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Southern California Mosque Vandalized

CAIR-LA calls for FBI probe of possible bias motive (ANAHEIM, CA, 7/29/05) – The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called on the FBI to investigate vandalism at the Ahlul Bayet Mosque in Pomona as a possible hate crime. Mosque spokesman Basam Alhussaini contacted CAIR-LA and reported that the vandalism took place sometime before Wednesday evening. Alhussaini told CAIR-LA that the vandals destroyed the walls, carpet, windows, and doors of five classrooms in the mosque. Pornographic pictures were also posted in the prayer area. SEE: “Area Mosque Defaced” http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,208~12588~2986309,00.html “We urge the FBI and other law enforcement agencies working on the case to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan.

“We pray that the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice, whatever their motive.” Khan said a series of similar incidents has been reported in recent months by Muslim individuals and institutions nationwide. SEE: “Muslims’ Reports of Bias Rose in 2004” http://www.latimes.com/news/local/state/la-me-cair29jul29,1,6491645.story As a response to these and other anti-Muslim incidents, CAIR published a “Muslim Community Safety Kit.” The safety kit may be obtained free of charge by e-mailing pubs@cair-net.org. (Include name, address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.) It may also be ordered at: https://www.cair-net.org/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=1021 CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance 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: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CONTACT: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-Mail: socal@cair.com

 

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