Bombed Cincinnati Mosque Receives New Threat

Source: The Associated Press

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On July 18, 2006 The Associated Press reported, “A mosqueMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... complex bombed in December received a threatening phone call followed by shouted threats from men in cars, a local Muslim leader said.

A person who called the Islamic Association of Cincinnati around 5 p.m. Monday made threats against Muslims in general, said Karen Dabdoub, director of the Cincinnati office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. And before midnight, a car full of men warning they were ‘going to bomb this place’ drove through the parking lot behind the mosque, she said.

Dabdoub, also a member of the mosque, said security was increased but the building remained open for prayerPrayer is the vocal or silent address to the Divine. It may consist of fixed words, spontaneous words, or rest in silence with no words at all. Some forms of prayer are accompanied with specific postures or gestures, while others are not..

Police said they have stepped up patrols of the area while investigating the telephone threat. Spokesman Lt. Tom Lanter didn’t immediately have any information on Dabdoub’s report of the men in a car. He also said no suspicious devices had been found at the site.

Special Agent Michael Brooks, an FBI spokesman, said agents were also investigating Tuesday… The association’s complex was the site of two explosions Dec. 20. There were no injuries and the explosions caused only minor damage.

Brooks said the investigation of that bombing is continuing.

The day after the bombing, more than two dozen civic and religious leaders, including the mayor, the Roman Catholic archbishopAn archbishop is a bishop with authority over a particularly large or important diocese. and a rabbiRabbi means “my master,” an authorized teacher or master of the Torah and the classical Jewish tradition. After the fall of the second Temple in 70 CE and the scattering of the Jewish people in exile, the role of the rabbi became very important in gat... gathered at the Islamic complex. A day later, people of all faiths attended a prayer vigil at the mosque complex.

Between 300 and 400 families attend the mosque, about a mile from the University of Cincinnati campus.”