When the owners of the Al-Farah Islamic Clothing store in Anaheim, California, came to work yesterday, they found an English translation of the Quran hanging on the shop’s door. But there was something noticeably wrong — the holy book had been punctured with what appeared to be multiple bullet holes.
IB Times The owners contacted the Anaheim police and the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the organization said Wednesday. CAIR, is now asking the FBI to investigate the incident as a hate crime.
CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said in a statement Wednesday. “If you shoot up a Quran on your own property, that is bigoted freedom of expression. If you deliver that bullet-riddled Quran to a Muslim home or business, that is an act of intimidation and a hate crime.”
This episode comes amid a wave of apparent anti-Muslim incidents around the country over the past few weeks. Since the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State group militants, Muslims in the U.S. have experienced a rise in Islamophobic sentiment that many say reminds them of what they saw after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.