Syed Rizwan Farook was heavily involved in his local mosque and focused his energies on memorizing the Quran, he wrote in a short-lived dating profile in 2013.
“I spend much of my free time in the masjid,” Farook, 28, wrote on his profile for the dating site, BestMuslim.com. He also enjoyed “memorizing the quran and learning more about the religion,” he added.
Farook and his wife, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people at a holiday party being held for county workers at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Cal. on Wednesday. Farook worked as a health inspector for the county and had been at the party before he and Malik began their attack.
The couple was killed during a shootout with police later on Wednesday. They had four guns, investigators have said. And though authorities have not officially classified the attack as terrorism, more evidence is pointing in that direction.
Farook reportedly had contact with known terrorists in the Middle East. He has also traveled to the Middle East and to Pakistan multiple times. It has also been reported that Farook viewed ISIS propaganda online. Investigators found a heavy arsenal of guns, ammunition and pipe bombs at their house in Redlands, Cal.
In describing his ideal mate on his dating profile, Farook said that he was “looking for a practicing muslimah,” a reference to a follower of Islam.
Farook also wanted “someone who takes her religion very seriously and is always trying to improve her religion and encouraging others to do the same using hikmah and not harshness.”
It is unclear if Malik, who had a Pakistani passport, met Farook through the dating website. The couple were reportedly married for two years, and he brought her to the U.S. on a visa granted to fiances of American citizens. Farook was born in Chicago and lived most of his life in California.
Farook’s newly-discovered profile indicates that he had become more devout in recent years when compared to other profiles posted years before.
As The Daily Caller reported late Wednesday, Farook referenced his religious beliefs in profiles he posted when he was 22 years old. But the narratives from those sites are much less focused on his faith. (RELATED: Syed Rizwan Farook’s Dating Profile Shows He Liked Reading Religious Books And Shooting Target Practice)
Farook wrote on the dating site iMilap.com that he was from a “religios [sic] but modern family of 4, 2 girls 2 boys.” He described his family values as a blend between Eastern and Western.
Under hobbies he wrote then that he enjoyed “working on vintage and modern cars, read religios [sic] books.”