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CAIR-Minnesota To Join Community Clean Up Effort at Vandalized Muslim Cemetery 

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/30/21) – On Sunday, October 31st, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) will join interfaith community groups in clean-up efforts in Farmington, Minn., to respond to repeated attacks against the Muslim Cemetery in Castle Rock Township. [Pronounced: Al Magfirah – “AL-MAGFEERA”] 

Interfaith leaders and community members will come and help clean up the cemetery which has been vandalized and targeted with a failed arson that caused over $150K in damages. In a news conference, community groups offered $10K in reward for information that leads to arrest. 

WHAT: CAIR-Minnesota and Al Mafirah cemetery hold clean up day at the Cemetery

WHEN: Sunday October 31st, 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m  

WHERE: Al Magfirah Cemetery, 1120 220th St W, Farmington, MN 55024  

WHO: Al Magfirah Representative, Interfaith Leaders 

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein,612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com  

Community Can still support the Cemetery by going on to the LaunchGood Campaign 

https://www.launchgood.com/campaign/support_al_maghfirah_cemetery#!/

SEE: CAIR-MN announces reward for information on Muslim cemetery vandalism

BACKGROUND:  

https://www.kare11.com/article/news/crime/cair-mn-announces-reward-for-information-on-muslim-cemetery-vandalism-farmington/89-24362427-aa45-43eb-8187-05a9671a0895

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Calls on FBI to Probe Bias Motive for Apparent Arson Attempt at Minnesota Muslim Cemetery   

Someone smelled a gas leak in the early morning of Oct. 5. Members from the community found more than 30 tires strategically placed inside the building and a large gas pipe was cut inside the facility, possibly in an effort to cause an explosion and fire.    

VIEW PHOTOS: https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cemetery.png 

This was the second time the Muslim cemetery was attacked. In August 2017, the cemetery was vandalized with destruction of property.   

SEE: Islamic cemetery vandalized in rural Dakota Co.   

https://www.mprnews.org/amp/story/2017/08/01/islamic-cemetery-in-suburban-minneapolis-vandalized

The cemetery also faced opposition and had to mount a legal challenge against the township to allow construction.   

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

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