Charter school’s religious activities are focus of state investigation; Muslim group asks FBI to probe threats

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked local law enforcement and the FBI to investigate threats against a charter school, citing possible hate crimes. The Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy in Inver Groves Heights has allegedly been receiving harassing and threatening messages, after recent public criticism of the school in the Star Tribune Newspaper. The school has received criticism for receiving public funds in conjunction with accusations of teaching Islam. However, Asad Zaman, executive director of the academy responded to the criticism saying: We do not teach religion. We do not favor any religion. Currently, more than 300 students attend the school.