Someone Set Fire to The Islamic Center in my Town
I am hurting.
At 2:30 a.m., an arsonist set fire to the Salman al-Farsi Islamic Center. The police found “plenty of evidence” to confirm that it was arson.
This is the Masjid where my Muslim kids worshiped. This is where I visited post-9/11 for an open house. This is in my community.
The would-be Portland, Oregon, bomber, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, visited this Masjid only three times and was not a member of the community. In 2009, the Masjid manager contacted the FBI and gave them this OSU student’s name and said that he held very radical views.
We have our own Corvallis Muslim community to thank that tragedy was averted at the Pioneer Square Christmas Tree lighting where 10,000 Oregonians were in attendance.This highlights the fact that our first-line defense against terrorism on American soil is our American Muslim community.
Like every Sunday afternoon, the Islamic Center is holding a gathering which is open to the entire community. This time, it is an old-fashioned American barbeque. I have made a cucumber, yogurt and mint salad and will go to stand with my friends.
I want them to know that not all Americans hate them.
I want them to know that our community will heal together.
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