(SEATTLE, WA 10/13/21) – CAIR Washington, the Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, today called for an investigation into a possible bias motive for a devastating fire that occurred Monday night at the Islamic Center of Tacoma.
SEE: Arson Suspected in Blaze at Tacoma Mosque, Police Say
At the time of the fire, there were two worshippers present inside the mosque just before scheduled evening prayers. No one was injured in the attack.
In a statement, CAIR Washington Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi said:
“We are heartbroken to hear of this horrific attack on one of our houses of worship. It is important that authorities investigate a possible bias motive in this apparent arson, as we have seen a disturbing trend of mosques, temples, and minority-led houses of worship being targeted by hate in recent years.”
Earlier this year, CAIR released “Resilience in the Face of Hate,” which outlines over 6,000 civil rights complaints tallied by offices nationwide.
SEE: CAIR Issues New Report Detailing 6000+ American Muslim Civil Rights Complaints
A LaunchGood campaign has been set up to assist in rebuilding the mosque.
GO TO: Help Re-Build the Islamic Center of Tacoma After Arson
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Washington Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, 206-367-4081, firstname.lastname@example.org, CAIR Washington Media Manager Jessica Schreindl, 208-290-0500, email@example.com