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Imam Farid Ansari has been the Imam of the Muslim American Dawah Center of Rhode Island since 1987 and is former President of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement. He recently retired from the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families after 20 years, but much of his employment and livelihood has been in law enforcement.


I’ve served in several different positions, I was a court officer, I was a Corrections Officer, and a New York City Police Officer because I’m originally from New York.

Imam Ansari was not born into the Muslim faith.

I was 18 years old when I finally learned about the religion of Islam. I was raised Catholic, but I embraced Islam in 1966. Since that point in time, it’s been a growth process.

Imam Ansari studied in Cairo, Egypt, learning the Arabic language and has made Hajj [pilgrimage to Mecca] twice.