For years, Imam Mohamed Magid has been a familiar face at interfaith and government events in Washington.

He has met with former President Barack Obama to discuss fatherhood and hosted members of Obama's administration at the large complex of Islamic centers Magid leads in Northern Virginia. Last year, the FBI gave that complex, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, a community leadership award for strengthening ties between local Muslims and law enforcement.

From 2010-14, Magid led the Islamic Society of North America, whose conferences draw thousands of Muslims each year, and the genial Sudanese-American regularly makes the list of the world's 500 most influential Muslims.

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