(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/22/22) – On Monday, May 23, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a media availability to respond to vandalism targeting a St. Paul mosque and to seek the community’s help in apprehending the alleged perpetrator.
Dawah Mosque (Masjid Dawah) vandalized early Saturday morning. A white male suspect is seen on security cameras of the mosque breaking and entering, damaging doors and stealing construction equipment. Estimates of equipment stolen are over $20,000.
St Paul police are investigating and say there is no clear indication of a bias motive for the incident. They and CAIR-MN are asking for help from community to report any information about the incident.
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WHAT: Community Response to St. Paul Mosque Vandalism
WHEN: Monday, May 23, Noon-1 p.m.
WHERE: Outside Dawah Mosque, 605 Fairview Ave N, St Paul MN 55104
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com
CAIR has responded to a number of recent incidents targeting mosques nationwide.
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Last month, CAIR-MN joined other faith and community to respond to sentencing in the 2017 bombing of Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center.
Washington, D.C., based CAIR is also urging houses of worship to take extra security precautions using CAIR “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/
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, 612-206-3360, firstname.lastname@example.org