Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 18, 2013

Mercer County Islamic mosque center vandalized


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GREEN VALLEY — The Mercer County Sheriff’s department is investigating an act of vandalism that occurred at the ISAR Islamic Worship Center near Princeton. Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy E.P. Parks is conducting an investigation into the vandalism that occurred on Monday.

“This really hurts all of us because all of us feel that we are part of the American dream,” Dr. Abdul Piracha, one of the senior leaders of the regional Islamic community said. He said that the vandalism included vile words and images painted on the exterior of the worship center as well as on the sign.

“We have to stand up to this kind of thing,” Piracha said. “The last time this happened after 911, the entire community came out to show their support.”

Piracha said the worship center hopes to work with a local contractor to remove the paint in a way that won’t impact the appearance of the center. “This is a sad and hurtful thing,” Piracha said.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.