It was only minor vandalism at the Islamic Society of Delaware but you’d think it was a major terror attack.
(The news story here is condensed from the 3 pages of the original)
Delaware Online A white picket fence was broken into pieces. A wooden sign with the name of the mosque was knocked down, and another sign was damaged. A cross, a sign used by the Christian faith, was created from the resulting debris.
“This is very hard. This is very shocking for us,” said Mahamed Allimulla, president of the Islamic Society of Delaware. “We’re just trying to realize why this happened.” (3 guesses) The destruction at the property was thought to be the first and only problem at the mosque, several leaders there said Friday.
Syed A. Balkhi, social secretary at the society, was left wondering if this was a message targeting the Muslim community. “Is this the first step? I don’t know,” Balkhi said, adding he wondered what going to happen the next time. “That’s what I’m worried about.” (Ewwww, maybe next time a window will get broken. Call out the National Guard)
The group was expected to meet later that day to figure out what the next step was going to be, Balkhi said. The concern was that the center had never been vandalized in the nearly 25 years the building has been there. “Even after 9/11 this sort of thing never happened,” he said. (It took this long for people to learn how bad the ideology of Islam really is)
State police were at the scene of the incident, and a representative from the state Human Relations Commission was there to gather evidence of a possible hate crime. State police say anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Troop 6 at (302) 633-5000.
In 2011, there were three crimes driven by hatred of another religion reported in the state of Delaware, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. There were a total of 15 hate crimes reported statewide that year, according the federal crime data. (But I bet they didn’t make the evening News)
There’s not yet been any official determination by police or the human relations commission on what was discovered Friday morning at Islamic Center of Delaware.
At the afternoon prayer service, Hadi told those gathered that the Islam faith requires peace with others, no matter their religion. He talked about a teaching from the Koran where someone who was thought to be an enemy was later someone who came in peace. “It might happen the one who broke the fence, one day we might see him here praying with us,” he said. (Don’t dream)
The vandalism is creating concerns that had never occurred to members of the Delaware group, said Irfan Patel, vice president of the Islamic Society of Delaware.