DEARBORNISTAN: Two qurans were burned in front of a mosque

Several (actually 2) Qurans were burned in front of a Dearborn mosque yesterday in possible connection with anti-Islam Pastor Terry Jones’ visit to the city on Saturday. The three books were burned in front of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center,. The Imam, Sheikh Husham Al-Husainy, showed the charred Qurans to 7 Action News Reporter and called it a “hateful act.”

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WXYZ  It happened just days before the controversial Pastor Terry Jones and a motorcycle group called American Patriotic Bikers plan to visit another Mosque on Flag Day for what they call a protest against Sharia Law. The Florida native is expected to be the featured guest speaker at the Dearborn Freedom Rally

The imam of the mosque, Sheikh Husham Al-Husainy, confirmed that the incident occurred and that police are investigating. Al-Husainy said he met with public safety officials, including the FBI and Dearborn’s police chief, yesterday. “I’ve been in this mosque for 20 years, and this never happened,” Al-Husainy said.

Sheikh Husham Al-Husainy, left, meets with interfaith leaders at the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center

Sheikh Husham Al-Husainy, left, meets with interfaith leaders at the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center

A group of local imams are convening tonight in Dearborn to discuss how to handle the situation. The mosque is the center of Dearborn’s Iraqi Shi’a community and is often visited by people interested in its history. Al-Husainy said visitors come each week and for group tours.

Jones planned to speak in front of the Islamic Center of America on Ford Road but, because he did not obtain a permit from the city, he will be speaking in front of City Hall, one of Dearborn’s designated “free speech zones.”

Terry Jones in Dearborn the last time

Terry Jones in Dearborn the last time