Washington, DC -- A Washington-based Islamic advocacy group called on law
enforcement agencies Thursday to protect mosques during the feast of
Ramadan, which begins next week.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the call following a
series of incidents targeting Islamic institutions in the Midwest.
CAIR said vandals smeared feces on a Fargo, N.D., mosque and tobacco juice
had also been spit on the doorknob of the mosque.
The vandalism occurred some time after 9 p.m. Saturday and was noticed
Sunday morning by Yahya Frederickson as he left the building after morning
"It looked like there was feces that had been smeared on the back door and
toilet paper that had been stuck in it," Frederickson said.
"We hope it's just an isolated incident," said Islamic Society of
Fargo-Moorhead President Mohamed Fakhr. The men said the community has
generally been supportive of Muslims in the area since the terror attacks
of Sept. 11, 2001.
In the neighboring state of Minnesota, CAIR said, two Islamic centers were
also vandalized recently..