(PHOENIX, AZ, 6/13/06) – The Arizona office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on local and national law enforcement authorities to investigate as bias crimes hate messages left at a Tempe mosque and at the group’s Phoenix office.
Officials of the Islamic Community Center of Tempe reported to CAIR-AZ that a sign attacking the Prophet Muhammad and claiming “Muslims Worship Satan” was left near the mosque sometime last night.
Another message on a hand-written sign placed in CAIR-AZ’s office window sometime over the weekend stated “Mohammed Rasool Al Shaytan,” meaning “(The Prophet) Muhammad is the messenger of Satan.” This is a distortion of the common Islamic phrase referring to the Prophet as a messenger of God.
“The fact that this person actually went to the mosque and to CAIR’s office would seem to indicate a level of hostility that could potentially result in more than hate speech,” said CAIR-AZ Office Manager Bushra Khan. She said local police are investigating both incidents. Khan said FBI officials should add their resources to those of local authorities.
In May, Khan was one of several Muslim women who reported being verbally abused by two people who said they recently saw the movie “United 93” about one of the planes hijacked on 9/11.
SEE: CAIR-AZ Muslims Accosted By ‘United 93’ Viewers
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: Bushra Khan, 602-262-2247, 202-276-9227, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org