Source: The Associated Press
On January 3, 2002, the Associated Press reported "Aid After Mosque Vandalized in Ohio." The article noted that "Non-Muslims have offered space, money and other support for worshippers after vandals drilled holes in the floors of the city's oldest mosque, ripped up copies of the Quran and pulled water pipes from walls." Offers of space and support have come from the local community, including the Congregation Tifereth Israel, the Rotary Club of Columbus, and the First Congregational Church. "The Columbus mosque vandalism has increased apprehension among area Muslims, who had hoped that such incidents were abating, said Asma Mobin-Uddin, vice president of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations."