(CNN) – A burned Quran, filled with bacon, handcuffed to a fence.
The target, the Annur mosque in south Sacramento. The execution on where it was left and then found – apparently not great.
Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento Valley, said, “Not the mosque fence, but in front of the sheriff’s department. I guess they didn’t realize the sheriff’s department is right next-door, so not smart.”
Unfortunately, this was the second hate incident in the area in 24 hours. Friday night, someone tore out pages of a Quran, then tossed them out the window while driving past the Islamic center in Davis.
Both cases are a classic form of intimidation, said Elkarra. “They want to rip out pages of any book in their homes, there’s no issue. But when you try to intimidate a community, unfortunately we’ve seen a lot of these type of cases around the nation.”
As Ramadan ends, the Islamic community gathers to end their fast – still remaining vigilant.
Elkarra said, “People try to remain hopeful, but people also have to prepare for the worst.”
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