Local Community Shows Support for Vandalized Mosque

Anaheim, CA: The Southern California office of Council on American-Islamic Relations and La Mirada mosque held a press conference led by the interfaith community to express solidarity and support for the mosque, which was vandalized twice recently.
At the press conference on last Friday, members of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths spoke about the need for unity at a time when events in the Middle East and foiling of an alleged terror plot in Britain threaten to polarize Americans and tear us apart.
“The damage done to our mosque has been replaced, but it will take us time to regain the sense of security and safety that was lost,” said Dr. Rezaur Rahman, president of the mosque and Muslim Community Service, Inc. “We are positive that with the tremendous support we have received from our Jewish and Christian friends as well as the law enforcement and City of La Mirada, we will move on and come out of this more united.”
The mosques was vandalized initially after the alleged terror plot in Britain was foiled. Suspects shot out two windows of the mosque. In the second incident which occurred four days later, the glass door of the facility was damaged.
“There is no better response to reassure the Muslim community and promote tolerance and understanding in our cities across the country than to stand together as a diverse but united community,” said Affad Shaikh, civil rights coordinator for CAIR-LA. “Together we declare zero tolerance for those who harass, condemn or assault other human beings.”
Other speakers at the news conference were the Rev. Ginny Wagener – Executive Director of South Coast Interfaith Council, Shakeel Syed – Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark - spiritual leader of Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada, Sireen Sawaf - Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator of Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Lieutenant Alma Espinosa - Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Norwalk-La Mirada area.
Various media outlets covered the news conference.



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