SHAFAQNA – America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization CAIR posted a photo of racist epithets spray painted on the brick wall of the Islamic Society of North America headquarters in Plainfield, Indiana this weekend.
The ISNA reported the incident immediately to local police and the FBI, calling it a hate crime, WTTV reported.
An ISNA spokesperson said that the vandalism was discovered at approximately 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning and that there were people inside the building when it occurred but no one saw it happening. One person did see the vandal (or vandals) driving away but didn’t get an identifiable visual on the person(s) or vehicle. The spraypaint has since been removed and the ISNA plans to hold a full press conference about the incident Monday morning.
The FBI released a statement saying,
“The Indianapolis office of the FBI is aware of the incident in Plainfield, Indiana and are in regular contact with local authorities. If in the course of the investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal civil rights violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate.”
The FBI reported violence against all major groups was down last year — with the exception of violence against Muslims. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, those who practice the faith saw a 14 percent rise in violence over the previous year.
Media over the past decade or so have often justified violence against Muslims by alleging radicalization – thus exploiting the actions of a few, to better victimized the majority. Muslims it needs to be said have suffered most from Terror, as it their communities which have bear the brunt of radicals’ wrath, while at the same time they were made to carry their guilt, and their sins of intolerance.
Most continue to live under the impression that Islam is violence and murderous, when in fact it is Wahhabism, a deviance, and an apostasy which has carry intolerance and blood-letting across the world.
Most continue to answer hate with hate, hoping that theirs will rise stronger over that of others’? But how is hate helping anyone?
Hate I would argue is actually the end game, as when we hate, we are often blinded to reason and cut off from which is right and fair. What we should be striving for is justice.
Justice for those who were wronged, justice for those upon whom violent acts were carried against, and justice for those who were wrongfully accused.
Justice as it happens is at the core root of Islam – Justice is actually what Islam is all about.
By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna