Inside his office, Imam Husham Al-Husainy still has the rock that was hurled through the front window of his Dearborn mosque two months ago. It’s there to remind him.

“I hope whoever did this gets caught,” Al-Husainy, head of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center, said Monday. “Who would do this?”

That question has hovered over metro Detroit’s Muslim communities in recent weeks. But police and FBI agents don’t know who was behind a string of attacks against mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in Dearborn and Detroit.

Police said they have probed a variety of possible motives — from sectarian tensions to hatred of Muslims. But the attacks also “could have been just a random act of violence,” Dearborn Police Sgt. David Robinson said Monday.

Detroit FBI Special Agent Dawn Clenney said the agency is still investigating.

Some Muslims said they worry about what might happen if the vandals are not brought to justice.

“If nothing happens, we’re afraid something might happen again,” said Saadie Obaidi, 57, of West Bloomfield.

Obaidi often attends the Imam Ali Islamic Center in Detroit, a mosque whose windows also were shattered by vandals.

“Those people should face the law, should face some punishment,” he said.

The vandalism started in November, when Karbalaa center windows were broken after mosque members celebrated the death sentence of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Then in January, after a public celebration following the hanging of Hussein on Dec. 30, two Islamic centers and several businesses along Warren Avenue in Detroit, near Dearborn, were vandalized. Their windows and doors were shattered.

A couple of weeks later, the front window of the Karbalaa center was shattered with a rock. . .

One bright spot is that no vandalism has been directed at Muslim institutions in metro Detroit since January.

“We’re grateful that no other incidents have happened since,” said Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “We’re still hopeful that law enforcement will continue to investigate this case and hopefully catch someone.”


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