A third year student at the University of Michigan has filed a report with university police after she said a group of men were urinating on a prayer rug in a room set aside for Muslim prayer.
WXYZ (h/t Rob E) Genan Harissa said she was studying with another Muslim student Sunday night who saw a disgusting act in the ‘reflection’ room of the undergraduate library.
“He saw somebody urinating on one of the prayer rugs that we pray on everyday,” Harissa said. The alleged incident involved three men. The incident has been listed as malicious destruction of property with a bias motivation, she said. It remains under investigation.
Prayer rugs typically are used by Muslims. The University of Michigan Islamic Society of Ahl-ul-Bayt and the Muslim Students’ Association both issued statements of their Facebook pages following the incident, warning potential users of the room.
ISA has received reports that someone went into the reflection room in the basement of the UGLi and urinated on one of the Muslim prayer rugs. The school and the campus police have both been notified and they put tape around the room so no one enters until it has been cleaned. However, we’d like to point out that the way they clean may not ensure tahara, so please be advised and avoid praying there. If you have to then try using your own prayer rug and pray in the back corner. —ISA Team
The allegations follow the discovery of racist and anti-Semitic e-mails that were falsely attributed to an engineering professor and one of his students. (But only Muslims seem to rate TV news coverage of it)