Houston Islamic center blaze investigated as possible arson

2015-02-14 08:45:52 | Al Muslim News
Houston Islamic center blaze investigated as possible arson


An early morning massive blaze has ripped through an Islamic community center in Houston, Texas. "I hope it's not a hate crime," said Ahsan Zahid, Assistant Imam of the charred Quba Islam Institute. "Preliminary results say it's arson." In a statement posted on the institute’s Facebook page, the incident was mentioned as a “tragic event’. It went on to explain that at “Some time around 5 a.m.this morning, a fire was started in our third building. The blaze was so hot that the complete building and all its many contents were destroyed.” “Preliminary investigation has concluded that the fire was started by a person. Who it was is unknown at this time. But the investigators have made clear that the fire was not accidental” they added. Closing statement of center’s page: “Please do not spread hate; spread love, tolerance, and harmony, just as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did.” And added that activities at the center would continue as planned. 4 years ago, another Islamic center in this city was attacked by arsonists who were caught on surveillance videos but never charged. Later Friday, Houston Fire Deptt. officials said “We currently have no official statement regarding the fire and it remains under investigation.” Houston is home to the state's largest Muslim community of more than 57,000 and 22 Islamic centers and mosques, according to the Texas State Historical Assn..

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