Unknown vandals/protesters set fire to several cars outside a mosque in the Western Australian city of Perth while children prayed inside on Tuesday night. The scene of the arson is also close to the Australian Islamic College where evening prayers had just begun.
Vandals also scrawled “F*** Islam” on a wall outside the mosque in Thornlie, Perth, which is adjacent to the Australian Islamic College.
Hundreds of local Muslims had gathered there for evening prayers.
Western Australian police confirmed four cars were set on fire using an accelerant. One of the vehicles had been completely destroyed in the blaze.
No one was injured in the attack.
Thornlie Mosque Imam Yahya Adel Ibrahim told CNN worshipers had run outside when they heard one of the cars explode.
On Instagram, Ibrahim later wrote that this was an “act of hate.”
The #Perth community was visited this evening by hate. A suspected petrol bomb was placed in a parked car outside the Thornlie Mosque & Australian Islamic College with hate fuelled graffiti put on the wall, while 100s of worshippers prayed Taraweeh / evening prayers inside. Alhamdulillah all worshippers were uninjured. Thankfully our community won’t start hating and playing blame games and singling out groups of people in our society. This, undoubtedly is a criminal act of hate, but it is the act of a person or group not the greater whole. May the Al-Mighty open the hearts & minds to peace. Despite what just transpired, everyone stayed to finish their prayers refusing to give into the terror that had just occurred. I know the outpouring of support from the community will be overwhelming because Perth has the best, kindest, and most warm-hearted people. Emergency services were quick to respond & have been professional as always. WAPOL have been in direct support & communication throughout. All queries can be forwarded to the Principal of the Australian Islamic College.
That is all kinds of lame.
Do we need we be apprised of such an elemental fact that hate perhaps drove these actions?
Pro-Islamic, anti-Islamic, hate drives the Muslim dialogue from all directions. I doubt the vandals set fires to the car and wrote “Fuck Islam” out of boundless devotion and respect for Allah.
Fuck, for that matter, everything I do in this putrid life of mine is motivated by hate.
Things I hate, people I hate, places I hate, activities I hate, food I hate…hell, even hate that I hate. I’m a walking act of hate. Hate is the most natural emotion; everyone has a special little vile corner in their heart where hate lurks, but some of us fool ourselves that hate belongs only to others, and that our soul is a pristine temple of love where hate has no home. Bull.
Hate is natural. Embrace the hate. It doesn’t mean you’ll start blowing up cars and tagging obscene graffiti.
Maybe you’ll just…blog.
Now that is the embodiment of hate.