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FBI asked to Probe Mosque Vandalism as Hate Crime

(BETHESDA, MD, 9/28/05) – The Maryland and Virginia office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD/VA) today called on the FBI to investigate a recent vandalism at a Silver Spring, Maryland mosque as a possible hate crime.

According to officials at the Muslim Community Center and media reports, a vandal spray-painted a line through the word Muslim and painted a Star of David on the outdoor sign of the mosque. A motorist passing by witnessed the vandalism and reported it to the police.

SEE: Vandal Defaces Sign at Muslim Center

“Given recent incidents targeting Muslims across the country, we urge local and national law enforcement authorities to seriously consider the possible bias motive in this incident,” said CAIR-MD/VA Director of Civil Rights Shama Farooq.

Farooq added that earlier this month, CAIR called on local and national law enforcement authorities to investigate possible bias motives for recent vandalism at mosques in Nebraska, California, Michigan and New York.

CAIR offers a “Muslim Community Safety Kit” containing advice on improving mosque security such as installing exterior video cameras, perimeter floodlights and burglar alarm systems. The safety kit may be obtained free of charge by e-mailing (Include name, address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.) It may also be ordered at:

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

CONTACT: CONTACT: Shama Farooq, 301-986-1900, 301-343-2924, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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