New Dearborn mosque receives online threats

Woman said she should "blow it up"

DEARBORN, Mich. – Police are investigating threats made against a Dearborn mosque after it was announced online that a building  which was previously a Baptist church would now be  turned into the New Islamic Institute of America.

After the announcement of the change made by Imam Sayid Hassan Qaz-wini via Facebook, a woman commented a series of threats toward the new mosque. 

“I live right there, I seen them working on it, I should blow it up,” said one of the posts made by the woman, who has since been identified as a 26-year-old mother who lives nearby.

The woman’s threats didn’t stop there; she went on to to post two more serious threats toward the mosque:

“Them Arabs, they need to leave America, they are slowly changing everything, it ain’t gunna be America anymore in about a year…bet,” the woman said.

Continuing on with her threats, her last post was the most shocking:

“That Arab church will be burnt down, hopefully there ain’t kids in there” she said.

The woman who made the threats later apologized online, but the threats remain shocking in nature, and possibly criminal. 

“When you threaten children, it doesn’t get any lower than that” said Azzam Elder, attorney for the Amity Foundation, which recently purchased the building.

Dearborn police said they’re taking the threats seriously and the woman could face felony charges.


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