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Letter Sent to Mosques Promises Genocide of Muslims

California mosques are hoping for greater police protection

(Newser) - "Your day of reckoning has arrived,” reads a letter sent to at least three California mosques this week. “There’s a new sheriff in town—President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you... More »

Man Arrested in Connection With Arson at Florida Mosque

The mosque was sometimes attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

(Newser) - Police have arrested a suspect in the fire that left a 100-square-foot hole in the roof of a Florida mosque occasionally attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, WKMG reports. According to Reuters , 32-year-old Joseph Schreiber is believed to be behind Sunday's arson at the Islamic Center of Fort... More »

Mosque Where Orlando Gunman Prayed Goes Up in Flames

Cops say it wasn't an accident

(Newser) - Before Omar Mateen shot up the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people in June, he had been a longtime regular at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, showing up at Friday services for 13 years. That mosque went up in flames early Monday, per the St. Lucie County... More »

Dozens Dead in Pakistan, India From Flash Floods

In one northern Pakistan village, an entire mosque was swept away

(Newser) - Bad weather is keeping rescuers in Pakistan from helping survivors and recovering bodies after torrential monsoon rains caused flash floods that swept away homes, an army post, and a mosque Saturday into Sunday, killing dozens, CNN and the BBC report. And many others are feared missing, with an official in... More »

Man Arrested in Attack Outside Omar Mateen's Mosque

CAIR claims the victim was assaulted because he was Muslim

(Newser) - Florida authorities say they've arrested a suspect in the early Saturday beating of a man outside a Florida mosque that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had attended, the AP reports. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said racial slurs were made by the attacker as he beat a Muslim man,... More »

Women Enter 1K-Year-Old Building for First Time

Mosque's wooden carvings, architecture have long enchanted its male worshippers

(Newser) - For the first time in its 1,000-year history, one of India's oldest mosques opened its doors to women. Thousands of Muslim women flocked to the religious site in Kerala on Sunday, reports the Times of India , making their way into the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid to view its historic... More »

Arizona Mosque Attacked by Thousands of Stinging Bees

At least 20 people were stung and one hospitalized

(Newser) - A swarm of up to 20,000 Africanized bees wreaked havoc on an Arizona mosque Friday afternoon, stinging at least 20 people and sending one man to the hospital, KNXV reports. The incident took place at the Muslim Community Mosque in Phoenix. “It was just crazy how everyone was... More »

Obama's First US Mosque Visit Not a Presidential 1st

That honor is thought to go to Dwight Eisenhower

(Newser) - For Muslim advocates, President Obama's first visit to a US mosque on Wednesday was a long-awaited gesture to a community that has warned of escalating vitriol against them. Although Obama has visited mosques overseas in the past, he waited until his final year in office to make such a... More »

After Boy Mishears Imam, a Severed Hand, an Arrest

15-year-old Pakistani boy cuts off own hand after being called 'blasphemer'

(Newser) - It was a simple misunderstanding of a question asked by a holy man, but it cost a 15-year-old Pakistani boy his hand, and landed an imam under arrest. Imam Shabbir Ahmed was giving a sermon at a mosque in Punjab province, reports al Jazeera , when he asked his congregation who... More »

Man Rams French Soldiers Guarding Mosque With His Car

His motives are currently unclear

(Newser) - A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque on Friday in the southeast French city of Valence, but was stopped when a soldier fired and wounded him, authorities said. His motives were unclear, but with France on high alert after the coordinated attacks in Paris on Nov.... More »

Man Charged in Mosque Fire Says He Worshipped There

Feds say it no longer looks like a hate crime

(Newser) - A man who was charged with arson in a Christmas Day fire at a Houston mosque told an investigator he worshipped there, federal authorities say. Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, of Houston, was arrested Wednesday morning, an ATF special agent says. She adds that officials don't know a motive yet... More »

Feds Probe Fire at Houston Mosque

It looks suspicious, ATF agent says

(Newser) - A fire at a Houston mosque is suspicious, according to an official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The two-alarm fire was reported Friday afternoon at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. It caused major damage to the building but no one was injured. Special Agent Nicole Strong... More »

California Mosques Hit With 'Jesus' Graffiti

FBI treating vandalism as a hate crime

(Newser) - In what the FBI and local police are treating as a hate crime, two California mosques in the same city were vandalized with pro-Christian graffiti over the weekend. On Sunday morning, "Jesus Is the Way" was found painted on the front of one mosque in Hawthorne, and the word... More »

Calif. Man Charged With Hate Crime in Mosque Fire

Carl Dial described as loner; dad says 'no plans to bail him out'

(Newser) - A 23-year-old California man is facing five felony charges after a fire broke out at the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley mosque Friday afternoon, some 15 minutes before afternoon prayers. Carl Dial was charged Friday evening with commission of a hate crime, arson, maliciously setting a fire, and second-degree... More »

Severed Pig's Head Dumped at Philly Mosque's Door

'Could the next thing be a pipe bomb?' local activist asks

(Newser) - An employee at a Philly mosque stumbled upon a gruesome discovery Monday morning: a severed pig's head lying near the building's front door, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Per USA Today , surveillance video shows a red pickup truck cruising slowly by the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society building Sunday night, then... More »

Group Posts Addresses of 'Muslim Sympathizers'

Days earlier, members held an armed rally outside a Texas mosque

(Newser) - The group responsible for an armed anti-Muslim protest at a Dallas-area mosque last weekend posted a list containing the names and addresses of dozens of Muslims and "Muslim sympathizers" to Facebook on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports. According to the Huffington Post , the list contained personal information about... More »

Trump Would 'Strongly Consider' Closing Mosques

He says he 'would hate to do it'

(Newser) - Donald Trump went on MSNBC Monday to discuss issues related to the Paris terror attacks and ISIS, and he had some controversial ideas about steps he might take as president. "Well, I would hate to do it but it's something you're going to have to strongly consider,... More »

65 Dead in Mecca Crane Collapse

Construction accident occurs as holy city prepares for annual pilgrimage

(Newser) - A crane crashed through the roof of the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca today, Saudi Arabia officials announced. The death toll from the tragedy currently sits at 65, the BBC reports. Details are few, but the crane collapsed as Mecca prepares for the yearly Muslim Hajj... More »

Kansas Student 'Saved Hundreds' in Mosque Attack

ISIS claims 2nd suicide attack on Shiite mosque

(Newser) - Abduljaleel Alarbash was a long way from Kansas when he died, but his fellow students at Wichita State University say they will never forget him or his bravery. The 22-year-old, who had gone to Saudi Arabia to marry his fiancee, was one of three volunteer security officers killed in an... More »

'Blood Running Like a River' as Suicide Bombs Hit Yemen

Triple bombings hit Sanaa mosques during midday prayers

(Newser) - Triple suicide bombers hit a pair of mosques crowded with worshippers in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, today, causing heavy casualties, according to witnesses. The attackers targeted mosques frequented by Shiite rebels, who've controlled the capital since September. A report on the rebel-owned al-Masirah TV channel said the bombers attacked... More »

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