ISLAMOPHOBIA: PREJUDICE, RACIST, OR VIOLENT INCIDENTS AT MOSQUES - updated 6/5/13

Mosques in U.S. That Have Experienced Violent, Prejudiced, or Racist Incidents

by Sheila Musaji


Mosques in the U.S. are becoming dangerous places.  Type MOSQUE in The American Muslim site search engine and you will turn up 234 entries.  I can’t help but think that the violent rhetoric of conservative and religious commentators in America has to be counted as at least partially responsible for what is going on. When people say that Arabs are sub-human or that Muslim leaders should be killed and Muslims all converted to Christianity, it cannot help but have some effect over time.  Ignorance and racism are a lot more powerful than people realize. throw in a bit of fear (talk about mosques needing surveillance, or being hotbeds of extremism), and even the most evolved of us may fall prey.  Much of this violence is the result of religiously motivated reprisals against the Muslim community in general for acts committed by particular individuals or organizations.

We have been collecting information about mosque incidents for some time, and here is our (partial) list.  If you know about other incidents, please contact us with the information.

MOSQUE OPPOSITION ACROSS THE COUNTRY

There have been regular objections to a local mosque being built or expanded.  Here are just a few cases of Islamophobic objections to the simple act of building or expanding a local mosque.

— Phoenix, AZ **— Lomita, CA ** — Santa Clara, CA **— Temecula, CA ** — Alpharetta, GA **  — Lilburn, GA ** — Margate, FL ** — Willowbrook, IL ** — Naperville, IL ** — Orland Park, IL ** — West Rogers Park, IL ** —  Palos Heights, IL **  — Florence, KY ** — Mayfield, KY ** — Boston, MA ** — Farmington, MI ** — Ypsilanti, MI ** — Warren, MI ** — St. Louis, MO ** — Bridgewater, NJ ** — Brooklyn, NY ** — Cordoba House/Park 51, NYC ** — Dayton, OH ** — Edmond, OK ** — Lebanon, PA ** — Murfreesboro, TN ** — Longview, TX ** — Sheboygan, WI ** — Madison, WI ** — Wilson, WI **— Waukesha, WI **  SEE ALSO:  - ACLU map of nationwide anti-Mosque activity ** - Battles across nation over proposed mosques ** - Opposition to Muslims and mosques grows in U.S. racist caldron, Ray Hanania ** - The politics of mosque building **

The PEW Forum on Religion & Public Life has now issued an interactive map Controversies Over Mosques and Islamic Centers Across the U.S. - This interactive map shows the locations of 53 proposed mosques and Islamic centers that have encountered community resistance in recent years. Click on a location for a brief overview of the project based on news reports. In many cases, the opposition has centered on neighbors’ concerns about traffic, noise, parking and property values - the same objections that often greet churches and other houses of worship as well as commercial construction projects. In some communities, however, opponents of mosques also have cited fears about Islam, sharia law and terrorism.

In the article Why is a mosque not like a church? we noted that during July and August of 2012,  there were an unusual number of incidents at places of worship in the U.S.

—An Nur Islamic Center in Ontario, California had pig legs thrown on the sites driveways.  — Prayers at a Hayward, California Mosque were disrupted by teenagers throwing lemons and oranges, and shooting bb guns, and insulting worshippers.  Four teens were arrested.  — The College Preparatory School at the Lombard, Illinois Mosque was hit with an acid filled bottle thrown during Taraweh prayers.  —The Muslim Education Center Mosque in Morton Grove, Illinois had shots fired narrowly missing a security guard during Taraweh prayers when hundreds were inside praying. David Conrad has been arrested.  — Muslim gravestones at the Evergreen Park Cemetery near Chicago vandalized with anti-Muslim graffiti for the 6th time in 17 months. (update, the gravestones defaced again on 9/2/12 **)  — There was a second arson attack on the Joplin, Missouri mosque this summer. The first attempted arson was on July 4th, this time the entire mosque was engulfed in flames.  — Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Greek Catholic Church Arabic sign in New Hampshire vandalized — St. Ann’s Arabic Catholic Cathedral in Pottsville, Pennsylvania vandalized, American and Palestinian flags torn down.  — The North Smithfield Mosque in Rhode Island was vandalized — The Oklahoma City Mosque in Oklahoma was vandalized by having paint balls fired at it.  — A Holocaust Memorial in Sheepshead Bay Park, New York was vandalized.  — A firecracker was left in the mailbox of a St. Augustine, Florida Synagogue causing a bomb scare.  — The Mother of the Savior Lutheran Church (Arab Christians) in Dearborn, Michigan was vandalized with broken windows twice in a week.  — On Eid Day, someone put uncooked bacon on the lawn where Eid prayers were to be held in Staten Island, New York.  — There was a deadly terrorist attack on a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.  The perpetrator possibly thought it was a mosque.

  This is a total of seventeen bigoted incidents or attacks against houses of worship or facilities connected with different minority religious groups in the past two months.  This should be a concern to every American. 

The Center for American Progress has published Attacks on Muslim American Houses of Worship on the Rise which includes excellent visuals. 

People for the American Way has an info-graphic that gives a visual representation of attacks on mosques in the USA, highlighting that the phenomenon of hate attacks is spread across the country:

 

2012 SUMMARY of attacks on mosques (includes attacks on Arab churches and Sikh Temple)CALIFORNIA - Ibrahim Khillullah Mosque in Fremont, man threatened to shooteveryone.  - An Nur mosque in Ontario had pig legs thrown on the sites driveways.  Prayers at a Hayward Mosque were disrupted by teenagers throwing lemons and oranges, shooting bb guns, and insulting worshippers. - West Sacramento Islamic Center vandalized for second time. — Woman arrested at Islamic School and mosque in Florida for carrying a sword onto the property. — ILLINOIS - Gravestones at Evergreen Park cemetery vandalized twice.  - Lombard Mosque College Prep School hit with an acid filled bottle thrown during Taraweh prayers.  - Muslim Education Center Mosque in Morton Grove had shots fired during Taraweh prayers. — MARYLAND - Riverview Islamic Center vandalized. — MICHIGAN - Mother of the Savior Lutheran Church (Arab Christian) in Dearborn vandalized twice in a week.  - Fire and graffiti at Dearborn mosque. — MISSOURI - Two arsons attacks on Joplin mosque, second destroyed it.  NEVADA - Las Vegas mosque arson. — NEW HAMPSHIRE - Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Church Arabic sign vandalized.  NEW YORK - Elderly man beaten and stabbed when he came to open the doors of a Queen Mosque. - Masjid Darul Quran Mosque in N. Bayshore vandalized. - Fire bomb attack on Queens Imam al Khoei Mosque.  OHIO Arson attack on Toledo Mosque.  OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma City Mosque vandalized by paint balls fired at it.  PENNSYLVANIA - St. Ann’s Arab Catholic Cathedral in Pottsville vandalized and Palestinian flags torn down. — RHODE ISLAND - N. Smithfield Mosque vandalized. — SOUTH CAROLINA - Rock Hills Mosque vandalized. — TENNESSEE - Man arrested for threats to blow up Murfreesboro mosque. — TEXAS - Man arrested for threatening to kill as many as possible at San Antonio Mosque. = A dead pig left outside a Houston mosque. — VIRGINIA - Harrisonburg Mosque vandalized.  - Dar al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church vandalized. — WISCONSIN - Terrorist attack on Sikh Temple (possibly thought it was a mosque).


MOSQUES IN THE U.S. THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED VIOLENT OR RACIST INCIDENTS OR BEEN VANDALIZED, BURNED, SHOT AT ...
     

Arizona
- Phoenix mosque vandalized 9/10
-  Imam verbally assaulted in Tempe mosque on 9/11 anniversary 9/11/07
- Acid bomb thrown near worshippers at Glendale Arizona mosque 8/07
- Tucson Mosque graffiti may be hate crime 4/07
- Anti Muslim Posters posted at mosque June 2006, 
- Glendale mosque burned December 2004
- East Tempe mosque vandalized 9/03

California
- Ibrahim Khalillullah Mosque in Fremont, man walked in and threatened to shoot everyone 12/12
- An Nur Islamic Center in Ontario had pig legs thrown on the sites driveways. 8/12
-  Prayers at a Hayward, California Mosque were disrupted by teenagers throwing lemons and oranges, and shooting bb guns, and insulting worshippers.  Four teens were arrested. 8/12
- West Sacramento Islamic Center vandalized again  3/12
- La Mirada mosque vandalized 7/11
- Burbank interfaith chapel has Islamic symbol smashed 5/11
- burned Qur’an at San Francisco Mosque  9/10
- Madera Mosque vandalized & brick thrown through window. 8/10
- Objections to Santa Clara Mosque building a minaret.  7/10
- Planned Temecula Valley mosque draws opposition and protest.  Protesters asked to bring dogs because “Muslims hate dogs”. 7/10 - More protests at Temecula  12/10
- Muslim assaulted outside Corona mosque on 7/4/10
- Costa Mesa mosque vandalized for second time in 2 weeks.  1/10
- Mission Viejo interfaith holiday display, Islamic section vandalized.  12/09
- Azusa mosque vandalized for the third time this year 12/09
- Sacramento mosque vandalized 12/09
- Cypress, California mosque vandalized 7/09
- Bakersfield mosque vandalized 6/09
- Anaheim mosque vandalized 6/09
- Cypress mosque (L.A. area) vandalized 6/3/09
- Bakersfield Mosque attacked 10/8/07
- East Contra Costa County mosque victim of arson 8/14/07
- Islamic Center of East Bay in Antioch victim of arson 8/13/07
- Haywood mosque causing quite a stir 2007
- Yermo mosque arson January 2007
- Shots fired into East Bay Mosque January 2007  - repeated attacks on East Bay mosques January 2007- Bin Laden effigy hung outside Culver City Mosque September 2006
- Southern Calif. Mosque vandalized second time August 2006
- Southern California Mosque vandalized 8/06
- Milpitas Mosque vandalized again June 2006
- front door shattered at Milpitas mosque 5/06
- threatening flyer left at Pomona mosque 2/06
- suspicious gas released in Sacramento mosque 2/06
- mosque vandalized 9/05
- Adelanto mosque arson June 2005
- Sikh Temple in Fresno vandalized.  “It’s not your country” The temple was also vandalized a year earlier. 2/04
- San Luis Obispo mosque vandalized September 2003
- Milpitas mosque site vandalized June 2002
- Lomita mosque vandalized December 2001
- Concord mosque vandalized December 2001
- Pigs blood thrown at San Francisco mosque September 2001
- Conejo Valley mosque vandalized June 2001
- Yuba City mosque burned September 1994

Colorado
- Fort Collins mosque vandalized April 2005
- Denver mosque receives threats May 2004
- plot to bomb Aurora mosque May 1999
- Fort Collins mosque vandalized January 1998
- Radio station employees harrass Denver mosque attendees 1996

Connecticut
- Abdul-Majid Karim Hasan mosque in Hamden vandalized a second time. 2/11
- Operation Save America holds protest in front of Bridgeport Mosque during Friday prayers.  Say they plan protests at mosques around the country.  Slogans “Jesus hates Muslims” and “Islam is a lie”.  8/10

- Bridgeport mosque vandalized September 2001
- Meriden, Connecticut mosque denied zoning permit 1999

D.C.
- Suspicious fire at Masjidash Shura December 2006
- Muslim Community Center sign vandalized September 2005

Florida
- A woman is under arrest after carrying a sword onto a Muslim school and mosque property in Florida.  At the Leaders Preparatory School, which includes a mosque, school and day care.  They found 47-year-old Dominique Eloi walking out of the mosque carrying the weapon. 
- protest against Margate mosque project in Florida  6/11
- Objections to West Boynton mosque 6/11
- terrorist attack on mosque as incendiary devide explodes outside Jacksonville mosque 5/10 This attack is under-reported  Mosque burning suspect killed in shootout in Oklahoma 5/11
- Objections to Pompano Beach Mosque  5/10

- teens vandalize Miami mosque  7/3/09
- shots fired into Miami mosque and Islamic school 1/1/09
- Bricks thrown through windows of St. Petersburg Mosque 9/2007
- Islamic Education Center of Florida set afire.  Investigation pending.  4/2007
- VIDEO: Witness to Florida Mosque Shooting speaks 2006
- Sniper Shooting at Florida Mosque during prayers September 2006
- Mosque defacement in Florida part of ongoing spree April 2006
- Broward County mosque vandalized April 2006
- Boca Raton mosque vandalized February 2005
- Boca mosque sign vandalized again 2/05
- Bomb explodes outside Champion Mosque July 2004
- Threatening message left at Islamic Center of Southwest Florida July 2004
- two mosques vandalized May 2004
- man drives truck into mosque March 2002
- Florida doctor arrested in mosque attack plot 2002
- Lake County mosque vandalized September 2001
- Tallahassee mosque vandalized September 2001

Georgia
Vandalism at Alpharetta mosque  5/13
- Someone shot into windows at the Prince Aga Khan Shia Ismaili Jamatkhana in Fayetteville, GA ** 1/13
- Opposition to North Fulton mosque plan. 8/12
- DOJ investigating denial of mosque permit for Alpharetta GA mosque 5/11
- Cartersville, GA mosque vandalized second time in a month 4/11

- arson attack on Marrietta mosque 7/10 - individual arrested for crime is a Muslim
- police investigate fire at Scottsdale, Georgia mosque 7/25/07
- Augusta mosque vandalized September 2001
- Savanna mosque burned August 2003
- Clarkson mosque vandalized September 1995

Hawaii
- anti-Muslim leaflets left at mosque October 2002

Idaho
- Boise mosque targeted with swastika stickers March 2007
- Pigs head thrown into Lewiston mosque July 2006
- mosque vandalized October 2002

Illinois
- Gravestone at Evergreen Park cemetery vandalized again 9/12
- Muslim Gravestones at the Evergreen Park Cemetary near Chicago vandalized with anti-Muslim messages 8/12
- The College Preparatory School at the Lombard Mosque was hit with an acid filled bottle thrown during Taraweh prayers.  8/12
- Muslim Education Center Mosque in Morton Grove had shots fired narrowly missing a security guard during Taraweh prayers.  David Conrad has been arrested  8/12
- Objections to building of Willowbrook mosque in Du Page County 1/11
- permit denied for mosque in abandoned building in Chicago suburb of West Rogers Park 8/10

- Villa Park Mosque vandalized (4th vandalism in Chicago in 2 months) 10/08
- Chicago mosque vandalized 8/2007
- Schaumburg mosque ransacked August 2006
- Protests against Orland Park Mosque 2004
- Chicago mosque attacked March 2003
- 300 march on Bridgeview mosque September 2001
- arson at Arab American Center in Chicago November 2001
- Protests against Palos Heights Mosque 1998
- Villa Park mosque vandalized 1995

Indiana
- Michigan City Mosque vandalized July 2006
- Man found repelling from Bloomington mosque January 2006
- Bloomington mosque vandalized July 2005
- Evansville mosque vandalized September 2001
- Bloomington mosque vandalized February 1998

IOWA
- Clinton, Iowa mosque vandalized with rocks thrown through windows 8/11
Cedar Rapids mosque vandalized 7/10

Kansas
- Wichita, Kansas mosque destroyed by arson 10/11
- Molotov coctail hurled through window of Kansas Muslim business 4/08

Kentucky
- Objections and anonymous fliers protesting mosque in Florence, KY
- Lexington mosque vandalized September 2001

Louisiana
- Bossier City, LA mosque vandalized with pork   5/11
- Police deactivate a device left at Lafayette, LA mosque  12/10
- car set on fire at Lafayette, LA mosque 9/10

- Shreveport mosque vandalized 8/1/07
- Muslim school vandalized March 2006
- Arabi mosque vandalized September 2001

Maine
- Portland, Maine mosque graffiti -  “Osama today Islam tomorow (sic)” and “go home.”  5/11
- Man shot leaving mosque in Portland, Maine  9/09
- Pig’s head thrown into mosque during prayers July 2006

Maryland
- Riverview Islamic Center vandalized 4/12
- Gaithersberg, Maryland mosque target of paintball vandalism 11/08
- Frederick mosque vandalized for third time in 2007
- Frederick mosque vandalized February 2007
- shots fired into Mosque April 2006
- mosque vandalized September 2005
- cross burned in front of mosque July 2005
- Imam’s wife assaulted at mosque April 2004

Massachusetts
- Islamophobic objections to Boston mosque expansion and [2] July 2006
- Massachussets Governor Suggests Wiretapping Mosques http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=283&theType=AA
- Springfield mosque arson attack. 12/04 - two teenagers were subsequently arrested, but police said the motive was robbery, and not a hate crime.

Michigan
- The Mother of the Savior Lutheran Church (Arab Christians) in Dearborn, Michigan was vandalized with broken windows twice in a week.  8/12
- FBI investigating fire and graffiti near Dearborn mosque 6/12
- Sikh Temple in Detroit vandalized, graffiti shows the perpetrator may have thought it was a mosque.  2/12
Farmington mosque faces anti-Muslim objections to new mosque 6/11
- Terry Jones plans protest outside Islamic Center of America 4/11
- Rober Stockham arrested outside Dearborn mosque with explosives 1/11
- Hate mail sent to Dearborn and Detroit mosques 12/10
- Westboro Baptist church pickets outside Islamic Center of America in Dearborn 11/10
- burned Qur’an at Lansing Mosque 9/10
- Brownstone mosque vandalized for second time in a month 5/15/10

- break in at Dearborn Heights mosque 11/13/07
- community opposes new mosque in Ypsilanti, Michigan 7/25/07
- Four mosques in Detroit vandalized in past month January 2007
- Hate graffiti sprayed on Islamic Center of Detroit 2007
- Islamic Organization of North America Imam and mosque threatened 2007
- Islamophobic objections to Warren mosque May 2006
- Mosque Plan Exposes Islamophobia in Warren
- Bangladeshi mosque vandalized March 2006
- mosque vandalized February 2006
- Defendant Pleads Guilty to Threatening Members of Detroit Mosque http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2005/November/05_crt_605.html
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mosque vandalized September 2005
- cars vandalized in parking lot of Saginaw mosque November 2001
- Flint mosque vandalized October 1995

Minnesota
- Owatonna Muslim Society Center vandalism attack 6/13
- Al Farooq Bloomington mosque protested 9/12

- Fridley, MN Islamic Center Gets Hate Emails after Osama Bin Laden’s Death 5/11
- St. Cloud MN mosque vandalized twice 4/10 and 7/10

- Muslims spit on outside Rochester mosque September 2007
- Minneapolis Mosque arson August 2006
- Three vandalism incidents in 3 days in Minnesota
- Minneapolis mosque burned March 1999

Mississippi
- Starkville mosque vandalized September 2001

Missouri
- second arson attack on Joplin mosque this summer.  This time the entire mosque is engulfed in flames. 8/6/12
- Joplin mosque attempted arson 7/4/12
- Qur’ans burned outside Springfield mosque 4/11
- Springfield mosque vandalized 1/11
- Allen Street Mosque4 in St. Louis vandalized second time in two weeks 9/10
- Various mosques in St. Louis area threatened 9/10

- Cape Girardeau mosque vandalized 6/09
- Joplin mosque sign torched 9/08
- Imam Hussaini mosque in Saint Louis vandalized, windows broken 3/17/08
- Islamic Community Center (Masjid Madina) in South Saint Louis threatened over objections to minaret 2/2008
- Imam Hussaini mosque vandalized in Saint Louis 7/2007
- objections to new mosque in Saint Louis South County 7/2007
- Ballwin mosque vandalized June 2004

Nebraska
- Vandals target Omaha Mosque 2008
- Lincoln mosque vandalized twice September 2005
- voice mail threat to mosque November 2004

Nevada
- FBI investigating Las Vegas mosque fire 2/12
- man beaten outside Reno mosque January 2005

New Hampshire
- Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Greek Catholic Church Arabic sign vandalized.  8/12

New Jersey
- Bridgewater NJ mosque building plan protested 4/11
- Fire at Newark mosque January 2007
- Toms River mosque vandalized January 2006
- Bank closes New Jersey mosques account February 2005

New Mexico
- Islamic Center of New Mexico harassed by Christian group 12/10

New York
- Elderly man beaten and stabbed when he came to open the doors of a Queens mosque 11/12
- Masjid Darul Quran mosque in North Bayshore vandalized 9/12
- Fire bomb attack on Queens Imam al Khoei mosque and 3 other targets 1/12
- An Noor Mosque in Huntington, Long Island vandalized, Stephen Pratt arrested 12/11
- Sign outside Buffalo mosque is smashed on 9/11
- Burned Qur’an sent to Bronx mosque 9/11
- Five teens were arrested and charged after a shot was fired outside of an Orleans County mosque as worshipers were leaving nightly Ramadan services. 8/11
- Sheepshead Bay mosque site fence defaced with graffiti 5/11
- Amherst NY mosque next door neighbor posts lawn sign saying “bomb making next driveway”  5/11
- protestors attempt to stop construction of Sheepshead, Brooklyn mosque 5/11
- SIOA hate group rallies against Cordoba House in NYC 9/11
- Huntington Mosque nail attack.  10/10
- Hudson Mosque vandalized.
  9/10
- Waterport mosque harrassed by teens, gun fired, honking horns, yelling obscenities, and striking one worshipper with one of their cars.  8/31/2010
- Man shouts “terrorists” and urinates on rug in Queens mosque 8/10
- Objections and protests against planned construction of Cordoba House Islamic Center in NYC 6/10
- objections and protests against mosque in Staten Island  6/10

- Muslim woman threatened with sexual assault outside Parker Mosque in Amherst 7/7/07
- Rochester mosque vandalized third time this year 5/07
- mosque vandalized August 2006
- mosque vandalized September 2005
- mosque vandalized April 2004

North Carolina
- Durham, NC mosque vandalized 11/09

North Dakota
- feces smeared on mosque October 2004

Ohio
- Randolph Linn indicted for Toledo mosque arson 10/12
- Toledo mosque arson attack 9/12
- Woman attacked with pepper spray outside Columbus mosque 12/10
-Cincinnati mosque received threatening email 12/10

- Dayton mosque tear gassed with women and children inside 9/08
- Phone campaign against Ohio mosque 1/08
- Toledo Islamic School vandalized with Nazi ‘White Power’ Graffitti 9/07
- Rocks thrown at worshippers coming out of Columbus mosque Sept 2007
- new threats at Ohio mosque July 2006
- Cincinnati mosque bombed and [2] December 2005
- Columbus mosque vandalized December 2001
- shots fired at Toledo mosque September 2001
- man drives car into Parma mosque September 2001
- 2005 Cincinnati mosque bombing and other incidents still unsolved 7/25/07

Oklahoma
- Oklahoma City mosque vandalized again 4/13
Oklahoma City Mosque vandalized by having paint balls fired at it.  8/12

Oregon
- Firebombing arson attack on Corvallis Mosque  11/10 - 8/11 Cody Crawford arrested for this hate crime, calls himself a Christian warrior
- Eugene mosque vandalized 11/09
- Man shot leaving Portland mosque 9/1/2009
- Portland mosque threatened September 2001

Pennsylvania
- St. Ann’s Arabic Catholic Cathedral in Pottsville vandalized, American and Palestinian flags torn down.  7/12
- Pittsburgh mosque receives threats
9/10
- In West Philadelphia, worshippers at the Jamia Mosque at 43rd and Walnut have been greeted by protestors on at least three separate occasions in the past month.  8/10
- Pittsburgh mosque vandalized 1/4/09
- Pennsylvania mosque received threatening letters October 2006
- FBI raid on Pittsburgh mosque July 2006
- Bigots don’t want to vote in Pennsylvania mosqe November 2005
- shooting in mosque parking lot November 2005
- Pennsylvania Man Charged in Mosque Shooting http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=10190  November 2005

RHODE ISLAND
- North Smithfield Mosque vandalized.  Man smashing sign with hammer caught on video tape  8/2012

South Carolina`
- Rock Hills Mosque vandalized.  6/12
- Florence Islamic Center defaced with pork.  10/10
- Operation Save America protests with “Islam is a lie” slogans outside Charlotte Mosque 7/19/10

-Vandalism at Taylor, SC mosque 8/26/09
- Charleston mosque vandalized September 2001
- Greenville mosque burned October 1995

Tennessee
- burglary and vandalism at Nashville mosque 2/13
- Texas man arrested over threats to blow up Murfreesboro mosque 6/12
- burned Qur’an at Knoxville mosque  9/10
- construction equipment doused with gasoline and set on fire at site of Murfreesboro mosque.  8/10 Fire ruled arson
- another mosque faces bigotry in Murfreesboro Tennessee 6/10
- Nashville mosque vandalized
- hate graffiti sprayed on burned mosque in Columbia  2/08
- Feds charge three with firebombing Columbia, Tennessee mosque 2/08
- Qur’an defiled at Clarksville mosque 4/07
- Bullet Ridden Qur’an Thrown at Tenn. Mosque July 2006
- Nashville mosque bombed February 2006
- Memphis mosque shooting June 2000

Texas
- McKinney mosque targeted in paint ball attack 6/13
- A dead pig was left outside a Houston, Texas mosque
- Man arrested for threatening to kill as many people as possible at a San Antonio mosque 12/12
- Houston TX mosque victim of arson attack 5/11
-San Antonio Mosque vandalized several times in a week.  9/10

- Arlington Mosque vandalized. 7/10
- Houston mosque defaced 10/09
- Shots fired at Corpus Christi Mosque 9/16/07
- Residents use pig races to deter building of mosque December 2006
- Lubbock mosque vandalized three times in one mongh 10/ 2006
- San Antonio mosque vandalized May 2006
- anti-Muslim sign posted on Houston Mosque 2/06
- Austin mosque vandalized again January 2006
- Irving mosque vandalized September 2005
- El Paso mosque firebombed September 2004
- Denton mosque firebombed September 2004
- Champion mosque vandalized June 2004
- shots fired at Denton mosque April 2004
- Lubbock mosque vandalized March 2004
- Houston mosque fire was arson February 2004
- shots fired at Irving mosque November 2001
- Austin mosque firebombed September 2001
- Irving mosque vandalized September 2001

Virginia
- Harrisonburg mosque vandalized 9/12
- Dar al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church vandalized

- Dar al Hijra mosque vandalized 6/2007
- Islamophobic objections to Quantico Military Mosque December 2006
- mosque vandalized January 2006
- Sterling mosque vandalized November 2003
- James City mosque threatened September 2001
- Sterling mosque vandalized September 2001
- Norfolk mosque vandalized September 2001
- Tidewater mosque vandalized September 2001

Washington
- Bomb threat against Lynwood mosque ** 10/12
- feces smeared on Muslim van near Bellevue mosque 6/10

- Kennewick mosque vandalized January 2007
Patrick Cunningham Pleads Guilty in Attempted Arson at Washington Mosque 2002
- Mount Lake Terrace mosque vandalized November 2001
- Lynwood mosque threatened September 2001
- Arsonists attempt to burn Idriss mosque June 2001

Wisconsin
- Terrorist attack on Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, possibly thought it was a mosque 8/5/12
- Madison WI mosque plan opposed 5/11
- Protests against mosque in Sheboygan, WI 7/10
Wilson mosque approved and opened, and then vandalized 6/10
-  protests over mosque to be established in an existing building in Wilson, WI  5/10

CANADIAN MOSQUES
- Bacon left outside Islamic Society of B.C. mosque in Port Coquitlam, B.C.  10/12
- Bottle filled with gasoline and posters saying “defeat jihad” left on doorstep of Masjid Dar As-Salam in Charlotetown, Prince Edward Island. 9/12
- London, Ontario mosque receives hate mail telling Muslims to leave Canada.  9/12
- Salahuddin Mosque in Toronto “walk your dog at the mosque” day anti-Muslim protest, met with Muslims and their own dogs.  9/12
- Al Iman Mosque in B.C. threatened with rocket launcher attack in online comment, man arrested.  8/12
- Aylmer mosque in Gatineau, Quebec receives hate mail telling Muslims to leave Canada.  1/12
- Outaouais mosque in Gatineau, Quebec vandalized with hate graffiti and stars of David.  In a second incident at same mosque, windows were broken and an attempt to burn cars in parking lot.  1/12
- Islamic Society of B.C. mosque in Port Coquitlam, B.C. vandalized with graffiti.  3/11


EARLIEST MOSQUES IN NORTH AMERICA

The early mosques that we know about are those in
New York City, Mohammad Alexander Russell Webb started the American Muslim Propagation Movement, and opened a mosque on Broadway, in Manhattan, but it soon closed due to lack of funds - 1895.
New York City, The American Mohammedan Society - 1907 on Powers Street in Brooklyn (Tatar/Polish) **
Biddeford, Maine - 1915 (Albanians);
Chicago, Illinois Al Sadiq Mosque/Wabash Mosque - 1922 (African-American & Indian Ahmadiyya)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mother Mosque of America is on the National Registrar of Historic Places - 1934 (Syrian immigrants)
—  Ross, North Dakota - 1929 (Syrian/Lebanese); 
New York City, Islamic Mission of America Mosque - 1937
Dearborn, Michigan, Dearborn Mosque - 1937 (Lebanese)
— Religious and Cultural Home Mosque in Chicago, Illinois - 1957 (Bosnian)


RESOURCES

Muslim Voices Against Extremism and Terrorism - Resources (collections of articles and references)
- Part I Fatwas
- Part II Statements by Organizations
- Part III Statements and Articles by Individuals
- Part IV A Few Quotes
- Part V The Muslim Majority Who Don’t Get Publicity
- Selective Hearing of Muslim Voices Against Extremism
- Sunni Shia Resource - collection of articles

- Polls, statistics, and surveys relating to Islam and Muslims
- Resources for Responses to Islamophobia and Allegations Against Islam and Muslims
- Claim That All Terrorists are Muslims Ignores History collection of incidents and responses
- Islamophobia - Alarming Statements 1 - 2000 and before
- Islamophobia - Alarming Statements 2 - 2001-2005
- Islamophobia - Alarming Statements 3 - 2006-2007
- Mosques that have experienced vandalism or violent incidents
- Islamophobia - Incidents


- Hugh Fitzgerald Islamophobic article “Tips For Visiting a Mosque” August 2006
- ACLU seeks answers about FBI mosque surveillance
- Mosques are struggling
- Response to “Are American Mosques Promoting Hate Ideology?”, Junaid Afeef
- Boeing, Bell Helicopter Asked to Pull “Mosque Attack” Ad (Islamophobia)
- U.S. Muslims Must Tackle Questions of Mosque and State Hasan Zillur Rahim
- Mosque Guidelines to Fight Terrorism
- Rep. Peter King says Mosque leaders are the enemy amongst us 2/04
- Online petition to close mosques and deport Muslims 2/04
- FBI to count local Muslims and mosques 2/03
- Michael Hurd Statement: Bomb the Mosques
- Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association calls for no more mosques to be allowed in the United States.  8/10


First published 9/2009


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