The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today calls on local and federal authorities to initiate a hate crime investigation of the defacing and vandalism of a Sikh House of Worship (Gurdwara) in Sterling Heights, MI.

CAIR-MI was made aware of this hate crime, which took place sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning, after being informed by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) yesterday evening.

Among the graffiti spray-painted on the temple was “Mohmed,” [sic] a reference to the last prophet of Islam, Muhammad, and the most common Muslim male name.

“We condemn the vandalism of the Sikh house of worship in Sterling Heights and call on local and federal law enforcement to use their full resources to apprehend the perpetrators of this hate crime,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

Walid also noted that there have been a number of hate crimes since 9/11 in which Sikhs have been mistaken to be Muslims.

CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: dwalid@cair.com or CAIR-MI Outreach Coordinator Raheem Hanifa, 248-559-2247, E-Mail: rhanifa@cair.com

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