An article by the Southern Poverty Law Center describes an arson attack on a Toledo mosque, the latest in a string of violent assaults across the country. The photo below shows the remains of the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque. From the article:
“We’re actually reeling in disbelief,” Dr. Mahjabeen Islam, president of the Islamic Center of Toledo in Ohio, told Hatewatch today in describing the devastation caused by a fire deliberately set in the mosque’s prayer area on Sunday afternoon, just minutes after worshippers had left the building. [Click here to read rest of the article.]
Americans’ experiences of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim attacks are described in Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice. One of our narrators, Zak Muhammad Reed, is a firefighter from Toledo who describes how his life changed after his conversion to Islam in the nineties. Read an excerpt from his story here.