(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/1/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal laws enforcement authorities to investigate a threatening letter sent to a Virginia mosque as a possible hate crime.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., received an envelope yesterday that “had bias language written on it.” A mosque official told CAIR the letter had a foreign postmark and the phrase “kill all Muslims,” along with an image of a pig defecating on a mosque. [NOTE: Anti-Muslim bigots often use pigs or pork products to intentionally offend Muslims because of the Islamic prohibition on consuming pork products.]
“We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this and other cases of threats and violence targeting American mosque seriously and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR National Communications director Ibrahim Hooper.
Yesterday, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate similar threatening notes sent to Maryland mosques.
Video: CAIR Rep Zainab Chaudry Responds to Threats Targeting Maryland Mosques
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8th election.
A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.
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CAIR is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org