posted on May, 14 2004 @ 06:15 AM
In the past few days, three separate incidents of vandalism has occurred at local South Florida mosques. Clerics from the mosque are asking the FBI
to investigate the incidents. The FBI has said they have not received the official complaints as of yet.
Officials Say Three Mosques Vandalized In Past Three Days
In the past three days, obscene graffiti was written on the sign of a center in Miami, another mosque in Miami had severe damage both inside and out
and a threatening letter was left at a mosque in Hollywood in Broward County, said Altaf Ali, Florida director of the Council on American-Islamic
The letter, which read "Kill them all in the name of Allah," was found at the Darul Uloom mosque Thursday morning, Ali said.
On Tuesday at Masjid Al-Ihsan mosque, the front door and windows were broken, telephone and electrical lines were cut and the alarm system was
destroyed, Ali said. Vandals wrote curse words and scrawled a swastika on the sign of the Islamic School of Miami on Wednesday night, he said.
Police reports have been filed for all the incidents, he said.
"Based on our experience, whenever we see there's a major incident in the Middle East, there's a certain level of repercussions against Muslims in
the United States," he said.
There is a large Muslim population in South Florida. Personal acquaintances who attend one of the mosques vandalized has expressed concern about
attending services today in traditional muslim wear. The fear is that who ever committed the vandalism might target members who attend the mosque and
live in the area.
[Edited on 5-14-2004 by worldwatcher]