Muslims in Indianapolis Prepare for Backlash

March 19, 2003

Source: Indystar

On March 19, 2003 the Indystar reported that "Muslims in Indianapolis are preparing for a possible backlash in the wake of a U.S. war against Iraq... Leaders at the Islamic Society of North America and its mosque in Plainfield are distributing copies of the Muslim Community Safety Kit to help mosques nationwide. The kit is essentially a checklist of safety tips and legal advice... The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based advocacy group, compiled the information and began distributing it nationwide this week after news reports of threats and attacks against Muslims and mosques in San Jose and in Chicago... The kit encourages mosques to do what many began doing in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Saayid M. Syeed, secretary-general of the Islamic Society."