The Houston office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) and the Islamic Society of
Greater Houston will hold a news conference today to ask that local and
national law enforcement authorities investigate a weekend bomb attack on
an area mosque as a possible hate crime.
WHEN: July 7, 2 p.m. (Central)
WHERE: Champions Masjid, 6700 Old Louetta Road, Spring, Texas
CONTACT: CAIR-Houston, 713-838-2247, 832-814-5554, 832-656-0449
According to police reports and eyewitnesses, a home-made bomb exploded on
Sunday in the mailbox of Champions Masjid in Spring, Texas. Muslim children
who saw two white men place the bomb in the mailbox narrowly missed being
injured in the attack.
"Law enforcement authorities need to determine whether this attack was
random criminal behavior tied to the Fourth of July holiday or was instead
motivated by anti-Muslim bias," said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Iesa
Sunday's bombing was just the latest in a series of suspicious incidents at
the same mosque. In June, a number of dead fish were dumped near the
entrance of the mosque. Worshipers have also reported verbal harassment in
the recent past.
Other Islamic institutions and businesses in Texas have been targeted.
Earlier this year, a man was arrested for threatening an El Paso Islamic
center, an arson suspect was arrested at the scene of a fire at a Muslim
business in San Antonio and vandals scrawled racist graffiti on the
interior of a Lubbock mosque.
Incidents targeting Muslim individuals and Islamic centers have occurred
recently across America. A Muslim woman driver in Illinois and a Muslim
shopper in California were assaulted at the end of June by attackers
shouting anti-Muslim and racist slurs.
In Florida, vandals wrote "Kill all Muslims" inside the Islamic Community
Center in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. The FBI is also investigating vandalism
and threatening messages targeting the Islamic Community of Southwest
Florida in Charlotte Harbor. In Missouri, vandals painted a Nazi swastika
and the word "die" on an addition under construction at the Islamic
Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Three Miami Islamic centers were vandalized.
In response to these incidents, CAIR published a "Muslim Community Safety
America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional offices
and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is
warning Muslims in Florida and California about a con artist who seeks
money by impersonating well-known personalities in the Muslim world.
The con artist calls Muslim individuals and groups pretending to be with a
respected Islamic institution. He claims that he and others are coming to
visit the United States. Later, he calls back, claiming to have lost his
money, tickets or passport and asks for emergency cash to be wired to him
at Western Union or a similar facility.
Today CAIR received a report from a Muslim institution in Florida that
stated: "Our Imam knew immediately that we were dealing with the impostors
due to the email information from CAIR about similar incidents that
happened in other cities."
A person using this same con game was arrested in Canada two years ago (see
alert below), but was later released. NOTE: The impostor may use many
variations of this scam.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:
1. Please ANNOUNCE AT JUMA'A and other functions - several hundred Muslims
have been targeted in the past.
2. DO NOT wire money to anyone claiming to be stranded in an airport.
3. REPORT requests for money to CAIR, the local office of the FBI (ask for
a fraud investigator) and to local police. Obtain a copy of the complaint.
4. If you have already been a victim, send copies of wire transfer
documents to CAIR so that a case can be built against this man. (FAX:
FOR BACKGROUND, SEE THE FOLLOWING 2002 ARTICLE AND CAIR ALERT:
CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT
CAIR's Civil Rights Department today conducted a sensitivity and diversity
training workshop, entitled "Understanding Islam and Muslims," at NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The workshop was also
broadcast live to other NASA employees.
CAIR Civil Rights Department staffers Khadija Athman, Tariq Mangru and Engy
Abdelkader presented the workshop, which focused on basic Islamic beliefs,
the accommodation of religious practices in the workplace, issues related
to anti-Muslim stereotyping and bias, and the common values shared by all
The Muslim Civil Rights Center (MCRC)
and the Chicago office of the Council on American Islamic Relations
(CAIR-Chicago) today announced that three Muslim men of Palestinian
heritage filed a complaint against a Chicago-area theater over
allegations of religious and national-origin discrimination.
The complaint, filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights
against Loews Cineplex in Crestwood, Ill., alleges that the men were
evicted from a screening of Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" in
February of this year.
The theater security guards allegedly mocked the Arabic spoken by the
men and told them to speak English because "this is America." The guards
also reportedly joked that the Muslim moviegoers might have a bomb.
"Under Illinois and federal law, theaters and other places of public
accommodation must treat all customers equally," said CAIR-Chicago board
member Kamran Memon, who is also legal representative for the men. "We
expect Loews to train its employees to ensure that customers do not face
such harassment, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or national
"What these men endured is unacceptable and must be addressed by theater
management," said MCRC's Community Outreach Coordinator Ahmad Tansheet.
Tansheet said there should be zero tolerance for anti-Muslim bigotry in
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered
in Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide
and in Canada.
MCRC, an Islamic civil and human rights group based in Illinois, creates
awareness about civil and human rights among American Muslims and
provides legal assistance to victims of rights violations.
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CONTACT: MCRC, Ahmad Tansheet, 708-598-6640, E-mail: