As Ramadan approached, the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued an alert to all mosques and Islamic organizations nationwide, warning them to be vigilant after incidents of violence against Muslims in recent weeks and a year punctuated by an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes, hate incidents and rhetoric.
CAIR-LA has issued a similar alert for all mosques in Southern California, said executive director Hussam Ayloush.
“We’re asking mosque administrators to make sure the areas are well-lit and there’s adequate security available,” he said.
Number of anti-Muslim hate crimes rose in 2015 to the highest level since the aftermath of 9/11.
Hate crimes against Muslims in the United States shot up 67 percent in 2015 to their highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to new FBI statistics.
Overall, 57 percent of the 5,850 reported incidents were motivated by race or ethnicity, while 20 percent of hate crimes were related to religious bias, the federal law enforcement agency reported on Monday.
There were 257 incidents of anti-Muslim bias in 2015, compared with 154 the previous year. The number is second only to the surge in hate crimes following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, when 481 incidents against Muslims were reported.
While there was a huge increase in crimes against Muslims, Jews remained the most frequent target of religious-based hate crimes in the US, representing 53 percent of all those reported, the FBI said.
Famously while campaigning, Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the US. He also promised to build a wall to block Mexicans.
In the first television interview since his election, Trump said he is planning to immediately deport or jail as many as three million undocumented immigrants.
Britain has not seen rise in anti-Muslim sentiment since the attacks on Paris, according to a new study carried out by the University of Manchester. Rob Ford and Maria Sobolewska asked respondents the same questions before and after the attacks on Paris which killed 130 people and found that prior to the atrocity 33% of Britons agreed that “Muslims have a lot to offer British culture”, compared to 35% that disagreed.
After the attacks, the percentage of people that disagreed remained the same, but an additional 2% answered the question positively. The proportion of people who agreed with a second statement – that Muslims in Britain have respect for the way of life of others – also increased from 23% to 27%, the Observer reported.
The study also found that following the attacks the number of Britons who felt that London was stronger because of its ethnic and racial diversity increased. Prior to the attacks 32% rejected the notion but afterwards that fell to just 23%, suggesting that Britons rallied around London in the wake of the attacks.
Commenting on the result of the poll, Ford said the study “suggests that Isis failed in their stated objective of sowing division between Muslims and non-Muslims in Britain. Far from raising anxiety about diversity and Islam, the Paris attacks strengthened liberal and multicultural views”.
The results come as fears of a rise in Islamophobic attacks in Britain, with an attempted fire-bombing of a central London mosque prompting a rally in Finsbury Park earlier this month that was attended by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.