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ILLINOIS MOSQUE ATTACKED AS MUSLIMS PRAY INSIDE

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  • ummyakoub
    In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful CAIR ACTION ALERT #370 ILLINOIS MOSQUE ATTACKED AS MUSLIMS PRAY INSIDE CAIR calls for FBI investigation,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 13, 2003
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      In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

      CAIR ACTION ALERT #370

      ILLINOIS MOSQUE ATTACKED AS MUSLIMS PRAY INSIDE
      CAIR calls for FBI investigation, increased police protection

      (WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/12/2003) - CAIR today called for an FBI
      investigation of an attack last night on a Chicago-area mosque that
      occurred while more than 100 Muslims prayed inside.

      Police investigators, witnesses and mosque officials told CAIR that
      worshipers heard two loud bangs just after the evening prayer at the
      Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, Ill., one of the largest mosques and
      Islamic schools in America. (SEE: http://www.islamicfoundation.org/)

      Witnesses say they found a window of the prayer area damaged by two
      projectiles that they took to be bullets. Islamic Foundation Director Abdul
      Hameed Dogar called the attack "a deliberate attempt to kill worshipers"
      because those praying were clearly visible to the attackers through the
      large windows of the mosque.

      Villa Park Police Detective John Szkolka told CAIR he does not know
      what kind of projectiles hit the mosque window and is following "some
      leads" in the case. Szkolka said the attack was "almost certainly" bias-
      related.

      This was not the first such attack on the mosque. In 1999, vandals
      threw a chunk of concrete through a glass door and broke a window.
      Other incidents of vandalism occurred while the mosque was under
      construction. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, the mosque received a
      number of threats.

      "We are thankful that no one was hurt in last night's attack. This incident
      is just the latest in a series of assaults on and threats against American
      Muslims in recent weeks. We believe the increase in Islamophobic hate
      crimes is directly related to the drumbeat of pro-war and anti-Muslim
      rhetoric in our society. Local law enforcement agencies should offer
      increased protection for Muslim communities and their institutions during
      this time of crisis," said Omar Haydar, executive director of CAIR's
      Chicago office (CAIR-Chicago).

      Haydar noted that just this week, death threats were made against
      Muslim students at San Jose State University in California. The threats
      were just one of several anti-Muslim incidents across the country
      reported to CAIR within the past month. Physical assaults against
      Muslims have been reported in Northern California, Southern California,
      Georgia, New Jersey, and South Carolina. One incident in Yorba Linda,
      Calif., left a Muslim teenager badly beaten by a group that allegedly
      included white supremacists.


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