2/1/2012 - Press Release
Release Date: 2/2/2012 12:00:00 AM
In the Name of God, The Compassionate, The All Dulles Area Muslim Society
46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling VA 20164
46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling VA 20164
The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) is deeply saddened by the news of vandalism at Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque in Chantilly, VA. All of the mosque’s first-level windows and glass doors were shattered by thrown rocks, causing about $60,000 in damages. Fairfax County police found the damage the morning of Jan. 30, 2012 but said there is no evidence that the vandals entered the building. Empty beer cans, liquor bottles and rocks were also found scattered on the mosque’s grounds and roof.
We extend our sympathy and concern to the Ahmadiyya Community, and commend their intention to proceed despite this incident. We are confident that even the most heinous acts of a few misguided people will not alter the proud and centuries old tradition of America as a beacon for religious freedom, and for welcoming people of all races, religions, backgrounds and cultures.
ADAMS President Farooq Syed explained, "We appreciate and fully endorse U.S. Senator Jim Webb’s characterization of this vandalism as 'an affront the American traditions which we hold dear'. We fully agree that no American can remain silent when any house of worship, anywhere in the USA, is attacked like this."
In the past year, mosques or mosque construction sites in Massachusetts, Oregon, Ohio, New York, Iowa, Maine, Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, California, and Michigan have been targeted by arson, vandalism or threats, and in May 2010, a bomb exploded at a Florida mosque. A recent fire at a Kansas mosque is still under investigation.
And as ADAMS Executive Director Imam Mohammed Magid noted, "In the past 10 years, even Sikh-Americans have also seen a rise in bias attacks, both verbal and physical. In 2010, two Sikh Americans were tragically killed in Elk Grove, CA; another two were shot there in 2011, killing one and badly injuring the second. This was clearly the same twisted backlash that hit American Muslims, directed not just at their faith, but simply because their long beards and turbaned heads are thought to only mean one thing - they are Muslims and therefore legitimate targets for xenophobic hatred!"
ADAMS encourages all Americans to be extra vigilant in our common struggle against behavior that threatens the very core of our nation's principles, and to cooperate with law enforcement Agencies to bring justice to the victims of these attacks. ADAMS works continuously with our local law enforcement, and with national Agencies like the FBI Washington Field Office, to assure the safety of our Muslim community and all other minorities, and to prevent hate crimes while building enduring relationships based on knowledge, respect and cooperation.
We appreciate the devotion and the unflagging efforts of our local government officials to support all minorities in America, and will offer our prayers for the officers handling the investigation of this Chantilly incidentsto be able to swiftly, fairly and effectively resolve these matters in a way that will send a clear message that any such vandalism, against any innocent communities in the United States, will never be tolerated.
The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) is one of the largest Muslim communities/mosques in the DC Metro Area and in the United States. A non-profit 501c(3) Organization, ADAMS serves over 5000 families with 9 branches in Virginia/DC - Sterling/Herndon, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, North Reston, Ashburn/Leesburg, South Riding, Gainesville, Crystal City, and Washington DC). ADAMS is governed by a 13-member democratically elected board of trustees comprising of men and women, and engages in regular interfaith, government relations, social services and community service. ADAMS also has one of the largest Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout programs in the DC Metro area.
Please see full crime report here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/chantilly-mosque-vandalized/2012/01/31/gIQAn6JWfQ_blog.html