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Rome Mosque Vandalized, Qur’an Burnt


(h/t: Gregory)

Rome Mosque Vandalized, Qur’an Burnt


CAIRO – Italian officials have expressed solidarity with the Muslim community after a mosque in the Italian city of Rieti in the Lazio region was damaged by vandals who stormed the mosque, destroyed its properties and burnt the Noble Qur’an.

“Unknown people burned the sacred Koran, stole money, destroyed the paintings and writings relating to Islam and turned upside down the place of worship inside the mosque,” Morocco World News cited a report by Italian newspaper Ilmessaggero on Monday, March 18.

The assault dates back to Sunday evening when vandals attacked the Mosque of Peace, located 80 kilometers from Rome, destroying its property and burning copies of the Noble Qur’an.

The mayor of the city expressed his solidarity with the local Muslim community, calling on the city’s officials to “respond collectively to the provocations of those who seek to undermine peace and tolerance in the city.”

The leaders of the local Muslim community in charge of the “Mosque of Peace” through the association “Salsabil” have also denounced the “act of vandalism” that would “undermine the coexistence between different communities on the territory of the province of Rieti,” the same source added.

Italy has a Muslim population of some 1.7 million, including 20,000 reverts, according to the figures released by Istat, the national statistics agency.

The lack of official status means Muslims organizations are not eligible for funding through the Italian law that allows taxpayers to allocate part of their taxes to a religious group of their choice.

Efforts to recognize Islam in Italy, even unofficially, are often slammed by the separatist Northern League.

Plans by Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to establish a museum of Islamic art on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice has also sparked angry reactions from separatist Northern League.

Plans by regional councils to build more mosques have also been slammed.

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    • Jekyll

      Hijacking to begin with…

    • Jekyll

      What was the point of that to include ?

    • Sarj Paljevic

      Yes . Pamela Brievik Geller will also be talking about it none stop on her Propaganda blog.

    • Tanveer Khan

      Hold on a second, da*n (I care about other people’s feelings XD) is swearing?

    • George Carty

      It was worse after the ditching of Tuninter Flight 1153 in 2005, where the pilots (who survived, although 16 passengers died) were later sentenced to 10 years in prison for negligence, and the media reporting that they had been praying instead of flying the plane!

      The real culprit in the crash was a mechanic who fitted the wrong type of fuel gauge, thus making it seem like the aircraft had far more fuel than it actually did.

    • Umar Al khattab

      Can anyone verify this?

    • Umar Al khattab

      Can anyone verify this report, some people are saying it’s false?

    • Guess

      “‘What if’ or ‘imagine if’ statements in relation to this just aren’t helpful”

      This is a site dedicated to fight Islamophobia. And a big part of the Islamophobia industry’s foundation is based on hypocrisy and double standards. So of course in that sense the ‘What if’ or ‘imagine if’ applies. Especially when its true that Islamophobia bigoted babbling heads would have stormed the corporate media all bent out of shape if a group composed of Muslim thugs vandalized a synagogue. If you have any doubts of the kind of media it would have generated then perhaps you’re not paying attention to how Islamophobia is crafted. Purposefully fearmongering buzz terms, trained to terrify the ears of the ignorant lots, like “islamist”, “terrorism”, “anti-semitism”, “jihad”, “alqaeda” would be abound.

    • Tanveer Khan

      God damn democracy and atheism. Causing jets to go missing.

    • Mehdi

      Interesting, I don’t even want to imagine the kinds of post and articles had he been interested in conservative Muslim or just religious forums.

    • Yausari

      The woman that said. “I don’t think its prejudice. I think it’s common sense.” Really nerve-racking.

    • Yausari

      Thanks for this. I was actually looking for it.

    • Peeper

      The woman in green, annouyes me to no end.

    • Yausari

      Dim witted FOX blaming Muslims for MH370. Pilots were Muslims roleyes*.

    • rookie

      ” Italian officials have expressed solidarity …”. “The mayor of the city expressed his solidarity…”.


    • Talking_fish_head

      Again, my point was not to offend anyone and I apologise to you and Mr Stephen Tearle. I am sorry if I offended you in anyway

    • Talking_fish_head

      Don’t get me wrong, its a despicable act no matter who does it, im only highlighting the media hypocrisy when it comes to reporting these stories.

      For instance, let’s assume a Muslim man attacks another person, the media will focus on his religion and how his religion was the main motive, regardless of whether the man was mentally ill or not.

      When Anders Brevik committed his terrorist attacks, notice how only a few people actually called it an act of terrorism, most of the time its just mass shooting or massacre even though Brevik did what he did for political reasons.

      At the end of the day, your right, we should rise above Geller and Spencer

    • Lynchpin

      I’d prefer to look upon this as a despicable act, I hope the culprits are found and brought to justice. ‘What if’ or ‘imagine if’ statements in relation to this just aren’t helpful – they’re divisive and serve no purpose, especially when they’re not true. Please rise above those who use instances equivalent to these for their own agenda purposes like Geller, Spencer, etc.

    • Stephen Tearle

      What is irritating if it was a christian (not saying it was a christian) but if it was, how is that a christian thing to do?

    • golden izanagi

      and don’t forget spencer would most likely be writing a lengthily article about it probably titled “interfaith outreach” with his fanboys in the comments section spewing bigoted bullcrap.

    • Talking_fish_head

      Now imagine if the roles were reversed, if a group of muslim youths stormed a synagog or church, It would be on the news 24/7 and they would be preparing to invade another muslim country.

  • mindy1

    Sad day

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