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September 12, 2002

First Muslim victim of September 11 backlash – year two

A firm of solicitors in north London has become the first victim in the second year of the backlash against Muslims following the events of September 11, reports The Muslim News.

Staff opening the offices in Hornsey Thursday morning found that the place had been ransacked and a copy of the Holy Qur’an had been burnt together with another text of the Qur’an which was hanging on the kitchen wall.

Adil Anwar believed that “the attack was religiously motivated”, saying that none of the office equipment or computers, television or video had been taken. The only item stolen was a few pounds in the petty cash. He suggested that it could have been linked with the first anniversary commemorations of September 11 on Wednesday.

Press coverage of the ceremonies gave disproportionate publicity to insignificant extremist groups. Little attention was paid to the series of commemorations held by Muslims at mosques throughout the UK.

The police have sent a “dedicated race crime detective” to investigate the incident.

“The latest attack provides further evidence of the urgent need for Parliament to look into the area of criminal activity motivated by religious hatred,” The Muslim News editor Ahmed Versi said.

Notes: The Muslim News has documented Islamophobic attacks against the British Muslims in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11 last year.

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