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CAIR-Missouri Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for ‘Suspicious’ Fire at Cape Girardeau Mosque

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/24/20) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for a “suspicious” fire at a Cape Girardeau, Mo., mosque.

CAIR-Missouri said the blaze started this morning at the front door of the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau. The mosque suffered “significant damage” to the front entrance and on the second floor. Officials with the State Fire Marshal, the ATF and the FBI are on the scene of the fire.

SEE: Fire at Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau considered suspicious; Fire Marshal, ATF, FBI investigating

Fire at Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau

“Because the fire was deemed ‘suspicious,’ and because it occurred at a house of worship on a significant religious date, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the blaze,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper noted that last night was the first night of Ramadan, the lunar month during which Muslims fast from break of dawn until sunset.

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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 evening (M-F), CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 8 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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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