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ATLANTA, Georgia (July 8, 2010) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) would like to thank Mayor Steve Tumlin, Councilman Grif Chalfant, the Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs and his department, and the Police Department for their quick action in apprehending the culprit who attacked its mosque and for standing by the Muslim community.
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ATLANTA, Georgia (July 6, 2010) – The Islamic Circle of North America issued a press release today, strongly condemning the arson attack on a mosque in Marietta, GA, a suburb outside Atlanta.
The mosque, which is under the administration of ICNA Atlanta, is located on the busy Powder Spring Street and is a place of worship for many Muslims in and around Marietta, GA.
According to Imam Hafiz Inayatullah, worshippers left after performing the late evening prayer around 11:00 PM, and the building was locked. Imam Inayatullah, received a call from a member of the mosque at around 11:45 PM, informing him that the mosque was on fire. He said that when he got there he saw fire engines trying to control the fire. “It was totally shocking for me to see the mosque on fire. But I thanked God, Almighty, that nobody got injured and it happened after the prayer services were over.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Marietta Fire Marshall Scott Tucker told AJC, “It appears to be a crime, it appears to be an arson.” “There was forcible entry,” Tucker said.
Dr. Zahid Bukhari, President of Islamic Circle of North America, strongly condemned this heinous act and demanded that an investigation be carried out by the local authorities. Dr. Bukhari said, “I hope the perpetrators of such crime will be apprehended and brought to justice.”
Reward Up To $10,000. For information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for arson. Call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline: 1-800-282-5807
The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the application of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.
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