Many were offended and some Muslims left the mosque because of Monteilh, who changed his first name to Farouk (not to be confused with Farfur). Affad Shaikh, civil rights coordinator for CAIR's LA-area chapter, compared the shock of "crazy lunatics" like Monteilh joining the mosque to a Catholic discovering their priest had been molesting children. He writes at This American Muslim:
I don't know what to do about a person who hijacks my religion and talks about "jihad" and "violent actions against American military" targets!!! This guy should be behind bars, he must be flight risk, HE MUST KNOW OF OTHERS or at least the FBI should be working on figuring this out.