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Vandals target Islamic mosque in Alpharetta

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. —

Alpharetta police are investigating after someone vandalized the Islamic Center of North Fulton Monday.

Channel 2 Action News obtained photos of the sign outside of the mosque on Rucker Road. Vandals sprayed the words “London Justice” and some other similar phrases on the building. Police are investigating if the damage is in response to the Islamic radical attack on a British soldier last week in London.

Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik got a copy of the incident report explaining what an officer saw when he arrived at the mosque.

“Upon arrival, the eyewitness stated that he had seen an elderly Caucasian male wearing a rag on his head and short pants defacing the entrance sign at the Islamic Center. He approached the suspicious person and asked him, ‘What are you doing?’ at which the time the elderly man walked off towards the bushes. It was stated that the suspicious person appeared to have an English accent,” the report said.

Petchenik spoke to Moiz Mumtaz, chairman of the Islamic Center Board of Directors. Moiz said he is disappointed that someone would vandalize the property.

“I’m just totally surprised and disappointed that something like this has happened,” Moiz said.

Moiz said the worshippers at the center have not done anything wrong.

“I hope they get good knowledge and educated and understand what we do.  We are a peaceful people. This particular center hasn’t done anything, but sometimes people take their frustration and anger (out on) someone who is innocent.”

Moiz hopes this will be the center’s last encounter with vandals.

“We have to continue to work on pluralism, understanding each other, living together.  We are all human beings,” Moiz said.

Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting the mosque as a hate crime.

“We urge law enforcement authorities to send a clear message that bias attacks on American houses of worship will not be tolerated and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

“We’re asking the public for assistance for information about who is responsible for this,” said Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon.

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9 Comments »

  1. it is going to be tit for tat now! the law of the jungle. Muslim jidahists killing non muslims in retaliation for afghanistan, or irak or whatever excuses, and non muslims killing muslims for killing one of theirs! what a lovely world this is going to be!

  2. I love and respect Islam and although a follower of Christ I pray that the hatred my Islamic brethern endure would end. May the Spirit continue to touch your hearts and protect you.

  3. Terry , , if u have any question about islam anytime i would be happy 2 answer ur questions :) thanks :)

  4. I bet the ones who did this call themselves christians too….NOT!

  5. I understand Islam in fact I took the shahada (spelling?) At one point ant attended regularly and worshipped as a Muslim. I felt some more was needeed although I read in Quran was met with joy and a logic. In fact it was Islam that taught me the power of worship as a man. The Presence of God as we men worshipped shoulder to shoulder was so POWERFUL! I will never forget it. :-)

  6. I will follow up with you privately I want to discuss something with you

  7. This all feels familiar. Anyone remember the IRA? They were killing British soldiers with roadside bombs, shootouts, and knife attacks before it was popular.

  8. Does it seem.strange to anyone that an “officer” confronts the tatter and then just let’s him walk into the bushes? Huh? Cop must have known the guy or agreed with what he was doing…..

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