LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A civil liberties and advocacy group called for beefed up security Saturday at California mosques after it says an anti-Muslim letter was sent to two Islamic centers.

The Greater Los Angeles-area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) says the letter was sent to the Islamic Center of Long Beach and the Islamic Center of Claremont.

CAIR-LA says the letter was addressed to “the children of Satan,” and went on to described Muslims as “vile and filthy people.”

The letter also went on to explain that President-elect Donald Trump was “going to cleanse America and make it shine again,” adding: “And, he’s going to start with you Muslims.”

Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of CAIR-LA, asked that the letter be investigated as an act of religious intimidation.

“Our state’s leaders should speak out against the growing anti-Muslim bigotry that leads to such incidents,” Ayloush said in a news release.

The organization says the same letter was sent to Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose on Friday.

Police in Long Beach said they were going to be in contact with the Islamic Center of Long Beach to obtain more information.

KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen spoke to local Muslims to show how they are dealing with the letters.

“It’s kind of sad to see this kind of thing still exists,” said Nadya Aweinat.

She said it was hard to accept this letter in this day and age.

“That ignorance is shocked to me,” she said, “That there’s still that level of ignorance in our society.”

People in the mosque who have read the letter, postmarked from Santa Clarita with a fictitious name and phony address, said in addition to hate-filled it was rather juvenile.

“The handwriting is somewhat, no much of what they wrote, it’s someone that doesn’t have much intelligence. It’s written on a childish level,” said Regina Smadi.

CAIR says there has been an uptick in such incidents since the presidential election.

Aweinat says half her family isn’t Muslim but that the hateful words in the letter affected the non-Muslim side just as much.

She also said it’s beautiful to see how much support other churches and people of all faiths in the community have given the mosque.

 

Comments (16)
  1. Sad you do not know the difference between hateful and the TRUTH!

  2. Ali Hussein says:

    Ignorance is the enemy of Islam. Being ignorant about Islam and the Muslims are what makes these people hate Islam and the Muslims. We love you, please read and understand about Islam. Many European philosophers have, however commended the Islamic Religion and its teaching. Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832), the great English philosopher and one of Europeas most able men of letters, have said that:”He who practices the tenets of virtue ordained by the Islamic Religion will never commit a sin or perpetrate a crime”! There’s nothing in Islam that justifies killing innocent people, terrorism and extremism. Islam is based on peace, love, kindness and universal brotherhood of humanbeings.

    1. I am not ignorant about Islam. My brother-in-law and his family are Coptic Christians from Egypt. They can tell it like it is about living in a Muslim dominant country. They can tell it like it is about living in a country as second class citizens with very few rights because they are Christian. The closer we get to Christmas we’ll have to put up with your people’s propaganda. Because we celebrate the birth of the greatest person in all of human history, Christ Jesus the Messiah our Lord and Savior. The New Testament Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is the last revelation given from God to all humanity. What is contained in the quran is lies and half-truths. If you Muslims choose to believe its teachings that is your choice. It’s not for me. I have a copy of the quran in Arabic and English with a commentary to its verses.

      1. If individuals spent as much time reading and understanding scientific literature the applying this knowledge to the betterment of our nations as they do memorizing ancient Middle Eastern fairy tales then killing each other to “prove” their fairy tale is somehow closer to the “truth” than the other side’s fairy tale the world would be a vastly better place to live.

  3. If the musulmans do not appreciate our hospitality, then they are free to relocate to a mohammedan country, they would not be missed by the white man.

  4. Curt Morgan says:

    Wouldn’t it be prudent to make sure these crimes against humanity aren’t hoaxes before going all “Klan Rampage” – and perhaps suffering later embarrassment?

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