A St. Cloud MUSLIM man was arrested early Thursday after a report of vandalism at the Islamic Center of St. Cloud, in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South.
SC Times Abdourahamane Diallo, 29, (photo below) told officers he had vandalized the Islamic Center and a vehicle because he was frustrated and had lost an expensive phone earlier in the evening, according to a report from the St. Cloud Police Department.
SC Times Police were called to the site shortly before 5 a.m. They learned that the window in a door and a window in a nearby vehicle had been broken while several people were attending prayer inside the center. Witnesses chased Diallo from the building to the end of the block and were walking him back to the scene when police arrived, the report said.
Witnesses said Diallo broke the windows after spraying the side of the church with beer, according to the report. No one was injured during the incident. Diallo appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the incident, police said. Diallo told officers he regularly attended prayer at the Islamic Center in the past.
Police are determining the monetary loss due to the damage. Diallo also is a suspect in a separate case of criminal damage to property stemming from damage to his friend’s vehicle earlier in the evening after a dispute about the lost phone, according to the police report. Rear view mirrors were broken on the vehicle while it was parked downtown.
Diallo could be charged with felony criminal damage to property, according to police.
Islamic Center of St. Cloud, obviously a former church
Nestled in the heart of Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies an Evangelical Mecca. Where Christianity and Country music are as indigenous to the region as the seven hills of Lynchburg. And thousands of students make their annual pilgrimage, every fall, to study at the largest Christian University in the world. But in the ‘buckle of the bible belt’ some residents answer a different call to prayer. And if Obama has his way, many of the 100,000 Muslim refugees expected to arrive this year will be dumped right in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, transported and supported on the backs of hardworking US taxpayers.
WSET The Muslim community in the Lynchburg area is made up of around 50 families. Like many of those families, Mohammad and Asma Rahman moved here to seize a better opportunity.
Going only on his word, Asma, Mohammad, and their two sons made their way to Lynchburg in 2006. “We knew about Liberty and Jerry Falwell.”
Asma Rahman says she had reservations and was a little scared. “Here when we came at first, I was a little bit, because I knew there weren’t that many Muslims” said Asma Rahman. “We didn’t have a mosque at the time” added Mohammad Rahman.
ISLAM is dark green
A stark contrast to the mosque in New Jersey where their kids attended Islamic school– or their native Bangladesh — home to some of the largest mosques in the world. “People in the Boonsboro area and the Lynchburg area were praying in people’s homes on Fridays” said Mohammad Rahman.
So a group of Muslim families including the Rahmans formed the Greater Lynchburg Islamic Association and raised enough funds to buy and repurpose a home. “Alhamdullilah, we’ve been very grateful” said Mohammed Rahman.
At the same time GLIA was constructing Lynchburg’s first mosque — tensions overseas were escalating as the U.S. entered its 7th year in the ‘War on Terror’. And Al-Qaeda militants and its subsidiaries’ claims to be fighting in the name of Islam, were further changing perceptions of Muslims at home.
9/11 put Islam in the national and international spotlight, often in the context of terrorism. But Asma Rahman can recall an incident that predates the attacks. “When my children were young, I was in New Jersey, my son came home a couple of times even before 9/11 and said mom why do they talk about that we are terrorist?” said Asma.
Over 20,000 Muslims lift their asses to Allah in an American baseball stadium field
Since, headlines have been filled with Islamic extremist claiming responsibility for a number of attacks — the Boston Marathon bombings, the Charlie Hebdo attack, brutal beheadings. But how can a religion many of its believers argue is peaceful… be used to justify such atrocities?
“In any religious text out of its content, it becomes a pretext. You can use it for whatever you mean” saidLiberty University professor and Theologian Dr. Chris Gnanakan. Dr. Gnanakan says terrorism justified by religion is often rooted in power and politics.
“Religion was never meant to be volatile. I think peace is what all religions seek. Muslims will say that, Hindus live that and Christians pursue peace” said Gnanakan.
Many Muslims in the U-S have publicly condemned and disassociated themselves from extremist views. “We are non-violent people… Sometimes people get scared because of hearing all the news. And sometimes that may lead to something but fortunately for me I haven’t been exposed to any of that” said Mohammed Rahman.
The Rahman family has now lived in Lynchburg for 8 years. They say from the start, their neighbors welcomed them with open arms. “As they interact with us, they see what we are, so I never felt any kind of discrimination” said Mohammad Rahman.
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Tennessee alone will get up to 10,000 Somali Muslims this year. As crime rates soar in every city in America that has a significant Somali Muslim population, home values drop like a stone.
In response to the University of Maryland’s decision to cancel a screening of the hit movie ‘American Sniper’ because the school’s Muslim Students Association (MSA)* objected, calling it “Islamophobic and nationalist,” Reverend Franklin Graham said the sniper, Chris Kyle, “was an American hero” and Muslims who don’t think so should get the hell out of America.
CNS In a petition it sponsored to halt the screening of the film, the Muslim Students Association said “American Sniper,” which has grossed $541.3 million worldwide so far, is “war propaganda guised as art [that] reveals a not-so-discreet Islamophobic, violent, and racist nationalist ideology.”
Franklin Graham, 62, is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse. He frequently speaks out against the intolerance and dangers of radical Islam and the genocide of Christians in the Muslim world.
*The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is one of several terror-linked Muslim Brotherhood front groups in North America
Andre Carson is closely associated with designated terrorist group CAIR and has recently been named by Nancy Pelosi to the House Intelligence Committee.