Muslim Group Calls Vandalism at Virginia Mosque a Hate Crime

November 13, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On November 13, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "vandals painted a crude anti-Islamic slur on a van owned by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling over the weekend, and the District-based Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate the incident as a hate crime. The graffiti was discovered Monday morning on the center's 15-passenger van, according to council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. Vandals have targeted the center's mosque, on Sugarland Road in Sterling, on at least two other occasions. In September 2002, swastikas and ethnic slurs were spray-painted on the outside of the mosque. On another occasion, vandals tried to burn down the mosque's sign. Hooper said the incident was among several recent assaults on American Muslims or Muslim institutions. Earlier this year, a Muslim woman was stabbed in the back outside a Fairfax County shopping center and said her attacker called her a terrorist."