Lexington – After a short gap, hate crimes have spiked against Muslims in the US. Latest reports suggest that a mosque, Masjid Bilal, in Lexington, Kentucky has received a handwritten message threatening serious consequences.
Sources suggest that the mosque officials in Lexington received a handwritten message threatening the mosque with a bomb attack in the near future. The authorities are taking the issue very seriously and have beefed up security surrounding the mosque.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said on its Facebook page, while detailing the incident that mosque officials received a letter Saturday from England, which contained a green index card wrapped in a blank sheet of paper. The civil liberties organization with a pan America presence said that the card read, “An explosive device will be placed at your mosque very soon!”
The state of Kentucky has a rather small Muslim population of around 25,000 people, while there are around 6,000 Muslims living in Lexington city. Lexington has one of the nation’s most stable economies. The city describes itself as having “a fortified economy, strong in manufacturing, technology and entrepreneurial support, benefiting from a diverse, balanced business base”. In 2011 Lexington was ranked as the 4th-best city for “Businesses and Careers” by Forbes magazine, the 5th-best city for Young Professionals in 2008, and 6th-Best “Value Cities” in 2011 by Kiplinger.
In the meantime, CAIR said that the incident is not limited to Lexington alone. Several mosques in Atlanta, Georgia, also received bomb threats in the past few weeks.
In a statement Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia said, “We hope that state and federal law enforcement authorities will identify and arrest the criminals threatening violence against Georgia mosques…While the perpetrators are being sought, mosque leaders should do all they can to protect their houses of worship by working with local law enforcement authorities, installing security cameras and employing security officers during the daily prayers.