Statement on Fort Pierce Mosque Burning
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Elected Officials Asked to Stand With Community After Mosque is Targeted as Arson
EmergeUSA held a voter registration drive across Eid al-Adha prayer locations nationwide in battleground states, known as National Eid Voter Registration Day. Our South Florida team was preparing to be at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce when it was announced that the mosque had burned down as a result of arson. We take some comfort in the fact that no one was harmed in the attack.
Authorities have video footage of the crime being committed and believe it was inspired in retaliation to the Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen. He used to attend the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. The resident Imam of the mosque and his wife are away on hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca. Our friends at MPower Change have initiated a fundraiser to help with the rebuilding of the mosque.
Across the world, Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha, one of the few days commemorating sacrifice and Prophet Abraham's unwavering faith in god. These are the holiest of days for the Muslim community. However, instead of celebrating this special holiday, the American Muslim community in Fort Pierce and their neighbors were greeted with this hate crime.
We condemn this crime and wish the residents of Fort Pierce find peace in its aftermath. The violence directed at American Muslims has been on the rise in recent times and we call upon our elected officials and community leaders of all faiths to stand with the Muslim community and to seek justice for this horrendous attack. It is during times like these that our commitment and collective responsibility to counter hatred and protect our communities, regardless of our race, ethnicity, or religion, is reaffirmed.