Man breaks into US mosque, tears apart copies of Holy Quran

Published: March 15, 2017

An unidentified man broke into an Arizona mosque on Monday morning and ripped up copies of the Holy Quran.

The Islamic Center of Tucson deplored the incident in a Facebook post and said it seemed that the unidentified man wanted to damage the centre’s property.

“He ripped copies of the Holy Quran and threw them around the prayer room before leaving the building,” the centre wrote. “Thankfully no one was hurt.”

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The man can be seen in the CCTV footage wearing a University of Arizona T-shirt and breaking into the mosque at about 3:30am.

Mosque management went on to say that the police were very cooperative to the community and executed a comprehensive investigation to nail the culprit.

“The camera footage leads us to believe the sole intent of this individual was to damage the centre’s religious property,” they wrote. “The Tucson Police Department responded quickly. As always, they were kind, courteous, and thorough with their investigation.”

Tucson Police Sgt Kim Bay said the police were searching for the man seen in the footage. “There is no indication this was a hate crime,” he said while adding that the department can only say this for sure once they have interrogated the person.

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“Although we are disheartened by this incident, we understand that this is an isolated incident,” the mosque said. “The ICT has been a part of the Tucson community since the late 1980’s and since then, the Tucson community has been kind, welcoming, and supportive.”

Imraan Siddiqi, executive director of Arizona chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), urged the “local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime and for religious and political leaders to speak out against the growing Islamophobia in our state and nation that results in such acts of bigotry”.

The article originally appeared on Huffington Post

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Reader Comments (9)

  • random
    Mar 15, 2017 - 1:37PM

    Police said that’s it’s not a hate crime … It’s amazing how they downplay everything if the culprit is a white christian male ..Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 15, 2017 - 2:16PM

    Ahh so the civilized nation is in motion….Recommend

  • Yousra
    Mar 15, 2017 - 2:23PM


  • conspiracy theorist
    Mar 15, 2017 - 7:41PM

    he must be beheaded. Our Islamic tigers are ready to conquer USRecommend

  • Cuban
    Mar 15, 2017 - 8:28PM

    @random: In the USA the police only catch the criminal – what crime he is charged with is solely up to the prosecutor. In Arizona destruction of personal property associated with a religion is a “hate crime” – that’s State Law. BTW – how do you know this guy is a Christian? Recommend

  • JKhan
    Mar 16, 2017 - 9:59AM

    Let us see how the authorities respond. We know it though.Recommend

  • cuban
    Mar 16, 2017 - 2:07PM

    @JKhan: Let us see how the authorities respond. We know it though.
    In the USA almost all of these perps are caught and punished – this guy’s picture has already been published on local TV and newspaper. The chances of his capture is almost certain. Anti USA blather is popular in Pakistan – most of it has little substance. Recommend

  • El Chapo
    Mar 18, 2017 - 1:40AM

    Regarding your last statement. Same can be said about Anti Pakistan in US. Saludos.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Apr 14, 2017 - 10:36AM

    Who said one man cannot start trouble.

    Everyone can see what kind of environment Trump has started all over the world … a hateful one.Recommend

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