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CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Fire at Minneapolis Mosque

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/11/2020) – TheMinnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire overnight at the Tawfiq Islamic Center in Minneapolis.

Just before midnight, the Minneapolis Fire Department responded to the fire that caused extensive damaged to the front entrance of the mosque, with additional water damage to other parts of the facility.

SEE: Investigation Underway After Overnight Fire at North Minneapolis Mosque

“Because of recent hate incidents nationwide and because the blaze occurred at a house of worship, we urge state and federal officials to use their full resources to investigate the cause of this fire to determine whether it was arson and if there was a possible bias motive,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-Minnesota. “Anyone who has information about this fire or saw anything suspicious at the time of the blaze should immediately contact law enforcement authorities.”

He added: “We are concerned about widely-shared false social media stories about Minnesota mosques being opened during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

SEE: No, Facebook guys, Minnesota mosques aren’t open during quarantine

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism Targeting Mosque, Muslim Business

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Hussein noted that late last month, CAIR’s Missouri chapter welcomed the arrest of a suspect in an arson attack on a Missouri mosque.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Arrest of Missouri Mosque Arson Suspect, Calls for Hate Crime Charges

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.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Hate Vandalism Targeting Mississippi Church, Expresses Solidarity with Christian Community

CAIR recently launched an online information portal offering vital information on the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on American Muslims and the entire society.


Every day (M-F), CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 3 p.m. (ET) on Facebook featuring spiritual leaders, health care professionals, counselors, experts, community advocates, and CAIR leaders from around the country.


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, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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