Prada
    Dec 5, 2015 - 3:01PM

    @Marl Brando: “What drives these people.”
    The ideology drives them and it is not some obscure one. It is as mainstream as it gets. But I think the world is not ready to put up with it for much longer.Recommend

  • Prada
    Dec 5, 2015 - 3:03PM

    “He was very religious.”
    There was the clue all along.Recommend

  • Travis
    Dec 5, 2015 - 3:05PM

    Who Cairs?
    Fact is every time this happens it is the same excuse. Time to come clean or head back.Recommend

  • Vikram
    Dec 8, 2015 - 3:27AM

    “He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”

    ………..Just shows a Muslim can be religious and still capable of terrorist attacks. This attack also show Muslim women are also being trained for terrorist attacks. I saw a Pakistani TV channel video on youtube where they were discussing Pakistani women are being trained as suicide bombers.Recommend

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