ISNA Headquarters Target of Hate Crime
Earlier this morning, vandals spray-painted vulgarities on the front wall of the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) headquarters in Plainfield, IN.
Security cameras on the property show three young men did the vandalism.
Few people were in the building for the morning prayers and witnessed the vandals’ vehicle leaving.
“The recent rise in attacks and acts of bigotry towards Muslims is an indication that anti-Muslim bigotry has gone beyond a phobia, it has become a reality that is disuniting our society and moving away from the morals and values of the nation,” ISNA President Azhar Azeez said in a statement.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America.
No one was hurt and the vandals did not attempt to enter the building.
ISNA reported the incident to local law enforcement and the FBI as a hate crime.
“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 said in a statement.
ISNA has also joined Muslims nationwide in mourning the execution style murder of three young men in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Also, in the past week 3 mass shootings were reported in Michigan, Kansas and Washington.
“No effort should be spared to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” ISNA said in a statement. “ISNA sends its sincere prayers and condolences to the families of all the victims and hopes justice will prevail in all cases.”