Aug 9 2012
OH NOES! Members of an Islamic Center in North Smithfield, RI are
scared hoping that the damage to their sign means they were targets of a hate crime, so they can claim their favorite status: victim. The sign was broken in half, and the top half was stolen.
BOSTON Terror-linked CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) issued what it called a community safety advisory for American mosques after news emerged that a sign outside a mosque in Rhode Island was vandalized. Muslim leaders in Rhode Island requested additional police protection at the mosque after Sunday’s incident and in light of the fatal attack on a Sikh Center in Wisconsin on Sunday and a suspicious fire at a mosque in Missouri on Monday.
“We urge Muslim leaders nationwide to take immediate steps to boost security, particularly in the last 10 days of the ongoing fast of Ramadan, when religious activities at mosques reach their peak,” National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a news release.
Members of Rhode Island’s Muslim community have asked to meet with police and the FBI to request heightened security at their places of worship.
The incident at the Masjid Al-Islam happened early Sunday morning. Surveillance video showed a person walk up to the mosque’s sign, struggle with it then knock down a large piece of it, put it into a car and drive away, said North Smithfield Police Capt. Tim Lafferty. He said detectives are investigating it as vandalism, although he said it was too early to rule out a possible hate crime.
Farid Ansari, president of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement and an imam at the Muslim American Dawah Center of Rhode Island said they had reached out to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements to convene a meeting so they could to express their concerns and ask for heightened security.