Muhammad ‘Abd al-Haqq
Meanwhile in other news. While the nation is concerning itself with whether Anders Breivik is a Christian Extremist or a European right-wing nationalist, eclipsing the tragedy surrounding the deaths of so many innocent people simply because the perpetrator was not a “Muslim terrorist/”jihadist”; And while Muslims are increasingly voicing the concern that use of the term Islamophobia hurts the Muslim community and makes us seem as if we are suffering from a victim mentality, actual hate crimes against Muslims continue. The actual phenomenon to which the name “Islamophobia” is attached can be empirically documented and studied, and objectively observed occurring.
via CAIR TV
CAIR Seeks FBI Probe of Tenn. Anti-Muslim Road Rage Incident
Knife-wielding driver shouts ‘I’ll kill you,’ spews religious slurs at Muslim mother and son
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/28/2011) — A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on the FBI to investigate a Tennessee road rage incident in which a Muslim mother and son were targeted with death threats and anti-Muslim slurs by a knife-wielding driver.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the Murfreesboro, Tenn., mother and son were targeted Tuesday evening by another driver who shouted anti-Muslim and racial slurs and mocked an Islamic prayer. The Muslim mother wears an Islamic head scarf.
SEE: Muslim Mom: Road Rage Incident ‘a Hate Crime’
CAIR is also calling for hate crime charges to be brought against the alleged perpetrator once he is apprehended.
“Given the past bias incidents targeting the Islamic community in Murfreesboro and the anti-Islam bill introduced in the Tennessee legislature, it is imperative that the FBI investigate this case to help provide a sense of security to local Muslims,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Because of the racial and religious slurs reportedly used in this incident, we urged local and state law enforcement agencies to bring appropriate hate crime charges against the alleged perpetrator.”
He noted that the construction of a new Islamic center in Murfreesboro prompted GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain to suggest that local communities may ban mosques.
Video: GOP Presidential Candidate Promotes Islamophobia (CAIR)
Anti-Muslim incidents — including apparently bias-motivated arson — have occurred at mosques in Nashville, Brentwood, Antioch, Mufreesboro, and Knoxville.
Hooper added that a second suspect has been arrested following an attack on a New York Muslim woman of Pakistani heritage in Niagara Falls by assailants who yelled racial and ethnic slurs at her and called her a “bloody Paki.” (“Paki,” a derogatory term for people of Pakistani origin, was spelled “packy” in the police report.) The victim told CAIR she was dressed in Islamic attire at the time of the attack.
Following the recent terror attacks in Norway, CAIR urged Islamic institutions and members of the Muslim community to review security procedures using advice contained in its “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
More on the story via Islamophobia Watch
Thursday, July 28, 2011
It was a scary night for a Murfreesboro mother and son after a road rage incident took an ugly turn. The mother told DNJ news partner WSMV-TV that not only did the driver threaten to kill them, he started yelling racial slurs because of the way she was dressed.
Converted Muslim Lisa Sallaj, 43 of Murfreesboro said she hasn’t slept a wink since road rage incident. “I’ve been sick to my stomach. I’ve been shaking, nervous, lying in bed tossing and turning,” Sallaj told WSMV reporter Larry Flowers.
It all started on Medical Center Parkway near Interstate 24 around 8:30 Tuesday night. “He had just received his driver’s license. I was in the car with him,” the mother said.
Sallaj’s 18-year-old son was in a left turn lane, but needed to go straight. He pulled out right out in front of a black Mustang. “The guy went ballistic,” said Sallaj. “He went nuts.”
It got much worse. “He started yelling and cussing saying you (expletive) need to learn how to drive,” Sallaj told Flowers. “Then I look over and he has a knife out shaking at me saying, ‘I’ll kill you.'”
Sallaj told her son to pull over so she could get the tag number, she said. She started driving, but ended up right next to the black Mustang at a traffic light where the driver revved up his engine.
She said he then started using anti-Islamic slurs, mocking an Islamic prayer chant and making “racial slurs.” The mother said she really got scared when the man began yelling at her son. “He said he would put a red bullet dot in the center of his eyes,” Sallaj said.
The mother said the man followed them onto Broad Street. It was only after she shouted she was heading to the police station that he decided to leave them alone.
“I’m already under a lot of stress from all the discrimination and everything that’s been going on in Murfreesboro lately with everybody giving me dirty looks,” Sallaj said.
Murfreesboro police are investigating. “It’s something we’re not going to tolerate especially with the current situation with the mosque,” said Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans, referring to vandalism at the site of the proposed Veals Road Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. “We’re not going to let that situation get out of hand.”
Sallaj said there is no doubt in her mind she was targeted because of her Muslim head dress. “This was definitely, definitely a hate crime,” Sallaj told WSMV.
Daily News Journal, 28 July 2011