(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/13/20) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) today is seeking community support for St. Paul’s Dar Uloom Islamic Center, a mosque that has been vandalized multiple times this summer, starting on June 15.
MEDIA NOTE: Media availability on Tuesday from 12-2 pm CDT at the mosque located at 977 5th St E, St. Paul, MN 55106
The vandalism on June 15th caused over $20,000 in damages at the mosque’s school building. On August 24, the front door was broken and vandalized. After repairing the door that day, vandals broke the door down again the next night on August 25th. Cars in the private parking lot were also broken into and vandalized.
In a statement, CAIR-Minnesota Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said:
“We are not concerned about residents in the immediate neighborhood around Dar Uloom Islamic Center, who have been friendly and supportive of their local mosque. We suspect that extremists outside of the community are committing these hateful acts.”
“Mosques in Minnesota have been targeted with bombings, vandalism and more. Since 2016, we have seen an increase in other Islamophobic threats and attacks. We cannot accept these assaults on mosques that intend to intimidate Muslims and the Dar Uloom Islamic Center community. We will not be intimidated, and we will not stop our worship.”
To support the Dar Uloom Islamic Center, please visit their GoFundMe page here.
The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, email@example.com; CAIR-MN Deputy Director Mohamed Ibrahim 507-990-3473 CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org