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On Heels of July 4th Arson Attack, Joplin Islamic Mosque Burned to the Ground In Second Fire

6 August 2012 General 7 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Imam Lahmuddin holds his hands over his face after a fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin, Mo., mosque, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The fire was the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month. (AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, T. Rob Brown)

Imam Lahmuddin holds his hands over his face after a fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin, Mo., mosque, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The fire was the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month. (AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, T. Rob Brown)

By: Katie Love Updated: August 6, 2012

Update: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever may have caused today’s fire.  The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is in touch with the FBI about the case.

The CAIR called for stepped-up police protection at Muslim institutions and other houses of worship nationwide after hearing about the Joplin fire and after yesterday’s deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Washington.

(JOPLIN, MO)– The Islamic Mosque in Joplin is on fire for the second time this summer.

Firefighters were called to the mosque on Black Cat Rd. around 3:30 Monday morning.

When crews arrived, the west side of the building was on fire, but it quickly spread.

The entire mosque has burned to the ground..

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the fire marshal has already been called in to investigate.

Mosque leaders say they are stunned by the fire, but are planning to continue their religious observances.

Investigators are holding a press conference later today regarding the fire.

Another fire, which was deemed arson, was reported at the same building July 4th.

Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect, but no arrests have been made.

We will update you as more details become available

Original post: On Heels of July 4th Arson Attack, Joplin Islamic Mosque Burned to the Ground In Second Fire

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7 Comments »

  1. What is wrong with people such that they are compelled do this? Why are their beliefs so warped that they think this is anything but reprehensible and horrifying? I feel great shame towards my fellow Christians, and I offer my most humble condolences to Imam Lahmuddin and the Joplin Mosque community.

  2. It is better to wait for the investigation to develop before making a statement on a crime.

    How’s this for burning down your neighbor: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/world/middleeast/turkish-alawites-fear-spillover-of-violence-from-syria.html?_r=1&src=recg

  3. […] And for a site that watches the state of Islamophobia, try this. […]

  4. In October of 2007 the mosque opened and the Muslims who built it stated they never had any problems with the non Muslims in the Joplin community. It is sad that in the following years, something has changed to cause these problems.

  5. What kind of muslims are they? Did they make a recent convert out of a crazy person? How about their wiring?

    Better to wait for the investigation.

  6. Anon,
    As stupid as usual. Did not realize the bias of the author. Syrians are having a civil war. They are not killing each other becuz they are from different sects. What else can you expect? Btw, New York Times is known for its bias and misinformation. You cite these American media outlets with misinformation the same way Muslims kill in the name of God. That would make you an extremist, no different from them.

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