MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Hate mail that was sent to several mosques nationwide, including one in South Florida, is leaving the Muslim community on edge.
The Islamic Center of Greater Miami has been left rattled after receiving the disturbing letter Monday. Members of the mosque are now speaking out, saying it is time for the community to come together as other places of worship across the country are seeing similar types of threats.
7News spoke with Mohammad Shakir, a member of the mosque, who read some of the letter aloud:
“To the children of Satan,
You muslims are a vile and filthy people. Your mothers are whores and your fathers are evil. You worship the devil. But your day of reckoning has arrived.
There is a new sheriff in town — president Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse america and make it shine again. And he’s going to start with you muslims. He’s going to do to you muslims what Hitler did to the jews. You muslims would be wise to pack your bags and get out of dodge.
This is a great time for Patriotic Americans. Long live president Trump and god bless the USA.
Americans for a Better Way.”
Shakir said an intern opened the letter that was postmarked from Santa Claria, California.
“It is filthy. It’s unbelievable that somebody would write this,” Shakir said. “You know what bothers me? That I am reading this as a veteran. I wore a uniform, picked up the weapon to defend the rights of idiots like that.”
Islamic leaders in California are also speaking out after claiming to receive the same photocopy of the letter. A mosque in Georgia also called police after receiving a similar letter.
Members at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami called Miami Gardens officials and is calling his community to stand up against hate. “I’m not going to just give in to this thing and just roll back and not do anything,” Shakir said. “No, we’re just gonna carry on with our normal life.’
The interfaith community in South Florida is rallying behind the Islamic Center. The rabbi from the Bet Shira Congregation released a statement to condemn this letter.
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