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CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Vandalism Targeting Dar Al-Qalam Islamic Center in Minneapolis

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/21/20) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on local, state law and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting Dar Al-Qalam Islamic Center in Minneapolis, Minn., early Sunday morning. The mosque director’s car was also reportedly vandalized.

[NOTE: Anyone with information about the vandalism should call the Minneapolis Police Department.]

PHOTOS OF VANDALISM:

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Representatives of the Islamic center and CAIR-Minnesota will be available for media interviews on Monday, November 22, from 11-2 p.m. CT at the mosque (81 NE Lowry Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55418).

“Given recent incidents targeting the Minnesota Muslim community, local, state and federal law enforcement authorities should investigate a possible bias motive for this vandalism,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We ask community and political leaders to condemn attacks targeting religious institutions of any faith.”

He said 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: https://www.cair.com/mosque-and-community-safety/  

Hussein noted that last month, CAIR-MN joined interfaith community groups in clean-up efforts in Farmington, Minn., to respond to repeated attacks against the Muslim Cemetery in Castle Rock Township.

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota to Join Community Clean Up Effort at Vandalized Muslim Cemetery

Video: CAIR-Minnesota Director Says Community is More United After Vandalism of Muslim Cemetery

https://youtu.be/iU-KssC1Q04

He said CAIR-MN recently called for a similar investigation of a possible bias motive for the placement of multiple tires outside the organization’s office in Minneapolis in a manner similar to ties recently left at a Muslim cemetery.

VIEW PHOTO: https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/tires.jpeg

Washington, D.C., based CAIR has responded to recent incidents targeting the Muslim community nationwide.

SEE: CAIR-SFBA Offers Reward for Info on Vandalism Targeting Islamic Center of San Francisco

CAIR Issues Maryland UMBC Campus Safety Advisory, Plans Self-Defense Training After Alleged Assault on Muslim Student

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR-MN Deputy Director Mohamed Ibrahim 507-990-3473 CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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