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BREAKING: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Arson Targeting New Mexico Mosque

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/4/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate fires set at an Albuquerque, N.M., mosque as a possible hate crime.

Surveillance video shows a woman setting multiple fires near the prayer hall of the the Islamic Center of New Mexico Monday morning. Mosque members believe the fires were started by a woman who came to the center last week expressing hostility. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the FBI or the Albuquerque Police Department.

SEE: Surveillance video shows woman setting fires at Islamic Center of New Mexico

“Given recent hate incidents targeting mosques and prominent American Muslims, New Mexico law enforcement authorities and the FBI should investigate a possible bias motive for this incident,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Silence and inaction in the face of growing hate nationwide only provides encouragement to bigots targeting all minority communities.”

Last week, CAIR’s Washington state chapter (CAIR-Washington) released surveillance video obtained from the Islamic Center of Olympia showing a car driving up, tossing an explosive device on the ground in front of the mosque and speeding away seconds before an explosion occurs. 

Video: CAIR-Washington Director Imraan Siddiqi Says Explosion at Mosque ‘Jars Community to Their Core’

The incidents come as Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim member of Congress, is being targeted by Islamophobic attacks from GOP elected officials.  Rep. Omar is speaking this evening at CAIR’s annual virtual gala.

GOP leaders have not pushed back against that hate campaign.

SEE: House Republicans Express Concern Over Party Infighting, But Not the Islamophobic Rhetoric That Set It Off (Washington Post)

CAIR is urging houses of worship to take extra security precautions using its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to religious institutions of all faiths.   

The booklet may be viewed at:   

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La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.          

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,; CAIR Washington Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, 480-415 4652,; CAIR Washington Media Manager Jessica Schreindl, 208-290-0500,  

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