Event designed to thank those who supported mosque following apparent hate incident
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 2/8/14) -- On Sunday, February 9, the Islamic Center of Manteca in Manteca, Calif., will hold a community open house to thank all those who supported the mosque following a recent act of vandalism that is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
WHAT: Islamic Center of Manteca to Hold Community Open House
WHEN: Sunday, February 9, 1 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Center of Manteca, 1058 South Union Road, Manteca, CA 95337
"We're very proud of the support we have received from the Manteca community, and hosting an open house is a way to thank our friends and neighbors for their support," said Masood Cajee, a member of the mosque's congregation.
Open house attendees will be able to tour the new facility, which opened in June 2013, and will be able to have their names written in Arabic by a calligrapher. Refreshments will be served.
The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a bias motive for the vandalism of the mosque.
The vandalism included strips of raw bacon and hate graffiti found on the grounds of the Islamic Center of Manteca last week as a possible bias-motivated crime. [NOTE: Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslim sensibilities.] Hate graffiti sprayed on the mosque included "F*** Islam" on the facility's sign and on the ground near the entrance. Last year, the mosque's sign was spray-painted with graffiti stating "No Allah, Only God."
In response to previous attacks on American mosques, CAIR published a booklet called "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety" designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.